In November of 2011 I found myself heading home after a wonderful vacation involving Puerto Rico and the Rum Renaissance Cruise. While waiting for our flight, I wandered into Duty Free and saw this bottle glowing down from the shelf. I had enjoyed a sample of this at the Rums of Puerto Rico sample station at the Tourist Center in Old San Juan and decided to pick it up.
While researching the rum, I learned it is rumored that Trigo Corp purchases it's base rum from Bacardi. It then ages the rum between 8 and 12 years in Oak barrels and blends it in small batches.
The rum comes in a box with a basic marketing statement and picture of the bottle. The bottle is a hand blown decanter bottle sealed with a cork secured with a wire tie. The Trigo crest is embossed front and center on the bottle. The neck label states that it is a 750 ml bottle along with the name and surgeon general's warning. Two clear labels provide the name and that the alcohol is 40% by volume. Minor air bubbles on the labels create a minor distraction. The liquid is honey amber in the bottle and the glass.
The aroma has a pleasant oak aroma balanced by char and sweet molasses notes.
The sweet caramel of the rum wraps the tongue, transitioning slowly as the smoky wood notes come to play. Toffee and cocoa intermingle with the warm oak flavor. There is a slight burn at the back of the throat that transitions into the finish.
Trigo Reserva Aneja is pleasant, uncomplicated rum. When a small amount of water is added the sweetness really comes out to play, taking away some of the sharp edges. Really interesting things happened when we mixed this in a Cuba Libre and especially in a Classic Daiquiri. The flavor pops make this rum a solid contender for cocktail recipes using older gold rum.