Appearance: Intense and bright amber.
Nose: Soft, deep, warm but not exceedingly buttery. Sun-dried raisins, dates, coffee and a winey touch.
Palate: Very sweet but well balanced by the tannic and balsamic influence of the oak. Intense, aromatic, rich on liquorice, chestnuts, dried plums, and the typical note of molasses, with a touch of vanilla.
Finish: Getting spicier and spicier: black pepper, a hint of cinnamon and beeswax. Red Virginia tobacco. In the end, though, the sugarcane molasses win.
Comment: Even softer and more caressing than previous releases, thanks to the perfect vatting of casks selected by the Cuban masters working in Panama.Suggested Match: Valrhona Jivara 40%, a rich milk chocolate with vanilla scent, well suited to the intense sweetness of the rum.