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Medium ron botran solera 1893 rum

Botran Solera 1893 is a dark rum from Guatemala aged using the Solera method in casks that previously held sherry, port and bourbon.

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Great sweet yet subtle nose. Really pleasant balance of sweet, spice and a nice lingering oily finish. Little sour for my taste but really a top notch rum


I was full of expectation when I bought Botran Solera 1893 Gran Reserva.

The smell is sweet with caramel and fruit. Some sticky alcohol too but that goes away after a few minutes in the glass.

The taste is sweet but it is too much spice and barrel for my taste. I expected it to be sweeter.

The aftertaste is long with spices and barrel. In my taste this is a blender that goes well in drinks and with cola. I don´t think it´s good as a sipper.


It's nothing atypical of a rum. It's a very standard oaked vanilla rum with a lot of cinnamon/allspice in the back. Horrible straight. It acts like a nice guy in front of your girlfriend and then secretly tries to steal her when you're not expecting it. Basically it enters the mouth pretty smoothly and then a second or 2 later rains down like hell fire on your tongue, roof of mouth and back of throat. You must ice this one at a minimum or add cola. It makes a good rum and coke but for the price no thank you. I got this from a friend on a trip to mexico because it isn't sold in the states here. I would recommend cruzan gold over this. Very very similar, the only thing you might notice is the 40$ or you just saved.


It's a very good rum, not too sweet like many rums of the region. Nose I got lot of caramel and dry fruits. Mouth is more mineral which I like but I think lacks of something to get a better rating, in that price range.


I really don't like this, and am contemplating throwing it away. I've never considered doing that with ANY rum before. It has very few redeeming features. The nose is OK, and the initial fruit on the palate is OK, but then there is a really disgusting mish mash of flavours that almost makes me gag. I do wonder whether I have a bad bottle. The problem is that I will never buy this again and if it is a bad bottle, I won't know as I doubt any of my friends/colleagues will have a bottle of this.

I'll probably keep it and palm it off on unsuspecting visitors, but every time I open my drinks cupboard, I'll know the bottle is lurking in there.

Update - the bottle has now been open for a couple of years and I am finding it very palatable this evening. Possibly now that the weather has got a little chillier and I haven't turned on the heating, the rum is a touch colder than it has been in the past thus taking off the edges that I didn't like. It's not my favourite and I wouldn't buy again, but tonight I am really quite enjoying it.


Ron Botran has much better stuff to offer than the 1893. It is not a neat sipper since the alcohol smell and taste are strong and the burn at the end is not pleasant. Go straight with the 12 or 15 year Botran if you are looking for a slightly better experience. They are not neat sippers either, but at least your rum-and-coke will have a better flavor to it.


Rum of molasses quite classic with pastry notes, almonds and fruity flavors. The oak is very present with vanilla. The final is not very long. A classic ron that should do the job on the rocks or with cola.


Taste caramel but not too sweet. Good daily rum. Really smooth.


I would use it for drinks but some of my friends like it straight up, normally the ones that likes Whiskey.


Ce rhum élaboré à base de miel de canne, en fait un pur jus réduit en sirop, est un modèle d'équilibre, de délicatesse et de rondeur. Il pêche justement par son manque de relief mais il reste riche. Très agréable, il est parfait pour déguster avec quelqu'un qui n'est pas habitué aux alcools forts ou pour se détendre avec un bon rhum "facile".


This is a very nice rum. It uses wine casks as part of the solera. Intensely smooth no burn at all. No funky taste or harshness or overpowering notes. This is a great blend and I highly recommend this to anyone. The price point is amazing for this quality. Could easily drink an entire bottle of this in one sitting.


Une couleur généreuse et ensoleillé...très ron en bouche, des aromes de bois épicés sublimes, je ne regrette vraiment pas mon choix !!!


This Solera Ron with distillate between 5 and 18 years old has a well balanced sweetness. In your nose you can feel oak, vanilla and caramel but also dried fruit. Then in your mouth you can together with above mentioned also feel some orange, I believe.
It’s also quite complex and a good budget priced Ron.


The flavor is similar to the higher level Botran Solera 18, only without the sherry aspect. A competent albeit boring molasses and wood, can extract burnt sugar when giving it a proper mouth wash.


The perfect aroma is promissing more than you get. First taste is alcohol kick and you must search for more layers and tones. The sweet is natural and pleasant, aftertaste not long and burning.


Nice oak aroma, full taste, tones of candied fruits, too spicy. I bit dry, sweet touch.


At first aroma and taste match, but suddenly the alcohol + spice kicks in and is a totally different story.


Un rhum qui ne m'a pas convaincu. Un peu déçu au final.


Nose: Very oaky, intense and complex.
Palate: smooth and well balanced, but maybe a bit thin, somewhat smoky, not too sweet.
In contrary to other reviewers, I noticed absolutely no burn.


Ron Botran has much better stuff to offer than the 1893. It is not a neat sipper since the alcohol smell and taste are strong and the burn at the end is not pleasant. Go straight with the 12 or 15 year Botran if you are looking for a slightly better experience. They are not neat sippers either, but at least your rum-and-coke will have a better flavor to it.


If you love rum, and chances are if you are reading this you do, this rum has great aroma and colour with a crisp rich aftertaste. It is however not the greatest value but certainly appealing with its strong aged-rum aftertaste.


Very pleasant solera rum. Mild with molasses character


About 5 to 10 years ago, I found a bottle of this rum in the old teardrop shape. Thinking that the liquor store would soon get more than just that one bottle, I did similar to what Tomy from Romania suggested years later with his bottle of the same shape. Yes, it was so smooth that I almost consumed it in one day like he said could easily happen, but it actually took two days for this fool to down. At that time, I liked it better than Eldorado 12, which is now my third rated rum. My top two were only found recently thanks to this website.

To make a long story short, I set out on a quest to finally find another bottle of this rum, but knowing about the new shape. I found my bottle at Bambooze Fine Wine & Liquor in Pensacola for only $33. This store is tucked away in the corner of an L-shaped strip mall on the east side of David Hwy and just a few blocks north of I-10. One does not happen upon this place, but what a wide selection of very hard to find rums!!!! It also happens to be located across the highway from the number four rated taco stand in the USA called Taqueria El Asador. Lucky me!

When I got my new bottle home, I was actually afraid to open it for quite a while. Did Zacapa change the formula? Was it totally different than what I remembered? I cautiously poured a snifter and let it breathe for about twenty minutes. The aroma is of alcohol and caramel. On the tongue, it is a slightly peppered burn with caramel. Going down the pipe is nothing nasty, but nothing memorable. This new version cannot even make it into my top ten thanks to the parent company Zacapa. I am so glad that I will not have to go on another quest when this bottle is finally gone.

When I read many of the other reviews before trying to find it, I was wondering if this is the same rum that I remembered. Unfortunately, it is not! This bottle was also about $10 cheaper than that old bottle, which should have tipped me off right away. I just had to solve the mystery. It's tough being tenacious.

After letting the new bottle with only one snifter removed sit for a few hours, I poured another snifter and let it breathe for a while outside on a breezy day. The burn was gone. However it smelled almost like nothing and tasted almost like flavored water. Flavors going down the pipe are minimal. So once the burn is allowed to breathe off, there is really nothing there to encourage me from buying another bottle. Nothing offensive, but nothing to get excited about either. I would suggest this one to lovers of Don Q Gran Anejo since they are similar.


Doesn't like to be mixed. Over ice is my preferred method to taste, as it is quite sweet, and benefits from some water. Overall its nice, a good affordable rum to enjoy after dinner, for me.


Good rum tasting. Alcohol a little too present but interesting subtle aromas.





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