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Sweet maple syrup aroma with medium alcohol scent. First sip gives a bit of an alcohol kick, which transitions to pepper, followed by a very distinct maple flavor. The alcohol bite covers some of the heavy sweetness. Found bitterness somewhere in the middle. Starts hard but goes down with that smooth maple. Drinking on the rocks as opposed to neat is where this rum shines. Almost requires a splash of water or some ice to defeat that strange bitterness flavor. Still very enjoyable, especially if maple is what gets your rocks off.

The bottle is quite sexy but hard to pour without spilling some. Easily remedied by licking the bottle after you pour yourself a glass.


I was bowled over by this rum, that's all there is to it. it's pure heaven to sip or drink on the rocks. There is incredible complexity here, a wealth of lovely flavors from start to finish, and it looks simply gorgeous in the glass. Plus the marketing campaign behind it - including the beautifully-proportioned bottle - gives you plenty to expound upon with novices and aficionados alike. My question is this: is it rum? Created from a blend of rums from five different locations, using both pot and column stills, following by solera-type aging in no less than three types of cask...well, by the end, I wonder if they've lost the thread. Though in my mind superior to the two Dos Maderas products from Williams & Humbert, this rum similarly "steps over the line" when it comes to the heavy influence of wine-derivative flavors (port and sherry). So, if you are looking to experience the directions rum can take in the hands of people willing to explore new ground, this is one exciting rum. If, however, you are a traditionalist who prefers that rum hues close to its roots, with old techniques refined rather than avoided, you had best look elsewhere (like, perhaps, the Zafra 21 Reserve).

Maple syrup. Smells and tastes like maple syrup. I like my rum neat or with ice, but this one is in limited amounts. It starts with maple syrup, then some vanilla, maple syrup, chocolate maybe?, maple syrup, some earth flavor from barrels, then comes to a close with warm throats and maple syrup. Too sweet for me, but I know a lot of people that love it when it is served because of its easy drinking sweetness.

Fantastic. A great nose with all of the features you would expect from a very well made aged rum. If you are a lover of Ron Zacapa XO you will love this rum at a much lower price point. Very buttery across the tongue. Hints of all the good stuff. Molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, and toasted coconut at the finish.

One of the few, if even that, of the 'sweet' rums I purchase occasionaly. There is enough going on and it's smartly bottled at 43% Definitely helps to cut the sugar. Maybe the next bottle will tell me why I visit it from time to time.
I would say this fits the bill for someone who likes the 'commercial' sugary rums but wants to step it up a few notches. Or if your buying for a wide range of palates to enjoy, there is something in Pilar 24 for everyone.

I drank the Limited Edition aged in Bourbon Barrels and I must say this is some good stuff. Nice dark brown color. The nose is carmel, vanilla,toffee and chocolate. It's a real easy sipper no bite or burn. I drank it neat out of a Glencairn glass. You will not be disappointed.

Yeah, like everyone else is noting, there is a maply pang to this one that I think kind of confuses me. I wouldn't call it a good sipping rum, but it's not terrible either.

When you think of Hemingway, you think of grit, leather, oak, strength, toughness, and character. All those things can be said about this rum. Its as complex as its namesake. With warm overtones of maple, caramel, and vanilla. Definitely a worthy of a long pour and a long night!

I wanted to like this one. The thought of Hemingway and all that, but the maple flavor was over powering. Also a difficult bottle to pour.... maybe put it in a jug.

The nose of vanilla and butterscotch are present on the nose and in the mouth. It's very sweet and dry. Smooth and has a delicious aftertaste. Amber color in glass, it's burn is very inspiring.. I just smile and want to take more sips. This is. Must have sipper in the collection. Reminds me of centenario 25, but with more complexity​. There is alot going on with this rum, I shall get to the bottom of it!.

Update 4/17/2017.

After tasting others the complexity and burn is just right. Excellent.


Simply excellent. A super rum for sipping. Lots of taste and character. Will recommend to others.

Loads of dark brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, wood / wet tobacco notes in the nose of this rum. Smooth on the way down with little to no astringency.

Strong aroma, to the nose is a scent of vanilla and what can only be described as a sweet. Oddly enough that vanilla doesn't lasts on the palate though, the complexity kicks in and you get a honey and molasses after tone followed by a little kick. A lot are saying this is a good rum for mixing I would disagree, leave that to a less complex spirit.


First off, the photos I've seen of this shows the lid having a cork. Mine is a screwtop so right off the bat I feel a bit gypped.


This rum has a pronounced sweetness to it. A little too sweet IMHO. I think it would be better if that were toned down just a little bit. I prefer the Papa's Pilar blonde but this is a nice, smooth rum as well. Careful mixing it in rum punches and colas...the sweetness combination can be a bit overwhelming. I think this would, however, work quite well in coffee-based drinks. Definitely not a bad rum but could have been so much more.

Good but a lot of vanilla. Almost would prefer it mixed.

I really liked this Rum. I was in a cigar bar and the first rum they gave me (with one big rock) was almost a flat ice tea. Then they gave me this one. Bam! My bad mood was turned right around! If you like that Caramel / Molasses / vanilla hints in a Rum this one has it. Very smooth! It is not my top favorite rum, but it is up there!

vanilla is the first thing that hits you. Was more one dimensional then I thought it would be. Still pretty good though. visited this again, don't like it as much as I thought.

I like sweet rums and this one is great. Mixed with Cream Soda is my favorite way to have it.

A little something Santa left under the tree. The bottle is really cool. Great presentation.

I poured it neat, it smells of chocolate and toffee. It had just a little burn, but tasted great. I put it on ice, and it really opened up. There's an oaky sweetness with hints of sherry and a little pepper left behind that leaves you wanting more. A great sipper.

Post Script - I love the heft of the bottle, but it doesn't pour very well. If there's a trick to pouring from this bottle, somebody let me know.


Vanilla and Maple are the first two flavors that jump out of the glass to fill the pallet. I like this rum but strong almost over dominance of maple notes leaves it short as a sipper but mixed cocktail is perfect. which is the way I tend to prefer rum.

Velmi dobry rum. Krasna flasa a myslienka ze ho pil aj pan Hemingway je parada...

Nie je to lahky rum, citit tam drevitost sudov, aroma je silna a dozvuk chuti je silny! Sladkost pride na zaver co je velmi mile. Odporucam nechat postat v pohari aspon minutu-dve a potom pit aj vonat. Potom sa prejavia jeho silne zbrane - drevita vona sudov, aj chut a dozvuk sladkosti.

Odporucam, nazdravie ;)

When I was introduced to this aged rum a couple years ago I found it refreshing without lime juice. When you first sip this you can taste that toffee flavor. This rum is best with cola or straight to the glass. One of my favorites in the aged rum category.

I love the glass container but be careful after you pour it as it is oddly shaped. Enjoy!

Hints of maple syrup start this smooth drinking rum. Nice aroma. No bite to it.

Very earthy on the nose and palate. I believe these are finished in sherry casks - it gives a unique finish that is different than moat other rums out there. Great color, no burn and a hint of oak makes this a really good rsipping rum.