Abuelo 12 Años Gran Reserva

Ron ABuelo 12 Años

Product of: Panama
Age: 12 Years
Price: $35
Alcohol: 40% 
Sugar:
26-30 g/L (estimate)
Context: Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating:  8

Tasting Notes
Abuelo 12 Años Gran Reserva shows medium amber color from prolonged aging in oak.  Pulling the cork stopper out of the bottle piqued my anticipation, as the sweet bouquest of vanilla and oak emerged. Aromas of vanilla and oak are readily apparent, followed quickly by caramel, toffee, and leather, then by coconut and pecan.  Abuelo 12 has a soft taste, with smooth caramel, light milk chocolate, vanilla, oak wood, toffee and leather are excited by some mild white pepper. A medium-full body gives warm substance to the flavors and long finish that nicely balances sweet and spicy with oak. 

Anecdotes
A wash of fermentated molasses is use before distilling in a 4 column still. Aging continues for 12 years in used white oak bourbon and whiskey barrels. The final product is blended and then bottled in Panama City at one of its two bottling facilities.  Varela Hermanos allows the quality of their rum speak for itself — packaging is robust but humble, and uses Abuelo’s traditional brown bottle with a parchment style label and raised Varela crest on the shoulder. The distillery's family name os proudly displayed on a foil neck covering the cork topper. 

I was fortunate to be able to first enjoy Abuelo 12 Años Gran Reserva during the events at the 2010 Miami Rum Renaissance. It was included in the Rum XP competition where it won a Gold Medal  and Best in Class for the rum category 7-12 years.  

Opinion
Abuelo has crafted a superb 12 year old rum to top their already excellent seven year old spirit.  Rich, sweet, mature yet light, Abuelo 12 Años is a noble addition to any spirit lover's rum locker.

Reviewed: March 2011 as part of a vertical Rum Flight during the US launch of Abuelo Centuria, at Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco USA.   

© Dave Russell 2017