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Captain Morgan Private Stock rum is produced from molasses and aged for over 2 years in ex-bourbon barrels before being blended with spices.
The Captain Morgan brand was created in 1945 and named after the famous pirate and eventual governor of Jamaica Captain Henry Morgan.The rum's original home was Puerto Rico with it was distilled by Seralles, but is now St Croix.
Tasty, but not quite great
So far my favorite rum. The aroma is wonderful and the taste is superb.
Kind of sweet with a very vanilla and molasses taste.
I find it to be a perfect sipping rum which is very important to me because I don't like to mix rum.
The price is very fair for what I find to be an excellent rum. It should get more attention than it does.
My go to rum and a bottle I always have on hand.
Having been a single malt Scotch islay (LaPhroig Lore at $140 a bottle) kinda gal, and high end Tequila (think Herradura reposada muy anejo at $365 a pint) this is an amazing bang for the buck. An incredible burnt sugar marries allspice with telicherry pepper burn at the end. Do you need to know more? We drink it neat.
I never thought I would think of the captain as anything more than mediocre, a tasty mix with Coke. But then I tried this and I was blown away. I had never before tried a rum I enjoyed sipping straight. Always I had to force it down like it was gasoline. But this is sweet and has flavour like caramel with faint suggestions of cinnamon and nutmeg, but not overpowering like Spicebox.
It has a mild burn that warms all the way down. Like sitting in front of a roaring fire. I notice my rating is I think the only 10 and maybe some would consider the rating a travesty and consider me to have a naive palette, but if I'm honest I couldn't think of anything I would like to change about it, so for me it's a 10 just because of that. :)
By far, my favorite rum! Every few months I make sure to grab another top-shelf brand and have yet to find anything as smooth, spicy, and perfectly sweet as Private Stock. Reading the other reviews, it almost seems like people simply refuse to rate this highly because it's not aged (and expensive), and Captain is known for mixing... stop letting the money you spend influence your opinion of something. No, I'm not 18 and just started drinking, and I'm well aware of how people like to make claims of "complexity" in flavors to justify the high price tags... I also enjoy a nice robust cigar from time to time with some nice brandy or cognac, so I get the draw to certain really strong developed flavors.
But I also understand the psychology behind giving a product a higher (or lower) rating based on the price tag of the item, and I think that's what's going on here... There are some aged rums that have average ratings at 9 or higher, with their less-aged counterparts scored one point lower. the truth is, it's rare to find a single point of difference in aging something 10 more years. Sure, more age can make it smoother and a little more refined, but in all my personal taste testing I've rarely found something that costs twice as much that was actually 10% better... Really old rum that tastes like crap, is just "really old rum that tastes like crap" that you just spent a lot of money on and feel the need to justify the expense. This is GREAT rum, and it's affordable. Excellent for sipping neat, or on the rocks... for something a bit different, put it in your snifter and light it on fire to heat it up a bit! (maybe 10 seconds).
All that said, I am well aware that individual taste preference is a matter of qualia. My point is... This is by far the smoothest, best tasting top-shelf rum I've had to date (out of about 20 diff top-shelf options). don;t let "price" influence your review.
"Matt Cottom via Rum & Reviews"
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