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It has been over a decade since we final checked in on Matusalem rum. Whereas the Gran Reserva 15 Years Previous stays the model’s flagship, their portfolio is quite in depth, together with a white rum, Gran Reserva 18, and Gran Reserva 23 amongst others. We’ll hopefully get to a few of these in due time, however earlier than that, we thought it applicable to revisit the usual bearer.
As a reminder, Matusalem’s origins stretch again nearly 150 years to Cuba the place it was born and named for a famously previous biblical character earlier than turning into a premier rum model throughout the island’s Golden Age within the Nineteen Twenties and ’30s. After Castro, the model did some transferring round and located an adopted dwelling within the Dominican Republic the place it’s produced at present nonetheless with the identical Cuban recipe and aged within the solera fashion for 15 years. Let’s see if something a lot has modified because the final time we tasted this one.
It nonetheless carries the identical surprisingly mild coloration with maybe rather less alcohol on the nostril. The aroma is basic for a Cuban-inspired providing with waxy notes of molasses and torched sugar. With a little bit of time to breathe, refined notes of overripe banana and darkish vanilla bean could be coaxed out of the glass, however issues stay quite easy. The palate is mild and dry as ever with a mildly candy, brown sugar entry that rapidly turns woody and a bit dusty with notes of barrel char and baking chocolate. As a sipper, it stays a bit easy and tightly wound, however for mixing, you would do lots worse.