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Five "Spanish style" aged rums

 28 Jun 2009  

I've finally managed to taste all the new aged rums I bought on a trip a while back. They are all "Spanish style" rums in the 20-25 Euro range. They are: Bermudez from the Dominican Republic, Botran from Guatemala, Diplomático from Venezuela and Malecon from Panama. My tast­ing notes:

Bermudez Aniversario 12 y.o.:
Nice, fragrant nose with notes of caramelized sugar, gin­ger­bread and tropical fruits. The palate is mild, sweet and a little spicy. (83 p)

Botran Añejo 8 y.o.:
Quiet yet nice nose with notes of custard and citrus fruits, also a little prickly. On the palate it's light, sweet and fresh with notes of citrus, also fairly spicy yet nicely bal­anced. (84 p)

Botran Añejo 12 y.o.:
Quiet yet rather nice nose with fruity and herbal notes, also a little earthy. The palate is mild, sweet and slightly spicy. All in all bal­anced and very nice. (85 p)

Diplomático Reserva 8 y.o.:
Very nice nose with crème brûlée and a note of coffee. Mild, sweet, smooth, very nice palate with toffee and vanilla. Very nice! Impressive considering it's only 8 years old - I can't wait to try the 12... (87 p)

Malecon 12 y.o.:
Rather nice nose with vanilla, oak, toffee and crème brûlée. There's also a herbal note and a hint of wild berries. The palate is mild, light and fairly dry with oak and a note of raspberry candy. An unusual spectrum of flavours but all in all it's quite nice. (85 p)

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