Don Q Gran Añejo rum is produced at Destileria Serrallés in the town of Ponce in southern Puerto Rico. A blend of rums aged between 3 and 12 years old, this is a fantastic example of a rum that is dry yet has a sweet profile. This works exceptionally well when sipped on its own, or with a splash of ginger beer.
Don Q Gran Añejo was released in October 2010 and is 100 percent pot still rum (Czar’s personal favorite style). It is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and is said to have a “spicy, caramel, and red fruit aroma.” What’s not to love about a sweet, spicy rum?
Nose: The nose on Don Q Gran Anejo is full of notes of caramel, brown sugar, and wood. There are also some fruity notes that hint of banana.
Taste: This dram works well with a variety of mixers. I particularly enjoy it when it is paired with ginger beer. It has a smooth profile and is quite enjoyable. Bananas, caramel, and vanilla flavors are present, as well as a hint of spice.
Finish: This rum has a medium length finish. It’s not too short, nor is it too long. The finish is somewhat dry and the only real aftertaste is the mild spiciness.
Richmond, Virginia-via-Puerto Rico rum master Richard Seale created this rum that is said to be a blend of rums aged between three and twelve years. This style of rum is extremely popular, as it’s neither too sweet, nor too dry. Deemed “a sweet and spicy rum,” Don Q Gran Añejo is enjoyable as both a sipping rum and when mixed in your favorite drink.
Personally, I have had mixed results with this rum. Sometimes the spice component is too strong for my taste and it’s synonymous to drinking pepper water. I enjoy it more when it is paired with ginger beer or a cola.
However, when I serve this rum in my bar, it’s requested often and is in high demand. I’ve also been told that this rum is fantastic in the hands of the bartenders at The Tiki Ti in Los Angeles. For those who are familiar with this legendary bar, you know that speaks volumes. So, when in doubt, just give it a try.
For those who enjoy a sweet rum that has spicy notes, this will be a crowd pleaser. I hate the fact that I cannot finish this rum all the time, but it’ll be in my bar from now until Don Q discontinues it.
All other Don Q rums are also fantastic, such as the Gran Anejo 8-year (which is a nice compliment to this) and the Añejo. They are extremely affordable and can be purchased online at a wide variety of websites, including www.rumconnection.com.
Tasting Notes: Don Q Gran Añejo Rum
Award Winning Don Q Gran Añejo rum is a blend of rums aged between 3 and 12 years and gives you a sweet and spicy rum. Enjoy a sipping rum or combined with ginger beer.
Nose: Banana, caramel and vanilla notes. Spicy.
Palate: Brioche and caramel. Spicy.
Finish: Medium, dry.
This Don Q Gran Añejo is an excellent example of a rum that is sweet and spicy. It is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and is said to be a “smooth, unique and full-bodied” rum with a “caramel and red fruit aroma.” What’s not to like about that?
Nose: This rum is pleasant and tropical, a perfect sipping rum. Banana, caramel, and vanilla notes are present, with hints of spice. Also present are notes of oak.
Taste: This rum has a nice blend of sweet and spicy. It’s easy to sip on, and at a very reasonable price. It also works well with a variety of mixers, although you can really just stick with ginger beer or cola and be fine. This rum is one of my favorites for mixing with Coke, as it contrasts the sweetness of Coke nicely and provides a nice spicy and slightly dry finish.
Finish: Medium finish, with a hint of spice.
Don Q Gran Añejo is a fantastic example of a rum that is dry yet sweet. It’s extremely enjoyable and is a great addition to any bar. I highly recommend it.
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