Dos Maderas 5+5 PX

Owner

Manufacturer:

Bodegas Williams & Humbert

Price approx:

35

Origins

Terroir:

Spain, Guyana & Barbados

Regulations:

not specified

Classification

Style:

spanish, solera

Gargano:

blended modernist rum
raw material

Raw material:

molasses

distillation

Distillation:

not specified

aging

Aging:

5 + 3 + 2 = 10 years

sugar added

Sugar added:

35 g/L

alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:

40%

additives

Additives:

coloring caramel E150A

Pretext

The burly 'PX' on the bottle refers to the sweet strain of Pedro Ximenez grapes. White grapes from the Andalusian province of Cadiz enriched with wine distillate and aged through 'criaderas y solera' process turn into ...sherry.


Originally British bodega Williams & Humbert buys Guyanese and Barbadian rum from the Dutch broker E&A Scheer. In Spain the distillate is aged in 'Dos Cortados' and 'Don Guido' ex-sherry casks. Sherry is poured also at the highest criadera stage (highest level of the set of barrels) in the solera process. Altogether it's thoroughly colonized rum.


'Dos Maderas' is undeniably unusual.  Furthermore, it emphasizes its uniqueness believing in image transfer from it's sherry expertise. In addition, the label full of numbers and plenteous in exclusive-sounding descriptions reaches consumers from rum peripheries. They may be encouraged to explore rum further as a category. However some prominent reviewers argue, that our today's hero consfuses and should be properly labeled as 'flavored rum'. I agree that all admixtures should be declared. Period.

Procedure

The Spaniards buy molasses blends from Guyana and Barbados. You can only guess how they were distilled. The producer itself focuses solely on praising own aging procedure. First, the rum matures for five years under the Caribbean sun. Next, in Jerez for three years in Palo Cortado VOS and another two in Pedro Ximénez VOS barrels. Therefore two woods = meaning two barrels = in spanish 'dos maderas'.


The aging process undergoes the solera system; each year a certain amount of distillate is taken for bottling and the shortage is filled with the same portion from the barrel above. At the end, a 700ml bottle contains 26 grams of sugar.

Aroma
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Walnut with ahorn sirup macadamia nuts.
— as examined by RumExam
Taste
Raisins, fig and vanilla.
— as they tell
Raisins, oranges, vanilla.
— as examined by RumExam
Afterburn
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Tang of cherry.
— as examined by RumExam
⁖Reviewed on: July 10th, 2020