Ron Barceló Imperial
Ron Barceló // Dominican Republic
Rapidly growing Dominican Republic brand Ron Barceló produces rums they distill from 100% Dominican sugar cane juice. The Imperial rum gets finished for two years in French oak barrels, stacked horizontally like in rickhouses, as compared to Barceló's traditional aging process which uses bourbon barrels left vertically standing. The rum used for Imperial is aged for between four and 10 years overall. This is sold elsewhere at 38% abv (and is what is reviewed here), but is sold at 40% abv in the US.
Aged RumRum that is aged, but no specific type or size barrel required. No set time required for length of aging, but will often carry an age statement (which should be taken with a grain of salt). Often thought of as "sipping rums".
Cask Typefinished in French oak
"Imperial offers a far smokier, roasted nose than the rest of the Barceló lineup, with brown sugar and molasses. The palate offers a creamy, buttery oak, with roast, sugar cane, and brown sugar, along with mineral and vegetal flavors. A warm, smooth and moderate length finish offers more on the earthy and grassy side of the spectrum, and some final bitter, oaky and roasted notes."