Rum Review: Pampero Aniversario Reserva Exclusiva
Ron Anejo Pampero Aniversario Reserva Exclusiva
Do good things really come in small packages? Let’s take a look at Pampero’s Aniversario and find out. This squat little bottle comes to us from Venezuela by way of our friends at Diageo. For some reason, Pampero comes in a superfluous leather pouch. From what I can gather, they have sold it in the leather pouch since its introduction in 1963—a year that commemorated the distillery’s twenty-fifth anniversary, hence the name Aniversario.
At 7-3/8” high and 3-1/4” wide, Pampero Aniversario holds the distinction of being the shortest rum bottle in my collection. The label has an old world charm emblazoned with a fairytale font that invites us to pop the cork and see what magic awaits us. Let’s do just that.
I poured a serving into my snifter and swirled. Thin waves of rum clung to the top of the glass and were suspended in time for a few moments before descending ever so slowly back to the bowl. Sufficient viscosity? Check. The color is a combination of luminescent mahogany and bronze that seems to glow in the glass.
On the nose, the Pampero exhibits a delightful combination of caramel and cocoa with hints of coffee and vanilla and almost no astringency. There’s also a fruit note reminiscent of cherry. So far so good, amigo. Let’s taste.
The mouth feel is slick and smooth with a moderate spicy heat. The initial flavors here are near perfect translations of the aromas: caramel and cocoa combine with oak and coffee notes giving me visions of an amazing rum-spiked caramel macchiato. The finish is long and utterly pleasant—oak and vanilla are the lasting flavors here.
Summing up, the Pampero Aniversario is a truly fine Venezuelan sipping rum that would be at home on even the most discerning rum connoisseur’s shelf. It is at once complex and approachable, bold yet smooth—a paradox in a glass. I can see why this little guy took double gold at the 2007 San Francisco Spirits Competition. Oh, and it’s affordable—about $35/750 ml locally.
Now for the scores:
- Appearance 1/1
- Aroma 2/2
- Mouth feel 1/1
- Taste 3/4
- Aftertaste 2/2
- Total 9/10
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