Cihuatan 8 Year Solera

Cihuatan 8 Year Solera

Cihuatan 8 year solera is a Salvadorean rum produced by Licorera Cihuatan. It is at most 8 years old, being aged in ex-Bourbon barrels, and bottled at 40%. It is a backsweetened rum, with 17g/L sugar added. It is likely coloured. Any of this inspiring respect? Didn’t think so. This has all the hallmarks of a product that is all marketing, no substance to me. I did taste it blind with no prior knowledge, however, so lets see what I thought.

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: Licorera Cihuatan
ABV: 40%
Sugar: 17g/L
Age: at most 8 years
Cask type: ex Bourbon
Source: “24 Rums” Advent Calendar
Setting: Blind

Nose: Corn dog, caking icing, canteloupe, candy. All round light sweet high sugar notes, like a candy factory.
Palate: Perfume, cake icing, sugar. Backsweetened. A little cloying.
Finish: Candy-like cakey sweetness. A muddled note of pineapple.
Overall: This was all candy, sugar and icing. It also tastes like it’s been backsweetend, which as instant turnoff for me. Tastes to be 40%. nN foul notes, but I’m not a particular fan of this one.
Rank: 3