Another classic rum from Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, who also produce the esteemed Ron Zacapa and Ron Botran. This rum is made the way as its illustrious cousins, matured at 2,300 metres in a solera system. The solera system is usually seen in Sherry production, in which spirit is drawn from the oldest cask, which is topped up with the next oldest, and so on. This system and the altitude allows for longer aging without becoming overoaked, due to the cooler climate. It also produces a wonderful consistency between young and aged spirits, and ensures a good balance of flavour. It should be noted that in Guatemalan rum, age statements do not work the same way as in Scotch whisky, and often refers to the oldest rum in the blend.
This rum has a beautiful complexity throughout. The nose is rich in aromas of dark chocolate, almonds, toffee, burnt sugar, dark oak and dried fruits. The palate is faithful to the nose, but adds a dense mouthfeel, succulent stone fruit, overripe bananas, and cinnamon. The finish is long and lingering, with delicious crème brûlée notes and espresso. Bottled slightly overproof at 41% ABV, this gives the flavours a little extra kick. A tremendous aged rum.