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Notice the title of this review doesn't say this is just the best rum, but rather the best rum for anyone who truly enjoys fine spirits. This is because Don Q Gran Anejo is NOT ridden with tremendous amounts of sugar and additives added after distillation. This seems to be what most rum heads regard as 'smoothness' and 'complexity'. Why don't you guys buy some cheap 151, raw molasses, vermouth, spices and make your own pre-batched cocktail because that's what you're really drinking (and this includes Zacapa, Zaya and even Diplomatico).
The DQ GA drinks likes a dream and shows what a real unadulterated and extremely fine aged rum should taste like. I love the nuttiness from the sherry barrels and the full dark caramel mouth feel that resembles a fine cognac. If you want a one of kind cocktail make an Old Fashioned or Manhattan out of it and enjoy the fact it's not too sweet to do so right out of the bottle.
BTW, to Luis the reviewer below, I really have no idea what you're talking about comparing this or anything of Don Q's disfavorably to Bacardi. Luckily, you're a very small minority. The only thing Bacardi has done for the industry is make people stop drinking rum after they're out of high school. Oh I guess, those poor Cubans (fyi, they really left Cuba to keep exporting to the U.S. when Fidel took power) can also be credited with pumping a whole lot of waste water into the Caribbean and confusing consumers about what really is Puerto Rican rum. And, nothing of Bacardi's even the 'Facundo' B.S. comes even close to this Gran Anejo. I hope you got paid for your ignorant review or will someday. Otherwise, I really have no idea what's wrong with you.
Having this New Years Day 2015. Reminds me of Zacapa 23 but a little smoother.
Nice presentation but not up to the hype it gets. I tried it, not bad, could be better. When I compare this to other rums in my bar, I take the other rums.
A fabulous premium rum if you have the scratch. It comes in a wonderful box that looks like a silk coffin. I love sipping it on special ocassions. The best I've had from Don Q.
I like this rum. It needs an ice cube or two to go down smoothly. Not sure is buy it again until I try a few more "high"ish end rums. It has some bite, but you get that when you sniff the cork as well. But it sips nicely next to a fire on a chilly night, so crack open a bottle and enjoy it with friends.
This is one of the few rums I've rated at 8 or below that I like better than the consensus score (currently 7.3 as of this review). In fact, I like this more than many $100+ rums I've reviewed.
Molasses, oak, honey, vanilla, bourbon, leather, tobacco, and cinnamon. A very nice smell, and a good taste. Only $45.99 at Bevmo! (2015 price), this is a good value. I recommend it!
This is one of the few rums that I can drink on the rocks. It is amazing how smooth - but tasteful - this rum is. I have it over Bacardi's "Reserva Selecta."
This expression of Don Q is superb. Smooth, light with subtle vainilla, caramel and oak. You could understand and appreciate what aging do to rums when comparing it from the Añejo. For me, it's a benchmark.
Another one that I tried at Don Q's tasting room and store in San Juan. I liked this one better. Fantastic aroma and nice smooth flavor; very bourbon like to me which is not a bad thing! I would recommend it for sipping neat, on the rocks, or in top shelf mixed drinks.
Ce rhum est très bon, il un gout de caramel, de miel et vanille et quand même complexe. Le prix, la boite et la bouteille ne représente pas le rhum dedans. Il ne faut pas se fier a l'emballage.
Very clean aged rum, without lots of extra sugar. Hints of molasses, bourbon, and cinnamon heat make this a great rum to experience neat.
I purchased a bottle of this rum at a military PX on Puerto Rico for about $35, a much friendlier cost compared to the $70 it costs in the States. The bouquet is pleasant thought I found the flavor profile did not match up as it was not particularly great. Good, but not great.
i rate this as not in my top 5. the bottle looks good on the shelf, but it is just no better than 7. my opinion.
I like a rum that I can sip... this one is moody... Half the time I think it's good, the other half I can't help it but to dump coke on it.
I'd rather have two bottles of diplomatico for the price of one of these!
Very cool packaging (sliding coffin) wife bought for me as a bday present. Sweet lady;) its an amazing smooth rum. I really enjoyed it straight. at $70 its a bit much but I'll always keep one in stock.
A nice smooth rum with complexity, flavor no harsh burn or funky flavors. Gran anejo is on the sweet side of the podium, but in a good way with no added sugar or flavors, just what it draws out of the aging process. Cinnamon, vanilla, oak, leather and some fruitiness from the sherry barrels. Great rum enjoyed neat! This and the vintage single barrel 2005 are Don Q' finest offerings thus far.
This is another example of a wonderfully delicious rum whose sweetness does not derive from added sugar (only 2 gr/L or additives. This rum sells for $70 CAD in my area and, as far as I'm concerned, it is well worth it.
Don Q rums are generally good price performers. the problem with the gran anejo is that for a top of the line rum are others that are just as good at better prices. Having said that, I would not turn down a glass. The gran anejo flavor and smoothness is always a true rum drinker's delight.
Quite good choice, after glass fill wait a while when strong spirit note gone with the wind. Then taste better.
One of our great aged rums. I enjoy it on the rocks or neat straight out from the freezer. It has aromas of vainilla and oak.
I found it to be smooth throughout with a great finish but a bit 'thin' at first for what I expected. This coming from someone who enjoys the sweeter side of life and blended sugar bottles!
Para que no te lo pierdas este ron directo a la colección aunque le falta un poco de tiempo para estar en las ligas va por buen camino
Este ron tiene un sabor diferente, se parece un poco al zacapa, sin embargo para mi gusto está mejor. No es un ron dulce y lo siento un poco seco. Si lo volvería a comprar
Un produit plutôt bien fait.
Des notes de café, cuir, cigare sont bien présente dès le départ.
On sent ensuite le boisé du vieillissement en barils de chêne.
Melasse et vanille s'invitent en bouche au final.
Un produit honnête. Sans plus.
Tout de même intéressant et un bon rapport qualité prix (40$ USD )