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Posts Tagged ‘Valera Hermanos’

24 Days of Rum (#24) – Ron Abuelo Rum Napolean XV (Panama)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas Everyone!

We have reached the end of the 24 Days Of Rum Advent Calendar review series, and this ending brings us to the Varela Hermanos Distillery  in the Republic of Panama. (I can almost hear Van Halen singing in the background.)

Ron Abuelo Rum Napolean XV is part of the Ron Abuelo Finish Collection which is a family of rums which have been aged in white American Oak barrels and then finished in either sherry, cognac or porto barrels. The name of each brand represents both the added wood character of the finish, and also the places that the finishing barrels came from, Oloroso for Jerez and Spain, Napoleon for Cognac and France, and Tawny for Porto and Portugal.

Ron Abuelo Napolean 15 Anos is a well aged rum which was aged first in Ex-American oak barrels and then finished in French Cognac barrels.

Here is a link to my tasting notes and scores for the No. 24 spirit in the 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box:

Review: Ron Abuelo Rum Napolean XV

“…Smells become deeper and richer, a bit of port cigar mingles with Christmas cake and rich baking spices …”


Note: 24 Days of Rum – The Original Rum Tasting Box produced by 1423 World Class Spirits contains 24 handpicked rums from 24 different countries all over the world. It features an extraordinary opportunity to sample a wide variety of premium rums allowing you to hone in on the particular style which suits your palate. As indicated in my previously published review (here) This Rum Advent Calendar is a highly recommended gift for the rum enthusiast.


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Review: Rum Nation Panama 18 Years (2010 Release)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 5, 2013

SAM_0623 Panama 18Panamanian rum from the Valera Hermanos Distillery has been bottled by Rum Nation since 1999. The 18-year-old rum from Panama is acquired in bulk from Valera Hermanos and shipped overseas to Italy for labeling and bottling. After the successful introduction of this bottling 13 years ago, the company has continued to purchase bulk rum from Panama with an annual production of roughly 6,000 bottles per year.

I was given a bottle of the 2010 release (bottled at 40 % abv.) for the purpose of this review by Crush Imports who distribute the Rum Nation line-up in my home Province of Alberta.

You may click on the excerpt to read the full review:

Review: Rum Nation Panama 18 Years (2010 Release)

” …The initial scent rising from the glass is full of butterscotch, cinnamon and cloves. A zesty wood spice arises as well giving the aroma a touch of brashness. As the glass breathes, I notice some brown sugar, vanilla, baking spices and roasted pecans all wandering through the breezes giving me a impressions of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls. Some orange peel in the breezes, and a little dark tobacco keep the aroma spicy and interesting… “

Please enjoy this review of this very nice Panamanian Rum!

Note: For more reviews of the Rum Nation line-up you can follow these links:


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