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I was actually quite shocked when I tried this, having tried a majority of high end rums this one just didn't do it for me. Way too harsh, just taking a sip felt like a shot of jameson! Aftertaste is not as pleasant and long lasting as other rums aged that long. However the price is OK and the presentation is very nice. Overall I'd say keep one in your bar collection and don't bother opening the bottle.

I was hoping for a big surprise with a fancy bottle and case but for a 30 year old I was disappointed. It has a kick to it but I rather pay a cheaper price for a better taste. Just because it is more expensive doesn’t mean it will taste great. A lot of fancy bottling but just doesn’t get it. Maybe it has been sitting in the wrong barrel or something.

I bought it because a Total Wine and Spirits gave it a high rating. I will finish it but won’t give it away for a Christmas gift.

The package that this rum comes in is high class and good looking. A beautiful bottle that comes with a small wooden stand.

On the nose you get sweet aromas of vanilla, toffee, roasted nuts and spice. At first you sense some sticky alcohol but when the rum have been resting for a while in the glass you get the nice and sweet aromas.

In mouth you taste dried fruit, chocolate, oak and some spice. This rum is a bit harsh with some bite from the alcohol. The aftertaste is long and spicy with some oak, vanilla and chocolate.

This is my 300th rating on RumRatings (I've rated rums from the exquisite to the vile) so I'm taking the opportunity to rate a very special rum I purchased several months ago. To get me in the mood, I'm listening to Bahamian music via (you can also listen to the music directly from the radio station at and watching live video of the Port of Nassau.

Now let's begin...

First off, this rum has a rich mahogany turning to an amber on the edges. Swirling the rum in my snifter reveals excellent legs. The aroma is fantastic. It's flavor is complex with an oakiness from tannins and I get the taste of vanilla, toffee, spicy pepper, black cherry, and a slight wine flavor. It has a bit of a bite to it due to the 43% ABV (86 proof) but the burn fades quickly leaving a finish of the oak tannins as well as the vanilla & toffee. This an awesome rum that I believe would be appreciated by those who enjoy bourbon as well as hardcore rum aficionados. Each bottle is hand-numbered. My bottle is # 2072 and was bottled in 2014. This rum is pricey but worth it and should only be consumed on special occasions. Like a 300th rating.

Now I'm going to kick back with another snifter of the rum while listening to Bahamian music. Have a good night, folks.

[NOTE: To those who ask why I don't rate it a 10. Well to me, a 10 means a PERFECT rum and I do not believe such a rum exists. The late, great Vince Lombardi once said, “Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.” And that sums up my personal philosophy for rum.]

Tabacco, chocolate with dried fruit.Coffee and leather notes. A very long aftertaste, this rum was formated for cigar lovers. Complex but not enough for me. Real rate : 8.5

I'm surprised at the low score of this rum (only 7.6 as of this review). If I were to guess why the score is low, I'd say it's either because this is a little strong for some at 43%, or they're mixing it with something like coke. But this works great straight for me; it would pair well with a fine cigar.

Has a very nice smell and taste of caramel, vanilla, spice, and honey. I read this was aged in Sauternes barrels, and I can see that contributing to the sweet taste.

I really like this rum; I'm glad I bought a bottle!

I think it is a very good rum. Maybe over aged. I don´t believe the aging is actually doing any better here. I would just bottle it earlier and sell it cheaper. Would consider buying again but at a lower price.

Sugar: 16 to 20 GPL. This is not a 30 year old rum. From what I can find out it's a mixture of rums between 10 and 14 years old. I believe this is the best rum that Barcelo produces, and it's the best I have had from the Dominican to date. In the glass it has the aroma of wood, almonds, and honey-caramel. For taste I detect oak, some spices like nutmeg and vanilla, and sweet caramel. It's smooth to drink and has a nice warm finish. The aroma and taste have great potential but it just seems to be lacking in Complexity of taste and the Wow factor you would expect from the price and presentation. I give it an 9.0 for overall taste and a half point for the bottle. It's not a 10 but after a few more taste comparisons it might get pushed up to a 10. It's definitely worth having on your shelf.

Der Barcelo 30 Aniversario ist eine "Ultra Limited Edition", die zum 30jährigen Jubiläum des Barcelo Imperial herausgegeben wurde, er wurde aus besonders alten Rumsorten zusammengestellt. Verkostet hab ich ihn direkt bei Barcelo in der Dominikanischen Republik


Brilliant. Strong aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, and raisins. Very smooth

You get beautiful presentation for a bottle but you expect that for something if this price.
Color: is a medium brown.
Smell: some where between Melaluka honey & Toffee and a touch earthy.
Taste: Burnt toffee, some spice yet smooth.


Now we're talking: complex, hints of caramel, fruit (orange?), botter, silky taste, hints of oak/wood, humus, spices... This one is a favorite one of mine, up till now;..

Ich durfte den Rum im zuge eines Dom. Rep. Urlaubs testen. Ich war sehr überrascht wie mild er doch ist. Ein Rum mit wenig süsse aber dennoch sehr angenehm.

I have to admit that I haven't tried any of the cheaper Barcelo rums, but when their best of the best has a taste like a wet sock, then I will be happy to skip the cheaper stuff. The rum has all the qualities for a proper high class aged rum - nice packaging, beautiful bottle, nice color and a decent flavor profile, but the taste test reveals something quite disturbing to me, a wet sock aftertaste, which is far from pleasant. It struggles to make a 6 in my books.

Tenía bastante espectativa por este ron, por ser Dominicano, por el precio y por la presentación. Bastante flojito, sabor bastante tosco. Dificilmente se disfruta en las rocas, demasiado sabor a madera.


Recently on a trip to the Bahamas I had the opportunity to try RBIPB and concluded there are those who'll like it to no end but I thought it was extremely harsh with a burning aftertaste. It's not bad and in the right circumstance it could add depth to some cocktails but at its price I'll pass.

A great sipping rum full of flavours goes down smooth

This is a premium rum with a premium price but it's not that great and sadly disappointed ... This did not taste like a 30 year rum at all

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Smooth with good burn, may not live up to the price but a good rum.

This was not a memorable rum, especially for the price.

Unfortunately I only sampled a small 30ml of this but I am intrigued. Lashings of oak and malt maybe burnt oak, if I'm being honest a bit to woody for my usual taste but this had a great long finish of mild vanilla and burnt Orange, chocolate. A bottle will be put on my wishlist

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