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Review: Angostura 1919 Aged Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 12, 2015

Angostura 1919 Orange Daiquiri SAM_1469

Angostura 1919 Orange Daiquiri

In 1973, the House of Angostura bought Fernandes Distillers Ltd, adding the accumulated expertise of that Trinidadian distilling company to their own. According to the Angostura website, their Angostura 1919 Aged Rum pays homage to a particular rum produced in the 1930s by the master blender of Fernandes Distillers, J.B. Fernandes. (In fact, that rum produced by Fernandes Distillers is now considered to be of historical significance to those who study the development of rum in Trinidad and Tobago as well as the rest of the Caribbean.)

This historic rum was the result of a fire which consumed the Government Rum Bond in 1932. Mr. Fernandes purchased the remaining charred casks (which still contained rum) and discovered that they had been filled in the year 1919. The purchased rum was blended and became known as “1919 Aged Rum”. This 1919 aged rum became so highly regarded, that the House of Angostura chose to keep its memory alive with their own Angostura 1919 Aged Rum.

My sample bottle for this review was provided to my by the Bacchus Group who distribute the Angostura spirit throughout Western Canada.


Varlhona Noir Alpaco

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Angostura 1919 Aged Rum

” … Oak spice underlain by dry grassy tobacco leads out upon the palate with impressions of butterscotch and orange peel zest quickly following in their wake. If you allow the rum to breathe in your glass for about ten minutes a dry grassy mustiness is revealed with indications of herbal menthol and dried flowers  …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my suggested cocktail, the Angostura 1919 Orange Daiquiri, which I found uses the spicy orange peel spiciness found within the Angostura 1919 Rum to great effect. I also included an indulgent chocolate pairing, Varlhona Noir Alpaco, which is a pure Dark Chocolate from Ecuador. (Read the review to learn more.)

Cheers Everyone!


4 Responses to “Review: Angostura 1919 Aged Rum”

  1. So I have to wonder what Paul discovered in the Dictador? I have to say that I find the two Angosturas and the Dictador 20yr to be somewhat related in the sense that the flavors of the Dictador (not so much the nose) seem to my palette to lie almost in between the 1919 and the 1824.I happen to love all three, but particularly the 1919 which I find to be one of the “brightest” rums I’ve ever tasted and by that I mean that its many flavor nuances are all well distinguished from one another. By contrast, when you get to the 1824 (for example) you can taste the same flavor set, but more blended and harmonized, harder to pick out individual notes. The Dictador 20 is not as bright as the 1919 and not as melded as the 1824. Not that any of this is a bad thing. All of these rums are delicious in my opinion.

    Other rums that are “like” these three (and I quote “like” because I don’t mean they taste exactly the same but because they taste like they belong in the same general family) would include Flor de Cana 12 and 18 (sorry no ~ over the n on this keyboard) very close to the 1824, but a bit less sophisticated. Santa Teresa 1796, less sweet than the others, a little more “oaky” maybe, Mocambo 20 yr. even more oaky and a little less smooth than the others, but definitely grows on you.

  2. Paul said

    Hi Chip,

    I was hoping that you’d have a chance to put this rum through its paces.

    I’m still relatively new to the world of rum (at least aged ones) and really appreciate the work you put into your reviews and website. It was actually some of the reviews I read here which got me more interested it. Hence my first purchase (based on your reviews and availability in Ontario) was a bottle of El Dorado 12. 3/4 of the way through that, my 2nd purchase was the 1919 (based on some other research).

    I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I didn’t realize that it would be so different from the 1824 as you found. My next purchase was actually going to be the Dictador 12, but since you noted that the 1824 is different, I’m rethinking my decision.

    I guess that I’m looking for your opinion on whether the 1824 or the Dictador will provide an experience/flavour that is most different to the 1919? I’m sure that either one would be great, but I’d like you to weigh in if you can.

    Thank you for your time.


    • Hi Paul

      If it is a really different taste experience you are looking for, I would go with the Dictador. The use of Sherry barrels in conjunction with American oak gives the rum a very different (some might even call it wild) taste profile which I like very much. (Angostura 1824 is excellent in its own right so either choice would be great.)

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