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I'm not a fan of this rum at all. It has an unpleasant artificial vanilla taste that you wouldn't expect to see in a jamaican rum. It also sucks in cocktails that ask for jamaican rum because it is way too sweet for what is usually required. Even makes a mai tai seem like a bad drink. This to me feels more like an upscale version of captain morgan with a hint of jamaican funk.
Tenhle rum jsem si poridil pred Vanocemi do vaječňáku. Byl vylbornej. Od te doby si tenhle rum kupuju i na vychutnavani. Sussi chut, ostrejsi vune, ale vylozene mi sedne. Tmava cokolada, ovoce, orechy...to vsechno tam jde najit.
As soon as I tasted it, I told the Mrs.... Appleton Estates. I paid $14.99 and for that price, I'd say it's a good value. Cool label. Sipped it over ice, as is my usual custom. Washed it down with a Red Stripe. I think it would be a good mix with some Creole and some roots reggae.
Beautiful bottle design. I experienced this rum as very mild and sweet with nozing flavors of chocolate, coffee and cane. These notes are also present at the palate and short to midsize finish. This rum is a good bargain (at its price) in comparison to many other medium-rated rums.
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
Smoke and Vanilla on the nose. Very harsh first taste. Flirts with chocolate, vanilla and mint beneath a VERY wooden tongue. Definitely interesting though. Would recommend this with cola. The sugar compliments the woodiness and allows the deeper flavours to come through stronger.
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.
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.
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.
It reminded me of a sweeter, less leathery and smokey Havana Club 7. Has a nice laid back sweetness to it - raisin-like with brown sugar and molasses - and a warmth without much alcohol kick (thought here is more on the nose). I am not particularly into Jamaican rums, preferring others, but this is pleasant. It costs around about £20 which is about the right price for it.
Update: So I purchased a bottle after seeing it on sale. Took it home, tasted it... hated it. Loads of artificial vanilla and some unwelcome cherry cola flavor. Thought it might still work as a mixer. Nope... resulted in the worst Planter's Punch I've ever made. I used some in a punch and gave the rest to a friend.
I'm not sure how I got the original review so wrong. Maybe the recipe changed? Maybe it was just an off day for me? In any case, I do not recommend this bottle unless it really is your only option for a Jamaican. Even then, I'm not sure I would pick it up again. Get Coruba instead, if you can. Even Myers's is better than this. And obviously, a rum like Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still, Xaymaca, Doctor Bird, Mezan, or S&C will just hit it out of the park. It seems Blackwell is made strictly for cola, not cocktails.
4+/5- for my palate, could be a 6 for others
40%. Not super dark. Warm, caramel-y nose. Hint of funk. Similar to Coruba or Appleton. Sweet entry. Good youthful bite. Slight bitterness. Medium, warming finish.
Not bad. If this was the only dark Jamaican mixer I had access to, I wouldn't be upset. Probably makes a tasty Planter's Punch. Fortunately for me, I have access to many (including ones that are funkier, drier, stronger, more refined, or some combination of the four), and this one lands a few bottles down the list. As the label says, it's "fine" :).
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!
Tried the Blackwell Black Gold Special Reserve on a rainy Sunday and I'm still baffled what's going on with these glue smelling Jamaican rums. The color is very nice, and that's the only compliment. Smell is glue, taste is glue and surprisingly no burn at all.
Nic pro můj jazyk. Jamajka není asi to správné rumové,které bych vyhledával. Drsný rum splochým průběhem. 4 je za muziku, kterou tam mají fajnovou :-)
Bouteille plutôt jolie. Le nez est intéressant mais en bouche il ne se passe rien, très court et trop léger on n’a même pas l’impression qu’il fasse 40% :-(
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.
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