Medellin Gran Reserva 12 Años 

Medellin 12-RG

Product of:  Colombia
Aged:  up to 12 years 
Price: $30
Alcohol: 35% ABV
Context:  Premium Aged Rum 
RG Rating:  7.5

Tasting Notes 
Extremely Smooth.  Medellin 12 Años has an honest, mild amber color, perhaps lighter hued than you might expect from a rum aged up to 12 years, but likely indicating an absence of artificial coloring.  Legs are prolific, fast and thin, perhaps indicating a rum aged well and an absence or sugary adulterations.  A warm, light caramel bouquet emanates comfortably from the squat bottle of Medellin 12 Años as soon as its screw cap is twisted off.  Aromas tend more toward toffee, oak, moist pipe tobacco, an oily nutty essence, mild vanilla and spice – unencumbered by alcohol at 35% ABV.  Initial tasting reveals a rum that is more spicy on the front end that the aromas hint at, but still pleasant with caramel and milk chocolate mid-palate, then a bit of  mild white pepper to liven up the flavors.  The body is medium lightweight and there’s nothing harsh about it.  The supple flavors and relatively low alcohol content makes Medellin 12 pleasing to drink.  The finish is just to the sweet side of dry, with caramel and toffee, like having an unsweetened rum for dessert.

Medellin 12 in Box-RG

Medellin 12 Años is distilled from fermented sugarcane honey (reduced sugarcane juice) and then aged in American oak casks.  The maturation happens in a higher altitude region of Colombia, providing a coller and more changeable climate than most Caribbean rums that are barrel aged close to sea level.

For a nice overview from our friend Steve Bennet at Uncommon Caribbean click here:  Friday Happy Hour with Ron Medellin 12 Year Old Gran Reserva.

Medellin 12 Años is easy in the wallet and equally easy to enjoy neat.  Sure, it doesn’t fill the rom with big individuality, and is lacking the complexity you’r expect from a rum that’s been matured in oak for 12 years.   Perhaps bottling at a higher %ABV would bring some of the flavors over our minimum taste threshold and reveal a more interesting rum.  Regardless, I suspect Medellin 12 will prove quite popular with guests who are relative newcomers to the intricacies of aged rum.  It is certainly an easy bottle to reach for when you desire a rum that seeks only to please, rather than challenge. 

Reviewed:  July 2014 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017