Angostura 1919

1919 Rum

Product of:  Trinidad 
Aged: belnd of rums aged 5-10 years
Price: $32
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar: 11-15 g/L (
estimate)
Context: Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating:
8

Tasting Notes 
Perfectly balanced big flavors, rich beyond it's eight years age, golden amber colored rum. Powerfully seductive aromas of vanilla and sweet molasses embrace the nose. Dive in, and you instantly realize the scents were only a rehearsal for the even deeper taste, which is more flavorful and pronounced. Creamy vanilla, caramel, brown maple sugar, virtually no smoke or spice, all wrapped up inside a full, round cozy body. Finish is like pure caramel sauce drooling down the throat. Sweet as sugar - if that's  your kind of rum, then you’ll love 1919. 

Anecdotes 
Oh yes, 1919 is one easy sipper, a blend of light and heavy rums distilled from fermented molasses.  Distinctive low square numbered bottle with rounded shoulders and a big cork lets you know there's a genie inside just waiting to get out and fulfill your every wish. Once difficult to find outside the Caribbean, Angostura has impressively increased availability in the USA.  In 2011, Angostura reformulated 1919 and updated its bottle, (photo at lower right).  You get the same great flavor reagrdless of package.

1919 New

Opinion
1919 isn't Angostura's most expensive rum, but it is one of the best. There are so many wonderful and different rums available today for those who seek them, that it would be an ignorant shame to settle on just one brand. But If I had to be lost at sea on a sailboat for months or stranded on a Caribbean island, or even snowed in for a week in the mountains, 1919 alone would get me though and I'd still want more after I was rescued. It's that rewarding every time.

I prefer to drink 1919 neat, but I can does make an exciting drink called the Twenty Seventy Swizzle,  invented at Smuggler's Cove.   Frankly, it would add tremendous body and flavor to anything you paired it with, including vanilla ice cream for dessert.  1919 is definitely a rum to pour if you are introducing guests to rum. It's eminently drinkable, approachable and delicious.

Reviewed:  October 2005, and repeated frequently while sailing throughout the Caribbean.  The bottle shape makes an excellent sailboat companion becuase it's broad base resists tipppng.  Not to mention that any of my guests who are new to rum seem to always enjoy 1919.

© Dave Russell 2017