Don Q Signature Release/Single Barrel 2007 Rum

The Data

Category   Rum/Rhum

Sub-Category   Rum

Origin   Ponce

Retail Price   $40

ABV   40%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, deep amber color.

Aromatics

The aromatics rise from the glass with the complex essence of aged Rum offering scents of baked orchard fruits with waves of caramel, vanilla bean, brown baking spices, and roasted pineapple flanked by charred oak.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering a rich but vibrant fruit and spice core with layers of caramel, brown butter, and vanilla with dry oak and leather accents and hints of mineral.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied with ideal balance thanks to a fresh dose of acidity with an impossibly silky texture and incredible length.

Cool Factor

A

The Rums created at Destileria Serrallés and their brand Don Q are simply world-class. Not content to make the same old style of Rums found typically in the marketplace the Don Q Rums are dissecting the Rum-making process and defining new ways to interpret the category.

Value Grade

A

At $40 a bottle this is one of the best aged brown spirits values in the marketplace today.

Analysis

This Signature Release, single-barrel Rum is the second in Don Q's series of single-barrel releases. Like the 2005 single-barrel, the 2007 is very limited so get your bottle(s) while you can. I first tasted this Rum from the cask roughly 10 months ago and I was blown away — I still am. This is one of the finest Rums that I have ever tasted and considering it is a single cask we will never experience these precise flavors again. Like the 2005, this is an aged Rum for lovers of wood aged spirits and I see this having a great crossover appeal with Whiskey and Brandy drinkers. It's a beautiful brown spirit that transcends category.

How to Enjoy

This beautiful Rum needs a little, very little, help right out of the bottle with the addition of just a few drops of water. With water the Rum absolutely blossoms giving you all that it has in the nose and on the palate.

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