Atlantico Private Cask (40%, B2-2009-BLAA, Dominican Republic)

Another Atlantico. This one is called Private Cask, but since it is widely available, I’m not quite sure what they mean with private. One for the book of (not so) funny names perhaps. In most markets this Rum is only slightly higher in price than the Reserva I reviewed last. However, they took the time and effort to supply this particular bottling with a nice looking cardboard box. I don’t know why, but I have higher expectations for this one…

Atlantico Private CaskColor: Orange gold.

Nose: Fresh sweet and acidic. Lots of fruits and first come the citruses. Sugared lemon and lime, but also tangerine. More wood. Virgin oka, but also some polished wood. This version is more aromatic than the Reserva and shows more wood and pure class. More happening, less light. Nice to see some more oak in here compared to the Reserva. This Rum definitely needs it. Hard to get past the lovely oak (never overpowering), but behind that some old orange skin. Meaty. It almost smells like a Oloroso Sherry finish. Nice dry and dusty smell on top. Way to go!

Taste: Fresh Sugar cane juice and again some thin honey. Although not bad, I did expect a bit more at first. Nice light woody bite and again some orange skin. Luckily the Rum picks up pace and starts to shine. All is here, toffee, vanilla and caramel. Even some slightly burnt caramel and maybe some toasted cask. More staying power than the Reserva. Great balance and offers more complexity, but still isn ‘t very complex itself. Highly drinkable. Nice sugared fruits and a slightly bitter and woody backbone.

Looking around, this Rum seems to be slightly more expensive than its Reserva brother. The Reserva in my opinion is too light. This private cask has more confidence and shows itself more. For the small difference in Money, this one has a lot more to offer. The Reserva is quite good, but in itself pretty obsolete, when the Private cask is around. For me a no brainer, especially considering the small difference in price.

Points: 84

Atlantico Reserva (40%, B1-1,635-BLAA, Dominican Republic)

Atlantico Rum hails from the Dominican Republic but its HQ stands in Miami, Florida. Atlantico Reserva was first aged for three years in American virgin oak, blended and aged for another two years. That’s not all, next up some solera aging of up to 15 years. If you don’t know what solera ageing is, please have a look here. Atlantico is a blend of Rums distilled from both molasses and pressed sugar cane juice (like Rum Agricole and Cachaça).

Atlantico ReservaColor: Light gold with a pinkish hue.

Nose: Extremely fruity. From the start, lots of advocaat (egg nog) and Banana. Vanilla Ice-cream with chocolate sprinkles and advocaat. Mocha and toffee. Dusty, and very dessert-like. Nice stuff. All the components are easily recognizable, but also rather closed. They don’t easily emanate from the glass. It needs some vigorous movement to get it out. Well balanced, but not very complex. Appetizing. The dustiness is wood related and shows itself more after some time spent in the glass. Otherwise you’ll have a hard time “getting”some wood out of this. Lovely stuff, just a wee bit too light.

Taste: Half sweet, so nothing overly sweet or cloying. Tastes rather thin, although it has a lovely aroma. Sugary sweetness and maybe a tad of honey. Advocaat is in here too. Cream and toffee, with an alcoholic base (brandy). A short sharp bite in the middle of the body and then it fades away. No long finish, and nothing stays on for a long time. Its gone, leaving you with no other choice than wanting another sip, because tasty, this is.

This one is very easy to sum up. A light, slightly closed yet delicious Rum. That’s what its all about. Advocaat and Ice-cream with pieces of (dark) chocolate and banana. Short finish, so gone too soon. This Atlantico Reserva would probably benefit from a higher strength and a more complex sweetness.

Points: 82