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  1. Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Rum

    Aged Rum — Guatemala

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Ok. Ron Zacapa 23 has become a very polarizing rum, in that a lot of people don't consider it "rum", rather they think it is a rum liqueur; is that fair? I don't know. I'm not an expert in any way, and while I can read reviews, and comments from "experts", I am not going to pretend that I can add anything to that discussion, I do wish that Zacapa was transparent in their process, I would like to know what is added to the rum. As I am not pretending to be an expert, I am going to simply talk about my thoughts and impressions of the tasting experience. The rum is room temperature in the glass, but smells like warm molasses cookies. Ginger, brown sugar, molasses, orange zest, allspice, cloves, vanilla. A sip brings a different experience than the nose, there is more bitterness and wood flavor than I picked up. There's burnt caramel, vanilla, and yes, molasses, allspice, cloves, brown sugar, all the other things from the nose. The finish unfolds over a fairly long time. The sweetness fades, there is a tingle like cloves, and then the sweet and bitter bite of burnt caramel. I haven't experienced enough rums to know where this stands compared to others, but I can say that I enjoy the experience. This is a worthy rum to sip on, to smell, to taste, to let it linger, to enjoy. If you are in the camp that feels that Zacapa is fake rum, that it has too much sugar added (I've seen as high as 44 g/L, and more commonly 23 g/L), that the flavor is tuned by adding dunder (I don't actually think that is true), and the biggest complaint is the 23 on the bottle. No, it is not a 23 year old rum, it is solera blended rum from 6 to 23 years old, so probably mostly 6 or 7 year old, with very little of the actually old stuff in it. Ok, again, I would like transparency, but I also do like the way this tastes. 90/100
    44.95 USD per Bottle
  2. 51 Cachaça

    Cachaça — São Paulo, Brazil

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Ok, I’m not going to pretend to have a lot of experience or deep knowledge of rum, or Cachaça, as a spirit. I am capable of looking up information the same as anyone else, and while this is a new area of exploration to me, tasting and analyzing spirits isn’t new. So, I came to cachaça as a category of rum, despite those who insist that it isn’t rum. I smell something weird. You know how people tell kids that they can become anything that they want? This rum was told that, and decided that it was gonna be tequila. (Not really, but it is vegetal) Sweet, lime juice, way overripe oranges (verging on rotting), fresh mown wet grass, vanilla, and some acetone. First sip, sweet, thin, some sour tartness. There’s a greenness to this, like the taste in your mouth after using an industrial weed trimmer, bitter like dandelion greens. The finish is mouthwatering, peppery, and vegetal. The green taste is present here too. There’s also something like biting into a lime. I haven’t had another cachaça other than Cachaça 51, so my rating is based entirely on my taste. 70/100
    19.95 USD per Bottle
  3. Appleton Estate Reserve Blend

    Aged Rum — Jamaica

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    This smells interesting. There's an ethanol twinge at the start, but then there's lots of overripe banana, molasses, and what I suppose must be the "Jamaica Funk". It's kinda like the sweet and tangy smell of barbeque. Taking a sip, molasses, burnt sugar, banana, nutmeg, and allspice. Grapefruit peel, with the pith on. The finish is quick, leaving a pleasant gingerbread taste. Further tastes, the gingerbread is pronounced, so is banana. Burnt molasses, and maybe licorice? This is something that I like quite a bit.
    28.95 USD per Bottle
  4. Flor de Caña Gran Reserva 7 Rum

    Gold Rum — Nicaragua

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    First off, I like this bottle. It is classy, and I like the raised sugar cane on it. The nose isn't very pronounced, but it is nice. It is warm, and rich, like fruit cake, or maybe I just smell the allspice, cinnamon, cloves, citrus, and rum when I have fruit cake? Taking a sip, it is surprisingly like fruit cake, there's dried citrus, there's cinnamon, cloves, some ginger, raisins, immediately on the front of the tongue. There is a tannic note to the finish, evidence that it has spent time in oak barrels. The wood note amplifies the citrus oil characteristics from earlier. It isn't too thin, has a nice texture, and while the finish does linger for a while, giving a nice warm spice, overall the experience is over fast from sip to sip. I don't have the experience to really determine objective quality, but I can say that this seems well done to me, and I like how it isn't overly sweet.
    21.95 USD per Bottle
  5. The Real McCoy 3 Year Rum

    Silver Rum — Barbados

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    You know that green banana smell, when you break the peel on a still slightly underripe one? That’s the first thing I pick up. There’s a hint of other fruit in there too, but I can’t really place what. I get ripe red bell pepper too. A hint of brown sugar. There’s a taste of bananas too, and a tingling like chili pepper. Warm brown sugar, and orange zest. Now the nose opens up to caramel, which is on the next sip too. But slightly burnt caramel, with some bitter bite to it. The finish is astringent, drawing moisture from your lips and cheeks, and tingling still. The next taste has something reminiscent of Sharpie or Magic Markers, not in a bad way. Yup, it’s like a slightly burnt, green banana, and Sharpie caramel, and I’m here for it.
    19.95 USD per Bottle
  6. Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Rum

    Aged Rum — Guatemala

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
  7. Appleton Estate Reserve Blend

    Aged Rum — Jamaica

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  8. Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    This isn’t about the first pour from this bottle, it’s about the first one after the bottle opened up some. See, the first few (several) pours were good, but only one note; peanut brittle, light on the peanuts. Neat pour sitting in a tasting glass for 10 - 15 minutes. On the nose it’s apple juice, mixed citrus zest, just ripe pears, those neon cocktail cherries, and cream soda. There’s a prickly sensation that makes you wrinkle your nose. A very nice smell, if not one that brings you back to keep smelling it again and again. The first taste was baking spices, but toned down. Citrus, like orange extract, red apple, and peanut brittle (still light on the peanuts). The finish presents interesting developments, the zest becomes tart, there’s cinnamon, and cloves, ginger, and bitter tannins, like over steeped black tea. While certainly not the prize of my collection, Old Grand Dad Bottled in Bond is delicious, and inexpensive. I won’t feel bad just pouring a glass to sip, or mixing it in a cocktail, but it has enough going on that you can take some time with it neat if you want. 89/100
    24.95 USD per Bottle
  9. Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    On the nose there is banana bread. Is it imagery? Maybe my perception is just as subject to influence as everyone else's, but I find myself agreeing with them anyway. The palate is light, but so was the smell coming from the glass. Banana bread here too. There's nothing too sharp or offensive. When I say banana bread, I mean, this tastes like brown sugar, butter, ripe bananas, a tiny bit of cinnamon, and maybe a tiny bit of cloves? The baking spices are very mild, but pleasant. The finish is very short, and again, light. I don't want to sound negative, this is nice, it is worth the price I paid for the bottle, and is a lovely version of Jack Daniels. I can see why people love the cask strength version of the single barrel.
    39.95 USD per Bottle
  10. Weller Special Reserve

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    So, I was able to pick up a bottle of Weller Special Reserve last Sunday. I know it is in very high demand, that’s probably why this was the first opportunity to get one I’ve had in three years. I am sure it isn’t worth the secondary market prices people rant about. I also understand that the turkey fans will always prefer 101 to any other whiskey. Knowing that, I did what I felt I had to do when given the opportunity to buy one at retail, I bought it. I then did the next reasonable thing, checked the secondary prices. Then I opened it up to try it. I agree that it’s not a $200 bottle, not even $110, or really a $75, but for $26 why do so many people rag on this? I wonder, is the desire to be contrarian too strong in some? I find Weller SR to be a very nice wheated bourbon, it has a pleasant nose, balanced and welcome flavors, and (for a $26 bourbon) a surprisingly good finish. There is an actual reason that Weller has such a strong following, it’s good. I am happy I got one, would highly recommend you grab it too, if you can find it at retail. While you’re enjoying it, ignore the haters, and hey, go ahead and pick up some WT101 too, it’s always there, and always good.
    26.95 USD per Bottle
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