One drop at-a-time; one of the World’s most awarded Rums.
The history of the Dictador brand goes back to 1751, when Severo Arango y Ferro arrived to Cartagena, where his power would soon earn him the nickname of Dictador. Falling in love with Rum, Severo Arango y Ferro decided to become the most important trader of different exotic and high quality Rums for the Cartagena area. More than a century later, in 1913, Don Julio Arango y Parra, a descendent of the Dictador established Destileria Colombiana, honoring his forefather with continued excellence in Rum production, as well as Gin.
Dictador Solera 20 YO is one of the World's most awarded Rums. It's also the winner of the Flaviar Community Award 2017 - Flaviaristas know a good Rum when they see it.
It is made from the fermentation of virgin sugar cane honey and distilled partly in copper alembic and partly in steel continuous column. It's aged in second-fill oak barrels using the solera method. Over a period of 28 days it is brought down to bottling strength by demineralised water. Drop-by-drop as they would say.
The nose is outstanding. Caramel/mocha/coffee. Toasted or caramelized nut flavor.
Mild nose. Smooth finish. Aromatic. Honey and truffle are strong, but not overpowering.
Great immediate smell. Longer you nose more you appreciate. Chilled by a single ice sphere, about 3 sips in it starts opening up to expose some other flavors. 5 minutes after tasting a subtle coffee like favor remains on pallet that hit me suddenly in the most pleasant way.
Super smooth and aromatic.
Maple syrup on the nose but a blend of oak and smoke to the taste. Great complexity and a great drink. Definitely sweet, don’t get me wrong... but perfect when you want to be on your own island.
Sweet with a spicy undertone coffee in middle with nice lingering sweet finish. Tasty
Love it, love it. Reminiscent of sugar cookie.
I liked this rum. Very smooth. I tasted honey and a nice fruit flavor. This is a nice sipping rum. I am glad I got this tasting box. I would not have tried rum in the past, and had no idea rum was sippable. I still prefer bourbon but I will buy a bottle of this rum for a nice change of pace.
this is the smoothest, tastiest, yummiest rum i have ever tasted.
Sweet aroma, initially I tasted caramel or butterscotch.
Has a surprisingly sweet smoky flavor, don't drink rum without a mixer usually, but I wouldn't waste this one with it. No ice or water, just a small glass and enjoy!
One of my favorite sipping rums. Caramel, Vanilla, not too sweet. Everyone I’ve shared this with has really loved it.
Fantastic rum for a wide variety of flavors on the fruit/sugar range. Aftertaste lingers for a wonderfully long time and travels around the flavor wheel.
Immediately upon opening the the taster vile, i was surprised by it’s amazing smell. Coffee and roasted honey notes fill your nose. The taste is not exactly what you’d expect but is a great rum. Would highly recommend.
Great tasting rum
Perfect for sipping. So very smooth, with a hint of maple or honey on the nose. Slightly dry and spicy on the finish. Don't waste this on mixed drinks; sip it from a brandy snifter and savor it.
Has a sweet aroma. The taste is smooth, dry, and has a nice spicy kick to it. A good aged rum to sip on.
Honey maple nose with a sweet hint but turns a little dry and spicy at the finish.
Incredibly smooth, sweet, bold, balanced and flavorful. One of the best I’ve tasted. EXCELLENT for sipping!! I’m going out and getting this bottle after sampling it. Will make a great addition to our collection.
Wow not expecting the dry, not so sweet taste after nosing. At nose, completely get the honey and maple. Mouth is slight spice, not overly smoky with the oak. Finish without burn or warmth, clean...no ice.
Smooth and delicious. Delicious molasses notes on the finish.
Sweet and nice flavor. Smooth
Delicious maple, nutty flavor. It’s a real treat
Tasted this in the tasting selection I got recently as a birthday gift. Really nice...my favorite of the samplers. Super smooth, notes of honey and maple, a bit of smokiness and oak. Buying a bottle.
This was a delight. My favorite of the box I think. This was straight up caramel syrup on the nose, a little bite on the tongue, and a strong sweet finish. All being very very smooth.
Sipped it. Bought it. As someone who normally drinks Scotch/Bourbon this is the first rum I have tried that I truly liked. Its "knock your socks off" good.
This redefined smooth. A nice under layer of smokiness with a transition from oaky honey to roasted maple as the sip develops.
Very nice. The maple really comes through.
Best of the rum
A stand up rum. A good rum for people who are just starting to explore the vast world of rum and are looking for a sipping rum.
G: Really nice sipping rum. Enjoyed neat or with a large rock. Reminds me of fresh cookie dough; vanilla, brown sugar, roasted honey. Will buy a bottle.
M: aroma of brown sugar but taste brings more roasted flavors. However the taste maintains the sweetness in honey
Slinky smooth like honey bee
Smooth, but muted. There were no bad flavors, but there was little flavor overall. This was from the Galaxy 2 sample. So, perhaps there was a problem there.
Notes of maple, baking spices and most of all, dark brown sugar blend smoothly on the tongue. Sip this neat.
Maple at first sip. But the roasted honey came through on subsequent sips.
This is one of the best rums I have tasted.
This is as good as it gets. Roasted honey, maple, spice
Strong flavor of french toast ; lots more maple than the flavor spiral would suggest ; gorgeous
FRENCH TOAST! Thank you! I was trying to think of how to describe that sweetness that was maple, spicy and roasty all at once. Nailed it.
I get a strong maple flavor smell and was excited to try. Definitely smooth and a solid rum.
A true high-quality Rum ! Some of the best I’ve ever had. I recommend it straight and chilled.
The finish on this is quite amazing. Never really had a rum quite like it. Worth a taste. Will be drinking again.
Caramel nose. Warm flavor with leather and more caramel. A bit of burn, but for its price class a very nice sipper.
One of the 3 best rums I've had quality wise. fits well as nice night capper with the notes of honey and maple
Very nice mocha notes
one of the finest things i have ever drank. pure roasted honey
Got this in the Rum Galaxy 2 tasting box and it was the unanimous favorite for both my wife and I. The nose immediately reminded me of a large stack of buttered pancakes dripping with maple syrup. Sprinkle in a side of cinnamon sugar dusted muffins. On the palate it is sweet but not cloying and again I get the maple vibe with a hint of cinnamon.
The nose is amazing, like maple syrup or a pecan praline. Palate is complex and balanced, with a long spicy finish
Nice and smooth, tried it on a large rock. It's not overly sweet. This is one to have in the collection.
One to have on hand. Price is probably right maybe even good for a 20 year.
Really nice, smooth dark rum. Has lots of coffee and honey notes without being overly sweet
Nice dark rum. Wonderful flavor and one I will
Need to purchase
Very unique rum with a very busy finish. Loved it.
Really very tasty. Big maple notes.
A smooth sipping rum. Smells of vanilla and taste of honey
This one isn’t bad. Definitely get the honey and oak flavors. Goes down pretty well
Smell is a bit rough but that flavor from the moment it leaves is smooth and sweet though not overly so. Even people I know who don't like straight liquor said they would have no problem drinking this. Hands down my favorite bottle in my collection at the moment.
Very smooth. Very good tasting rum
Smooth. really enjoyed this neat. I usually enjoy a sipping rum on the rocks and let it mellow but this was quite good alone.
Smooth. Nice after taste
So smooth! Rich deep flavor, with hint of honey. Mellow overall and a great sipping rum.
Malpey flavor, very smooth
Really delicious and smooth. You can taste smokey honey and maple.
Roasted and sweet flavors dominate.
Lots of oak flavor. It was a nice mellow sipper on the rocks
This one was my least favorite of the box. Harsh and very dry.
Great after dinner rum full of sweet molasses and other sweet flavours with a nice almost liquorice/aniseed finish. Great value for money!
Tastes like maple syrup
Very smooth. Almost like a knob creek smoked maple bourbon. It’s smoky and sweet. Little on the sweet side and easy to sip and enjoy.
Very complicated. Almost a dessert rum. The maple is verrrrrry strong almost too much so. But incredibly refined and complex.
Love it very smooth
Deliciously rich and complex. I get caramel & roasty spice on the nose, molasses, tamarind, vanilla, and maple on the palate. Dark, warm, ruby-amber, visually.
My wife doesn’t like rum at all, but when we got the tasting box with Dictador in it, she is now a convert to excellent rum. Dictador is a smooth after-dinner drink that is well worth the price.
Very good. Very tasty. Recommend this.
I am not so familiar with Rhum, but this was excellent. It was spicy and yet not too spicy. A heartwarming drink in February’s cold weather. I recommend this.
Very sweet start and a complex aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.
i absolutely love this
It is a very good, rich, dark rum that has a rich birth; while an even richer life ; that leads to a long & smooth death with loads of dark brow sugar..
Great rum for sipping. Paired with good cigar, it's nearly perfect.
Strong Carmel tones. Great flavor and easy to sip.
Pretty damn good for a $60 bottle of rum! Smooth and balanced. Good oak and honey and caramel notes. A little spice and sweetness on the finish. Perfect. Could be a little more robust and rich to get to that 10 starts though.
Smooth, lovely aroma and delicious finish
Perfect for my tastes buds
This is a wonderful addition to the cabinet. The flavor is smooth, the taste complex and we enjoyed sipping Dictador. I recommend it.
Very sweet. Strong maple flavor. very rich and exceedingly smooth. Not for me but see others enjoying it
Holy moly maple syrup!! Ever want to get drunk eating pancakes well you have found the solution. What amazing balance of flavor, depth and smoothness. Very sweet on The pallet.
Well balanced, smooth and rich with a great caramel flavor the has a chocolate and slight citrus note. Amazing rum for the price point.
Honey in the forefront. Hints of coffee and bit of heat
Easily in my top 5 rums. Sweet, sweet vanilla.
The smokey flavor isn't really my thing, so keep that in my when seeing the review. Prefer something like Plantation XO 20th and Ron Cartvaio XO.
I like the complexity and richness - worth a bottle.
My wife and I love the smell. This is an outstanding rum, with a great finish.
The smell alone was tasteful. Every sip was delicious. Favorite!
Very rich and tasty. It almost resembled a great port wine, very easy to sip.
Nice sweet aftertaste
My first rum after a long time. A bit disappointing: high alcohol and unpolished, not as much taste and flavor as the Barbados or Venezuelan rums.
I'm typically a Scotch and red wine girl and bought this to try something different. The reviews and flavour Spiral seemed quite accurate to me. I enjoy the rich aroma and could definitely get the hints of toffee and muscovado sugar. Has a slight bite to start, though finishes smooth and sweet. Not the kind to mix with anything other than a cube. Can this replace my port for a apres-dinner digestif? Pairs best next to the fireplace with a cozy blanket and good conversation. Make it a long pour!
I’m not generally into rum, but this is excellent. It’s like maple candy with spices and hints of vanilla. It’s still a tad sweet for my taste but I didn’t know rum could be this good.
So smooth and warming
Likely the best rum Ive ever tried. Just wow.
This was in the Flaviar Awards 2017 tasting box. It was my least favorite, but I'm not really that big into rum (so take this review with a grain of salt). It tasted a lot like brown sugar to me.
Sweet with a hint of smoke
Aroma presents a smoky and surprisingly fresh, plant-like smell. This may be due to the virgin sugar cane. Taste is very smooth! You can taste the virgin sugar cane - pure at the forefront. The rum-like spiciness is tailed by honey flavor. Not too sweet though, for a coffee-maple factor follows after that, and lingers on the palate. The flavor spiral™ on this one correlates nicely. Very palatable, and unique. A delicious twenty year aged rum, making it a must try!
My first time drinking 20-year-old rum and I have to say is excellent
Very smooth rum, better than their 12 year.
I'm not really a rum drinker. Prefer whisky instead. However, this was a nice sipper. Not as sweet as so many.
Loved it great finish
Nothing like any rum I have ever tried. Very good.
Not a big rum drinker but this one is very nice. Big honey and coffee taste. I'm a fan.
Too dry for my own taste.
Not my kind of bag, to dry.
Usually not a fan of rum, but this was very good
Sweet without being cloying. Very enjoyable.
The aroma reminded me of butterscotch. Very smooth palate sweet like honey with a little oak. I thought it was whiskey initially. Very nice!
this was by far the best rum i have ever tasted
Oak plus honey almost tastes like licorice. Very smooth palate with a spicy back and a short velvety finish
Wasn't sure if it was rum or bourbon at first. Delicious.
Like candy for adults. One of the best rums I've ever tasted!
I like the taste of honey
Taste more like Cognac.Really Awsome!
Very different rum from others. Not as strong in terms of alcohol, but very rich in taste it's taste of oak and honey. Definitely a recommended rum!
Rich, sweet. "Smoky honey" is right; this is richly flavored and has huge molasses taste.