Ron Fortuna 8 Year Old is a relatively new rum that comes from Nicaragua and is named after the Roman god of fortune. Currently it is the only expression that is being offered.
Ron Fortuna is column-distilled five times from molasses and then aged in American Oak barrels. It is aged for a minimum of 8 years but no more than 10 before being blended and bottled.
The color is a beautiful honey with slight undertones of copper.
The aroma is rich and jumps out of the glass to grab hold of you with notes of caramel and dark chocolate covered nuts. This is backed up by just the faintest hint of oak and pepper but is virtually indiscernible and could easily be missed unless someone handed you a map.
On the palate it is sweet and full bodied enveloping the mouth in sweet creaminess, overripe bananas, and baking spices. It reminds me of fresh baked banana bread with walnuts. The finish is smooth and warming.
Ron Fortuna Añejo 8 Años retails for about $22 for a 750ml bottle. At that price its practically a steal. You can’t go wrong.
Since there are notes of banana, I decided to create a simple old fashioned rift that would highlight this.
Mr. Banana Man
2 oz Ron Fortuna 8 Year
1/4 oz Creme de Banana
2 Dashes of Chocolate Bitters
1 Dash Fee’s Old Fashioned Bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into an chilled old fashioned glass with a large cube of ice. Garnish with a dried banana chip if you so desire.
Disclosure: Review sample was provided by representatives of Ron Fortuna.