Pull the broad gold cap and hear a natural cork pop with excitement, releasing a bouquet of sweet brown sugar and aged oaken vanilla.
The floral sweet bouquet makes an impressive introduction, the rum’s appearance in my tasting glass – a dark walnut brown color and tremendous number of beads forming at the top of the swirl smear– enhances its image. The drops soon combine to form slowly dripping thin legs, but a few never return to the rum in the bowl, leaving more rum exposed for aromatic indulgence. With a healthy sniff, more dense aromas of vanilla, oak, nutmeg, toffee, milk chocolate caramel and oily nuts appear, then come lesser notes of buttery flour pastry.
Upon first sipping. the rum strikes your tongue as creamy and incredibly smooth, palate coating, tasting as if it has achieved full maturity. No doubt the sugar adds a significant mass to the body and the lingering, toffee-like finish. Ron Centenario 30 Años produces an overall tasting effect that is harmonious, integrated and delectable.