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Kaniche XO rum is produced in Barbados where it is first aged in bourbon casks. It is one of the few rums that is then double aged for a more mellow finished in Pierre Ferrand ex cognac casks at their location in France.
At only $29.99 (Total Wines 2015), this beats some of the $100+ rums I've tried.
Sugarcane, vanilla, and a hint of coconut, this also includes a little oak and cognac - just enough to add to the flavor without taking from the rum goodness. Kind of similar to the Plantation XO 20th Anniversary, but not quite as good. Still an excellent rum.
Sweet with a distinct flavor of coconut. Quite similar to one of my favorites, the Plantation XO, although not as sweet. Definitely worth a buy if you can pick it up for a discount since regular price seems a bit overboard in my humble opinion.
This nose is a fun one! Pretty alcoholic at first, but it quickly clears up to reveal oak and cola, before morphing into a smokey brown sugar, similar to a barbeque sauce, with tropical fruit lurking underneath.
Aging the rum in cognac casks brings out a lot of that same characteristics you see in Plantation, but more so for all of them. Kaniche XO carries sweet, strong flavors of molasses, papaya, toffee, baking spice, and just a smidge of coffee. Finish is rather short, but the delightful flavors and phenomenal smoothness of this rum make it a star anyways! If you're a Plantation fan, I would highly, highly recommend this! (And if you're not, then I just highly recommend it!)
UPDATE: Hot dang, this stuff is so nice! Poured myself a glass tonight for the first time in months, and realized just how easy I could down this stuff! Simply marvelous!!
The rum has it's unique character in the sense of taste, is neutral and balanced with a smooth sweetest, the double wood translates in a rich vanilla taste, covered by the ussual molasses taste. Not bad for an XO, but I was expecting a bit more personality a bit more relevance. Tasting at room temperature and no ice.
This by far one of my favorites..if not my favorite, well priced for the quality and taste.
Soft spiced taste, round finish, great Choice for the evening to simply sip and enjoy
but with more sherry notes. more raisins, more chocolate. and of course more sweetness. still a half dry rum in the sweetend world of rum. i don´t like it sweet, but if, i would give a 8.
Nice sipper. Sweet, but not a very long aftertaste.
Der Rum hat hat ein einzigartiges und aussergewöhnliches Aroma. Im Geschmack zeigen sich Vanillenoten verbunden mit fruchtigen Facetten, Schokoladenoten und Karamell, gepaart mit Noten von Zimt, Kakao und Aprikosen sowie einer Mischung von Gewürzen. Nach anfänglichen (ganz kurzen) Startschwierigkeiten hat sich der Karniche XO zu einem meiner absoluten Favoriten entwickelt!
I'm glad I bought this and tried it. A really nice rum that goes down smoothly
Kaniche XO er en let og blød rom, som de fleste ville kunne lide.
Zrál v sudech po bourbonu a dozrával v sudech po brandy. Výrazný kokos, sladký.
Trevlig rum men finns mer att önska........
(Update January 3, 2020: So... after reading through the hydrometer tests, I unfortunately discovered that Kaniche is a company that absolutely loads their "premium rums" with additives like sugars and coloring such. This is something that disappointments me greatly. As noted on my recent review of Zacapa's Edicion Negra, "premium" rums with additives that aren't labeled mean an automatic three points off. That means the highest I can give this now is a 7, but based on my previous rating, I'm giving it a 6.)
This one surprised me. Based on the low price, I expected this to be a mixer. Instead, it's a wonderful sipper. Definitely on the sweet side, but with my sweet tooth, that's perfect. (It's on the sweet side likely because of added sugars.)
It does fascinate me that I love rum so much, because I hate the tropical fruits it can take after... especially, in this case, coconut. Yet again, I find the claims of these fruits being upfront to be exaggerated. Even when I have detected coconut, or banana, or plantain, or something else along those lines, it's been subtle and in a way I actually quite enjoy.
This is definitely a smooth rum, as well... possibly the smoothest I've had so far. I definitely recommend this... straight or over ice. This is definitely a sipper, not a mixer. (Although, given the fact that a lot of that is because of added sugars, this would be just fine as a mixer.)
This is by far the worst rum I have ever tasted, and left my mouth very dry. Maybe I got a bad bottle judging from the other ratings on this page, but this tasted more like whiskey than rum to me. The advertisement in the store indicated that it had coconut flavor, which is what I was looking for, but I noticed that there was no mention of it on the bottle, so I was reluctant to buy it. However, one of the employees at Total Wines swore up and down that it was the best rum ever. I should have listened to my own instincts. Unfortunately this stuff will be going down the drain.
En lækker let drikkelig rom som de fleste kan nyde.
Denne rom må du ikke snyde dig selv for, den er fantastisk blød og rund med en fin smag af karamel.
Den egner sig også til første gangs rom drikkere.
This is exceptional for sipping with no burn. Very well distilled in Cognac casks for 18 months.
This rum will knock your socks off! It is so smooth, but has substantial body and finish. If you have someone who has judged rum as being harsh, this one will be a great entry point to the world of fine rums.
Not so sweet, but smooth and pleasant. Really recommendable.
her kommer man langt med få midler.
rigtig dejlig rom til en fornuftig pris.
Definitely something positively different. Nice flavour that stays with you afterwards.
I like some Plantation rums aged at Ferrand after the local aging process. This rum is in my opinion close to some of them. This is one of the best of the ones I have tested together with Plantation St:Lucia. I bought it in Germany for 44 euros, super price for this rum. Worth mention is the nice wood box!
Must have for rum collectors.......
Like others have said this rum is a tad on the sweet side, but still an excellent sipper with lots of cognac notes to it but still staying on the lighter side. The finish on this rum is one of the longer ones I have had and can still be noticed on the palate a few minutes later.
I bought this at total wine, on sale for twenty four bucks. A fantastic price for an XO rum. They had it at the tasting counter and I instantly liked it, so I bought a bottle. It's good stuff, smooth, mildly sweet and exactly what I want in a sipping rum, lots of pleasant flavor, no unpleasant aftertaste. I don't like rums that taste like harsh lighter fluid, and this one goes down easy, not harsh in any way. In fact, I like to hold this in my mouth for some time and it's so smooth and tasty while doing so, mmmm, mmmm.
Edit: This has become my "go to" rum. My friends all love it, and they feel it's the best they've tried also. This rum is my gold standard, and I directly compare it to others. So far, nothing is better and I try every good rum I can.