Dictador is one of those elite brands, any true Rum aficionado should sample and experience. Destilería Colombiana, based in Colombia, has been distilling high quality Rum for more than a century. Only recently though, they’ve stepped away from blends and started developing their own private label – Dictador Rum. It was about time too, since their solo products are pure quality. It’s no wonder that their Spirits consistently win awards and the praise of Rum-lovers everywhere. Based in Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, the combination of land and weather provides the perfect base for sugar cane growth and therefore Rum production.
The Dictador 12 Year Old Rum, made from the fermentation of unique virgin sugar cane honey, then distilled in a modern stainless steel alembic. This Dictador is a solera aged Rum, meaning it’s drawn from the solera vat at the ripe age of 12. Younger Rums are aged in oak casks and then blended with older Rums. The marriage of old and new provides an end result that is one of the most exquisite Rums you’ll ever get to taste. This Rum is aged for 12 years is pre-used oak barrels, and bottled at 40% ABV.
What does Dictador 12 Year Old Solera System Rum taste like?
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A little bit of etymology; nobody really knows where the word Rum comes from. Most popular suggestions are: Rum (the Romani word for potent), Rumbullion (an uproar), Saccharum (sugar in Latin), Rummer (a Dutch drinking glass).
Wonderfully smooth. With Vanilla, honey, and Carmel notes.
Good but nothing special. Very sweet. Solera aged is different than aged.
Returning to re-review now that I'm most of the way through the bottle. Served neat, I was rating it lower, but chilled or as part of just about any tiki drink (or non-tiki drink for that matter) I've tried and it's fantastic. Will definitely be keeping in the permanent stock.
Nice taste clean finish . surprised by the complexity of this rum. Very good
It had good flavor but the taste hinted at a cheaper spirit. Very aristocratic in taste
Rum + Heaven = Dictador
And I am a true Bourbon Man
This is the first run I didn’t hate and will definitely buy again!
This rum is smooth enough to sip on. I enjoyed the flavor
Bottom line - what a beautiful rum. This rum is completely smooth and tastes of butterscotch. Its a keeper
Great finish on this rum. Very smooth.
I loved this!!! Nice smooth taste straight or mixed.👍👍👍👍
Honestly, I thought it was a whiskey at first. Which...isn't bad? Just, was not what I was expecting from a rum. The finish was more rum-like, at least to me.
Upon additional mulling over, the aftertaste is definitely sweeter and more what I would have expected. So I guess it's just the upfront that was odd to me.
Rich and sweet to the point of gummy. Massive nose: Nice caramel and brown sugar aromas. But in the mouth it delivers little you don't get at the nose beyond an XXL mouthfeel. The finish is the texture [not the taste] of honey. A novel rum--Colombian!-- but not one I'll rebuy.
I’m not a rum fan, but this one is smooth and pleasant.
Very surprised at how smooth and tasty this is! So were my guests!
For my first bottle, I couldn't believe I was getting a rum instead of a whiskey, but the description didn't disappoint. Dictador can be sipped neat; citrus and vanilla on the nose, caramel and spice on the palate.
This is a great rum straight up or mixed in something. I would definitely buy another bottle or recommend it to someone.
Excellent, smooth rum. Works pretty well in a rum and coke, though it brings out a very intense sweetness so your milage may vary.
I was suprised very smooth not to sweet. reminds me of Haitian Rhum.
I don't know anything about aromas, notes/palates/finishes. But it tastes good and has a little kick. I'm happy with it.
Loved it on the rocks.
This is very good rum straight up.
I actually loved this drink. It’s sweet and spicy with a hint of smoke and honey on the end of the sip. Definitely buying again.
Amazing rum. Notes of honey and vanilla with a nice smokey smell and taste.
Nose is a delicious blend of brown sugar, buttered toffee, and strong vanilla that truly invites you in. First sip presents notes of oak and vanilla, along with a subtle hint of coffee, all with a buttery mouthfeel. It is definitely sweet like most Rum, but not overtly sweet. The finish is baking spice and a hint of heat with the slight linger of vanilla. This rum is nice enough to be sipped neat, but also has enough flavor to work well in drinks.
Absolute must have in your rum cabinet.
Top shelf Rum.
I believe this is a great sipping rum and deserves to be experienced unmixed.
This has a strange tannic dryness to it. It very much reminds me of wet cardboard, which is a shame because the initial sweetness and fruit character are delightful. The initial impression you get with this rum is exciting, but the mid palate and especially the finish are where this starts to fall apart. Unfortunately this doesn't hold up well against finer sipping rums I've had (Foursquare comes to mind), although I'm sure this will make for some excellent mixed drinks.
This bottle redefined what rum is in my book. Fantastic!
It's not bad. Not sure if I would buy it again. More of a mixing rum imo.
Smells great. Taste is disappointing and flat. I’ll use it as a mixing rum.
It what dreams are made of........if it could be bottled
A smooth rum with a smoky caramel flavor that enhances the taste. A slight vanilla hint. Great on it's own.
this Rum is very good. it has a strong burn but a wonderful Caramel taste and is super smooth with no bite at all. very good rum.
Wow... I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. It is like sucking on caramels or a Werther’s original... really dig‘ nit
Great rum! Fiance loved it.
Delicious, with heavy maple notes but subtle floral notes as well.
Not a huge rum drinker but for those who are and enjoy coffee notes, this is a rum for you.
This rum did not do it for me. I prefer a rum that has more going for it.
Dictator has a rich and creamy flavor that makes it a great tequila to sip. Vanilla and citrus fruit mix to provide a back of the lounge/mouth experience.
Best rum i have ever had
Not normally a rum guy, this stuff is pretty good. Oak, vanilla and caramel taste and smell. Much smoother than I thought it'd be.
Redefines rum in my book - fantastic
This is my first bottle from Colombia so I drink it as I take it, unstirred w/o rocks dry from the bottle excellent flavors. Some grilled white fish would be best or clamshells depending in your appetite. I’ll seek for more
oaky vanilla nose, vanilla caramel taste, with a sweet finish. It is truly smooth and easy to drink
Oaky, vanilla nose. Strong caramel flavoring, with some burn. Over ice and it's really smooth
It was one of the best aged rums I've had. The caramel notes are amazing, and go fantastic with some aged cheese
Great rum for the price. Smooth and rich in flavor this is a real best but.
Cocoa rum! Full of Body and rly sweet, but not as Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. Caramel, Brown Sugar + Cocoa, great for sipping without rocks.
Lots of tobacco and black pepper. It has a warm finish.
Highly overrated. I would not recommend drinking this neat or on the rocks. It's decent for mixers, though it skews the drinks a bit sweet.
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is a much better rum in the same price bracket. Most $30 bottles you can get from any liquor store are better than this.
Very smooth and a bit sweet.
Too sweet for my taste, thought I was drinking southern comfort mixed with cough medicine
It's a misrepresentation to say it is 12 year old rum. Solera rum is not a specific year. That said, it isn't bad rum for the $$, but Diplomatico Exclusiva Reserva is better in my opinon.
Smooth, but extremely sweet. Strong maple syrup flavor. Priced about right if you like this much sweetness. Very different from Parce 12 year.
Tastes like something I would put on pancakes. A lot of maple flavor with a hint of butter. Not a bad taste, but not something that i would always reach for. But it does offer a change of taste.
Very nice sipper. Especially if you are in the mood for something sweet
has a lot of maple flavor
Very sweet at first with a heavy maple syrup finish. Drys out after 3-4 sips.
This has a great oaky sweetness that's very mellow.
Good but as one might expect, not as good as Dictador's 20 year version. Similar rich flavor notes but with a stronger astringent harshness. Comparisons aside, it's a nice sipping rum.
Sweet aftertaste with a hint of coffee
Excellent sipping rum.
Sorry, I'm unable to sample... the bottle had been previously opened and a considerable amount appears to be missing!!! Seriously? I paid $45.99 for a bottle that probably contains a fair amount of backwash from the person that opened it. DISGUSTING THIS WILL BE MY LAST ORDER... I DO NOT BUY "USED" SPIRITS!
Awesome layered flavors. Perfect for sipping. Mixing this treat would be sacrilegious.
This is very smooth Rum. The tastes just flow off your tongue. I like it better than many of the scotch and Rye's I have.