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Aficionado | United Kingdom
A lot of fruit on the nose, with some spice but also more than a bit of alcohol burn. Beautiful bronzed dark brown colour. Pears at first to tas
Simply the best?
I haven't tried all of the El Dorado variants (just two of the single barrels, 12 [much better than the 15] 15 [disappointing] & 25 [incredibly expens
Crushed sugar cane on the nose, with some dried fruits. Immediate honey and vanilla to taste, with a very light almost watery (not in a bad way) m
Coffee laden excellent rum
Strong coffee taste which follows through on the initial taste. Light golden colour. Aftertaste is just like a Jamaican coffee, nice alcohol bu
1986 Vintage 25-Year
Great but not £400 of great
Very mature, caramelised brown sugar. Incredibly smooth. Ginger taste and lots of depth but not better than the 21 yr old in my book so can't j
Cool bottle, great rum
Now this is a good bottle. Great shape, weight and some cool embossing. Slightly let down by an artificial cork. I think it also came in a quite good
Best dark n stormy ever
I wouldn't drink this neat but makes an incredible dark n stormy (mixed with ginger beer). Great orange taste that translates into a sherbet like
Wray & Nephew
Makes the best rum and cokes
Even without lime (which is preferable) this gives a great citrusy taste when mixed with coke, pleasant burn and a gentle warming feeling. I don't
Upgraded because of the bottle.
A nice sugary nose, with some hints of tropical fruit. Initial taste is a little surprising as it isn't as sweet as it smells. Really good depth
Very light colour. Incredible sweet taste, syrupy, some citrus. Interesting woody taste drifts in and out. I really enjoy this.
XO 20th Anniversary
Very good for the price
Sugar and slight fruit on the nose. Fruity interesting taste, almonds, actually marzipan. Still not that mature, there are better plantations b
The Real McCoy
Whisky like nose
Whisky like nose from the wood and the bourbon barrels, with that bourbony sweetness. Mature sugars on initial taste and some plaintain. Can t
My introduction to rum
I've probably been overly generous in my marking but this was the rum that got me into collecting and tasting them. Until I tried this I'd only had
Good but maybe not better than 12yr old
Intense toffee taste at first and then the age bits you (in a good way). Then a lot of alcohol. Tastes more mature than the 12 yr old but not a lo
British Navy 15-Year
Puts hairs on your chest and great with ginger beer
Despite it being warming stuff this is surprisingly smooth and can be drunk neat but I prefer with ginger beer.
Deep rich (& a way cool bottle)
Only the synthetic cork let's the very cool bottle down. Cheeky pumpkin face with sharp lime green eyes and mouth. A complex balanced, slightly so
Deep dark rich colour. Alcohol, a bit of sugar and some lemon on the nose. Complex sugary start. Woody and deep aged taste, quite bitter finish.
Gran Anejo Guatemala
Very light golden colour, almost like ginger ale. Not much smell. Slight chemicals on first taste but still good. Tasted at the same time a
Slightly harsh but interesting
Sherry and chlorine on the nose. Apricot taste with some coconut.
Harsher than gran reserva exclusiva
Lots of taste similarities to the gran reserva exclusiva (which was my one of my first rums) but harsher and clearly more age. It does taste like
Tasted this back to back with the dictador 20yr old. This tastes much "thinner" and much more alcohol. Still quite sweet and a little toffee. A
Special Reserve 15-Year
Not as good as 12 or 21
Tasted this back to back with the 12 and the 21 and by far my least favourite. Harsher than the 12 and almost a whisky taste. Not what I want from
St. Nicholas Abbey
Cool bottle but not worth £150 for me
Interesting sugary smell. Syrupy full flavoured. Medicinal, almost like a peated malt whisky (think Laphroaig) but not quite as intense as that
Nelson's Blood Yachting Decanter
The decanter this comes in is great and has a prominent place on my shelf but was incredibly annoying to open due to a heavy wax finish. I found so
This should be one of my favourite rums
It combines two of my favourites, the bottle from Rum Nation Panama 21 (although the top isn't quite as cool) and is Peruvian like Millonario XO. But
Interesting dark n stormy
Incredible dark black colour (made by artificial additives so maybe not that incredible) and cool branding and bottle. I have sipped this and ther
Extra Old 12-Year
Flavoursome and good to sip or mix
I enjoyed this run whenever I went back to it. Deep molasses taste but nothing special to keep me coming back too often. The massive stopper/cor
Aniversario Reserva Exclusiva
Dark aged colour. Slight smell of sugar on the nose and a woody note. Quite thin initial taste, some alcohol in the middle. The bottle loo
My favourite of the dictador 100 months
But that isn't an incredibly high accolade. Some coffee and toffee up front in a very sticky way. Then transitions to harshness but with a nic
Chocolatey and vanilla initial taste but then goes pretty quickly. Barely any aftertaste (good or bad).
Very light in colour. Strong orange smell, like a Terry's chocolate orange. Bitter orange up front on the taste, then dark chocolate before a b
The Duppy Share
Cool label, good mixer
Spicy, slightly harsh. A bit like pusser's but smoother. I haven't tried it but would be very good with ginger beer. Still on my list to buy at
The Real McCoy
Very clear aftertaste of bourbon. Slightly harsh. A very light, whisky kind of colour too.
EHP Single Barrel
Interesting to taste but not drink regularly
I love El Dorado but these single barrels are interesting as an insight into how the more drinkable blends are made but wouldn't drink them regularly.
Harsh in a good way
Starts off sweet and cloying and then gets progressively harsher. Burns your throat when you swallow. I like it with ginger beer when I don't
Incredibly sweet. Strong vanilla taste which must be added in. Very drinkable neat but I'd choose lots of other rums ahead of this. Interes
Not the best plantation
Plantation make some fabulous rums but this is just OK. You get some complexity from the wood/the brandy that was previously in the barrel but don
Has a sweet smell and no initial alcohol taste. Slightly weak initially but then wood develops. A deep sweet aftertaste that is reminiscent of bran
Sweet fruity start but not much else to follow through.
I really wanted to love this
The bottle is cool in a classic way. 1981 is the year I was born. If I hadn't been going through a restrained phase I probably would have just bought
Mature, deep but not great
Drank back to back with the anejo gran reserva and compared to that this was mature, sweet and deep but still not great.
9-Year Port Cask Finish
Two tastes in one
But unfortunately they don't come together very well (at all). Quite strange, it zig-zags between sweet rum and sour port. Both taste quite nice on
Reserva Especial 15
Chemicals, added sugar but still quite good
This bottle is very cool. No idea if it is traditional or not but looks very good on my shelf. Very dark interesting colour. This is the young
A smoother agricole
Smooth but a strong woody taste. Some sweetness but quite subtle and chewy. Get some tones of whisky and cognac.
Probably good with coke
Not harsh taste (like the selleccion des maestros) but not much else either. A touch of vanilla which then fades fast. Would probably be good w
Imperial Premium Blend 30 Aniversario
Poor packaging presages a not great rum
The barcelo imperial was my first proper rum so I just had to get this. A few people have commented on the bottle/packaging being cool but I think
Love the bottle, not the rum
Harsh and a little earthy, don't really like but the bottle is cool.
Better than captain Morgan's
But nothing to touch elements 8 spiced rum or even the kraken. Good with coke.
Fine with coke
Have passed a number of good holidays sipping on this in a Cuba libre but many better mixing rums out there.
Only drinkable with a mixer
I know loads of people rave about this but I literally couldn't drink this neat. Lots of chemicals on the nose and follows through into the taste.
Worth tasting once
Incredibly strange rum. Really strong smell of pine which then follows through into more pine and some sawdust. As it fades you are left with pe
Centenario XO Premio Platino
intense. Ronseal smell. Slightly chemically taste. Tastes similar to 23 solera and a bit better but not good enough to buy. I didn't have any left
Hot hot hot
Builds up very quickly to a fiery high heat. Burns without much other taste.
St. Nicholas Abbey
Too "trebly" for me
No detectable smell. Lots of "treble" (meaning high end frequency) in the balance. Almost nasal. I don't like it.
Young and raw
Tastes very young, almost raw. Could almost think this is a tequila with a vegetal taste. Only tried neat, might be better mixed.
Diet coke syrup
This bottle is serious cool and the almost black colour of the rum makes it look even better. I saw some pictures where the lid on the bottle tube loo
Martinique 12-Year Anniversary
Not for me
Very 'thin" with lots of initial alcohol taste. Some honey-ey sweetness comes through later along with some yellow wood and a not completely pleasa
Not very complex
Bitter coffee up front taste but not in a very nice way. Aftertaste lingers but again not pleasantly.
Selección de Maestros
Harsh and uninteresting
I really wanted to like this but it just seemed harsh with nothing going on. Tasted back to back with cartavio xo and angostura 1824.
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