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


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Old 06-10-2008, 03:37 PM   #1
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i just bought a bottle of barcelo imperial today and i can t wait to open it when i finish work tonight.
i was just wondering if any of you guys knows how old this rum is
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:46 PM   #2
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I believe it's a blend of rums up to eight years old. The aroma and flavor profile would seem to bear that out to my taste.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:19 PM   #3
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The listing in this site's rum database states that Barcelo Imperial is:

" Brown rum distilled from molasses. Blend of rums aged up to 6 years in used whisky and bourbon barrels.
The premium rum from Barceló, I enjoy this smoky robust rum with a little water. This rum is aged at a relatively low strength and tastes older than six years."

It has become one of our favorite sipping rums with a balanced flavor and long finish.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:21 PM   #4
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Rum Runner,

You posted previously that:

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Imperial shows a good deal of barrel up front..and then a good dose of "rancio" which means rancid in Spanish, Which translates to oxidation.
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Would you please elaborate on the rancio taste as it may help clarify an element that is tasted in this rum (and some others)?
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Rum Runner,

You posted previously that:

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Imperial shows a good deal of barrel up front..and then a good dose of "rancio" which means rancid in Spanish, Which translates to oxidation.
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Would you please elaborate on the rancio taste as it may help clarify an element that is tasted in this rum (and some others)?
Hi Michael. Rancio is a term the Spanish often use to describe Sherries as well as Spanish brandies. The literal translation is "rancid", which I know does not translate well to English.

Over the years I had the chance to taste with, and question a number of producers as to what accounted for this flavor. I have also read many tasting notes by those much better than me who have described this flavor.

It seems to come mainly from the oxidation process that has occurred either naturally or has been induced in the ageing process.

Like the former US Supreme Court Judge who when asked to define "obscenity" replied "I can't define it, but I know it when I see it", such might be the case here. However I shall try to give a few examples which may be illustrative.

The following are my interpretations. I am not a chemist. I am open to other comments.

Oxidation happens when a product is exposed to air. The results can invoke (into spirits) certain flavors in small quantities that are found in foods that are oxidised.

Think of a cut apple, or peeled banana left out too long, or a knob of butter left on the kitchen counter too long. None of these smells or tastes on their own would be considered a positive. One considers them "rancid". Yet at the same time a small amount of this same thing happens to spirits in a manner controlled by the producer to lend a flavor which is pleasing and subtle and does lead one to a conclusion that there is some maturity to what one is imbibing.

At it's best it is a wonderful complexity to a drink, or it can be something gone very bad.

To experience "rancio" first hand may I suggest a good dry Spanish Amontillado or Oloroso Sherry. Lustau is a good source here. For a wonderful evocation of Spanish brandy with "rancio" I suggest one to pull out the stops with "Conde de Osborne" by that venerable house from Jerez de la Frontera, in a bottle designed by Dali..One of the few spirits which might just justify such a whimsical bottle.
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:17 AM   #6
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Dude, this is some wonderful stuff. One of my rum mules brought me back a bottle of this about 6 months ago, as it is not available (as far as I know) in Canada, and I give it high marks!!
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Dude, this is some wonderful stuff. One of my rum mules brought me back a bottle of this about 6 months ago, as it is not available (as far as I know) in Canada, and I give it high marks!!
There ya go Duff! Great to see B.C. here. I spent many a time crawling on my belly for steelhead on the Frazier.
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thanks for your feedback guys and the tasting note are spot .
i tried it yesterday night , and it s really woody and smoky and definetly taste older than a 6 years old.
I love it
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thanks for your feedback guys and the tasting note are spot .
i tried it yesterday night , and it s really woody and smoky and definetly taste older than a 6 years old.
I love it
Glad to hear you enjoyed it. We did a tasting some time ago of the Barcelo' Rums available here. White, Dorado, Anejo, Gran Anejo, Imperial. It was nice to see a house style evolve up the ladder in a manner that seemed consistent and well thought out.
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Just bought a bottle of Barcelo Emperador. Very interested to see how it compares to the Imperial. I don't know how they are ranked by Barcelo.
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