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Tasty, but not quite great
Let me start by saying this is an excellent mixer it really brings a glass of coke or a cuba Libre to life. The value is also there incredibly cheap. The aroma is there but a tad sweet. This is an odd one to try to sip. The silver rum was a great straight up rum a more classic style. This one on the other hand is a very odd rum to sip the flavors and spices are a bit strong and don't please much straight but as a mixer they shine through. Better to sip than Monkey spiced rum at half the price though.
Distributors of Minnesota have stopped getting it but I will tell you there is no other comparison . Sad to see it go and when they still sell Ron Diaz crap
Do you enjoy Captain Morgan, Sailor Jerry, or any other sweet, spiced rum out there? If so, this rum is going to be for you! It is cheaper ($15 or less for a 5th, depending on the liquor store, I pay $12 for mine). It is very smooth when mixed. I cannot drink many things straight anymore, thanks to a several year binge... This rum mixes well with Sprite Zero and a splash of sour mix. I find it comparable in taste (when mixed) to Captain Private Stock, but this is much cheaper. Captain also gives me heart burn after a few drinks, and this does not. It isn't overly strong on the "alcohol" smell, and does well to keep you buzzed. Be careful though, because it mixes so well, you can drink your share very quickly, and it will sneak up on you. Happened to a friend of mine during poker night. One moment, he was tipsy (like the rest of us), the next, he passed out while he was talking. Kind of funny looking back.
Was surprised at the quality, expected less actually. Pretty smooth with lots of molasses and the spices hinting at the end. Easily replaces Captain Morgan spiced.
Tonight’s Rum, Shellback Caribbean Spiced Rum from the wonderful Modesto California. I know, a US Rum? Well it’s reported to be made from the finest Caribbean sugar cane. This light colored Rum is soft on the nose, no strong overpowering Rum scent. It’s primarily vanilla, caramel and hint of orange. It’s mild on the tongue but a little hot on the roof of the month. The orange and caramel notes come through a bit more after as it makes it into your tummy. The finish returns to vanilla and has a little burn. It’s quite pleasant and a fair Rum to serve neat. It would also be a good addition to a tart fruit juice. 7 out of 10
Its a tasty rum that has a strong vanilla finish. It is great as a mixer with Coke Zero. Seems to be hard to find. I am a Shellback (US Navy equatorial crossing 1992 Pacific Ocean) and bought this as a bar display rum. It was better than expected.
Had a bottle of Shellback Spiced Rum on a very cloudy afternoon. Unique but a bit dull bottle and label design. Golden color. Alcohol, vanilla and artificial flavors to your nose and palate. Strong kick at the end. Better mixed that neat sipped.
It just had such a harsh taste that I missed they enjoyment of its flavor. On the other hand if its cheap enough its viable mixer.
It smells more fruity than spicy, which was surprising, but not a lot of flavor. A little vanilla, a little rum, and a bit of alcohol. Not for drinking straight, but could easily go in a coke or ginger ale.
Low end spiced rum that is better than some more expensive ones out there. $15 gets you a nice tasting rum with the flavors you'd expect such as vanilla, caramel, baking spices, butterscotch and some oakiness. Dried fruits and nuts also unveil themselves to the palate.
Meh, it's a spiced rum, just like a lot of them. Nothing special here. Probably mix with coke fine. Wouldn't go out of my way for this by any means.
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