Review: Ron Abuelo 12 Anos

Review: Ron Abuelo 12 Anos


12 years is a lot to ask for a rum. Well, some rums handle that kind of time without complaint. Some end up begging for mercy.

When last we visited Ron Abuelo I was gushing over the Panamanian rum company’s seven-year old expression, and I stand by that. Tasting it fresh today, it’s still delicious, chocolatey, with a touch of Christmas spice, very nice on its own or as a mixer.

Abuelo’s 12 year is a considerably different animal. Quite a bit darker than the 7, this is a much richer and more full-bodied rum. That richness, though, comes in the form of a whole lot of wood, giving Abuelo 12 Anos an intense smokiness that dominates the drink.

Abuelo 12 demands ice — it’s too hot to drink without cooling its jets and watering it down a touch — and after that its charms become more apparent. But that smokiness and a greenish character still controls the body, even if it dominates the rum’s natural sweetness somewhat less on the rocks that it does when consumed neat. I like the 12 quite nicely, but the 7 is marginally more satisfying.

80 proof.

B+ / $35

Ron Abuelo 12 Anos




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Dana P. on June 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

    An outstanding 12 yr old is the Appleton Extra Estate 12 year old rum . It is a dark rich rum with a super long finish. Drink neat year round after a hard Day

    It retails around 25 dollars on average in the Twin Cities area.

    This rum is ideal for Single Malt and small batch bourbon devotees.

  2. mayziemedyansky brassfield-crosby on August 12, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    hello how r u 2day? i was wondering where i can get ron abuelo here in ft.bragg nc and ron cortez? plz let me know plz thanks…

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