GSN Review: Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum

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Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced has been designed to offer a “next step” to fans of spiced rum and will be a permanent addition to the brand’s portfolio. “The spiced rum segment is growing and it’s an interesting category,” said Roberto Serrallés, Don Q owner and master distiller. “Everyone knows the big players in spiced rum, they know Captain Morgan. But where do spiced rum drinkers graduate to? Our rum will offer a more sophisticated version of a spiced rum – we want to elevate the category.”

The rum has been infused with spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and tamarind.

Serrallés continues, “We need to get away from pirates and sea monsters – we’ve talked too much about pirates and forgotten the fantastic properties of the rum itself. It has such an amazing taste profile that we think consumers who are interested in spiced rum are going to love.”

Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum (90 proof)
Visual: Bronze.
Nose: Heavily spiced with loads of vanilla on the nose.  Toasty and brazenly nutty with a lightly sweet Demerara sugar scent.
Taste: Clean, dry and with just a touch of sweetness that appears after a few moments.  But, the immediate first impression is of a completely balanced rum that carries the spice bomb well.  Almost a fruitcake sensibility with a hefty dose of well aged rum.
Finish: Medium long with no off notes or cloying tendencies often found in other spiced rums.
Overall: World class.  Great approach by the master distiller to bottle this at a slightly higher proof to keep the spices in check.  Once you try this, you will find yourself reaching for it whenever a spiced rum is called for.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Don Q

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