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Botran Solera 1893 is a dark rum from Guatemala aged using the Solera method in casks that previously held sherry, port and bourbon.
In a country with Zacapa Centenario it is difficult to compete if that is what a rum wants to do. This one exceeded my expectations. A classic rum of molasses with a fruity flavor and notes of almonds and vanilla.
Over all I thought it was going to be a good rum. But it did not have the flavor profile I was expecting for a rum of this age. It was still good though.
Good Rum, excellent nose and finishes well. I like it Neat... or may be even a small rock. a small one.. real small.
Ovocny a jemny rum.. Lehce na konci prijemne zastipe. Ale ta chut ovoce, mozma visni je super
Typicky rumovy, nijak extra ovocny. Kvalitni rum kde clovek citi zbytek brandy. Velmi pitelny
6.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. My first sampling was good. Strong on oak and a hint of molasses. Second time, not quite as enjoyable.
un bon gout de caramel. il est très doux. très abordable. suffisamment complexe, j ai bien aimé. je le recommende mais pour 18 ans c est decevant.
Perso j'ai bien aimé. La btl n'a pas duré longtemps
Paid $33.99 for Solera 1893. As with other reviews, I did find a touch of spice with the taste that lingered for a while. I did purchase the Botran Reserva and enjoyed it, so I expected more from this one. I think the Reserva is a better value for the price.
A good daily rum. Not bad but nor something that stands out
This rum looks promising, nice colour. The taste is harsh at first and a hint of caramel at the end. It's harshness is a too bitter for my taste. I tend to like sweeter runs.
I was looking for a good bang for your buck rum to switch it up. (I noticed I was drinking my expensive ones much to fast.) So one of the gentlemen at the liquor store recommended this specific one as the others in the botran line are not very good. This one is like a more affordable version of zacapa. Not quite as robust but still manages a good smoothness. Recommended for sure.
I bought this seeking to expand my collection and based on reviews from here. It's certainly an enjoyable rum, but yet lacks the character to make it a bottle that I would buy again. I never mix aged rums, and this is certainly more than acceptable as a sipper, but there's not enough there to make it stand out
Este ron de 18 años de añejamiento, es bueno para tomarse con Coca-Cola y para disfrutar un momento con los amigos. Para mí sería un 7.5
The kind of rum I like. Sweet, but not as nice as the Zacapa 23. Kind of expensive, though, for the quality.
Purchased in Duty Free when there was a promotion. Good sipping rum on the rocks. Agree with many comments about the taste.
Cista hezka barva, ve vuni dost citit alkohol, je lepsi ho nechat trochu rozvinout ve sklence.
The nose is nice with much flavours, it hints about a sweet tasty rum with fudge, vanilla, liqourice and richness.
The taste is not like the smell!
The first taste is oily but then the avftertaste kicks in. Its nice and rich but not more than ok.
Not a lot of aroma, some arrack, caramel, orange, vanilla. Doesn't really stand out in any way. I like a rum with a lot of complexity OR a very sweet rum but Botran Solera have neither. Still, it's tasty and smooth.
First off the color is a rich amber with gold highlights. A classic aged rum color. I have learned to approach any rum using the word "solera" with skepticism since there is no standard on which to rely. According to the label this is a blend of rums aged "between" 5 and 18 years. Semantics games are NOT what interests me. There is no indication of the percentages of the aged rums. This leads to lack of clarity.
Anyway, off my soapbox...
For me this is an odd duck of a rum.
The aroma in my snifter is unique. Different from most rums but I cannot really clarify what makes it different. It's not objectionable...just different.
The flavor confirms what the aroma indicates. It is a different type of rum. I can't really put my finger on it. There is an initial slight sweetness indicating fermented molasses but there is a flavor underneath that just does not really belong. Almost an artificial chemical taste. It's just under the radar but noticeable. It's almost like a paper cut...not painful but annoying as hell. I cannot figure out what it is.
If they could just eliminate whatever the heck that is, it would be so much better. It has the potential to be so much better but sadly it just isn't. It's not smooth enough to be a sipping rum and I would be hesitant to use it as a mixing rum due to that underlying chemical taste that sadly lingers into the finish.
Maybe I got a bad batch. I dunno...
Perhaps quality control isn't consistent. Apparently someone loves this stuff seeing that it got high marks from some.
I just can't agree. At least with the bottle I have.
My recommendation? Pass on this. There's much better widely available for the same price.
I've always liked the younger Botran 12 as a cheap everyday sort of rum, especially during my time in Guatemala, so I had high hopes for this one. Have to say i'm slightly dissapointed. It's not that much better than the 12. Also the flavours tend to break up in the mouth, giving it a rather chaotic, confusing, filmsy feel. I like robust rums with solid flavours. The aftertaste doesn't go wel with the initial sensation. The overal taste is quite floral, like a chardonnay. Having said that: i've only tried it once and maybe I shall revisit this review. My bottle is different from the one depicted here. It's a raindrop shape now, which is nice. Very feminine and something different. The huge gold-coloured cork is a bit over the top though.
There's a lot of competition at this price range, and I'm sorry to say I don't feel this rum holds up. It's certainly a high-quality rum, exhibiting the smoothness I expect at this level. But, the complexity of flavor was simply not there for me. My only thought is that it seemed to need more time in the barrel - perhaps the length of solera-aging is too short? If it were not for the modestly-high price, I'd suggest this as a beginner-sipper - several others among my ratings beat it, though. I'd avoid paying this much for a mixer, too.