Rum: Ron Abuelo Añejo 7 Años
Bottled: Varela Hermanos
Age: 7 years
Distillation: Sugar Cane Juice
Barrel: Jack Daniels White Oak Whisky Barrels
Price: U.S. ~$23/750ml
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Well this is a re-write…as I was completing my review on Ron Abuelo Añejo 7 Años my Mac crashed; yeah believe it or not Mac’s can crash too, so I have to start all over. I really liked how the original review started, there were some serious points I was making and I certainly liked how I constructed the overall introduction…well this doesn’t mean much to you now so I guess those word are just lost. Let just dive right in to todays article.
Before we begin our review of Ron Abuelo Añejo 7 Años I have something I would like you to contemplate. If I were to ask where are the best cigars from, regionally that is, no need to be specific here, I’d bet you suggest the Caribbean, South America or Central America and you would be right. So I ask why do most people believe that whisky is the spirit of choice with a good cigar… they are sooooooo wrong. The best tobacco for cigars are grown in the same place where the best sugar cane for rum is grown, thus I submit to you that Cigars, by Nature, are designed to pair at a superior level with RUM, as opposed to whisky. Don’t get me wrong, I love a Glenlivet or Wathern’s every now and then but the next time you are out enjoying a good cigar or better yet the next time your good friend or family member goes out for a respectable cigar suggest to them a premium sipping rum to enjoy, they will not regret it and neither will you.
Now to what we have been waiting for; our review of Ron Abuelo Añejo 7 Años. In 1908 Don Jose Varela Blanco, a young Spanish entrepreneur, opened the first sugar mill in Panama, 28 years later with the encouragement of his three eldest sons Don Jose began distilling sprits in the same small town of Pesé where it all began.
The Varela Hermanos are in a unique position, as they own a sugar cane mill; they have the luxury of controlling the production, development and selection of the finest cane available to produce the Ron Abuelo brand rum. Made our from fermented sugar cane juice, hand picked and hand cut sugar cane, Ron Abuelo Añejo 7 Años is distilled then aged in white oak barrels for seven years.
In a handsome stout dark brown glass bottle sits the mature refined container encompassing Ron Abuelo Añejo 7 Años. A pseudo parchment label with a mock torn top and bottom contains a depiction of Don Jose himself. The front facing label has a large watermark of Don Jose, the same image as the top of the label, which can faintly be seen in the background. “Ron Abuelo Añejo 7 Años Reserva Superior” is described over the mark and below are three seals (emblems) containing a castle tower, a crest and crown with the standard alcohol by volume and size of the container faintly depicted on either side. A dark maroon band is placed below the main label identifying the Varela Hnos. with the date of the companies formation and county of origin. Gold is used as the font color matching the two parallel gold bands on the top and bottom of the main lower label, the bottom being of heaver weight. The gold lettering artfully matches the “parchment” label as well as the debossed oval label at the heart of the bottle. Depicted in the debossed oval are parallels rows of oak barrels leading to the rendition of the Varela’s original distillery. Gold on deep maroon, the OPPOSITE of the colors used on the bottom label and foil neck/closure, is used for coloring of the heart. Just below the heard is “DESDE 1908” indicating the formation of the Varela Hermanos company. Beneath the foil closure is a cap with cork to reseal the bottle after use. On the back of the bottle is the same pseudo parchment label with standard naming conventions and government warnings but Abuelo has the following statement for its consumers:
Abuelo 7 Años is a rich blend of superb rums, aged for 7 years in carefully selected, small oak barrels. Under the nurturing eye of our Master Blender, it develops a distinctly rounded and exceptional taste.
Enjoy it straight or on the rocks.
The rum itself is beautiful golden amber distinctive of aged rum. The sprit is crisp and clear of any sediment and holds tightly during a ceremonial swirl. The ring created during the swirl remains with long legs dipping back in the nectar.
The nose will bite back if you don’t respect the power of Abuelo Añejo 7 Años. Held back two inches from the glass, Abuelo 7 Años has rich notes of caramel and vanilla, at the back of the nose Abuelo seductively sweet. No doubt a dangerous romance will begin between you and the Varela creation.
Your nose doesn’t lie, as Abuelo 7 Años will bite the back of your throat if you are not careful. When rum bites I suggest dropping a cube in it. This will cool it down and bring out the sweetness and flavors so it can be completely enjoyed. Abuelo 7 Años has aspects of warm spicy caramel and leaves the mid palate salivating. Hints of vanilla and dark brown sugar continue throughout and I almost want to say there is orange in there somewhere. It is a full-bodied rum, not too complicated that goes well with a full-bodied mature cigars.
Suggested Drink: Abuelo Sparker
2 oz. Abuelo 7 Años
4oz. Sparkling Wine
Splash of Ginger Ale
Garnish: Lime Wheel
Glass: Champagne Flute
In a champagne flute pour Ron Abuelo Añejo and sparkling wine. Top with a splash of ginger ale and garnish with a swirl of lime.
Cigar Pairing: Partagas Black Label Clasico
For a mid priced rum, Ron Abuelo Añejo 7 Años will allow beginning rum aficionados to enter into the world of premium sipping rums. Añejo 7 Años goes extremely well with Colorado, Maduro and Oscuro cigars. With a cube you can sip several glasses as you enjoy conversation with good friends and family or while relaxing alone away from the office, wife and kids. The Varela Hermanos did a quality job in mixing this rum, and a grade A job in packaging, it look masterful on the shelf.
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