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Review: Pampero Aniversario Ron Anejo

A pampero, I am told, is a “vicious squall” across the pampas in South America. I’m only saying that because it’s the only the second time on this blog that I’ve been able to legitimately use the word “pampas.”

Pampero Aniversario is a Venezuelan rum, and one of only a handful I’ve ever tried. And like its comrade Santa Teresa 1796, it is examplary.

Chocolate brown in color, the rum exudes nuttiness and dark, bittersweet chocolate on the nose. Fresh sugar coats the tongue as you taste, and Pampero takes you on a trip into desserts galore on the body — chocolate mousse, creme brulee, caramel pudding. The finish keeps going and going. Wood is there, but it’s sedate and stays in the background. The rum may look impossibly dark, but it actually spends only 4 to 6 years in old bourbon barrels. Really quite seductive and delicious, and at a price that’s more than fair for the quality you get.

It also comes in a hard-to-miss leather satchel (it’s not a purse!), which makes it an unmistakable gift.

80 proof.

A / $34

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Christopher Null

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

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  1. J. Lindsey October 29, 2010

    Aha! This is one of my favorite rums. I’m glad you reviewed it – I have a lot more hints and flavors to search for.
    Also noteworthy is that it’s available in north MS for about $22 a handle. :)

  2. Edoc October 29, 2010

    One of my favorite rums too. I believe it’s made by the same company that makes Diplomatico Reserva. Many rum drinkers seem to prefer the slightly sweeter Diplomatico Reserva, but I prefer Pampero Anniversario. Delicious rum.

  3. Tracy October 30, 2010

    Nice review! I have tasted this ones and it was good.

  4. Ryan November 1, 2010

    Sounds tasty.

  5. Andreas November 23, 2010
  6. John D. Rhumba January 16, 2011

    Just finished off the last of the squatty little leather covered bottle and it was excellent…my neighbor is from the Dominican Republic, and a staunch Dominican Rum man, but I think I may have swayed him a bit when I poured him one of these the other night…his wife is definitely a new fan…as my better half and myself are…

  7. John Ford February 10, 2011

    my old favorit 4 barrels Demerara rum from Guyana has met a challenger
    my nephew’s partner is Venezuelan and gave me a bottle of Pampero Aniversary
    25 yrs,when they returned from a family visit. your review said every thing. its
    now on sale here in Bristol UK,

  8. Rosita April 1, 2011

    Keep up the fantastic work , I read few content on this web site and I believe that your web blog is really interesting and has sets of great info :)

  9. Bob January 21, 2012

    I just bought my second bottle of Pampero Aniversario, and it is every bit as good as I remember the first one being. It sips like a fine brandy, only with the rich, sweetness of rum. It just may become my favorite “special occasion” beverage.

  10. Scummy little Rhummy January 24, 2012

    This ain’t no CPT MORGAN rum—this is the gooder stuff. Hey, GOODER is a word!!! You ever heard of a DO-GOODER?!!! I rest my case (I’m a Sac State ENGISH major—don’t mess with me!!!). What sets this apart from swill like Barcardi rum or Myer’s Punch is that this rhum tastes like real mollassas!!! This is a fine sipping Rhum—don’t you dare think of mixing this with a COKE!!!

  11. Pampero May 3, 2012

    this is one of the best rum i’ve ever tasted. Really good flavour.
    And a good review. Would be happy to read more about rum.


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