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Angostura 1919

Category: Dark
Country: Trinidad & Tobago
Aged: Minimum 8 Years
Alcohol: 40% (80 proof)
Availability: Limited
Price: $30-$40 (750 mL)
Rating: Four and a half stars

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 inside.

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.

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