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Tasty, but not quite great
I'm fairly new to this, so I don't have much experience. But I must say this rum is absolutely superb (if you like darker rums). No matter if you like to drink your rum neat or in a cocktail, this rum has got you covered.
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'...
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.
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.
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.
This is a serious Jamaican style rum, distilled by Wray and Nephew - to which family it turns out Chris Blackwell is related.
Not sweet at all, plenty of funk and esters. Not aged enough to be a particularly great sipper but outstanding in mixed drinks.
Blackwell Gold Special Reserve is my favorite rum for sipping neat while pairing with a good Nicaraguan maduro cigar and sitting by my fire pit. I use the more genaric dark rums for my "dark and stormy's". Every time I'm in Jamaica I pick up a few bottles to bring home to restock the cabinet.
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