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Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva

Review: Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva   91/100
Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on December 2, 2019

Fabio Rossi began his life in the spirits trade as a Oenologist (one who has studied winemaking). After his studies, Mr. Rossi left the wine business and started up a whisky company in Edinburgh (Wilson and Morgan) acting as an independent bottler of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. His interest turned to rum and in 1999, Fabio Rossi founded Rum Nation and a few years later Ron Millonario.

The subject of this review, Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva, is produced like all Ron Millonario Rums at he Hacienda Agicola in Chiclayo, an small enclave near the sea in Northern Peru. This new rum has been produced from a new recipe, and is designed to be a lighter fresher version of Ron Millonario yet with the same rich raisiny flavour profile the brand is known for.

Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva was blended from a variety of aged rums which vary from 6 to 10 years of age using a modified Solera process with the first stage of the solera bringing the rums to 6 years of age and the final stage bringing the oldest rum in the blend to 10 years.

Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva, is bottled in Peru at 40 % alcohol by volume.

In the Bottle 4.5/5

To the left is a bottle shot of the Ron Millionario Rum. As you can see it is a tall long-necked bottle with a slightly bubbled long neck. The solid glass topper is a wonderful crowning touch.

The label is a little too busy for my taste and I would prefer to see less gold leaf design and more information about the rum highlighted.

Having said that, I admit the bottle makes a splashy appearance on the rum shelf and the clear bottle highlights the rich dark hue of the rum.

In The Glass 9/10

Colour:  Copper with a strong tilt towards bronze

Legs: Thick leglets which fall slowly

Initial Nose: Complex with a mingling of oak, toffee, orange marmalade, thick vanilla, cola and coffee

Decanted Aroma: Deepening oak spice melded into caramel and toffee. Vanilla, hints of cinnamon and clove, hints of raisin and dates as well as crushed pecans

Noticeably lighter than the previously reviewed Ron Millonario 15, the rum nevertheless impresses me with its rich aroma

In the Mouth 54.5/60

Alcohol push and Spice: Smooth and lightly spicy with no alcohol burn

Initial Taste: Mingling of caramel, marmalade, oak spice and toffee, and hints of raisin

Follow up:  I would be tempted describe this as a dessert rum as it is sweeter than most rums; however it is also rich and delicious. Candied oranges, rich vanilla and toffee spice. Underlying nuttiness of walnut, rich baking spices, figs, dates and raisins.

With Ice: A chocolate lover’s dream

In The Throat: 14/15

Body and Length: Medium to full bodied with a long sweet finish

Flavours during Swallow: Dark Brown sugar with oak, baking spice, cocoa and cola

Lingering Flavours: Wood spice and warm toffee linger with a definite impression of cola mixed in

The Afterburn  9/10

Final Thoughts:  If you do not like sweet rums then this is one to leave alone. However, if you do not mind the more honeyed path, then this rum is for you as it is full of yummy flavours of caramel, chocolate and cocoa. There is just enough oak character and spice to contrast the sweetness. Perfect for sipping on in the evening as an after dinner treat!

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.

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You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping

 
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