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Old 10-26-2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Ron Barcelo Imperial Rum 10yr

Can anyone give me a rating on this Dominican rum?

Apparently, the Beverage Institute of Chicago named this the best rum in the world in 2000 - giving it a score of 97. Not familiar at all with it. Is it this good?
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:41 PM   #2
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It is very good as far as being the best rum in the world????? I find the BTI ratings need to be taken "with a grain of salt". The Barcelo Imperial is a very good rum and a very bargain for the price. I would recommend giving it a taste. I keep a bottle in my cabinet all the time.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:58 PM   #3
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Hi Goslings. If you scroll down the page of this thread (if you have not already done so) you will see a box titled "Similar threads". You will see two threads related to Barcelo Imperial. One under "Dark rum" and another under "Rum and Cigars". You'll find some useful impressions there.

I'm not a fan of numerical ratings outside of a competitive judging.. I do however think BTI does a pretty good job at what they do.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:05 AM   #4
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A very good rum with a great price point.
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:59 AM   #5
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The BTI ratings are quite reliable, despite any knee jerk reactions to the contrary. Of course since 2000 the top spot has been taken by a number of other rums. Still, any score in the 90's by BTI means a rum is well worth buying. It is well to note that Imperial is an exceptional value at its price point.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:09 PM   #6
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A very good rum with a great price point.
This is one of those rums for whatever reason prices out too high in Canada. I t sells at a great price point in the US but not north of the border unfortunately. Not sure what goes on here. My store has it at $45 for 750ml. Similar deal with Pyrat XO (which is more here). Price is good except in Ontario. For $40+, there are lots of great choices so it needs to be great for me to spend this kind of money.
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Old 10-30-2008, 01:30 PM   #7
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It has just become available here on a regular basis and as said earlier a great rum at a great price, now in a very attractive bottle, so it goes on the top shelf of the premium rums in my collection. Very smooth and drinkable as a sipper, before you know it half the bottle has gone. I must say though that the Aсejo has to rank as my all time favourite mixer and would have to be a rum I would to choose to take with me if I was going to live on a desert island (I'm not far off now!!).
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:34 AM   #8
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I've got some background info on this rum.....

It's 48 hour fermented from molasses and cane juice, distilled in a stainless steel column. The Imperial is a blend of 4-10 year old rums from bourbon barrels, ultimately filtered through diatomice earth and press-plate filters....

The water is also well treated, to quote; "The water we use in this (dilution) process passes through three stages. The first is a carbon filter; the second stage through a reverse osmosis system and finally a mix bed with a cationic and an anionic resin."

Nose: Toffee, pickling spices, and lanolin in the nose.

Palate: A smooth entry leads to a very round, slightly fruity mostly-dry, medium-bodied palate with roasted nut, dark caramel and vanilla bean.

Finish: Finishes with a delicious buttered nut, spice, caramel fade. Very hedonistic aged Caribbean rum.

Barcelo certainly gave us the most technical of the info from the WIRSPA distilleries. For those in the advanced end of the game they specifically use sugar cane type VCR 83323 and Sacharomice Cerviceare yeast. Which is completely lost on me...
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Paul, thanks for passing along that great info on Barcelo Imperial.

Diatomaceous Earth is a relatively gentle filter medium compared to others.

The cane variety identifier may indicate that it was developed in Venezuela.

The yeast variety indicates that it belongs to the family of Brewers yeast.

The tasting notes read like something Paul Pacult from the USA wrote.
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That's a great party trick Mr R. I know my way around some liquor, but yeast families and sugar strains are way beyond me...

The tasting notes are direct from the distillery so they could well be from a US expert. What I do know is the Barcelo is a great tasting, attractively priced and well put together rum that stands out very well in a group Caribbean tasting.
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