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Review: Ron Barceló Imperial Premium Blend 30 Aniversario Rum

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Ron Barcelo Imperial Premium BlendBarcelo is a solid but largely unknown Dominican rum producer which we’ve written about in the past. While we’re familiar with the rack versions of its rums, we didn’t know about the special barrels that Miguel Barcelo was setting aside. Well, he’s been doing that for the last 30 years, and now he’s blending them up into a mega-rum called Premium Blend 30 Aniversario.

I’ll let the company explain the method to the madness.

Each year since Miguel Barceló first created Ron Barceló Imperial in 1980, private reserves of this prestigious ten-year-old blended rum were set aside for two years of additional aging.  Aged in barrels made from selected cuts of white oak, these reserves, some from the prestigious Bordeaux house of Château d’Yquem, each with different grades of toasting, were blended to create the limited edition Imperial Premium Blend 30 Aniversario in 2011.

And we got one.

What we have here is a quite an engaging and exciting rum. The nose is surprisingly lively and light, but with lots going on. The nose is nutty and at times almost herbal, with gingerbread and toffee notes often playing along. There’s just a hint of alcohol to give a little burn on the back end. On the palate, lots more where that came from. Think chocolate pudding, butterscotch, and vanilla, topped with a sort of dusting of black cherry and cola. None of this is heavy, daunting, or astringent (a complaint I’ve leveled at Barcelo in the past), but rather it’s a delicious and incredibly drinkable concoction that has drained itself much too quickly under my care. Rum lovers of the world in search of something very special and old, yet still light on the tongue, should seek this bottling out pronto.

9000 bottles produced, 600 allocated to U.S. 86 proof.

A / $120 / ron-barcelo.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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5 Comments

  1. edoc June 12, 2013

    I hope I can find this somewhere.

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  2. BLS July 10, 2013

    I was able to locate a bottle of this at Kendall Fine Wine & Spirits in Miami. It was just delivered today. I’m so excited to try it!

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  3. Juanita August 30, 2016

    It is absolutely the best rum I have ever tried. I am going to have my local store order it.

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  4. Nick October 26, 2016

    How many years has this rum been aged? It’s sort of misleading. It can’t be 30 years at that price.

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    1. Christopher Null October 26, 2016

      If you read the description closely, it’s aged 12 years.

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