Rum - Aged

Vizcaya VXOP Cask No. 21 Cuban Formula Rum

From: Dominican Republic Liquor Review Category: Aged Rum

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2008

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Vizcaya rums are made in what they describe as a "Cuban formula" made from pressed sugar cane juice and an old-style traditional distillery. Using sugar cane juice rather than molasses is often called rhum agricole and will be familiar to those drinking French style rums or Brazilian cachaca. The distillery once made rum in Cuba but moved to the Dominican Republic in 1960; they still use a "secret family recipe."

Vizcaya VXOP is made from hand-harvested sugar cane then aged in bourbon barrels. It is their flagship product and known for its sweeter character--they suggest looking for flavors of maple and butterscotch. 

In our own tasting of this spirit at the Tasting Panel 2010 Chicago Tour we said, "Seldom have we tasted a full-on 80 proof rum that was sweet and delicate enough to serve as a dessert cordial and breakfast adornment simultaneously. At $38 it's an outstanding buy... probably too sweet for some but belonging in almost every collection of rums. For the ladies, this rum is like the muscle-bound bodybuilder and for the guys, it's like the surgery-augmented bleach-blond ski-bunny: you've got to understand what you're getting into but if you like that kind of thing, you're going to be in heaven."

Vizcaya VXOP was named both Best Aged White Spirit and Best Aged Rum in the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Vizcaya VXOP was named Best in Show, Rum at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Cask 21 was awarded a Gold Medal by the 2007 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 5 ratings and 5 reviews.
egray66 egray66 (6) (2013-01-13)
This rum is very good but you have to let it breathe for a long time. I tried it at 30 minutes vs 90 and it is damn smooth at 90. If you pour it and drink it immediately it is a harsh biting rum.
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styxfan styxfan (4) (2012-12-18)
Not horrible, but not great in my opinion. Maybe Im just inexperienced but it tastes like an overpriced Doorlys. Dont splurge on it unless youre sure about what youre getting.
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enriquepollack enriquepollack (1) (2012-01-20)
Great in the old Cuban tradition
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Buck Mulligan Buck Mulligan (49) (2011-11-28)
While this is a fine, well aged rum, the sheer level of sweetness puts it a notch below the best rums Ive had: El Dorado 15 & 21, Plantation, Zacapa XO, and Admiral Rodneys. Vizcaya is the dessert wine of high end rums, bursting with notes of vanilla and cream soda. Very subtle tones of the bourbon barrels it is aged in temper the candy like sweetness. This is a summertime, sitting outside with a bold cigar rum.
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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (110) (2011-07-07)
Products in the vein of alcoholic candy, such as Malibu, should not be called "rum". Why? Because of products like this, that occupy the same category. I'm comparing paupers to princes, but I think it stands that crafted spirits like Vizcaya Cask 21 demand to be considered apart from needless clutter in their own segment, and amongst the world's best in the realms of whisky or wine. The flavor profile of this rum is similar to spiced rums such as Foursquare and Doorly's XO, but this one bests those very solid rums without a second glance. Vizcaya Cask 21 is a stellar aged rum, of a quality that surpasses many others in the same price league. I easily rank it the best rum I've yet had. Whatever the formula used to create it, be it Cuban or Dominican, this is a rum that absolutely needs to be kept in any serious collection. The flavor is bold, the feel smooth, the color is classic, the bottle elegant, and the experience high-class. No serious rum collection is complete without this one.
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