Flor de Cana 18 years

"A beautiful nose that is full of floral perfumes, fruits and summer. The palate falls short though, otherwise this would have been awesome"

(Photo from Flor de Cana)

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Produced in Chichigalpha, Nicaragua, at the foot of the San Cristóbal vulcano, Flor de Caña (meaning sugar cane flower) is distributed by Compañía Licorera de Nicaragua headquarted approximately 120 km to the south-west in Managua. Dating back to 1890, the distillery uses molasses, a five times distillation on a multi-column set-up, and maturation in casks that were formerly filled with bourbon and are sealed with plantain leaves. Their website further states that there are no artificial ingredients or accelerators and a zero sugar content. The age is presumedly almost 20 years, so I guess it really contain rums with a minum age of 18 years?


Wow, right from the start this is something different. Fresh, fragrant, floral. There is a slight herbal touch (several mints, fennel seed and cardamon come to mind), and a whole bouquet of floral woman’s perfumes. Roses, lilies, violets, and probably many others that I do not recognise (my gardening is still in its infancy). You could even call it soapy, although my whisky mind does associate that with bad whisky, but in this case it fits perfectly in this rum. Fruits also join the summer party, white peaches, a few strawberries,  and cherries, the latter probably more in the form of a liquor. Very much different from any rum that I have encountered so far. Refreshing.


Also here incredibly perfumy and fresh fruity. Rosewater, all kinds of sodas prepared from fresh fruits (oranges, raspberries, limes, lemons, water melons). I head some beautiful Armagnacs, Delord and Berry’s XO Nimes-Desclou, which were also fresh, fruity and fragrant. Rosewood? The wood resonates perfectly with the spirit. Well, except that this beautiful tastes fades away pretty quickly. Very short finish, which does not leave too much behind on the tongue. A shame really, because I was really enjoying this.


After the nose I was really aiming for a score high in the eighties, but the short palate threw it back a little. Still very enjoyable, in particular the nose, which is so different from most other rums. Maybe they should go for a higher alcohol percentage, something like 43 or 46%. Just an idea.

What others say

Rumratings: 7.5 (279 votes) * @Drinkhacker: B+ * @Therumhowlerblog: 92/100 * Serge Valentin @Whiskyfun: 82/100
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Thanks for the sample,


these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
Nose 87%
Taste 86%
Balance 85.5%
Depth 84%
Finish 81%