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Posts Tagged ‘Anejo’

Review: Bacardi Anejo Cuatro

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 5, 2021

It’s been five years since I published my review for Bacardi Anejo Rum, and I noticed the brand has had a facelift recently. It is now branded as Bacardi Anejo Cuatro, and it sports a spiffy new age statement, “Aged 4 Years” according to the new label. When I saw the changes in a local retail store I decided I should reach out for a new sample bottle so I could see if my thoughts on the brands had changes in the past 5 years.

Bacardi Anejo Cuatro Rum is produced using column still distillation and oak barrel aging. The rum carries a four year age statement, and it appears to have replaced the former Bacardi Anejo in the rum producer’s line-up. Apparently, the final rum is further ‘shaped’ by filtering the aged rum through a secret blend of charcoal. This charcoal filtration helps to blunt some of the harsh flavour characteristics of a young rum giving it a smoother taste profile and less astringency.

The final rum is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Bacardi Anejo Cuatro

“… The rum has a burnished copper colour in the glass with initial notes of fine oak spice, vanilla and butterscotch rising into the air. Orange peel follows with notes of baking spice (cinnamon and clove) as well. Although the rum has been filtered to remove some of its youthful astringency, there is nevertheless more than a few telltale notes of alcohol sharpness …”

Enjoy my review which includes two nice cocktail suggestions, the Spence Cocktail and The Railcar.

Chimo!

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Review: Adictivo Tequila Añejo

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 7, 2020

Tequila Adictivo was founded by Gildardo Partida, a third generation ‘tequileros’ from San Diego whose family apparently has a rich tradition of tequila manufacture and distribution which reaches back over 100 years.

Adictivo Tequila Anejo is an aged or ‘rested’ tequila spirit produced from agave pinas which have been baked in traditional brick ovens, with the juice extracted with a Stone Roller Mill. The cooked agave juice is twice distilled before being aged for 2 years in French oak barrels. Depending upon the market the spirit is exported to, the bottling proof may be anywhere from 35 to 40 % abv.. (My sample bottle was bottled at 40 %.)

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Adictivo Tequila Añejo

“… Sweet agave fruit, honey and butterscotch, very light on the pepper, with grilled pineapple and flower blossoms underneath. This is very inviting, but it seems to be sweetened to the point that the white peppery spice so typical of tequila has been subjugated …”

Please enjoy my review.

Chimo!

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Review: Ginebra San Miguel Anejo Dark Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 30, 2020

Tondena Distillers Limited were recently purchased by Ginebra San Miguel,a diversified beverage company majority-owned by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) located in the Philippines. In addition to rum, the company also makes, gin, vodka and light brandy as well as a variety of flavoured spirits.

Ginebra San Miguel Anejo Dark Rum does not appear on the producer’s website and I was unable to find much information regarding the brand. I suspect the rum was originally bottled as Tondena Distiller’s Anejo Dark Rum (the label is similar). The spirit appears to be in the midst of a re-branding and is now sold mainly in Taiwan.

The Ginebra Anejo Dark Rum sample I received was part of the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box from 1423 World Class Spirits. It is presented as a 5 Year Old Dark Rum, bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review with full tasting notes:

Review: Ginebra San Miguel Anejo Dark Rum

“… The breezes above the glass bring a surprising surge of oak with sweet butterscotch almond and vanilla which indicates that the age of the rum may indeed match the 5 Years declaration on the label. Oak spice, a touch of treacle and a welling of baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and clove) rise into the air with roasted marshmallow, orange peel, marzipan and tobacco …”

Please enjoy my review which includes two cocktail suggestions, the Brooklynite, and the Dark Rum and Cola.

Chimo!

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Review: Barceló Añejo Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 2, 2020

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 20 countries.

According to the USA Ron Barcelo website the anejo rum is:

A refined blend of superior rums patiently aged in oak barrels. A refined blend of superior rums patiently aged in oak barrels. Supreme quality worthy of the noblest Dominican tradition.

Ron Barceló rum is distilled from fermented molasses, and bottled at 37.5 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review with complete tasting notes:

Review: Barceló Añejo Rum

“… The rum is light bodied and lightly complex. A light butterscotch sweetness is wrapped in almond and vanilla with banana and orange peel and hints of treacle. There is also an overt grassy quality with hints of tobacco and menthol. There is a light bitterness running through the rum, which is offset by the light sweetness of butterscotch …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my new serving, The Runner.

Chimo!

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Review: Herradura Ultra Anejo Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 25, 2019

The Herradura Tequila brand is owned by Brown-Froman. It is produced thirty miles from Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, in the town of Amatitan, at Brown – Forman Tequila Distillery Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. which is also referred to as Hacienda Herradura. The Herradura spirit produced here uses agave cooked in traditional old stone ovens, and distilled on old copper pot stills.

The subject of this review, the Herradura Ultra Anejo is a true 100% Weber Blue agave tequila. According to the Brown-Foreman website:

With the perfect blend of our premium Añejo and Extra Añejo barrels, ULTRA is a crystal-clear tequila. A subtle hint of agave nectar offers a superior taste that will transport tequila connoisseurs beyond smoothness.

Although the spirit is produced from aged tequila, a clear colour is achieved via a filtering process through activated charcoal that softens and crystallizes the blend of Añejo and extra Añejo tequila. Prior to filtering, a dab of pure agave nectar is added giving Ultra a light sweetness with hints of caramel and cooked agave.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Herradura Ultra Anejo Tequila

“… The breezes above the glass seemed muted as the filtering has muted much of the oak and wood spice to the point that all I can decipher (of the woody notes) is the light scent of sandalwood. The typically strong earthy note of agave is severely tempered as well. Within these muted scents of oak and agave are additional mild notes of vanilla and hints of caramel …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with a couple of nice cocktail suggestions.

Chimo!

 

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