Rum Review: Dos Maderas PX 5+5
Dos Maderas P.X. 5+5 Rum Review
What if you took a blend of Bajan and Guyanese rum, aged it in the Caribbean for five years (I would assume in used Bourbon barrels) then shipped it off to Spain to rest in Pedro Ximenez Sherry barrels for another five? Well wonder no longer my rummy friend, for the answer lies in every bottle of Dos Maderas PX 5+5 (Dos Maderas means “two woods”, get it?).
I decided to procure a bottle of this rum after hearing good things, and seeing it in a variety of craft cocktail recipes. Sounds like an interesting one; let’s take a closer look.
The bottle is a classic shape you’ve undoubtedly seen before–it’s similar to that of Plantation 5–fairly squat with just enough of a neck to form a confident grasp.The clear glass bottle boasts some really nice raised script lettering and the outline of an old Spanish brig, but the clear plastic label–while well-conceived–detracts a bit from the otherwise well-refined packaging. The natural cork stopper is capped with a smart wooden top bearing the image of a compass rose. Let’s get some in a glass.
In the glass, the rum is nearly as dark as it appeared in the bottle; the color is a deep mahogany that generates flashes of copper in the light. A swirl of the snifter produces a tight ring along the top of the glass, and it seems like an eternity before droplets form and fall. This behavior leads me to think there is quite a bit of residual sugars present here.
On nosing, there is a bit more astringency than I expected for this 40% blend, but it’s certainly not off-putting. Past the alcohol notes, there is some oak, vanilla, and cherries jubilee; just beyond that is a healthy dose of Sherry. Let’s have a taste…
The rum enters with a flourish of brightness that is rapidly subdued by the pronounced sweetness. The oak washes over the palate first, and is quickly covered with Sherry before the oak wins out again. But make no mistake, the predominant flavor here is Sherry, not rum.
At this point I have to pause for a moment to contemplate my first impressions. As I do so, I realize I’m being transported back to my first glass of vintage Port, which I was served after a fine meal. It’s as though my brain is telling me this rum should be used as a postprandial beverage to aid in my digestion.
Diving back in, the rum seems sweeter with each sip, and I struggle for a moment to identify flavors beyond the Sherry. There is a bit of spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. As I focus more, the licorice note becomes more prominent, as does a layer of creamy vanilla just under the oaken Sherry flavors. Finally I detect something reminiscent of a clove-studded orange. The finish is quite long, but not terribly complex. Unsurprisingly, the Sherry has the last word.
After hearing so many good things about Dos Maderas PX 5+5, I must admit I’m a bit disappointed. Innovative? Different? Without a doubt, but there’s far too much Sherry sweetness here for me in the end. It won’t break the bank at $35, but if you’re not a fan of sweeter Sherry such as the Pedro Ximenez, I would sample this one before buying.
On to the scores:
- Appearance 1/1
- Aroma 1.5/2
- Mouth feel .75/1
- Taste 2/4
- Aftertaste 1.75/2
- Total 7/10