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Posted over 1 year ago by Paul B (PREMIUM) from United States with 297 ratings

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.

Posted about 1 year ago by Loxias from Czech Republic with 154 ratings

Fine mixer, if you need jamaican, dark or sweeter rum.

Posted about 1 year ago by Bamboleo from Germany with 15 ratings

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.

Posted over 1 year ago by Magne from Norway with 11 ratings

Dette er en rom som fint kan drikkes ren med is. eller blandes i drink. lukter melasse går litt over i svak krydder smak på slutten.

Posted over 1 year ago by jiri.tutsch from Czech Republic with 24 ratings

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, vsechno tam jde najit.

Posted over 1 year ago by d from United States with 3 ratings

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.

Posted almost 2 years ago by Rei from Germany with 98 ratings

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.

Posted almost 2 years ago by Liam from Canada with 3 ratings

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

Posted almost 2 years ago by Aaron from Canada with 69 ratings

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.

Posted almost 2 years ago by Raphael from United States with 15 ratings

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.

Posted about 2 years ago by Darrell from United States with 26 ratings

It is a bit strong but very good. Wasn't expecting this to have the richness and body. Love it.

Posted about 2 years ago by Rev. Philip E. Evans from United States with 1 rating

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.

Posted about 2 years ago by Christian S Johansen from United Kingdom with 2 ratings

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.

Posted about 2 years ago by Snookerman from United Kingdom with 121 ratings

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.

Posted about 2 years ago by Michael King from Czech Republic with 50 ratings

V chuti je strašně citit alkohol a rozhodně bych ho nedoporučoval na pomalé popijeni.

Posted about 2 years ago by Pavel from Czech Republic with 133 ratings

Strong alcoholic smell, bitter dark taste. It's something in it but not for the majority.

Posted about 2 years ago by filovo from Czech Republic with 172 ratings

slabší rum, silnější rumová chuť.
Štiplavý na chuti i na jazyku.
z mého pohledu nic moc.

Posted over 2 years ago by Jonathan Quintal from Canada with 43 ratings

Typical rhum, good straight tase of mélasses and brown sugar

Posted over 2 years ago by piratejabez from United States with 314 ratings

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" :).


Posted over 2 years ago by "Samuel Brunello" from United States with 78 ratings

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!

Posted over 2 years ago by Joola69 from United States with 2555 ratings

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.

Posted over 2 years ago by Mr.Cow from Czech Republic with 27 ratings

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 :-)

Posted over 2 years ago by Michal Micko (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 251 ratings

Nive aroma. More of layers but not so complex. Good and interesting standard. Aftertaste is not so long 😕

Posted over 2 years ago by Jm from France with 33 ratings

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% :-(

Posted over 2 years ago by Thierry from France with 63 ratings

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.