Auténtico Nativo launches inaugural rums

by Owen Bellwood

Auténtico Nativo is a new Panama-based rum brand that has launched its first three aged expressions.

Auténtico Nativo 15 Years, Auténtico Nativo 20 Years and Auténtico Nativo Overproof 108 have been launched by the brand, which is the result of a partnership between Ultra Premium Brands and Aloha Assets Corp. The brand's 15- and 20- year-old expressions have been aged in barrels that formerly held Kentucky Bourbon. On the nose, the Nativo's overproof expression is described as being "nicely balanced with toffee, vanilla, and dark fruits", while the 15-year-old expression has notes of toasted nuts and oak. The 20-year-old rum's aroma is described as "dark roasted nuts, caramelised peaches and bananas", with a flavour of "whole nuts, toasted cedar and oak". The branding for Auténtico Nativo is said to represent the rum's authentic production, while the label emphasises its "contemporary identity". Bottled at 40% abv, Auténtico Nativo 15 Years is available now in select European markets. The entire portfolio will be available later this year. The rums will be distributed by Ultra Premium Brands in the Czech Republic and other selected markets. Earlier this year, SB taste-tested all manner of rums to find the best value for money bottles.