In the world of spirits today Mexico is not known for it’s rum. There are however a few still producing rum which will bring you back to the old “New Spain”. Here is one example.
Licores Veracruz on the Gulf Coast side of the Country is responsible for the Mocambo premium line of rums as well as the newly introduced Los Valientes premium line in the UK. I picked up a bottle of the Mocambo 20 Art Edition on a recent trip to the great State of Texas, USA.
To the eye this rum exhibits a deep, leathery brown colored center leading to a green tinged edge.
The aromas show off high toned esters on top of a deeply rich Oloroso Sherry like rancio. This is a rum in which I could spend a day with my nose in the glass.
There is some sweetness on the front of the palate which brings the flavors forward nicely. Think rum soaked raisins with a chocolate chaser. The sweetness recedes on the finish allowing a good grip to the lingering flavors.
In a world of Hi-Tech squeaky clean distillates I love tasting a rum like this. It tastes like an old world, well matured rum suited for those looking for a dram that speaks of tradition and individuality. Rums like this may well be put on the endangered species list if we’re not careful. Licores Veracruz deserves some love for putting this one out in my opinion.
The packaging is charming and expressive.
Tasted September 25, 2009
Bottle # 038/230
Barrel # 146
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