Rum Review: Tanduay 1854
Tanduay 1854 Rum Review
On the way out of the Philippines, one is presented with an array of tantalizing duty-free treats. In the rum department, the highest quality Filipino rum is usually Tanduay 1854. 1854 is the year the Tanduay opened for business, and this 15 year-old blend is meant to honor its founders with some of their best aged stocks. This bottle was provided by a friend and fellow rum lover who received several bottles from family members traveling home from the Philippines.
The tall, upright clear glass bottle bears a fairly simple label and a necklace of sorts that holds a knight’s helmet and crest in the form of a metal charm. The bottle is capped with a metal screw cap closure.
In the glass, the rum presents as a golden copper hybrid. A swirl in the snifter produces several droplets that move liberally toward the bottom of the glass. Moving in for a nosing, I get loads of citrus: orange and lemon, primarily. Beyond the citrus comes a bit of cream that combines with the orange to suggest a Creamsicle. After that is a bit of caramel and a hint of pepper. Let’s taste.
As the rum enters, I’m struck by its smoothness. There is a good amount of oak and just a hint of sweetness. The caramel is here now, which blends nicely with the fruit and spice. Despite there being a good mélange of flavors, the blend lacks any mid-palate excitement, and the medium-long finish ends with a bitter saccharin note that leaves me reaching for my water glass.
Of the Filipino rums I’ve had, I would have to say this is the best. It is a good expression, but one that could benefit from better blending or perhaps an additional cask finish in order to create a better mid-palate experience.
On to the scores:
- Nose: 1.5/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 2.75/4
- Aftertaste: 1.5/2
- Total Score: 7.75/10