Rum Flavored - Don Q Mojito
Don Q Mojito
Destileria Serrallés, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Importer: Serrallés USA, Dallas, Texas
PROOF: 42 (21 %)
AGE: 1-3 Years
PRICE: $12.00 750ml
Notes: The top selling rum in its native land, Puerto Rico, Don Q was little known anywhere else till recently. Long a producer for other rum lines they decided to get credit where credit is due by putting their own name on their products. All natural, and in the case of their flavored rums, all natural flavorings, Don Q offers a variety of rums of various ages and price points along with a few flavored rums.They include the Cristal, Gold, Anejo and the Grand Anejo in the unflavored line and this the Mojito, Limón,,and Coco, in the flavored line.
Appearance: Crystal clear, with a unusual rapidly and evenly descending edgeline after swirling. No separation of alcohol and oils.
First Impression: Strong mint smell to it tastes like what it is made from - real mint - not some artificial chemical equivalent. Only hints of alcohol- aromatic oils cover it and push it into the background. With the oceans of artificial mint flavors available to them it is unusual that they took the time to do this right and without resorting to artificial flavoring/ chemicals that many use in the food industry. They are to be applauded for their efforts.
Taste: Very smooth but aromatic. At room temperature it is a bit offputting but on ice it concentrates nicely. A touch oily, with lots of mint and some sweetness to it. Lingering but pleasant (read not sticky cloying like many). Really nicely done for a flavored rum.
Drinks: Mojito's of course, pairs nicely against spicy foods or rich meats. Could also be used in a grasshopper or other drinks calling for crème de menthe but far less sweet.
Cigars: A bit too delicate for most cigars but cuts cigar taste wonderfully.
Bottle:Clear glass with lightly translucent frosting. Lettering and design are all silk screened directly onto the glass. Very pleasing and attractive proportions and lines to the bottle. Black neckwrap with mint green lettering "Mojito" in script and black ribbed screw off cap - the threading of which seems questionable. Their trademark "knight on horse" (who could that be?) silk-screened on front
Final Thoughts: Very well made. If you want a mint flavored rum, forget the other Puerto Rican Rum and grab this one. Only negative is that given the already low proof shaking this in a drink dilutes it even further. You either need to use a good bit more but you end up unbalancing the flavor. You may need to back it up with some Don Q Cristal.
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