Botran Solera 1893

Botran Solera 1893

Product of:  Guatemala
Aged:  Up to 18 years - Solera
Price: $38 ($23 on Antigua)
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar: 6-10 g/L (
estimate)
Context: Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 9

Botran Solera (teardrop bottle)

Tasting Notes
Extremely Smooth.  Botran Solera 1893 reveals a medium dark amber color due its aging in oak.  On the nose: Botran Solera offers a delicate caramel aroma, coupled with golden raisin, a hint of dried apricot tart-fruit, and a slight oaken vanilla foundation, leaving traces of almond nutmeg aromas till the end. Perfectly smooth to sniff with moderate complexity and no offensive alcohol aromas.  The initial taste is honeysuckle sweet and medium to full bodied, with no offensive alcohols to restrict your tongue as it awakens to the smooth expansion of flavors consistent with the aromas.   Botran Solera 1893 has a body of medium viscosity, substantial but light, and altogether drinkable. The finish is just off-dry, very long with savory sweet flavor and the slightest spicy edge adding up to a lip smacking anticipation of another sip. 

Botran Solera 1893 - domestic + pouch

Anecdotes
Ron Botran Solera 1893 is complex as you would expect of a rum matured in the Solera method, whereby rums of different vintages are periodically and sequentially blended, so that younger rums are blended with progressively older vintages until a certain age and flavor is achieved. Botran's top-shelf rum is aged in a variety of oak barrels, some used once for maturing American bourbon, still others were used previously for aging Sherry and Port.  Only after sufficient time in the barrels do the flavors mature, and the rum is ready for bottling. 

Solera 1893 has seen numerous packaging changes over the past couple of years, depending upon where and when you purchased it.  The current bottle is a heavy masculine shaped piece of glass, substantial in heft if not in artistry.  Until 2010, the same rum came packaged for the US market in a beautiful teardrop shaped decanter, worthy of any collection, and nearly identical to the bottle reserved by Rhum Clément for their exquisite and pricey X.O.  However, the first bottle purchased by the Rum Gallery on Antigua in 2007, was wrapped in a red velour sack with “Botran” and “Solera 1893” embroidered in a gold-color, script-style font, and cinched nicely with gold drawstrings and tassel ends.  Inside the sack was a rather unappealing, green wrinkle-finish bottle with screw cap. The bottle’s label is written in Spanish. The overall affect of the tropical-market packaging was interesting, with the sack making up in elegance what the unexciting bottle lacked.  Regardless of packaging, all the designs are exceeded by the excellent rum inside – proving once again that you cannot judge a book by it’s cover, nor a painting by its frame.  Botran’s priorities are in order.

Opinion
Oooh, this Botran Is a very nice rum. Sure, its relatively easy to find a rum that sniffs this smooth and tastes this good, if you know where to look. What’s difficult is finding an equally exceptional rum that’s as easy on the wallet as Botron Solera 1893.  I’ve happily collected (hoarded) all three bottle iterations and relish the rum inside all of them.  


Reviewed:  September, 2007 and May 2010 at tasting competitions in USA.


© Dave Russell 2017