Category Archives: Rum

Rum Tasting

I recently ordered a Flaviar Rum Tasting Set which consisted of the following 5 rums:

  • Kraken Black Spiced Rum
  • Pyrat XO Reserve
  • Ron De Jeremy
  • Dos Maderas PX 5yo + 5yo
  • Ron Zacapa Centenario

I also have a couple of rums in at the moment so I thought I would add them to the tasting also. I have only recently started to get into rum so this is my first time properly tasting them in a ‘review’ mentality.

Distillery: Kraken
Name: Black Spiced Rum
Region: Caribbean
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 45ml
Price: £21 for 70cl (Master of Malt)
Nose: Vanilla sweetness, coffee liqueur, smooth
Taste: Vanilla, coffee, smooth
Finish: Short, dry, spicy
Rating: 5/10

This has an incredibly smooth nose with plenty of vanilla sweetness and a coffee liqueur quality to it, think Tia Maria but more subtle. I don’t really get much spice on the nose but there is a little there on the palate along with that vanilla and coffee again. Smooth on the palate with a slightly dry and spicy finish.

Distillery: Dos Maderas
Name: PX 5+5
Region: Caribbean and finished in Spain
Age: 10
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 45ml
Price: £41 for 70cl (The Whisky Exchange)
Nose: Sherry, nuts, raisins, musty oak
Taste: Raisins, sherry, sweet, smooth, spicy kick, tobacco
Finish: Long, spicy, sherry, tobacco
Rating: 9/10
An interesting one this as it consists of rum distilled and matured in Barbados and Guyana but finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks in Spain giving a total ageing period of 10 years.
What does this result in? Well the sherry notes are immediately present, like smelling a heavily sherried whisky at first such as a Glenfarclas. You also get the traditional raisin notes coming through that often accompanies sherry but unusually there is a nutty character deep down in there, along with a musty oakyness also. The sherry fades with time to reveal a sweeter nose and that musty quality becomes a little more earthy.

This has to be one of the most complex rums I have tried. The palate has an instant hit of raisins with the sherry sweetness present also. This leads into a silky smoothness that then leaps into a spicy kick at the back of the tongue along with cigar tobacco.  The sherry, spice and tobacco continue on for a long, well balance finish.

Distillery: Pyrat
Name: XO Reserve
Region: Guyanese
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 45ml
Price: £38 (Master of Malt)
Nose: Sweet, orange, lemon zest,  fresh
Taste: Citrus, tangerines, lemon zest, sweetness
Finish: Long, thick, orange, sweet
Rating: 4/10
Very citrussy, very orange. It also has lemon zest in there too making it a really fresh aroma. Maybe a little to citrussy though, reminds me of cleaning products a bit.

Unsurprisingly it is very citrussy again, tangerines rather than orange though but still with that lemon zest edge to it. It is also sweet, not too much however. It is very refreshing, great on a hot day and you do get the rum qualities come through eventually under all of that citrus.

Distillery: Alcoholes y Rones de Panama
Name: Ron De Jeremy
Region: Panamanian
Age: 7
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 45ml
Price: £32 (Master of Malt)
Nose: Sugar cane, creamy, fruity, banana
Taste: Smooth, vanilla sweetness, banana, spice
Finish: Long, sweet, spicy
Rating: 6/10

Heavy on the sugar cane this one, not to say it is overly sweet though. Part of the sweetness is coming from the creaminess also, I’m thinking clotted cream. I also get a fruitiness there, bananas, but more banana sweets rather than the fruit itself.

The palate is smooth with a real vanilla sweetness to it and those banana sweets coming through also. There is also a nice level of spice towards the end which continues into the long, sweet finish.

Distillery: Professor Cornelius Ampleforth
Name: Rumbullion!
Region: English
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 42.6%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £36 (Master of Malt)
Nose: Sweet, orange, cola bottles
Taste: Creamy, smooth, sweet, orange, Angostura bitters, spice
Finish: Long, spicy
Rating: 6/10

Sweetness with intense orange on the nose with a good measure of cola bottle sweets. There is also some subtle spice there too but I can’t put my finger on which spice. It is a very powerful nose though, one of the strongest I’ve seen in a rum.

The palate is thick and creamy with an initial sweetness, plenty of orange there again but with definite notes of Angostura bitters afterwards, not actually bitter however, there is still a sweetness to it. Again the power is present on the palate, plenty going on in this one.

Distillery: Diplomático
Name: Reserva Exclusiva
Region: Venezuelan
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 35cl
Price: £37 for 70cl (Master of Malt)
Nose: Rich, cocoa, slight vanilla, tropical fruits
Taste: Rich, smooth, vanilla, sweet, dark chocolate, slight spice
Finish: Long, spicy
Rating: 7/10

A difficult one this, really lovely nose but it’s so well balanced that it is a little hard to pick out individual characteristics. It is not particularly sweet although there is some vanilla; there are notes of cocoa too helping to give it a really rich aroma. Given time some subtle tropical fruit notes begin to come through, banana being the easiest to pick out.

Onto the palate and it is rich and silky smooth with some vanilla sweetness and a lovely slow developing spice, this lingers for an age in the mouth. You can also pick up on dark chocolate which works great with the spice. There is also an underlying oak note but only very subtle and just adds a slight dryness to the finish after a while.

Distillery: Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala
Name: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23
Region: Guatemalan
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 45ml
Price: £46 (Master of Malt)
Nose: Spicy, dry, oaky, dark honey,
Taste: Sweet, raisins, nutty, spicy
Finish: Medium length, slightly smokey, spicy
Rating: 8/10

Apparently the 23 referrers to the age of the oldest rum in the blend, not the actual age of the rum, I do not know this for certain however, just what I got from the tinterwebs.

Has a lovely aroma this one, rich and spicy with some dry, oaky notes but also some dark honey sweetness.  It has a very rich and slightly sweet palate with plenty of raisins coming through but also a slight nuttiness as well. There is a good spice level which carries over to the medium length finish which also has a hint of smoke (Caol Ila comes to mind), this is short lived unfortunately however.