XM 5 Year Old - D'Aguiar Industries master blenders are proud to present this superb aged Demerara Rum, born of skill and mellowed by the passage of time. Made according to the traditional prize-winning formula originated by José Gomes D’Aguiar since 1850, XM 5 Year Old is mediumbodied with a complexity normally only encountered in much older rums.
Nose: Candied orange peel, brown sugar, buttery oak. Crystallised ginger, creamy, toasty vanilla and sugared almonds. Quite fruity, with baked banana, raisins and hints of blackcurrant jelly developing.
Palate: Medium-bodied. More than a hint of spices (clove, dried ginger), apple pie, raisins and plenty of citrus (grapefruit, orange) underpinned by the sweet vanilla and baked banana from the nose.
Finish: Warm and quite lasting, with lively spices and the fruit and vanilla fading slowly.
Comment: An exuberant golden Demerara, feisty without being over-bearing. Well-developed for its age. The key here is the balance - this is very easy to drink.
Banks XM / VXO Rum
The D'Aguiar family have been in business in Guyana for over 150 years and have been making fine Guyanese rums since
the 1840's when José Gomes D'Aguiar, the founder of the company, started a rum business.
Over the years the Company's rums have been awarded many accolades, including three outstanding awards at the
International Wine and Spirits Competition for its 10 year-old rum and XM VXO, which won
a double gold medal and a bronze award respectively. Meanwhile, in an unprecedented clean sweep at the inaugural
Spirits Business Rum Masters Awards 2009, both VXO and XM were named as ‘Masters’ in their respective categories, the
highest accolade awarded by the competition.
When I was a young man, I practically grew up with this stuff...it's not really made for export, and the quality ain't all that (it's a shade thin on the palate and lacks a decent body), but I carry fond memories of it wherever I go. It could be just me, but I think Banks DIH's tasting notes above may be more optimistic than real. Still a decent mixing rum, though.
I find manufacturers tasting notes quite entertaining. Specially when reading them after having tasted the spirit and comparing real life to their notes. If I can pick out one out of five of their stated flavours I am having a good day. I don't know if that tells more about my lack of taste buds or the over active imagination of the marketing department? This is one of the reasons I will never become anything else than a happy amateur...
How are the XM10 and XM12 compared to the 5 yo? I saw the XM12 in a shop window in Denmark friday afternoon and was tempted. I like the El Dorados so I thought it might be interesting to taste the XMs since I think it comes from the same distillery