Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Product Review- Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 yr Solera Rum

I've never considered myself much of a rum afficionado until recently. First, I tried the Murray McDavid (reviewed earlier) and now this, the Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva. This is a 15 year old solera style rum, which means that the rums contained in this bottle are a blend of different ages, selected for the desired smoothness and complexity to make this rum. I'll preface this review by saying that this is one of the finest bottles of alcohol I've ever tasted. I'm blown away by how good this rum is, and at the price point, I can't believe it doesn't sell for twice the price. This rum won a double gold at the spirits competition in SF earlier this year, and its easy to see why.

The initial taste of this rum is smooth, with warm caramel tones, and a slight smoked vanilla flavor. Those notes give way to molasses, wood, more caramel and a buttery richness. I think this would be a great rum to sip with a medium bodied cigar, this is a nice dry medium bodied rum that might lose a battle with a Cohiba but would make a great compliment to something a little milder. The finish is long, up to 10 minutes, with walnut and apricot notes to follow the caramel and vanilla.

This is a complex, well made rum. Few products are as compelling as this, and I'm always going to have a bottle of this on hand for home use. While I'm sure this might mix nicely with tonic and lime, at Casa De Mayhew, this one is going to remain a sipping rum. I'm not telling you not to mix this, but I think once this is tasted neat, you'll realize that perfection doesn't require a mix. This one is a must for every well stocked bar.


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