Flor de Caña Centenario 21 Commemorative Edition

Flor de Caña 21 15 year old

Product of:  Nicaragua
Aged:  up to 15 years
Price: $69
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context:  Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 9

Tasting Notes
Beautiful medium-dark mahogany color.
Smoky-sweet vanilla oak and caramel are revealed on the nose, and you get the immediate impression this is a winner at balancing flavors. Sipping shows a perfectly aged mature rum blended for the connoisseur's palate, with harmoniously balanced flavors of smoked, buttery caramel, toffee, vanilla, and only subtly sweet, more dry than sweet. The genuine aged rum flavors are slightly enhanced with an initial hint of flowers, then a slight butterscotch, followed by a softness that causes you to pause for appreciation and reflection. The rum finishes long, with a lingering slightly off-dry, delicate aftertaste. Its subtle flavors are rewarding if you concentrate enough to discern their complexities. 

Anecdotes
Slow aged in small, white oak barrels, Flor de Caña is produced to commemorate the 21st Century. Once you open the velour pouch and stare at its numbered, unique blue ceramic bottle, you get a clue as to what's inside. A premium rum deserving of the new Millennium, obviously crafted and bottled with care. You will believe the master blender was happy to create and offer this proud rum. 

Opinion
Flor de Caña 21 Commemorative Edition is a unique, altogether pleasant sipping experience. Like their 12 and 18 year old rums, only Flor de Caña Centenario 21 is smoother, delicately dry and smoky and better balanced than either of its siblings. Unlike so many other aged rums, Flor de Caña rums scale with age and price. And that is saying a lot. In practical terms, the 18 year old is about half-again as complex as it younger 12 year old sibling, but both are excellent rums, and some even prefer the 12 year old for its more pronounced flavors. Indeed, you can't go wrong with any of the rum from this impressive Central American distiller. The Flor de Caña Centenario 21 offers a sublime visual and tasting experience. 

Reviewed:  March, 2007 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017