Flor de Cana 7
First, a word of caution: when you see a number like a “7” on a bottle of rum, do not assume that it is an age statement. Rums do not follow the same strict rules that, say, Scotches and bourbons do regarding age statements on their labels, and often the number you see has nothing to do with the amount of time the spirit has spent maturing in a barrel. More often than not, these kinds of rums are blends of different aged rums, and the number on the label can sometimes indicate either the number of rums used or the average age of all rums in the blend. The Flor de Cana 7 is one such example (it is a blend of different ages, and the number is meant to reflect the average age), but that should not deter you from trying it. A rich and deeply fruity rum from Nicaragua, it is a far cry from the likes of the ubiquitous Captain Morgan and Bacardi brands. Whereas the latter two are best taken in a mixed drink, a rum like the Flor de Cana 7 should be enjoyed simply as it is.
The nose is intensely fruity and velvety, packed full of ripe red fruits, cherries, plums, and a hint of spice. The nose gives away almost all of its secrets, so there is no real surprise on the palate, but that is to its benefit. The whole experience is unified and approachable from start to finish. While not terribly complex, this rum delivers a smooth, balanced, and relaxing pour-and-enjoy sipper.