This Pumpkin Face is a traditional rum from the Dominican Republic distilled in 1980 (this is a vintage) and aged in oak barrels for 23 years (this is not a blend of several years or an average). It then rested in stainless steel tanks for a further 10 years. Even if these 10 years do not technically count as years (no part of the angels during this period, the vat was hermetically sealed), this additional rest allowed the aromas to be homogenised.
Old vintages from the Dominican Republic are not common, and make this "ron" a rarity.
Nico's tasting note
In short: sweet spices - wood - fruit - roasting - round
The nose is charming and rather concentrated. The usual notes of traditional Spanish molasses rums are well represented: vanilla, wood, tobacco, roasted nuts, caramel and a hint of honey. It is this certain notion of concentration that gives this rum its charm, with a white woodiness that now tugs on coconut and cocoa.
Aeration will give a clearer profile, less roasted, more focused on white wood and coconut. Toasted white bread and vanilla contribute to this brighter impression, very marked by the coconut and now by a little milk chocolate.
On the palate, the charm still works with this very greedy woody coconut (or woody coconut?). The caramel is sweet, as well as the vanilla, which offers a very round texture. The roastiness comes through more on the finish, as does the tobacco. The overall impression is quite tasty and very smooth.
The finish is in this continuity of roasted nuts and tobacco, rather fat but powerful, it leaves a taste of nougatine on the taste buds.
"A rather interesting and balanced Latino rum, rather sweet but above all devilishly tasty..."
no vintage indicated only 23 years (so not 43 years)
Very dry rum.
Powerful and well-balanced rum, the ageing is well present with many sweet notes for a connoisseur's tasting