Thursday, April 15, 2010

Venezuelan Rum: Ron Anejo Pampero Aniversario

Venezuelan rums are known for being sweet, thick affairs. The soils of Venezuela are even said to produce a sweeter sugar cane than other locales. I enjoy the sweet, murky rums of Venezuela; one of my favorites was the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva (and I will have more from that line to try). Today we try another Venezuelan, Ron Añejo Pampero Reserva Exclusiva (Aged Pampero Rum Exclusive Reserve for those who couldn't guess the translation).

Pampero is a Venezuelan distillery founded in 1938 but now owned by liquor giant Diageo.


Ron Añejo Pamero Aniversario Reserva Exclusiva, Venezuela, 40% ($30).

The nose is a deep, brown sugary syrup. The flavor follows up, thick and sweet, almost liqueur like, Christmasy, possessing some of the notes you'd find in a heavily sherried Scotch. A bit one dimensional and a little of this goes a long way. As far as Venezuelan rum, I prefer the Diplomatico, which while sweet, has more complexity beyond the basic sweetness.

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