Friday, April 1, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **** $$$ Vizcaya VXOP Cask No. 21 Cuban Rum, Dominican Republic, NV (NOTWINE)

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Vizcaya VXOP Cask No. 21 Rum, Dominican Republic, finished at 40% alcohol.  Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 is distilled by a family that has been making rum since 1820. They founded one of the first rum distilleries in Cuba. Cask 21 was reserved for their very finest rum, which was intended for the governors of Cuba. Since 1960, they have produced their rum in the Dominican Republic, the island with climate and soil most similar to Cuba's. Vizcaya VXOP uses sugar cane harvested by hand and freshly pressed for its juices. Once pressed, the juice is fermented and distilled in small batches and aged in selected oak barrels that formerly held bourbon.

In the glass: Light to medium caramel with honey and yellow overtones.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, flowing, sweet very delicate caramel.  A hint of butterscotch cookie chips.  From the aroma, seems like this will be yielding and sweet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing lots more flavors than the pleasant but straightforward nose suggested.  Along with the very clean sugar cane, there is a very light and sweet citrus.  The mouthfeel is layered and creamy, and the finish slowly wicks away to a perfect vanishing point

In summary: Overall, rates four  stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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