Ron Marques del Valle (8 Years)
Review: Ron Marques del Valle (8 Years) 86/100 pts
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted September 21, 2013
Ron Marques del Valle (8 Years) is produced in Colombia by Industria de Licores del Valle. I was unable to learn much about this distiller of rum, however, the back of my sample bottle makes the following statement about this particular rum:
“Ron Marques is the result of the most refined sugar cane extract, distilled with the purest water from the Andes and aged in oak barrels for 8 years, this conjunction of events gives this unique Rum an intense amber colour, a fine viscosity, an excellent depth of mature aromas and a smooth taste”
I was given my sample bottle by A&B Canada who are based in Quebec. They have recently began to list and sell the rum in my home market of Alberta.
In the Bottle 4.5/5
I snapped a nice picture of my sample bottle on my back deck, and it is shown to the left. As you can see, it is a squat bottle tapered from the shoulders to the bottom in a square shape. A nice solid cork tops the presentation.
The back label shows the information I have already shared in the preamble, as well as declaring the Ron Marques del Valle is “Colombia’s Finest Rum”. I guess that remains to be seen, but I admire the company’s confidence in their product.
Note: Rather than being a 40 % alcohol by volume product, the label states the Ron Marques del Valle has been bottled at 35 %.
In the Glass 9/10
When poured into the glass the rum has a nice bright amber/gold colour, and when that glass is tilted and twirled some medium-sized legs form which traverse back down the side of the glass into the rum. The initial nose is quite sweet with a strong butterscotch aroma which is tainted with a sweet and sour fruitiness (dry apricots, peaches and pineapple). The aroma reminds me of old-fashioned candied tutti-frutti. There are also some nice wood spices which begin to turn the butterscotch into toffee, and an obvious citrus accent reminds me of one of those citrus juice blends full of oranges, grapefruit, lemons and lime.
In the Mouth 51/60
The delivery does not have nearly as much sweetness as the nose implied. Oaky spices and tannins have melded with the butterscotch and the resulting flavour seems to be closer to the oak side of the spectrum than to the butterscotch. Some dry fruit flavours appear (I am thinking dried apricots and peaches as well as some raisin-like impressions), and a mild woody nuttiness lies underneath. I seem to taste only fleeting glimpses of the sour fruitiness I noticed on the nose. As well, the citrus impressions I noticed in the breezes above the glass seem similarly obscured (but not completely gone). There is a firm underlying almond-like nuttiness which lies underneath supporting the toffee and oak spices.
I found the rum quite nice to sip. Despite the obvious sweetness of the nose the rum seems to be lightly dry in the mouth and it reminds me of an aged cognac as I sip it.
In the Throat 13/15
The rum is medium to light bodied with a semi-sweet, semi-dry and lightly spicy finish. The finish is soft and smooth, featuring reappearing hints of sweet & sour fruitiness and citrus juice which appear and then disappear as the toffee and wood spices linger.
The Afterburn 8.5/10
The Ron Marques del Valle is a very nice rum with a semi-sweet, somewhat dry flavour profile. As I sipped and sampled the rum I could not shake the impression that the flavour profile had a bit of a Cognac feel to it. The flavour is unique and enjoyable, and I hope to see more rum products from Industria de Licores del Valle sooner rather than later.
If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.
My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret the score as follows:
0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.
Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal scale as follows:
70 – 79.5 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5 Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)