Millonario 15 Reserva Especial

Medellin 8 Años Extra-Añejo

Product of:  Peru
Aged: 15 years (Solera method)
Price: $30
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar: 41-45 g/L (
estimate)
Context:  Premium Aged Rum 
RG Rating:  8.5

Tasting Notes 
Extremely Smooth.  Pouring reveals a deep brown mahogany amber color.  Aromas of dried plums and candied stonefruit (fig, dates), clove, woody and oaken vanilla, sweet of molasses and brown sugar, are all delivered within a dense nose texture reminiscent of old-fashioned butter-and-lard pie crust.  Initial tasting reveals Millonario’s brawny side - it’s more full on the tongue than the aromas suggest, adding flavors of mildly nutty English toffee, thick caramel, cola, and some char.  Sweet for sure, but it’s delivered with a cocoa smokiness that adds depth and character.  The body is a real heavyweight, almost syrupy for a rum, whereas the substantial finish exits a bit lighter than the body, easing to a lingering toffee-flavor.

Anecdotes 
Millonario’s packaging is impressive to look at.  The coarse, hand woven strands of Toquilla straw from the Carludovica Palmata plant (the jute-like material woven into Panama hats) cover the entire bottle, including a cap and carrying strap.  Those of you familiar with Ron Zacapa’s 23 year old rum packaging circa 2005 will recognize the style.  While Millonario’s natural bottle wrapper is executed in slightly different fibers than used by Zacapa, either bottle forms a collectible conversation piece while sipping, and the rum inside is certainly worthy of the unique wrapping. 

Opinion 
Those of you looking for another full bodied, sweet light rum will truly appreciate Ron Millonario.  Produced in old Scottish three-column stills, matured and blended in a four-tier Solera system using casks made from American and Slavonian oak, the rum has a lot going for it.  Ron Millonario Reserva Especial packs smooth flavors inside it’s unique bottle. 

Reviewed:  February 2011 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017