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Matusalem Gran Reserva Rum is produced using a combination of rums aged on average 15 years and distilled from molasses using the solera process.
The Matusalem company was established in 1872 originally in Santiago de Cuba. The company fled the country following the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and the Gran Reserva rum is now produced in the Dominican Republic.
I tasted this Matusalem and found it to be a textbook example of Cuban ron. I was very impressed with both the nose and lack of alcohol burn. The absence of alcohol burn was achieved without being sweet. Although not able to at the time, I imagine the Matusalem would go well with a Cuban cigar.
Sugar: 8 gpl. I had my doubts but they went away once this was in the glass. A very nice aroma of butterscotch, vanilla, and a hint of coconut and raisins. Oak is in the background aroma as well as the taste. Very smooth with a nice finish. Not harsh at all but just the right amount of heat. Nice sipping rum. I wouldn't mix this as I don't like too sweet a drink, but if you wanted to it would be a great drink.
Someone handed me a nip of this one the other day, thinking it was going to be something quite special. I wasn't thrown back by it, just a good standard rum.
Esperaba más, la verdad que para un ron de 18 años se ha de exigir un poco más de pasión
No wonder Hemingway moved there. Thoroughly enjoyable sipper. Can't imagine mixing. As others have said copious amounts of butterscotch and vanilla with oak and tobacco hints to be enjoyed with very little burn. I kept hoping Ricky Ricardo and his band would suddenly morph into my my man cave as I was sipping this rich little treat.
A very smooth Rum with strong butterscotch and vanilla notes. A bit on the sweeter side for me but I usually have this in my cabinet as a staple. Great rum for the price.
Me sorprendió que siendo un 18 años tenga tan concentrado aroma a alcohol. El sabor dulce al principio frutas, vainilla pero con un fuerte y perdurable cierre a alcohol
Lovely as nice in flavour . .. dry but deep in decent flavour .. Nice flavour for the price
Much like the 15-year, this rum is remarkably smooth with very deep oakey flavors. A rich, fruity aroma welcomes the first tastes. Strangely tasteful ethanol finish.
Since I have enjoyed the 15yr expression for years, I have kept a look out for the 18yr. I was lucky enough to find it in a store for $21 today. Almost half of what I typically pay for the 15yr!
The nose is very similar to that of the 15yr, vanilla, molasses and caramel. I'll warn you, let this rest for a bit before nosing or sipping as it has a bit of astringency that wears off in about 5 minutes. After that it opens up. The palate has some of the same flavors and a hint of orange and chocolate. I do pick up more wood tannins in this version than the younger expression. Although that is not a deterrent. Long thin legs coat the glass edges, and a slight oil coats the mouth. The finish is shorter and not as intense with this either. Not bad for this price, I wouldn't pay a premium price for it past that of the 15yr.
Woho! - I was so lucky to find thise rum on a webshop, and they also want to ship to me. So right infront of me now, i got this lovely bottle :) - Just love to find some rare bottles now and then in my region :)
At this point, my definition of what a rum should be!
Very similar to the Matusalem 15. Smells and tastes of oak, caramel, spice, with a touch of honey. The biggest difference is that the aftertaste isn't as harsh. Has a touch of sweetness, but still a bit on the dry side for my liking.
Ron con un sabor delicado que perdura al combinarse, su sabor se queda por un tiempo, muy rico y muy recomendado.
Un ron premium de los mejores de Panamá puede tomarse solo
Well a bit disappointed to be on the level. The nose is OK but it just drifts of and shortly became a Rum N Coke Rum. Be it on the higher end of middle of the road rums it is bearable and worth the time spent consuming it. But Don't expect a "slap my face and call me Sally" type of drink..
Very nice sipping rum. After dinner is a good experience. Recommended
I like the 15 and this one even more..i wonder if it tastes the same as it did years ago..very smooth.. goes with everything.. will always have bottle in my collection
As I was not fond of Matusalem Gran Reserva 15, I found this step up and thought I'd give it s try. Yes, there is more character. Yes, it is more refined but I still find it lacking in many ways. Maybe I just don't like this style of aged rum.
Smooth fruity stone fruit and chocolate goodness. Well rounded, pleasing finish. The 15 is better IMO.
I had this rum in Florida while on vacation there. It's fairly good but for an "18 year" rum, I was expecting a little more maturity to the rum. Still very good as a siping rum.
Has complex flavors, somewhat sweeter than other similar products but caramel, maple, and complex. Great rum
I am a fan of Matusalem, though there are Rums that I like better. I have no complaints about this 18 year, but it is just a tier below my favorites. So a 7 seems to be just about right and I do like 7s :)