Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 Year Old Rum (700ml)
The Matusalem Rum company was started by the Camp brothers in 1872 as a family affair. The "new" Cuban rum rapidly caught on in the world's markets. In the early 1940's the company experienced a period of tremendous growth and by the 1950's it had already captured 50% of the Cuban market, making it the leading rum sold in Cuba. Today, descendents of the founders produce Ron Matusalem in the Dominican Republic. The brand “Matusalem” was named after the Biblical Patriarch, Methuselah who was said to have lived for 969 years, so symbolising the patient ageing and old world craftsmenship used to give Ron Matusalem Rum its exceptional flavour.
The key to Matusalems’s Gran Reserva rum’s complexity is the Solera aging process, where various mature rums are carefully blended together, with the main component being 15 years old. This is a classic example of aged ‘Cuban’ rum.
Tasting notes: Brilliant copper hue. A soft nose of toffee and butter. A satiny entry leads to a round, fruity-yet-dry, medium-bodied palate with praline and brown spice notes. Finishes with smooth spicy oak flavors. A finely balanced, very silky, aged rum. 40% Alc./Vol. International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
95 points (Exceptional) - tasting notes sourced from www.tastings.comsize>
Other reviews... Palate entry is slightly maple-like and more bittersweet than flat-out sweet; the midpalate shows rich molasses and sugar maple tastes. Aftertaste is long, slightly lead pencil-like, bittersweet and elegant. 90-95 points - tasting note sourced from www.wineenthusiast.com