A very promising nose, and a good first taste. Unfortunately it transfers then in a sharp and bitter taste. In the end a slight sweet caramel and chocolate finish. Sums up to a bit of a disappointment.
.....leads to a slightly disappointing rum. Working in the booze trade, I have strong views on presentation. This presentation and labels are scruffy which then leads me to think, if they can't be bothered to care for the presentation, what hope is there in the care and attention that they have lavished on the rum. Sure, it is not the most expensive rum in the world, but that is no excuse. My Gold Reserve bottle is in the dumpy square bottle.
Over bearing flavours of caramel which suggest that there has been the addition of sugar. Smooth enough but lacks any flavours other than caramel, and lacks sophistication.
Drinkable in a bind, but there are so many other rums out there that are more rewarding. It will be useful though, as it will make me more appreciative of the other rums in the cupboard.
If you like Old Monk XXX
8 Jan '13
You'll love the Gold reserve - it's got the same unusual flavor profile, with a very rich molasses and caramelly flavor but even more intense and woody. Though there is no age statement on the bottle, the retailer I bought it from has it listed as 12 yrs old. At only $18 - $2 more than the Old Monk XXX - it is an amazing bargain.