Rum Review: Atlantico Private Cask
Atlantico Private Cask Ron Anejado Solera
I must admit, I never took Atlantico very seriously because of its affiliation with Enrique Iglesias. Its Facebook and Twitter pages are absolutely filled with hopeful women far more concerned with Mr. Iglesias than his rum, so it just didn’t seem like a rum for serious rum drinkers. My first taste of the Atlantico line was the Platino, which was part of our 32 light rum blind taste test, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. And in writing that article, I learned that Atlantico was actually blended by Oliver y Oliver, so my opinion rose yet again and I decided to pick up a bottle of their aged selection. Would this rum be my hero, baby?
The shape of the clear Atlantico bottle is quite handsome. Fairly tall with a square bottom, the bottle tapers at the shoulder, pointing to the wood and natural cork stopper. The raised glass “A” with double anchors is a nice touch as well. The label is simple but elegant, with a gold foil border and antiqued paper. The rear of the bottle bears a small label with an eleven character hand-written bottle ID. My hand cramped up just looking at it.
In the glass the color is a deep copper with both gold and mahogany highlights. A swirl produces a thin ring and an innumerable set of leglets that creep downward. As I catch a waft above the glass, I sense there is essentially zero astringency here. The initial aroma is of hard candy—grape and banana, followed by butterscotch and toffee. Let’s have a taste and see if the candy dish imagery persists…
The rum washes over the palate like a wave of caramelized sugar. There is little to no heat, and almost no spice. The flavors here are of the aforementioned butterscotch mixed with a hint of charred oak and maple syrup. It’s definitely not complex, but it’s not bad either. Let’s sip some more and see if any subtleties can be discovered. Subsequent sips yield the same result: sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and a hint of pineapple. The finish is long and super sweet. As it lingers, a saccharin note develops, leaving me reaching for a glass of water.
While not a bad rum per se, Atlantico Private Cask lacks the complexity serious rum drinkers are looking for. Its sweetness is bordering on liqueur territory. Perhaps by upping the proof from 80 and reducing the added sugar would produce a more agreeable final product. I’m sure Enrique’s fan base will love it, however.
On to the scores:
- Appearance 1/1
- Aroma 1.5/2
- Mouth feel 1/1
- Taste 2/4
- Aftertaste 1.5/2
- Total 7/10
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