Flor de Caña Centenario Gold 18 Year Old

Flor de Caña 18 year old rum

Product of:  Nicaragua
Aged:  up to 18 years
Price: $48
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context:  Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 9

Tasting Notes
Quite a step up in smoothness from their excellent 12 year old aged rum. Medium amber color, a shade darker than the 12 year old. Respectfully sweet, brown sugary, light paraffin; all in very appealing harmony on the nose, with alcohol well integrated and no harsh nasal rush. The taste is noble, with a distinct dryness and favors of light chocolate, caramel, charred oak and a delicate but deeply delicious earthiness. The finish is dry, with hints of maple, and a bit of smokiness in the throat.

I had been wanting to try Flor de Caña's 18 year old rum ever since I tasted their impressive Centenario 12 year old, but always opted to purchase another rum instead.  As you might expect to find in a rum that is aged half again as long as one of its distiller’s already superior rums – meaning Flor de Caña's Centenario 12 year old – the 18 year old is simply that much better. Smoother, more refined, the older rum's flavors are softer but more complex, refined, distinct, and pure.

One of the older rums available in the US, and worth looking for. Slow aging in oak barrels brings out the best in this rum made from pure sugar cane juice. Priced below $50, this great tasting rum also represents a great value. Flor de Caña Centenario Gold is complex, balanced and subtle, from sniffing to sipping to finish; each stage exhibits different facets of a fine rum aged 18 years. This is one beautiful old rum, easy and rewarding to sip neat.

Update: August 2016, with the contemporary bottle and label that claims “18 Slow Aged” instead of declaring the rums inside are 18 years old.  My opinion on the slight rebranding is the the “18” is now a brand and n longer an age statement.  One can only speculate what lies behind the change; a more knowledgeable market of rum aficionados demanding truth in claims, or difficulty matching old-stock supplies with demand?  In any case, the rum is darn good, my tasting notes from nine years ago are an accurate description of what I taste in the current bottling, and your should consider this rum for your collection.

Reviewed: January, 2007, and updated August 2016, at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017