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What can I say. I put QRM 30 on the top shelf as my all time favorite, but I think I have to put another one right next to it. The Esclavo XO Cast is pure magic. It literally explodes in your mouth. Distilled by Oliver y Oliver and marketed by Danish based 1423 you can clearly find similarities with QRM as it is very sweet, very rich in both nose and body. But this one attacks all your senses with it's high, but not intrusive alcohol level, rich in butterscotch, dates, sugar cane and it's slightly smoky flavor. The high alcohol rate gives it a certain sharp licorice touch to it. It's INTENSE! The only gripe would be that after tasting this everything, literary everything, taste bland. So don't start with this when you're testing other rums. Finish with it!
It really feels exclusive with the numbering and it won't break the bank for you. A new favorite!
The color is dark, The taste is thick. The finish hit you like a sledge. If morse rums where like this i would be a happy puppy.
Man fornemmer slet ikke at den er på 65%, den virker blød og rund i munden og pga. styrken holder smagen længe.
Der er noter af karamel, honning, vanilje og kanel.
Virkelig en rom der skal have en plads i samlingen og pga. styrken er det jo ikke en man drikker flere gals af, den skal nydes ;-) og det bliver den. ;-)
At the first smell you get a knock from the alcohol. After a while the sticky alcohol fades a bit and you can sense beautiful sweet aromas.
In mouth you will first get a kick from the alcohol but almost immediately you can taste vanilla, caramel and some spice. The 65 % alcohol makes this rum different in a good way. It almost vaporize in mouth. A very nice experience.
The aftertaste is very long and sweet.
This is one of the all time great rums I've ever tried. Purchased from Vinoble Skanderborg (Denmark), batch #5.
I thought I'd love this rum, as I rated the Esclavo XO a perfect 10. This one is even better (great rums taste better stronger). I like this even more than the Tres Hombres Captain's Choice rums, which are also quite amazing.
In fact, as of 300 reviews, I'd rate this as my #3 rum of all time (after the Centenario Real (#1) and the Centenario XX (#2)).
Very nicely sweet. Smells and tastes of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon spice. Simply a beautiful rum. And a pretty good value at only ~$70 (500ml). I hope I can find more!!!
This is a really strong and sweet rum with a big body and long finnish. Really good!
It's an explosion of sweet flavours in the mouth that lingers for ever. The only downside is the sharp hellfire burn on your tounge :-P
This one has a great aroma and the taste is even better. Even though it's a strong rum the alcohol taste doesn't take over as I expected it to do, instead there's an explosion of of different flavors that makes it very enjoyable. The aftertaste lasts several minutes afterwards.
All I can say is wow, what an amazing rum. Truly a masterpiece! After well over 700 aged rums later, what an amazing find and what a big surprise. Ron Esclavo XO Cask Strength comes from the Oliver & Oliver group, so that does not surprise me a bit since most of their rums are simply stunning. The Ron Esclavo XO Cask Strength comes in a black clay bottle, handwritten label, it has a very deep color, surprisingly strong alcohol to the nose from being 130 Proof. Cask Strength differs greatly from the Esclavo XO in a sense that Cask Strength is all about chocolate whereas XO is all about coffee. The Cask Strength does not have any burn at all at the end which is very surprising taking into consideration its 130 Proof. This rum goes directly to my top 1 spot after well over 700 rums later. Stunning. Masterpiece.
Here's my top 20 list:
1. Ron Esclavo XO Cask Strength
2. Legendario 15y
3. Cubaney Centenario 25-30y
4. Esclavo XO
5. Millonario XO and 15y
6. Plantation Barbados XO 20th Anniversary
7. El Dorado 25y
8. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and Single Vintage
9. Presidente Marti 23y and 19y
10. Cubaney 18y
11. Pusser's 15y
12. Black Tot
13. El Pasador de Oro XO and Gran Reserva
14. Punta Cana Esplendido
15. Edmundo Dantes 15y
16. Pampero Aniversario
17. Bacoo 12y
18. Esclavo 15y and 12y
19. Brugal Leyenda
20. Exquisito 1985 and 1995
You will smell mainly alcohol due to 65% of content. But in alcohol is dissolved everything good and it is not diluted. After drinking a small sip or just few drops you will not guess 65%. I have drinked just one bottle, so i have tried only one batch but I hope that every batch is little bit different :-) Taste is extremely complex, smooth and strong with long and pleasant tail. You can feel everything you like in rum, but in this complex taste is hard for me differentiate anything dominant. Tail is long with strong flavor.
And price performance ratio is great also ;-)
Couldn't decide whether it should be a 9 or a 10, because I gave the original XO a 9. But I ended up with a toprate, because I'm surprised every time, that it's so smooth, soft and tasty even though it's 65 %. Absolutely brilliant. Worth every cent.
A great rum. One of the best rum I have drank. Very special. A little bit to sweet, sugar added.
This could chock anyone! strong that it helpes to let it brief before, But to be so strong really goo!
This drink is STRONG... And I am not a fan of those kind of strong things, the taste (in my humble opinion) are slightly warped with such a high procentage... But here it kind of works...
Duft: lækker sød duft. vanilie, røget, blomme, kandis og en lille smule sprit.
Smag: sød og lidt røget i smagen. Karamel og blomme. God lang sød eftersmag
Great taste experience, so much flavor, so much strength. Vanilla, nougat, buttercup and caramel with cinnamon and honey slightly spicy o musty aftertaste, dominated by oak and candy.
Helt underbart god rom. Smakerna bara explodera i munnen
My first 10/10. Had another really cool 65% blend just before this which was amazing but when I got this I was blown away by the explosion of taste. So much vanilla, caramel, syrupy molasses, honey, oak, bourbon, fruit. Body is superthick and oily, lingers for a really long time. Drinking this put a huge smile on my face.
Jag uppskattade Ron Esclavo XO men undrar om inte denna är bättre? Den når inte upp till 10 men bra nära. Blir väldigt len med lite vatten.
En rom der kan anbefales.
Den første gang jeg smagte den viste jeg ikke at den var på 65%, så den første tår forsvandt i munden, men den efterlod en eksplosion af smag.
En rom fra Danmark som vi kan være stolte af.
Woche, was für ein Rum. superlecker.........in Fassstärke......was für Genießer......und man hat noch eine mInute nach dem Genuss...Genuss
Ron Esclavo Solera XO Cask Strength 65% er en opfølgning på den meget roste og populære Ron Esclavo XO
Efter snart 2 års utforskande bland olika rom så är detta min absoluta favorit. Den höga alkoholhalten märks ej så tydligt utan istället fylls man av olika smaker