Rum Magec Ron Añejo XO Oloroso

Rum Magec Ron Añejo XO Oloroso

Rum Magec is a Spanish producer who sources distillate from Venezuela, imports it to the Canary Islands, and ages it further. This particular bottling is an “at most 15 year old” solera style rum that aged on Oloroso casks. It is unclear whether the Oloroso casks have been used throughout the solera process or just for finishing an existing solera rum. Given the other signs I’ve seen of this brand, I’m going to go with the latter. This carefully produced rum is then utterly destroyed by diluting it to 40%.

This is a series of blind tastings from the “24 Rums” advent calendar. I have not looked at what is in the calendar, so every one of these reviews is 100% no prior knowledge.

1. Dictador 20
2. Whisper Antigua Gold Rum
3. New Grove 8yo
4. Cihuatan 8 year Solera
5. Domaine de Séverin VO
6. Novo Fogo Familia
7. NAUD Ron Panama 15yo
8. Enghaven Blackstrap Rum
9. Zuidam Flying Dutchman Dark Rum No. 3
10. Deadhead Dark Chocolate
11. Rum Magec Ron Añejo XO Oloroso
12. Fijian Rum Liqueur 8yo
13. Matugga Golden Rum
14. Cane Island Trinidad Rum
15. Cane Island Jamaica Rum
16. Saint James Rhum Vieux 7yo
17. Neptuns Rhum
18. Cane Island Cuba Rum
19. Borgoe 8yo
20. Mombacho Ron Reserva 8yo
21. Old New Orleans Amber Rum
22. Tres Hombres 2017 7 year Solera
23. Travellers 5yo Reserve
24. Barceló Imperial Ron Dominicano
25. Barceló Imperial Ron Dominicano (Take 2)

Distiller: Undisclosed
ABV: 40%
Age: at most 15 years
Cask type: Oloroso
Source: 24 Rums Advent Calendar
Setting: Blind

Nose: Mild vanilla, cedar, some cinnamon, bay leaf and citrus. Overall particularly light and unassuming nose.
Palate: Heather honey, bay leaf, very mild.
Finish: Finishes on a sweet honey and pineapple note.
Overall: A very light and rather uninteresting rum. Any interest that was once here has been long defeated by excess dilution. This is a good example of what Richard Seale would call a “broken spirit”.
Rank: 3