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Tasty, but not quite great
If one wants to live the pirate life this is fire in a glass. Not for sipping but hey that's not the point here. Feel the burn.
Even when heavily diluted it still tastes good. Using various levels of dilution seems to reveal different aspects of the potent flavour. The taste is definitely not for everyone -- it's difficult to describe. It feels great in the stomach like something organic. This one seems more like a cocktail rum than a sipping rum.
This is powerful stuff, but also VERY tasty, I sip it neat with a couple of teaspoons of water, it is strong, but the alcohol does not overpower the distinctive Jamaican taste. A little goes a long way, so good value for money.
I initially gave this Rum 6/10, I was very new to the world of Rum, and the 2 years or so I have indulging in my new hobby my tastes and likes have changed considerably.. I love Appleton 12 year Rare Blend, and was quite pleasantly surprised that after tasting the Wray and Nephew again after some considerable time, it shares many of the 12 year olds tasty characteristics, namely that Jamaican "Funk" that so many of the more experienced sippers talk about. Water it down ever so slightly and this stuff is a joy to sip neat, and not many other White Rums can boast that. Awesome stuff, full of natural sweetness, character and flavour. Go easy on it though.
very delicious nose of tropical fruits, dominated by ripe banana and mango. These notes are also present at the first sip, however there is some little burn which I had expected to be much stronger given 63% alcohol. Extremly long finish. So here you have a very interesting price/value relationship. The rum is dominant but still fine at this alcohol degree. This rum certainly also makes a very good figure when used in cocktails.
This is what the old rummies in Jamaica drink. Many a time I bought an old guy at the rum shack a shot of this vile stuff. Brought a bottle home one time and could not drink it! If you want to know what the aficionados refer to as the funky flavor in Jamaican rum this is the worst example.
Nose: Very strong esters, fermented tropical fruit, raw banana, a lot of sour tropical citrus fruits, vanilla and faint toffee. Alcoholic for sure.
Taste: Very alcoholic, a lot of esters, citrus, fermented tropical fruit. Has some nice natural sweetness in it.
Finish: Harsh and burns for eternity if ingested neat.
Overall: I actually really like this rum, it has a ton of unapologetic character that might not be for average rum drinker but i think it really kicks ass.
Only reason i dont rate it very high is because it is very alcoholic and it pierces through the tiki cocktails very easily if you are not being very careful.
But an honest jamaican firewarer that is made in traditional jamaican style, high in funk and esters and is not trying to please the generic dessert rum drinker.
If one is avoiding the stout 151's this one fits in nicely as a 126 proof. Try mixing it, and it shines through. Not many mid range proofs out there to give heavily flavored cocktails a pleasing ethanol balance. Jasper's Punch recipe below is a good start:
JASPER"S RUM PUNCH ***** (32% ABV before ice shaking)
1½ J Wray & Nephew White rum (126 proof)
1½ Jasper’s Secret Mix (so he could pour 200 a day)
or (if no mix handy)
1¼ lime juice
1/8 strong demerara syrup (2:1)
dash grated nutmeg
Shake cracked ice, pour all into mai tai glass.
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