GSN Review: Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum

Destilería Serrallés Inc., the producers of Don Q rum, recently announced the release of a Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum. 

“Blending innovation, art and science has always been characteristic in the way we have been crafting exceptional spirits for the last 153 years.  This new expression has allowed us to collaborate with other high-quality artisans in the industry,” says Roberto Serrallés, Sixth-generation  rum maker and Business Development Vice President. “We’ve been excited with the idea of creating unique spirits from unexpected pairings through barrel-aging in recent years, and felt it was the perfect time to enter the category. Our  team had been planning this expression for several years, and are grateful to our friends at Mancino Vermouth for helping us bring this dream to fruition with their barrels”, he added.

From the environmentally conscious distillery in Ponce (most recently, winner of a “Green Award” from The Drinks Business, which recognizes leaders in environmental, ethical and sustainable practices within the beverage industry), Master Blender, Jaiker Soto blends rums aged for 5 to 8 years in American white oak casks before resting the spirit for 4 to 6 weeks in Mancino Vermouth Vecchio barrels. Crafted from Italian white oak, these casks carry the distinct aromatics of the fortified wine they once carried, as well as the botanical flavors synonymous with vermouth.

Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum (80 proof)
Visual: Light orange-gold.
Nose: Medium aged rum base notes laden with a tight sheen of brief herbality.  A lighter and more intriguing nose than any rum we’ve reviewed.
Taste: Beautifully smooth and instantly remarkable. The sweetness of the rum is toned down and a wash of dry herb, almost a grassiness cuts into the spirit.  So good, you want to take successive tastes just to experience it again.
Finish: Surprisingly long and thoughtful.  The vermouth character keeps things tending toward a slight bitter edge which adds a depth not usually found in a Puerto Rican rum.
Overall: All I can say is that this is amazing.  Don Q has pushed the boundaries of rum time and time again, and this latest expression is absolutely lovely.  Highly recommended!
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Don Q


2 thoughts on “GSN Review: Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum

  1. I also found this unusual expression delightful, almost like sipping a sophisticated cocktail. It was definitely a bold experiment in alternative barreling that went well.

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