I didn't try original barcelo but this one was very solid. Flavours of fruit, vanilla, oak and a lot of smoke. Little bit less smoke and more wood in taste and it could be 8.
When you drink the Zacapa 23 Solera you know what you get. We are, IMHO, in a similar league than the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, although the Zacapa could be a bit more expensive depending on the country. Definitely worth trying, especially as it is usually easier to find than other similar level rums.
Very intriguing rum if you can get it in the price range £25-30, although it might me worth paying an extra £5 and get the 12-years old. Regardless, very enjoyable!
Different than his 12y brother and I have say much better. Really smooth and nicely sweet. Well balanced with flavours of vanilla, caramel, coffee, cashew and oak. Simply awesome.
Alkohol: 40 %
Aroma: Těžší dřevo, kůže, těžce květinové aroma. (86 b)
Chuť: Velmi vyzrálý, dřevo ale začíná dominovat. Lékořice, kůže, opálené dřevo, v dochuti až dřevěné uhlí. Oproti 21 yo přibylo dřeva a taninů, což už je spíš ke škodě, dřevitost mi už přijde rušivá. I přesto má něco do sebe, vyzrálost je fajn. (86 b)
Shrnutí: Ochutnal jsem na další společné ochutnávce s kamarádem. Tentokrát tvořila jádro degustace šestice single cask rumů od Rum & Cane, tuto sestavu pak doplnily rumy Malecon 21 yo a 25 yo. Tento skončil na 3. místě z osmi (Hunter 4.-5., josé 1.-3.).
Balanced molasses, vanilla, oak with very light scotch whiskey burn. Good after notes. Good from first light aroma to the end of the bottle. More balanced than the 30 year old.
Shares a lot with Diplomatico coming from Venezuela, without that super uniqueness that has so many people in the Diplomatico camp. One of those ones where after the first sip I looked at the glass and said 'wow!' Nice and sweet, full flavour and a little kick. Will definitely pick up a bottle of this when I get the chance and I will not be wasting it on a mixer.
Still contains much of that flavour profile that people love about Diplomatico but holds onto a few medicinal notes. I will try using this as a mixer as every other Dipo I have tried is a much better sipper. Good for the price, but it's still a case of you get what you pay for. Fortunately when it comes to Diplomatico bad is still pretty damn good.
N- Almond...or walnut essence, oily with hint of chocolate granache, sort creamy with earthy and leafy nuance, citrus peel comes in between. But get solvent as it breath and get stuck into the abyss of soapiness. (82/17)
P- Sourish bitter old oak open up to solvent notes again, thought not as obvious as the aroma. Orange angustura bitter. (83/18)
F- Short medium, cane-y, smooth with dry mouthfeel. Feel subdue despite landing a fine weight on mouthfeel. (85/19)
Weighted Rate- 72pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
Super smooth. A complex flavour that is rich in caramel, maple syrup, honey, biscuit and all the good stuff. If I have one complaint it's that it is almost too smooth. It is alcohol after all. But the kicker for this one is that unique flavour. It really is something special.
Rum tasting in Memphis on a very rainy Veteran's Day continued onwards with Big 5 Silver Rum. Pretty nice and unique bottle and label design. Clear color. Plenty of citrus and mild vanilla mixed with a lot of unaged alcohol to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Dry but short burn at the end. This is not a neat sipper rum.
Rum tasting in Memphis on a very rainy Veteran's Day continued onwards with Big 5 Gold Rum. Pretty nice and unique bottle and label design. Light golden color. Plenty of oak and mild vanilla mixed with a lot of unaged alcohol to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Dry and short burn at the end. Better mixed than neat sipped.
Rum tasting in Memphis on a very rainy Veteran's Day started with Big 5 Coconut Rum. Pretty nice and unique bottle and label design. Clear syrupy color. Plenty of coconut mixed with unaged alcohol to your nose and palate when neat sipped. Very sweet ending. Not nearly as good as Koloa Kaui Coconut or Siesta Key Coconut.
Reserva is way way better. This one lack complexity, balance... you can feel a lot of alcohol and just little hints of vanilla and caramel.