In 2015 Bacardi partnered with distilleries in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica to create the “Single Cane Estate Rums” line for the Duty Free market. Recently, while cruising the Caribbean we came across the Consuelo expression and had to pick it up and give it a try. The sugar cane for this rum is harvested by hand from the southeast region of the Dominican Republic. There is no information about how the product is distilled; only that it is a blend of rums aged between one and five years and blended to 40% ABV.
The rum comes ins a brown and gold box with a red band with detailing the country of origin. The front label provides the basic detail and that the rum is made from a single source of sugar cane.
In the bottle and glass the rum holds a gold color. Swirling the liquid creates a razor thin line that thickens slightly and drops fast moving legs. The liquid evaporates quickly, leaving behind a ring of residue around the glass.
The aroma of the rum delivers a mix of vanilla, ethyl alcohol, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and char notes.
Sipping the rum provides an immediate rush of vanilla, followed by slightly acidic wood tannins, char, and an overly sweet finish. As the rum fades a chemical residue coats the teeth and tongue. It took a few sips of water to clear the unpleasant aftertaste and residue from my palate.
I am always intrigued with Duty Free exclusive products and the curiosity certainly got me this time. This rum lacks complexity and is certainly fine for mixing in a drink, but does not provide much in the way of additional flavors to a cocktail other than a sweetness that can knock it out of balance. I made a couple of daiquiris with it, the first was overly sweet. I halved the simple syrup in the second one and it was closer to a regular daiquiri, but still on the sweet side. If I see the Single Cane Estate Jamaican product, I will pick it up to see what experience it provides. As far as Consuelo rum is concerned; I was disappointed with the product, and would not recommend purchasing it. This is a ten-dollar rum in a 35-dollar package. You can easily find something much better than it while traveling.