GSN Review: Ron Botran Reserva

bot1Some of you may be familiar with a jazz standard by Woody Herman called “Four Brothers”.  Well, to go one further, Botran rum was founded by five brothers named Venancio, Andrés, Felipe, Jesús and Alejandro Botran.  They emigrated from Burgos, Spain between 1911 and 1923 to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to begin working in the sugarcane industry.  By 1939 they had unanimously decided to found Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala and began producing rum.  Using the Solera method and aging their spirits in white oak, they continue to produce some of the world’s finest rums.

Botran Reserva is a blend of rums aged between 5 and 14 years.

Ron Botran Reserva (80 proof)
Visual: Coppery-orange.
Nose: Luscious notes of vanilla, sweet caramel and wood.  Loads of depth with a vast expanse of sugar and spice.  It is very much reminiscent of a spiced rum.
Taste: Sweet on the entry with a vanilla frosting flavor coming in quickly.  Quite rich and viscous with a lot of body and jovial character.  This radiates warmth and pleasantry.
Finish: Some tannic dryness creeps in to keep things from getting too dessert-like.  The masterful blending of agings works to a great advantage here.
Overall: Lingering notes of vanilla bean percolate between the deeper essences of molasses and sugar cane.  A very fine rum to drink by itself, but also a fantastic rum for cocktails, especially tiki-style concoctions.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Botran Rums

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