A marvelous vintage rum from Panamanian producers Rum Malecon. Esplendida translates as “splendid”, and this is a fitting adjective for this delightful long-aged dark rum. This vintage rum demonstrates the two qualities that ensure constant quality from Malecon: their use of local Panamanian sugar cane – of an incredibly high quality, and their proprietary old recipes and techniques brought over from Cuba. This rum was bottled in 2015, meaning it spent 30 years in a recharred former Bourbon American On the nose this rum offers aromas of spun sugar, sherried fruit, raisins, woodspice, toffee, vanilla oak and coffee. The palate is thick, dense and chewy, with dark tropical fruits, plums, dried apricots, some peppery spice, buttery toffee and cigar smoke. The finish lingers, bringing a little espresso and woodspice, with highlights of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. This rum was given 95 points out of a 100 and a mark of Exceptional- Gold Medal by the Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago. This rum comes with a handsome presentation box, and would make a great gift for any rum lover.