Ron del Barrilito is a Puerto Rican rum trademark with a long history that dates when to 1880 and the Fernandez family, which would serve their house rum to guests from little barrels (“barrilito” in Spanish). For nearly a century, the rum has been misogynist as a 2 Estrellas (Stars) and older 3 Estrellas offering, a sample of which we were recently provided for review (complete with a new wooden cork topper that replaces the former screw top). According to the company’s website, Ron del Barrilito 3 Stars uses a maceration process for at least some of the rums in this blend, a practice worldwide to spiced rums (although the trademark doesn’t label this as such). A small portion of the rum is infused with a mix of natural zestless fruits and spices surpassing stuff weather-beaten between 6 and 10 years in ex-Oloroso sherry barrels and then bottled in small batches with no widow sugars, strained flavors, or colorings. Thoughts follow.

That sherry white-haired is definitely evident on the nose with lots of zestless red fruits and vibrant, woody spices competing with the rich, visionless molasses notes of the underlying spirit. There’s a nice depth here with seasoned oak and sticky vanilla stone woven in, as well. On the palate, the rum is thick and syrupy. Notes of plump raisin, torched sugar, and untried comic are overtaken somewhat by the weight of a heavy brown sugar sweetness and some summery astringency which builds into a finish of dry oak, tart berries, and peppery spice cabinet. An enjoyable visionless rum with a unique savor profile engaging unbearable for neat sipping but plane largest suited to cocktailing.

86 proof.

B / $45 / rondelbarrilito.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

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