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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.
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.
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.
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.
Poured a little of this in my snifter and immediately noted a nice subtle vanilla scent. Very nice legs indicative by the rum clinging to the sides of the snifter after a good swirl. The color is a rich amber. The flavor supports the vanilla aroma and also has a pepperiness to it and a noticeable oakiness which I presume come from the barrels in which it is aged. It does have some sweetness to it that seems to be natural and not sugared (but that's just my opinion). Definitely a nice sipping rum which also could be effective as a mixer. This is a good, all-purpose rum but I think it is better suited for sipping.
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.
Purchased a bottle of Matusalem 18. Will update my rating upon tasting.
Desde el olfato hasta el gusto un ron de cuerpo, suavidad y aroma muy bueno.
Lo único que no me gustó fue que tiene dispensador y no corcho...
Very good rum and well priced. Sweet notes but not as complex as Zacapa 23 and Zafra. Good for sipping.
Vacation in Acapulco and tasting Matusalem Gran Reserva 18y and Botran Solera 1893 18y back-to-back. Matusalem has a decent bottle design, very cheap cardboard box and tacky labeling. Color is semi dark with vanilla intruding both nose and palate. Some burn at the end. Mix it with Coke or Ginger Ale and down it goes. Matusalem 5 - Botran 7.
Tried on the recommendation of employee at liquor store. Great recommendation. Chilled adds a whole new dimension to this rum. I know this is not a surprise but it went from a 5 to an 8 after chilling.
Nice one for sipping especially on rocks. It's not perfect but I appreciate it is an overall nice experience - not lacking in any of the rum aspects. And it kinda grows on me so I may rank it even higher later.
Its a good rum for the Cubas Libres and you can drink it in the rocks!
Love this rum just as much as the other in the Matsulem line. Smooth, refreshing, crisp, complex falcons for the nose and palate. Not a bad price considering what your buying...a high class rum from the DR.
Please drink this neat or add an ice cube to evoke other flavors.
I have to try the 23 next.
Exceptionally smooth finish and nice sweet flavors without being loaded with sugar. I taste a combination of mild oak, caramel (in the way of sweetened puffed rice like "Golden Crisp" cereal), and vanilla. All combined it somehow brings forth a prominent chocolatey taste. Slightly viscous but not syrupy. I'm happy with this purchase as there is no cloying flavors, its slightly sweet, and it's different than anything else I've tasted. Exactly what I look for when trying new rums.
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!