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Tasty, but not quite great
I love the story behind this rum. If you don't know it? Check it out. Music and Rum, a great combination.
To the rum. Well I love the colour. True Jamaican rum fashion. On the nose I get a nice mellow sweetness. Toasted hazelnuts and roasted marshmallow.
On the palate? wow... Bursts of vanilla, coffee, hazelnuts again (not too sure why, but that is a huge nut flavour I keep getting) Coats your mouth with warmth, but not too hot.
I will need to play with this rum a little to determine if it should be left neat, on the rocks, or mixed, because there is a lot of potential, yet I am not too sure which direction I would go with this great rum.
I had some of this when it was first released, and I wasn't all that impressed. Too much alcohol and kinda rough all the way through. I recently gave it another try and it was a whole new ballgame, or cricket match if we are speaking of Jamaica. Much more defined toffee and vanilla opening, and a lingering mellowness which was just not present in that first bottle, maybe three years ago.
I am shocked by how much the taste now reminds me of Havana Club 7. The first bottle I had tasted like a different, rougher version of Appleton Estate, or whatever they are calling it now. This is really very different. I do agree, though, that it costs too much (depending on where you buy it) but no one ever accused Chris Blackwell of selling things on the cheap. :)
La Jamaïque comme on l'imagine : sale, profonde, chaleureuse, brut et rugueuse. Une petite bombe embouteillé à prix tout doux en plus. Un incroyable excellent rapport qualité/prix.
I found this to be a smooth and sweet (but not too sweet) of a rum. Great for a dark and stormy, or for sipping; especially for the price point.
Ich habe mir den Blackwell aus einer Laune heraus gekauft und nicht besonderes erwartet.
Das Flaschendesign passt zu der Preisklasse.
Beim Öffnen der Flasche und beim Tasting kam aber die Erleuchtung:
Wenn ich mir die Karibik vorstelle, ein frisch angestochenes Rumfass in einer Piratenkaschemme das ganze hinterlegt mit Reggae. Das ist der Geschmack von Blackwell!
Echt, authentisch ohne Zuckerzusatz und sonstigem Schmu!
Now this is more like it. Smells like cherries jubilee in the glass, tastes like molasses and spice, finishes full of fruit and liquorice. Wonderful, a fine example of Jamaican rum akin to Appleton. Perhaps more aging would intensify the funk which, alas, is barely present. Still, it's tasty stuff.
Don't be deterred by the styling - the label does make it look like tourist rum from an airport souvenir shop - this is a classy dark Jamaica rum, made by Wray and Nephew. It's fantastic in punches or in mixed drinks like Trader Vic's Far East Cocktail (recipe below). Excellent value, too. I'd choose this over something like Goslings Black Seal, of similar price, any day.
Great to do rum & mixers, and rum punchs - not as funky as the Appleton range, which does make it more appealing to the uninitiated.
Avast! This dark rum be decent for sippin'. She smells of a perfect balance of sweet and spice with no strong alcohol aroma. As for taste, she tastes of burned caramel, cocoa, and unless I be mistook, raisins and/or some other dried fruit. It be smooth with little burn. Enjoy this by itself - no need to go pollutin' it with other libations! The price alone makes it worthy of a taste. Aye, the bottle have no cork, and there be an image of a less-than-swarthy landlubber on the bottle, but everythin' else makes up for it. Scupper, sink, and burn me if I be lyin'...
I went to a very well stocked rum bar this afternoon. This was one of three that I tried and they were out of the other three on my list. This was the darkest and tastiest of all three. The WOW factor for me was quite high. In a close second place was Appleton 21 Year. In a distant third place was St. Nicholas Abbey 10 Year, the lightest of the three.
This is a mildly spiced and slightly sweet Jamaican rum. The hogo funk is kept to a bare minimum. I was so impressed with it that I went looking for my own bottle afterwards, all to no avail. Somehow, I eventually found my own bottles.
Update May 7, 2019: Using one's imagination, this one can also be used as a Tiki topper in drinks whereby 2 parts of coconut water are used to save 1 part of white rum rated in one's lower third of their ratings. I would have included a gorgeous picture of this drink, but being so late after the initial review is not allowed. This Tiki topper simply puts any average tasting drink over the top!
Update May 21, 2019: Out of the two dozen rums that wound up in my top ten percent in my ratings, this one stands head and shoulders above all the rest when it comes to value (aka QPR). I make a toast to Mr Chris Blackwell for creating this fine rum that is also very affordable!
Update May 3, 2020: This may be my best tasting spiced rum, but at my advanced age, I can no longer handle any spiced rum unless it is in very serious moderation. My rating still stands however.
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