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This just appeared at my local liquor store for the first time, so I grabbed a bottle. I was VERY impressed with the taste based on the reasonable cost ($69.99 K&L Wines 2015).
Though I don't count it in my scoring, this is one of the nicest bottles in my collection. A beautiful shape, and a beautiful color (see rumratings photo).
Smells of vanilla, spice, sweet molasses, honey, and hazelnut; the taste is equally nice. I like this a lot!
I found this rum on a recent trip to Jacksonville and decided to mark one off my wish list.
Now I wish I hadn't bothered.
Apparently my opinion will be going against the grain here but this rum would be great if they hadn't sugared it so much.
Am I drinking rum or molasses with alcohol added?
This could almost be pancake syrup.
The syrupy sweetness is so overwhelming that it hides some elements and flavor profiles that would have made for a great rum.
But someone decided to ruin what could've been a great rum.
Paid way too much for this. Sad. My fault.
I forced myself to try to take extra sips and finally found some vanilla and toffee undertones to it along with some oak tannin. Even a hint of banana.
Beyond that, there's not much.
I read so many praises for this rum. Makes me wonder if I got a counterfeit because what I got sure ain't what others describe. Don't get me wrong...there are some sugared rums that I actually like but this one goes overboard. I cannot recommend it as a sipping rum unless you're into drinking syrup. I could see this being effectively used in drinks with an antithesis of sweetness such as coffee drinks or drinks using more bitters than the average. Any other suggestions? I cannot see this used in fruit-based drinks. The sugariness would be completely off the charts. And not in a good way.
My recommendation? Not worth the $65-70 price. Many better rums for half that.
Mahogni farvet. Sødlig eg, mørke bær og moderat alkohol i næsen. Kompleks smag af muscovado sukker, eg, modne bær og krydderier. Rigtig lækker.
A nice and smooth rum and deffently not to sweet. Long lasting taste tjat leaves a spicy after taste
This solera rum from Peru comes in a very nice decanter! Actually, the bottle itself is probably the thing I like the best about this rum. Its a rum blend with rum up to 18 years of age. It is smooth, sweet, has subtle hints of vanilla, spice, honey and caramel. I would love to try a higher proof expression of this brand.
Reminded me of a better version of the Kirk and Sweeney 23. Lots of licorice with a very velvety mouthfeel.
Glass : Mahogany color with nice amber reflects
Nose : a litlle bit strong a first breathing but nice afterwards.
Mouth : aromas are simillar as the nose : Coffee, chocolate with a litlle touch of spices at the end.
Well balanced, this Cartavio XO is a really nice product.
Really fantastic choice for all who love sweet rums with perfect balanced taste. Similar to Millonario XO.
En super god rom. Var meget imponeret over den. Den har det hele.
este es un rum que por su precio y calidad puede ser de diario con notas avainillada y suave sabor en boca al conjunto a un cohiba esplendio es para pasar una noche excepcional
This is a fantastic rum. From nose to finish it is most excellent. It has a slight sweetness to it and comes across the tongue like a cloud. Beautiful inlaid bottle, very heavy and matches the pure nectar that dwells from with in. Paid $70 and it is well worth it. You gotta drink it neat....
Started off slow, but am enjoying the oaky flavor more and more.
En rom jeg har glædet mig meget til at smage, og som forventningerne har været store til. Da den jo netop har vundet prisen som verdens bedste rom i 2016. Førstehåndsindtrykket ved åbningen af flasken var "hvorfor plastic prop i en rom i den prisklasse?".
Flasken er dog rigtig flot med indgraveringer som er guldmalet.
I glasset dufter den af karamel, vanilje og citrus. Efter lidt tid åbner en lidt krydret duft med et snert af sød pibetobak.
Smagen er fuldstændig som den dufter. Den har dog en fantastisk krydret smag også med et strejf af nødder. Sødmen er i perfekt balance så man fået det hele med. Eftersmagen er god med masser af fad.
Den lever fuldt op til mine forventninger.
Dolcezza, morbidezza e delicatezza in un unico prodotto. Non da bere in grandi quantità ma godersi il momento.
Nose: soft and sweet
Pallet: sweet and creamy with a medium burn.
Sweet, smooth, easy... boring...
...i like the complex pot still types more, so a 7/10 is what i'll strech it to.
Dybde og kant og efter et kort stykke tid bliver endnu bedre. En top Ron.
Den er bare så dejlig masser af fylde og smag bestemt på ønske listen
Ich traue mich nicht an die Höchstnote ran, aber ich kann nicht beschreiben was diesen Rum noch toppen sollte.
This is a very smooth and round sipping rum, with a spicy aftertaste.
I had expected something very sweet, judging from the caramel colour, but not so. It's a little sweet, and mostly spicy.
Not much bite, so it's very easy to just sip and enjoy.
Fantastischer Rum. Er ist mild, süss und ausgewogen. Keinerlei Ecken und Kanten. Könnte man auch als typischer Frauen-Rum bezeichnen.
Sugar: 26 GPL.
The 2 year search for this one was worth it. Cartavio XO has a taste profile that is similar to another Peruvian rum (Millonario XO), however I give the slight edge to Cartavio XO on the basis that it is not as sweet.
Banana, raisins, toffee, walnuts, nutmeg, and oak are all present and boldly accounted for in taste and aroma. Wonderful aroma, nice balance of flavours and a very smooth rum with a lasting finish on your palate.
A real sipping rum.
Taste : vanila, caramel and spices
The finish could be longer.
If i could give it an 8.5 i would.
Quite good and nice rum. But to expensive compared to taste/quality. But don't get me wrong still a good glass :-)
it was also a present from my friends Conny and Alex from Switzerland, i like it! It`s a great rum!