Very Smooth. Tondeña Dark is a reddish, copper/straw color. Aromas include light molasses, and an earthy sweetness like raw cane and lemon grass atop a slightly oaken foundation. Initial tastes are clean and delightful, if not overly sophisticated; honey and cane flavors are enhanced by a grassy character. A medium body precedes a finish that is sweet at the tip of tongue, a little warm in the throat, leaveing a sense of light chocolate behind.
Tondeña Manilla Rhum Dark is distilled from molasses of cane sugar, then aged in oak. The bottle, like the rum, is tasteful, simple and unassuming. The tall clear oval shaped glass is emblazoned with an attractive crest of La Tondeña Distillerers, a metalized label shows awards from various European competitions spanning the years 1975-1980. At the top, a simple metal screw cap seals the rum inside.
Tondeña Dark’s overall taste and finish are refreshingly, somewhat akin to the excellent lighter aged rums from Puerto Rico. The flavors are pleasant, simple, and smooth enough to enjoy neat or on the rocks. If mixing, use Tondeña Dark only in delicate cocktails, for strong ingredients could overshadow the rum’s flavors.
Reviewed: November 2008 at the Rum Gallery, USA.