Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Aged: Minimum 8 Years
Alcohol: 40% (80 proof)
Price: $30-$40 (750 mL)
The Review:Angostura 1919 from Trinidad is a rum that, for my tastes,
is just shy of perfect.
The elegant bottle feels like a relic of bygone days when
quality and craftsanship ran from stem to stern. The
bottle itself is individually numbered and pegged with a large cork,
setting the stage, preparing its owner for the spectacular rum
From the very first sip, you can tell that the clarity of this
rum is even better than it looked from outside the bottle. The
rum's radiant and
clear golden amber hue has thin-to-medium legs. The rich bouquet
is the highlight: toasted caramel, sweet molasses, ripe banana
and vanilla. It is precisely this combination of sweet aromas that makes
1919 so ridiculously approachable.
On the tongue it is not as
sweet, but it is still excellent and smooth, making this a
crème brûlée of rums. Round, creamy, and warm, the tastes are
classic and fairly uncomplicated: lightly burnt caramel, brown
sugar, toffee, and vanilla with some smoky alcohol. Did I
mention that it's smooth, smooth, smooth?
While it could be a
nice rum in a mixed drink - and Angostura themselves recommend
using it in their Ninetini - it would bea shameful waste to hide this
quality behind other flavors.
Sip Angostura 1919 neat, or with a
single ice cube you deem worthy. This is a great rum that is
mature beyond its eight years, and is as much a superb
introduction to quality rum as it is a treat for connoisseurs.