Rum Review: Barcelo 30
Barcelo 30 Aniversario Imperial Premium Blend Rum Review
Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Ron Barcelo sells several expressions, some of which have been evaluated here with mixed results. Whereas the Imperial was delightful, the Gran Platino was among the worst I’ve ever tasted. But on the strength of the Imperial, let’s take a chance and sample Barcelo’s top marque: the 30 Aniversario.
Bottled at 43% ABV, the 30 Aniversario retails for around $120. The blend is said to be created from the company’s most prized rum stocks, some of which spend additional time in Bordeaux wine casks. Each bottle is hand numbered; the bottle we’re reviewing is 8384 from 2012.
The metal case holds a horseshoe-shaped bottle mounted on a wooden pedestal. The presentation is nice, albeit a bit over the top. If you look through the metal ring on the front of the bottle, you can see the 30 painted on the rear. The closure is an ill-fitting synthetic cork attached to a wooden cap. Again, it’s nice, but a bit “try hard” I would say. In the time the bottle has sat on the shelf, the metal ring has fallen off under its own weight. But enough about the packaging.
In the glass, the rum presents a deep and rich mahogany with copper highlights. A swirl of the snifter produces a ring atop the glass from which droplets fall freely. The nose is a bit hotter than the 43% ABV would suggest, but it’s not off-putting. The aromas wafting up with the alcohol include oak, cantaloupe, leather, vanilla, caramel and a bit of sherry.
The rum enters with a fair amount of heat, but it quickly dies down on the palate. The flavors here are plentiful. First comes the pepper and cinnamon along with a dash of cardamom, after which arrives a wave of sweetness that carries vanilla, caramel, oak, red raspberry and melon. There is also a sherry note here that announces itself between sips before fading into the background. The long finish has a slight bitterness that backs the dominant oak tannins and cinnamon.
All in all, the 30 Aniversario is a very solid offering from Barcelo. It manages to push the envelope without going overboard, resulting in a quaffable rum that manages to give the experienced rum connoisseur pause during evaluation. The mark of a fine rum indeed.
On to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 2/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 3.25/4
- Aftertaste: 2/2
- Total Score: 9.25/10
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