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Blackwell rum is a bit strange to me for a Jamaican rum: I can't discern any noticeable funk. It's sweet, has a blackstrap molasses-ness to it, very little burn, but, unfortunately, almost no aftertaste. It'll work for sipping if it's the only thing around, but I'd suggest this as a mixer. However, as of Feb. 2016, it has the worst screw-top I've ever seen on any bottle. Mine stripped right away when opening it, and another person I know had his strip when the bottle was half finished.
It does make a very nice Hot Buttered Rum, though.
2 tsp maple syrup
45ml Blackwell rum
1 or 2 dashes Angostura Orange bitters (optional)
6 whole allspice
hot water to fill a 250ml mug
EDIT: works well in a Hot Toddy, too.
I don't like sweet rums, but the exception to that rule for me is black rum. I like the flavor of a rum that has a bitter tastes that come from a well made blackstrap rum that is light on the tails tastes like it uses true caramelized molasses rather than caramelized sugar.
Bottle: It is interesting and I guess the price range dictated the style to some degree.
Color: Deep amber, dark red-brown.
Bottle Aroma: Sweet with hints of a spiced rum.
Glass Aroma: Very similar to the bottle, but with oak.
Taste: This rum is never hot but has enough heat to be not dull, it isn't just a black rum, it really has hints of being a spiced rum as well with flavors I would associate with Xmas cookies.
When Blackwell first entered the US market the price versus the taste was unbelievable. It has since gone up a few dollars but remains a very good value. If this was planned, it was an excellent sales and marketing strategy for what is a very solid black rum. I use this rum to mix in all sorts of drinks with the favorite being Dark-n-Stormy where a ginger bitter is used with seltzer water. The lack of a overly sweet ginger beer while relying on the sweetness of Blackwell rum means this is a extremely pleasant evolution on a traditional drink and it becomes very pleasant indoors or in the summer heat.
Not a bad Jamaican rum. Has a nice Jamaican Pot still flavor to it. This rum does include some natural spices with make it feel older but it does lack that oak you get on an older rum and does have some sharper edges to it. Overall a decent rum easy to drink straight up but is slightly spiced.
Tried it as an alternative to Myers Dark. I like it. Highly recommend it with a lime and a bit of tonic. Makes a nice cocktail to tote around at a party.
I found this looking for alternative dark rums besides Gosling's and Myers'. I really like it. Great for Dark N Stormy's. I like it for darkening my Jamaican Rum Punch as well.
not a remarkable one but a good one
N- Alcohol burns, gets over it and comes the molasses, chocolate, damped old wood, buttery with hint of popcorn caramel. (84/18)
P- Medicinal, cardboard-y, sort funky with rustic dried fruit peel. Oak-y and missing any notable filler. (76/16)
F- Short-medium, tart and dry. (76/16)
B/B- 78/16. Acceptable aroma, flat and lifeless on palate.
Weighted Rate- 66pt
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I don't like mixing rums, so this one is up straight. Dark gold. Quite a pleasant, spicy, raisiny nose with a tiny hint of iodine. On the palate it is very smooth. I read the database about sugar being added, and am slightly surprised that one of the readings says 0 and the other reading says a small amount. It is caramely with hints of vanilla which lead me to think that it might have had a touch of sweetness added. If it has, then it isn't over the top at all. There is still a dryness on the front pallet, which leads on to the vanilla mid pallet, and a nice spicy warm finish. Good length.
Easy to drink, if a little unremarkable.
OK, the offset label and the plastic "seal" fit the story and the price is not bad. If I am in the mood for a "darkish/spiceish" rum this would be my choice, really it would be! I don't enjoy overly spiced rums but this one does not pretend to be spiced it just has a hint. Only use it as a mixer like lime and coke, but it works well in a dark and stormy if it's what you have on hand. In short, OK on my shelf, my wallet and taste.
Nose: gonna be honest, I didn't get anything. It's just alcohol. There's a smidge of... something. But it's just boozy.
Taste: Here we go! Fairly smooth, quite fruity with a light sweetness, as well as some caramel and a hint of apple cider!
Finish: no morphing, just a little more of the flavors.
As someone who loves enjoying the aroma of my rum, sipping is kinda my thing, which I just don't think I could do with this rum. It does make a good mixer though!
Sugar: 2 gpl. This is a high end mixing rum and a low end sipping rum. In terms of value to taste this rum is a winner. A bit of sweetness and some heat on first taste but that mellows out quickly and fades to some vanilla, oak, and spice. This is quite smooth once the initial minimal heat fades. It works with just one ice cube, but also quite good straight up. I like my rum a bit sweeter, however for a mixed drink this one would be quite nice.
Strong alcoholic smell, bitter dark taste. It's something in it but not for the majority.
There are a berry jam, chocolate, alcohol, molasses in aroma.
Burns first the palate and throat, then the whole mouth, sharply. So that the taste can't be determined.
In the aftertaste sweetness, a soapy consistency. Heaviness in the head, strong heat, a bit bitter.
Nice rum with strong aroma. Successfully combined with a chocolate. If this rum dry then why my head hurts after a big glass?
Good taste but best in a dark and stormy! Not so great straight up.
This is a rather sweet rum with definite vanilla, toffee, and cream flavor. Not much of a burn. More of a nice warmth with a little tingle on the tongue. Doesn't have much of an oak tone to it although it is aged. The finish however has a strange flavor which is a bit objectionable to me. Not an overwhelming bad flavor but just enough to be noticeable when taken neat. However mixed in cola and fruit drinks the finish is covered. Definitely a good dark rum for mixing.
It's a very tasty rum. It's quite sweet, especially on the nose. Since it's sweet and not very funky, this rum might be a little short on flavor in a recipe calling specifically for a Jamaican rum. However, it's nice stuff, and if you blend it with a quarter ounce to a half ounce of funky Jamaican rum, like Hamilton or Smith and Cross, in a cocktail, that will work out very well.
I ordered this at a bar and was convinced they had given me kraken instead. Very similar flavours to kraken, smooth enough to sip but too sweet for my palate with the vanilla flavours overpowering the rum.
Fine mixer, if you need jamaican, dark or sweeter rum.
slabší rum, silnější rumová chuť.
Štiplavý na chuti i na jazyku.
z mého pohledu nic moc.
Sweet with some spices. The taste doesn't last very long, but you shouldn't expect that from a rum this young. But for what it is, it's well worth the price.
Denne rom er lidt skarp i smagen og efter smagen er ikke super.
Det er jo heller ikke en af de dyre rom, så jeg vil nok bruge den som mixer rom.
good molasses, but not sweet. Has a decent mouth feel but not quite what I like in a sipper. May be a good alternative to goslings or Meyers but not a replacement.
Blackwell Black rom overrasker meget, ikke så skarp som forventet, kan drikkes ren.
Not the worst rum I’ve ever tried by any means. Definitely needs to be mixed though. I found it quite harsh on the palate when I sipped it but with some Pepsi it can make for a nice drink
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