Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another rum review - Vizcaya VXOP

One of these days, I think I need to write an article on which I judge various rums based on nothing more than their packaging.  It might sound silly, but in truth packaging can tell you quite a lot about a rum.

Moving on... Vizcaya VXOP is a Dominican Republic rum that's corked and will cost you around $33 a bottle when you can find it here in the US.  It's fairly new to our market but being well revived as a dark tasty rum.  Like 10 Cane it's made with the first pressing of sugar instead of using molasses.  It's aged 8 years and after it comes out of the wooden barrels that formerly held bourbon, it's shipped out across the globe.

In the glass:  Light to medium caramel with honey and yellow overtones.

On the nose:  Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, flowing, sweet very delicate caramel.  A hint of butterscotch cookie chips.  From the aroma, seems like this will be yielding and sweet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing lots more flavors than the pleasant but straightforward nose suggested.  Along with the very clean sugar cane, there is a very light and sweet citrus.  The taste is layered and creamy, and the finish slowly wicks away to a perfect vanishing point

Overall, it delivers an excellent sipping experience, and at $40 and under in the US, is bargain priced too.  If you are looking for a rum on the sweet side of excellent, I'd encourage you to seek this rum out.  But please, sip it neat, Vizcaya VXOP is far too refined to waste in a mixer.

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