Matusalem Gran Reserva 18 Rum
  • Category Rum
  • Country Barbados
  • Distillery Matusalem
  • Age 18 Year Old
  • Style Dark Rum
  • Maturation ex-Bourbon American oak barrels
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • fruit
  • sugar
  • sweet
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • nutty
  • floral
  • molasses
  • spicy

Matusalem

Gran Reserva 18 Rum (0.75l, 40%)
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An honorable Gran Reserva Rum, aged Solera style for up to 18 years.

When you hear the name Matusalem, you can probably guess we ain’t talking about no new kid on the block. In the Old Testament, Matusalem would live up to be a 969-year-old and while Matusalem Rum hasn’t been around for 969 years as it was founded in 1872 in Santiago de Cuba by Benjamin and Eduardo Camp, the idea behind the name was – timelessness. The most sought-after Rum during Cuba’s Golden Age – you know, when all the artists wanted to be there, including Hemingway who even ended up living there – Matusalem never followed trends, but instead opted for the classics. Named the Cognac of Rums for using Solera ageing, today, Matusalem is bottled in the Dominican Republic as the family initially producing it went into exile after Castro gained control of the country.

Matusalem Gran Reserva 18 is made from Caribbean molasses. The process begins with an exclusive blend of Rums aged Solera style. This means some of the Rums in this concoction are aged up to 18 years. Solera ageing is usually reserved for Cognacs and how it goes is that basically, you've got a series of casks with Rums of different ages. The casks with the older Rums are emptied (But never fully!) and re-filled with younger ones – and so on, until the youngest cask is filled with new Rum. This helps the youth to mature faster. Anyway, Gran Reserva 18 is aged in ex-Bourbon American oak barrels, which means a dazzling coppery color and a sophisticated, woody palate. Bottled at 80 proof, this is one stunning example of what Solera ageing can do.

  • Category Rum
  • Country Barbados
  • Distillery Matusalem
  • Age 18 Year Old
  • Style Dark Rum
  • Maturation ex-Bourbon American oak barrels
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Copper

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Caramel, vanilla, oak, baking spices, nuts and tobacco.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Sweet with notes of vanilla, nutmeg. Baking spices, walnuts, and chocolate.

Finish
Long

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  • fruit
  • sugar
  • sweet
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • nutty
  • floral
  • molasses
  • spicy
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
You might find Rum masquerading itself under other nom de plumes, like Ron, Rom and Rhum.
Three branches of the family started feuding in 1981, resulting in court cases that lasted into the mid-90s. It all ended in 1995 when the great-grandson of the founder, Dr. Claudio Alvarez Salazar, gained control of the Matusalem trademark in an out-of-court settlement.
Rum used to be accepted as a form of currency in Europe and Australia, a practice we should probably bring back into fashion.
If the center of our galaxy had a signature scent, it would be Rum. Yup, astronomers studying a giant cloud in the Milky Way found a substance called ethyl formate, a chemical that smells suspiciously like Rum.
Next time you have a tipple of Rum you can say that you're tapping the Admiral. This intriguing phrase comes from the great Admiral Nelson who was killed in the battle of Trafalgar off of Spain. The story is that his body was preserved in Rum to be shipped back to England but, when the barrel arrived, some of the Rum was missing and said to have been siphoned off by some desperate or unknowing sailors. It's a great story but most likely false.
A little bit of etymology; nobody really knows where the word Rum comes from. The most popular suggestions are Rum (the Romani word for 'potent'), Rumbullion (an uproar), Saccharum (sugar in Latin), and Rummer (a Dutch drinking glass).
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
You might find Rum masquerading itself under other nom de plumes, like Ron, Rom and Rhum.
Three branches of the family started feuding in 1981, resulting in court cases that lasted into the mid-90s. It all ended in 1995 when the great-grandson of the founder, Dr. Claudio Alvarez Salazar, gained control of the Matusalem trademark in an out-of-court settlement.
Rum used to be accepted as a form of currency in Europe and Australia, a practice we should probably bring back into fashion.
If the center of our galaxy had a signature scent, it would be Rum. Yup, astronomers studying a giant cloud in the Milky Way found a substance called ethyl formate, a chemical that smells suspiciously like Rum.
Next time you have a tipple of Rum you can say that you're tapping the Admiral. This intriguing phrase comes from the great Admiral Nelson who was killed in the battle of Trafalgar off of Spain. The story is that his body was preserved in Rum to be shipped back to England but, when the barrel arrived, some of the Rum was missing and said to have been siphoned off by some desperate or unknowing sailors. It's a great story but most likely false.
A little bit of etymology; nobody really knows where the word Rum comes from. The most popular suggestions are Rum (the Romani word for 'potent'), Rumbullion (an uproar), Saccharum (sugar in Latin), and Rummer (a Dutch drinking glass).
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