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Review: Barcelo Imperial Premium 30 Aniversario Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 4, 2022

Ron Barceló was founded in 1930 under the name Barceló & Co in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The rum brand quickly grew in popularity growing into one of the largest in the Dominican, and the brand is now exported world-wide to over 25 countries.

When I dug further into the rum’s story I found that it had been created in 2011. At that time the spirit was blended from 10 year old reserves which were aged an additional 2 years in white oak from France, some from the Bordeaux house of Château d’Yquem. Whether much has changed since 2011 is hard to say; but the implication is that the rum is probably made from a blend of cane spirits which have been aged up to 12 years.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Barcelo Imperial Premium 30 Aniversario Rum

“… Fine oak spices and caramel toffee melded with with vanilla, rich brown sugar and baking spices. There is a whiff of apricot brandy and then even more fine wood spice pouring upwards. Notes of honeycomb, marzipan, bits of cola and even a light impression of my Mom’s cinnamon rolls seem to be floating in the air …”

Chimo!

Please enjoy my review of this exceptional rum from Ron Barcelo.

 

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Review: Barcelo Gran Anejo Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 19, 2022

Ron Barceló was founded in 1930 under the name Barceló & Co in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The rum brand quickly grew in popularity growing into one of the largest in the Dominican, and the brand is now exported world-wide to over 25 countries.

According to the company’s website Barcelo Gran Anejo Rum is a blend of Dominican rums aged for up to six years in ex-Bourbon oak casks. This makes it a more premium rum that the previously reviewed Barcelo Anejo (see here). Although the Gran Anejo is reported to contain rums aged up to six years, I should point out that the spirit is sold without an age statement.  I think we can assume that the Gran Anejo Rum will have an average age somewhat less than the six years mentioned on the website.

In my locale (Edmonton, Alberta) the rum is sold at 40 % alcohol by volume in a 750 ml bottle, however I have also seen bottles sold at 37.5 % alcohol by volume in 700 ml bottles. This review is for the version sold at the 40 % bottling strength.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Barcelo Gran Anejo Rum

“… The Gran Anejo Rum does seem to be a step up from its younger sibling, Barcello Anejo. The initial aroma brings fine wood spices, hints of butterscotch and almond into the air. Accompanying notes of vanilla, orange and banana peel arrive as well as does a mild menthol grassiness. Perhaps I am noticing a light build up of baking spices (cinnamon and ginger) as well …”

Please enjoy the review as well as the suggested cocktail which follows, The Swift Turtle!

Chimo!

 

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Review: Arehucas 12 Anos Anejo Reserva

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 22, 2021

Destilerías Arehucas traces its origin to August 9, 1884 when La Fábrica the San Pedro sugar factory officially opened in Arucas, on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria. Although the facility was a sugar factory, sugar cane distillates and rum was also produced. In 1965, La Fábrica changed its name to Destilerías Arehucas Distilleries. . Today the facility produces a full range of cane spirits including traditional white and amber rums, aged rums and flavoured Honey Rums.They also produce a selection of fruit liqueurs and Creme spirits.

One of the premium spirits produced at the facility is Arehucas Anejo 12 Anos. According to most retail websites which carry the spirit, the rum has been distilled in two columns from sugar cane juice and aged for 12 years in oak.

Here is a link to my Review:

Review: Arehucas 12 Anos Anejo Reserva

“… Oak spice and vanilla with lightly pungent baking spice (allspice, nutmeg and hints of cinnamon) and leather. Caramel and marzipan climb into the breezes and well as notes of banana and bits of bittersweet chocolate …”

Please enjoy my review.

Chimo!

 

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Review: Romero Dark Sugarcane Spirit

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 15, 2021

The Romero Distillery produces a full line-up of rum and rum-like spirits, including an Amber, a Spiced and a Dark Rum, as well as a similar line of what they call Sugar Cane Spirit which I have learned is aged with what Romero Distilling calls an accelerated maturation process. The spirit cannot be called rum in Canada as it has not spent the minimum of one year in small oak as per Canadian law and thus cannot be called rum. (In the USA there is no such regulation concerning oak aging for rum and Romero’s Cane Spirits could properly be called rum south of our border.)

All the base ingredients and distillation processes are the same for Romero’s Cane Spirits as they are for their traditionally aged rums. This information was covered covered in some detail when I reviewed Romero’s traditional Dark Rum spirit (here).

This following link is to my full review for the Romero Dark Sugar Cane Spirit:

Review: Romero Dark Sugarcane Spirit 

“… Fine oak spice, vanilla and caramel accented by cinnamon and nutmeg. Hints of clove and cardamom with very light black pepper trailing. As with the Romero Dark Rum, I do not get a firm sense of sweetness from the molasses. It is apparent but laid back further than we would find in most traditional dark rums. Unlike the Dark Rum from Romero, I notice bits of fine wood spice in the breezes. Perhaps a reflection of the accelerated maturation process …”

Please enjoy my review of this surprising spirit which includes a cocktail suggestion, The Mountain Climber.

Chimo!

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Review: Romero Dark Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 31, 2020

The Romero Distilling Company bills itself as Western Canada’s Premier Craft Rum Producer. They are based in Calgary Alberta and are headed by the father and son team of Diageo and Thomas Romero. (Diageo, the father, is a Professional Engineer and Thomas, the Son is a MBA Graduate.)  The distillery they built markets itself with a connection to Alberta’s rum running past.

The Romero Distillery produces a full line-up of rum and rum-like spirits, including an Amber, a Spiced and a Dark Rum, as well as a similar line of what they call Sugar Cane Spirit which is cane spirit which cannot legally be labeled as rum in Canada as it has not yet been aged for a full year in oak. (Note: In the USA there is no such regulation concerning age and the spirits could properly be called rum.)

Romero Dark Rum, the subject of this review, was distilled using Romero’s Canadian made hybrid copper pot still using Canadian Molasses and Glacier fed water from the eastern slopes of the Rockies. The spirit was matured in once used bourbon barrels from Woodford Reserve in Kentucky.

Here is a link to the full review:

Review: Romero Dark Rum

“… Leads out with vanilla and caramel accented by cinnamon and clove. Nutmeg is found next with cardamom and black pepper trailing, I do not get a firm sense of sweetness from the molasses. It is apparent but laid back further than we would find in most traditional dark rums …”

Please enjoy my review which included my Suggested Cocktail, Frank’s Slide.

 

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