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Gold, Brown, Red or Black how do you enjoy them?


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Old 03-16-2008, 09:48 PM   #1
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Default Ron Botran Solera 1893

I went looking for Angelsword's "First Impressions" post but couldn't find it, so here's an independent kick off for discussion of this rum.

I opened my bottle for a first try today. This is a nice rum! Very much in the style of Zacapa 15 (or vice versa), it promises to be really nice with cigars.
Very smooth, with gentle and easy to like leather/tobacco tones, very nice balance. Nothing not to like here.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:43 AM   #2
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Botran Solera is one of my top 5 rums. I prefer this to it's cousin the Zacapa 23.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:53 PM   #3
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On first blush, I'd say I agree with that. Zacapa 23 is not my favorite in the family.
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:37 AM   #4
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Lew, you certainly are not alone. At Robert's Guatemalan tasting there were a number of people who preferred the 1893 to 23 (but not to the XO, which was stupendous).

I prefer the 1893, but was curious as to how you'd review the 1893 vs the 23?
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:17 PM   #5
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They are certainly a family, Jimbo. But as has been said here before, 1893 bears more similarity to 15 Anos than 23. I like all three alot, so here goes my feeble attempt:

Sweetness, from least to most is 1893, then 15 Anos, then 23. But the big jump in sugar comes between 15 and 23, whereas 1893 and 15 are similar, with the Botran still being noticeably drier than the 15 Anos. All three have similar underlying tones, although I'm terrible at describing tones. I get cocoa, vanilla and...a daring expression for me....a hint of cinnamon from Botran, whereas 15 is all about vanilla and chocolate with coffee riding subtly under it all. What great compliments these tones are! 23 adds a burnt caramel overlay to those flavors, which has the effect of subduing the other tones to my way of thinking. If you like the 15, you will enjoy the 1893, which is a very refined and balanced rum, still very much in the family style. All three have a delightful, long finish and I frankly don't have the ability to say which is better there. I can't possibly see a disappointment with any of them, and the Botran bottle, attractive as it is, adds a touch of class to any collection.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:30 AM   #6
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I actually had some Ron Botran 1893 Solera tonight. It's excellent stuff but I still prefer Zacapa 23.
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I'm working Zaya over right now and trying to decide if it's my "family favorite" or not. As I said, not a clinker in the bunch.
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I'm working Zaya over right now and trying to decide if it's my "family favorite" or not. As I said, not a clinker in the bunch.
here's to all those wonderful Guatemalan rums... a toast!
(testing Zacapa 23 and XO side by side this evening)
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:54 AM   #9
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They're all good, eh Rob? Each one is familiar, yet if you try them side by side, each is a bit different. And the packaging is nice too. Those guys have it hammered down.

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Very smooth, with gentle and easy to like leather/tobacco tones, very nice balance. Nothing not to like here.
Lew - I've seen this before (a reference to leather). You make note of this as a "tone" which I presume to mean "taste" or are you referring more to aroma as you sense the smell of leather?

I'm very curious about how and where this word leather is used to describe, as I've seen it often on the Tastings site too.

Tobacco tone - I get that, I used to chew different tobaccos, and when I sense even the slightest tobacco taste or flavor in a rum, it becomes very pronounced to me because I readily know that taste, then the "flavor" of that taste I can then equate it to a different chewing tobacco. FOr instance, I earlier made reference to Pyrat XO Reserve, where the taste of tobacco hit me like a wave as it very strongly resembled RJ Gold chewing tobacco.

So, since I've never once in my life have "eaten" a piece of leather, what does the tone of leather mean to you?

I do love the smell of new, fresh leather!
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