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Good nose, sweet, light but good flavors, small burn...
Many years ago, a co-worker who was from Puerto Rico told me that Don Q had the best rums. Since he was a refined gentleman and I was looking for yet another reason to bid Bacardi farewell, I bought one of their basic rums from the grocery store. Horrible stuff! I swore off Don Q at that time, but should have bought their standard Anejo instead, which is supposedly just as good as their Gran Anejo.
Then I got to reading reviews on this one here at Rum Ratings and added it to my wish list. Lo and behold, I found one of two remaining dusty bottles on the bottom shelf for $51 each. This should have told me something about it not being worth the money. A very good liquor store can drop subtle hints like this, as well as put some really good cheap ones on the top shelf.
Discarding the silly box on the outside, I had one rough time opening the tightest cork that I had ever encountered. I thought that something was wrong with it. Wiggling it back and forth finally allowed me to open it. It is a plastic cork, but these things prevent spoilage better than real corks made for wine to breathe. This first sign was a good one.
The nose was almost nothing. The taste was like a fine bourbon with no added sweetness or artificial flavors. It was as smooth as can be, but also not memorable at all. An ice cube did nothing to open up the flavors. The pretty bottle could easily impress guests, but that is not my style. However, I will savor this most expensive bottle of rum that I own just like I did for that only bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 15 year old bourbon many years ago. That bourbon lasted me for a record six months figuring that I could never find another one again. How right I was! But I won't be looking for another bottle of this over priced rum.
Update: Eventually, half of this bottle was gone and I was sick of looking at it to remind me that it inspired my personal limit of $50 per bottle. I also had a half bottle of the much cheaper Don Q Anejo. Hmmm! You guessed it! I poured this half bottle into the half bottle of Don Q Anejo and that combination made for a wonderful sipping rum that I still have. Since I could not wait to get that empty pretty bottle of Don Q Gran Anejo out of my sight, I gave it to my neighbor. However, Don Q and Cruzan now rate as my two best brands of budget rums from the northeastern Caribbean to avoid sipping on the expensive ones in my collection.
Nose reminds me of a wheated Bourbon with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Very long finish with somewhat of alcohol bite and oak. Not for the syrupy sweet tooth fan, but loads of flavor. Like many fine whiskeys, this leaves a wonderful aroma of honey and vanilla in the glass after it has evaporated. Most rums do not do this.
Don Q Gran Añejo is best drank neer or on the rocks to experience its full body. Dry rum the goes down very smooth. The best out of Puerto Rico!
Super caramel. Super smooth. Fairly sweet, with vanilla notes (though no added sugar).
It's really good rum, just super boring. About as good as conventionally aged 40% column-still rum can be, I guess.
I'm from cuba last time I went to vacation I try Havana club select was real good but to me Don Q anejo is the best hard to find in tampa now don't know why
This rum has a pretty good reputation and I got a bottle as a gift. Good but no better than Bacardi 8 at half the price. I'm no connoisseur, but I drink a fair amount of aged rum and this one was very good but not worth the price in my estimation.
Picked up this Gem at the airport in San Juan after a free sample me and my co worker decided it would be a nice addition to compliment the Ron Cana de Guayaba (moonshine) we had just checked (that gallon was gone on day 2 of being on the main land).
This stuff is good
In der Nase etwas Spritig, lässt aber sofort nach!
Im Mund ein wahrer Genuss!
Nicht schlecht , mag ich!!
Pripomina mi dos maderas luxus. Suchy rum, vyvazeny, neskriabe, jemny, korenisty, alkohol vobec nepreraza. 8.7/10
What a great smooth sophisticated rum that is great with a little ice. Full, flavorful that doesn't kick you in the mouth. Very refined and elegant.
C'est un assemblage de rhums vieillis entre 9 et 12 ans d'une part et de rhum provenant d'une solera 50 ans (!!) d'autre part.
Aucun rajout comme d'habitude chez Don Q, le résultat est bluffant. Le Rhum est parfaitement équilibré, de la mélasse et du fruit pour une belle longueur en bouche. À servir 15 minutes avant dégustation pour la meilleure expérience.
Un Rhum haut de gamme pour un tarif très abordable.
Not bad. Good sipper. Might have put too much water in it.
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 )
As the title says light and delicate. I appreciate its not packed with sugar and additives but it's just not very complex when compared to the Real McCoy rums for example. Nice molasses on the nose and a follow up of vanilla in the mouth. For those wanting to begin sipping neat or with one ice cube this is a good rum to start with.
This has some heat to it for a Gran Añejo rum, but when you get passed it, the flavors are really good and it finishes smoother than expected. There's simple mild caramel/oak flavor that's really delicious. There's no added sugar to this rum so it's not as smooth as some sweeter rums, however it's got a great natural/classic taste. Recommend to purists not sugarbomb lovers. Cheers!