Atlantico Private Cask

Ron Atlantico Private Cask

Product of:  Dominican Republic
Aged:  15 - 25 Year Old blend
Price: $30
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar: 26-30 g/L 
(estimate)
Context: Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 9

Tasting Notes 
Extremely Smooth.  A gorgeous mahogany amber color alerts your nose to deep honey sweet aromas, initially of fresh cane, maple and brown sugars, followed by molasses, walnuts, dried apricot, vanilla, smoked wood, tobacco, spruce and cardamom.  Such is Atlanticos’ fragrance that it may swell your eyes to tears, with just the slightest hint of cane and lemon grass, and thankfully, no offensive alcohol odors.  As for the initial taste, consider the complex aromas as a preview, to be repeated deep in the flavors, but initiated by a surprising bonus of light smokiness and oaken vanilla.  The body is big but not overweight, wonderfully filling and healthy but also refined, with a buttery smooth finish of consistent and long lasting caramel.

Anecdotes
Entering  the US market in 2008, Atlantico enhanced the fine tradition set by other delicious rums from the DR. The makers of Ron Atlantico Private Cask wrote to say their rum “is handpicked from the finest small batched aged rums and further aged in used bourbon  barrels, then aged a third time, resulting in what they feel, is a highly flavorful, complex and smooth rum”.  After tasting, I have to agree.  Atlantico Private Cask exudes craftsmanship, from the aging and blending of the spirit, the the finished product, where each numbered bottle is filled, corked, and initialed by hand. 

Atlantico Logo

Open Atlantico’s rustic looking, slender box and you’ll find a corked, square section bottle with a logo so attractive, it could be a sailor’s tattoo.  Two anchors form the legs of the “A”, pointing toward a pair of rum barrels and some cane stalks.  Rum and sailing are two of my [Dave] greatest obsessions; intimately bound, the stuff of legends, of both success and ruin.  “But how does it taste?” you want to know.  Let me simply say; that big bold “A” in the Atlantico’s logo stands for more than their name. 
In fact, it’s the grade on Atlantico’s report card.

Opinion
Regular viewers of this site already know I’m a big fan of the Dominican Republic. Their higher end rums rank among the world’s most delicious and complex, with prices that won’t stretch your wallet (unless you go off the deep end.)  Needless to say, I hoped that Atlantico would add to the DR’s excellent reputation, and I m pleased to report: “Well done!”.

Reviewed:  December 2008 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017