Rum - Aged
Vizcaya VXOP Cask No. 21 Cuban Formula Rum
This score falls in the 92nd percentile of all spirits in the Rum category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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.
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