These unique rums hail from Guyana and Barbados, and after aging there for five years they’re shipped to Spain for finishing in Sherry barrels. The amount and type of said finishing is what distinguishes the two rums from one another, and the end result couldn’t be more different.
Dos Maderas Aged Rum 5+3 – As noted above, the rums in this bottling are sourced from Guyana and Barbados and aged there for five years, then finished for three years in 20-year-old “Dos Cortados” Sherry butts in Spain. The result is an old rum with good body, with moderate sweetness. Despite the age evident on the palate, the oak is not overdone, giving vanilla and nutty flavors to the spirit. The finish is a bit harsher than I’d like, but on the whole it’s a great little rum. 80 proof. A- / $32
Dos Maderas P.X. Aged Rum 5+5 (pictured) – Take the 5+3 and age it for two more years in 20-year-old “Don Guido” Pedro Ximinez barrels, “triple aging” it if you will, and you have PX 5+5. The rum is much darker in color, and features a much, much different flavor. Unlike the tougher 5+3, P.X. is extremely sweet, and is powerful with strong notes of cola and raisin. Long, and even sweeter, on the finish than its kid brother — in fact it’s so sweet it comes across as candied. All those aged rum flavors like nuts and wood are present in the body, but here they come across as sugar-coated. A- / $43