"A very agreeable rum. Quite some depth and no sugar overload. "Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum", oh yes Long John Silver, I can agree, my malt mind can definitely have this!"
(Photo from Pampero)
Pampero Industries in Venezuela has not seen the most commercial interest from its owners Diageo, unlike for instance Zacapa. Maybe that is why the rum has kept more of its authentic character and has suffered less from the commercial sugary impact [at least that is what I read, but we have still have to experience this ourselves]. Next to Diplomatico and Santa Teresa, Botucal, Cacique and Ron Roble, it is one of the brands coming from Venezuela, which all mostly relate to the Spanish style of rums. The Aniversario has been distilled in continuous stills, and according to their website, nowadays contains rum that is matured up to 4 years in casks that previously contained bourbon or sherry. I have read other reviews that presumed that this contained rum of an older age (even 10-12 years), so it could be that Pampero has downgraded the age of their ingredients. I also remember that I previously saw 4-6 years stated on their website. Well anyway. It was originally launched in 1963 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the distillery, but it is still widely available (with a different recipe, apparently). A roundish particular bottle, suede leather sack included, depicting an old fashioned letter type, which looks all quite nice.
It starts with perfumed wood accompanied by plenty of spices giving it a rye-ish start. What follows is more sweetness with a fruity backbone. It reminds me of some Armagnacs that I previously tasted, and I think the cask influence is clearly present. Furthermore, I find toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ripe tropical fruits. Overall it is sweet, but not too sweet, with the wood spices giving it a interesting edge.
Lightly bitter beginning of the palate, but then the spices come forward (cinnamon, nutmeg). Again I find it quite rye-ish. The palette is agreeable roundish, with added sweetness of brown sugar, ripe bananas and vanilla coming along. It is also quite herbal, I would say mint-ish [ok, enough ish-es], which is nice. Also on the palate the sweetness is not overly present.
All in all a very agreeable rum. With reasonable depth and no sugar overload, this offers a promising for a beginning rum drinker *pointing at myself*. The wood influence resembles armagnac or some of the blends consisting of sherried single malts. I would not say this extraordinary, but perfectly useable for an easy sip on the porch (or balcony) during a late August evening. Chances are high that more rum is soon coming to our table at WhiskyWoblles HQ (which is that same porch or balcony). Let’s conclude with “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum”, as said by Long John Silver, to which I can agree, my malt mind can definitely have more of this.
Thanks for the sample,
• these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •