To all the Vodka fans on this site, and there are many, I apologize for:

  1. the lack of posts…… seems I have drank tooo much vodka since this is not some auto generated site.  We really do review the vodkas on this site….
  2. well, I am not going to apologize for the rum posts on a vodka site.  Bottom line, my liver can only dissect so much vodka in a extended period pf time.
  3. So here is another excellent rum review from the Rum Guy, who apparently has an iconic liver that will not fail…….

Vizcaya Rum

In the continuing search for the best rums for the best value, today’s candidate is Vizcaya VXOP  Cask 21 Rum from the Dominican Republic.  This 80 proof concoction is labeled VXOP, which usually is attached to Brandy as “Very Extra Special (or superior) Old Pale”  depending on the source.  Their well-done website states the rum is distilled from pure cane juice and aged in oak bourbon barrels using Cuban distilling methods.  While this sounds exotic and is meant to invoke some secret process only the Cubans know and must be therefore known only by a few high-priest distillers  due to the current political situation, this is mostly a marketing handle.   While most Americans cannot travel to Cuba, other nationalities can, and any “secret” Cuban manufacturing process has long been released into the rum world.  However, aging rum in oak barrels that previously held bourbon is a relatively new step.  One assumes this was made for financial reasons at first,  but the result, called “methode agricole “  creates a rum with more complex flavors, smoothing the texture and taste and increasing the sensory experience with up front bouquet.  This product is marketed as a sipping rum.


The bottle clear-glass, hip-flask shaped, although only NFL linemen would have hips big enough to carry this bottle.  The brown and gold label match perfectly with the golden elixir inside.  The “Vizcaya” is in gold script at the lower third of the bottle—unusual, and eye-catching.


Removing the gold handle attached to the cork, the rum emits a gentle fragrance of chocolate, cinnamon, and fresh-cut flowers.  Pouring the syrup-colored liquid into a glass, the odor becomes more pronounced and greatly increases the anticipation of the taste.  You can almost hear a faint Samba beat coming from the bottle, as if from a radio down the block.  The rum is mild and smooth, with some afore-mentioned chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and fruit—mango? Papaya?   You can taste the sugar cane-which is not that frequent in rums.   There is very little after-taste.  Poured into a brandy snifter and allowed to warm by holding it in your hand, this is a good sipping rum, but perhaps a little too mild for me.  It is a better sipping rum than it is mixed with cola or diet-cola.  The gentleness of the rum unfortunately makes it unsuitable for frozen “boat drinks” as it disappears in the mixture to the degree that you wonder if there is rum in the drink.  For frozen drinks, you want a rum that enhances the fruit flavor with its own individual personality, combining into a  party.


I give this rum a solid  6 corks out of 10, slightly above better than average.  This was an expensive rum at almost $40 a bottle, and while being a smooth rum is important, more substance is expected at that price.  It does not make my Top 10.



The quest goes ever on.


The Rum Guy