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Drink Review: Pampero Aniversario Rum

A delicious premium, continuous-still golden rum from Venezuela. Full-bodied and highly fruity, with a terrifically smooth, persistent finish.

Pampero Aniversario Rum Review:

I am not that familiar with the Pampero rums on the market, so I was excited to hear of the Pampero Aniversario. Aged for eight years in American oak barrels, this rum was bottled at 40% to celebrate Pampero’s 20th anniversary in the industry. Other than my basic knowledge regarding the distilleries in Venezuela, I knew nothing else about the blanco before the review – that’s pretty much the extent of my knowledge. Hence, my review of this rum is coming purely from the perspective of a rum drinker and not from a rum aficionado. I’d love to get some information from followers who know more about this rum. Please post comments below or email me at just[@]drinknbonappetit.com. We are very interested in any information you may have.

Pampero Aniversario Rum Appearance:

This rum has a great smell. The initial aroma is a sweet tip of the hat to the other rums I have tasted in the last few months. It has a nose that is, frankly, similar to Triptych. This rum reminds me of the Pampero Cana Brava (or rum) in that it has slightly more bite than the Triptych. The color of the rum is a deep amber – a light brown.

Pampero Aniversario Rum Taste:

Very pleasant. The Pampero Aniversario is far from being too sweet. The initial taste is quite similar to Triptych in that it is not as sweet as the initial taste as the Cana Brava or Ron Zacapa. It has a high level of sweetness as compared to the Cana Brava or Pampero Cana Brava, but I do enjoy this rum as it has just enough sweetness to make the rum truly satisfying. The first taste is a bit warm and has a pleasant bite – similar to the Cana Brava. Yet, the finish of the Pampero Aniversario is far silkier and smoother than the Cana Brava, or Triptych. Of all of the rums I have tasted in the last several months this is by far the coolest, smoothest finish.

Temperature:

Helping warm up a chilly winter evening, this rum was sweet and delicious. I enjoyed it neat at room temperature. I poured it into a snifter so that I could enjoy the aromas and flavors. It was warm and refreshing. The Pampero Aniversario was also delightful as a hot toddy (tea is a sin) on a particularly cold day. It was wonderful. If you enjoy sweet rums, this is a coffee-style rum that you’ll absolutely love.

Pampero Aniversario Rum Mixing:

I’m not a cocktail drinker, but I think this rum makes a great sipping rum. It is sweet, smooth, and wonderfully aromatic. It goes great with hot tea. In this context, it will run $10+ more than other rums, but it will be well worth it. I did try it in a few cocktails and it was great. I wish I had a chilled glass of cola, lime, and sugar to try it with. I’m certain it would be delightful.

This rum is a winner. To pull off an eight-year-old rum that is not over the top sweet is quite a feat. A major key to this is the wood aging. For seven years, this rum was in oaken barrels. It has just the right amount of sweetness that makes it a great sipping rum. It is not too sweet to use for mixing, but I wouldn’t use it in a daiquiri or fancy cocktail. It is a great sipping rum and could easily be enjoyed served neat. I am not sure what the price is. We are looking for this rum in Cleveland, Ohio, but have not yet found it. It is most likely to be found in larger cities and states.

 

Written by Hassan

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