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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!
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.
It is a bit strong but very good. Wasn't expecting this to have the richness and body. Love it.
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.
V chuti je strašně citit alkohol a rozhodně bych ho nedoporučoval na pomalé popijeni.
Strong alcoholic smell, bitter dark taste. It's something in it but not for the majority.
slabší rum, silnější rumová chuť.
Štiplavý na chuti i na jazyku.
z mého pohledu nic moc.
Typical rhum, good straight tase of mélasses and brown sugar
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 :-)
Nive aroma. More of layers but not so complex. Good and interesting standard. Aftertaste is not so long 😕
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.
I think this is a suitable rum for some mixed drinks and punch. I would recommend trying it.
A good rum, works well with coke. Not smooth enough to work without a light mixer
Strong flavors of fruit and spice to draw this on up as a closer semblance to a spiced rum than a Jamaican dark rum. Syrupy and sweeter than most Jamaican rums, this rum can be enjoyed neat or mixed with certain cocktails that aren't clearly over the top to decadent and sweet.
Some nice notes of vanilla, caramel and dry fruits, the end is pretty rough if you have it straight. I think it would make some great coktails thought.
I enjoy this rum, and in my opinion just as good as some of the more expensive ones, great to mix but retains it's signature, this one is a can't miss mixer of quality at a reasonable price.
Straight up (pun intended), I tend to prefer Jamaican rums. As a Jamaican, I learned of rum -and-water quite early. This J. Wray product is a dark amber that matches its bottle and is best served to my taste with a dollop of water at room temperature. It's a young blend, strong, and for me ice heightens its harshness.
As described above, I sip it with a dollop of water at room temperature, a scenario that brings out the warm flavour of caramel and molasses. The nose is strong as one might expect for that young a blend and the aftertaste is more heat than anything - until you add that dollop which changes everything. The aftertaste loses much of its heat and the aforementioned flavours smoothly become apparent. I do find it quite impressive for its price and it's my go-to for sipping while listening to music, being convivial with friends or just relaxing, hence its rating of 8. It's a staple of my rum cabinet.
Blackwell is impossible to get in Canada but is available at the Duty Free when leaving the island. Despite its age, I'll happily compare it favourably to a Brugal Anejo or Havana Club 7 year, although at the end of the day, I'll just keep going back to Chris Blackwell's little gem.
Tento rum jsem pil u kamaráda . Neznám jeho cenu, ale vzhledem působil levněji než nakonec chutnal . Není tak tělnatý a jemný jako jiné rumy , ale chuťově mě překvapil .
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