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Found this bottle cheap at a local store. Never saw this one before so I decided to try it. According to the label it is from Argentina and I found out via online that the rum was "slow distilled" in antique Scottish copper stills, aged for about 2 years in French oak casks, and then charred oak chips were added to speed/enhance the maturation process which explains the dark particles I found floating in my bottle. That's a negative in my book. They could have filtered those out before bottling. The color is pale straw rather than gold and the dark particles floating within does not bode well. It has a typical rum aroma...nothing special. The flavor leaves much to be desired. It has some resemblance to agricole even though they use molasses but an oak bitterness that is borderline overwhelming. On second thought it is really overwhelming. There is some sort of really bad aftertaste to this rum. I really detect little sweetness at the outset but that is swiftly overwhelmed by the bitterness. This reminds me more of a cheap Scotch than a rum. Definitely not a sipping rum and I would hesitate using it in mixed drinks although a strong citrus base such as grapefruit (lots of grapefruit) might counter the oak bitterness. Could be better. This is one of those you either love it or not rums. I don't love it. It might appeal to Scotch and whisky drinkers however. If they are truly desperate for alcohol. This stuff sucks with a capital SUCK.


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