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Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva

Review: Ron Millonario 10 Anniversario Reserva   89.5/100
Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
January 6, 2020

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

When poured into the glass, the Ron Millonario Rum shows us a bronze hue. The rum is slightly thickened as revealed by the fat legs which trail down the glass after it is tilted and twirled. The initial nose reveals a somewhat sweet rum with a complex character featuring firm smells of oak, toffee, orange marmalade, thick vanilla, cola and coffee. These scents deepen as the rum breathes with the oak melding into the vanilla and baking spices giving the breezes a strong impression of rich toffee tinged with cinnamon and clove. Running through the breezes is a further impression of dry raisins and pecans.

Although the rum is noticeably lighter than the previously reviewed Ron Millonario 15, the spirit nevertheless impresses me with its rich aroma.

In the Mouth 53.5/60

Ron Millonario 10 is very smooth and moderately spicy with no alcohol burn at all when I sip. I taste a mingling of caramel, marmalade, oak spice and toffee, with hints of raisin running throughout. The rum is on the sweet side; however this sweetness is complimented by the oak spices which help to balance the rum. We also taste candied oranges, rich vanilla, toffee, baking spices, figs, dates and raisins with an underlying nuttiness of walnut.

I would though be tempted describe the spirit as a dessert rum rather than as a true sipping rum as the sweetness seems to me to be more enjoyable as an after dinner treat rather than as an aperitif. However it must be said that the rum is also rich and delicious.

If a dollop of ice is added to the glass the sweetness is held back revealing lovely chocolate flavours to enjoy.

In The Throat  13.5/15

The rum is medium to full bodied with a long sweet finish. We can taste dark brown sugar with oak, baking spice, cocoa and cola as we swallow with lingering flavours of wood spice and warm toffee resting on the tongue afterwards.

The Afterburn   9/10

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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