Review: Ron Botran Solera 1893
Sounds fantastic, yes? Luckily, I have been able to try it out both on its own and in a few classic rum drinks, and here's my verdict:
Nose: very promising with lots of sweetness from vanilla, ripe tropical fruits, some caramel fudge and lots of oak. Mouth: It's actually less sweet than the aroma suggests, and the vanilla is rather subdued in favour of molasses and fruit which makes it very rich and smooth. There are also hints of cacao and toasted pumpkin spice before its spicy aftertaste with nuances of ginger, black pepper and orange peel. A tasty and well balanced rum, but perhaps it lacks a "wow factor".
The smooth yet complex character of the rum instantly made me think it would work great together with cacao liqueur, so I decided to do a Mulata Daiquiri (60 ml Ron Botran Solera 1893, 15 ml lime juice, 15 ml Cartron Cacao Blanc, 5 ml simple syrup - shake with ice and double strain into cocktail glass) and for me the vanilla and cacao was a perfect match - highly recommended!
In conclusion, it's a very nice and affordable rum for sipping and certainly also suitable for some cocktails, at least the straightforward ones which let the rum shine through. In Sweden, Ron Botran Solera 1893 can be found here.