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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" :).
Okay as Golden Rum. Wouldn't put it above any other mixed with coke
Average, but great after taste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
i really really like this, a nice sweet dark rum,good sipper but for me perfect with coke and ice.
As a sipping rum, it needs some serious work. It's smooth enough, and the rum flavor is good enough, but rather than having undertones of caramel, molasses or hints of spice, it tastes like it has undertones of Benzine, Toluene or Zylene. To me, it really does have a taste of unpleasant chemicals or solvents. I purchased this as a sipping rum, as such, it's fallen far short. Might be fine in mixed drinks, but that's not my thing.
While I know and respect Chris Blackwell to a high degree, this is a serious stand alone rum. Much better than Goslings and coming out of Wray & Nephew says good things. Not too sweet and a perfect black strap rum to get the job done.
Blackwell Black rom overrasker meget, ikke så skarp som forventet, kan drikkes ren.
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.
Gosling's Black Seal and too confected to compare with other Jamaican rum's.
Both Black Seal and Myers offer a better molasses rich experience.
Appleton and Hampden Estate offer a better authentic dunder heavy Jamaican rum.
Just an average rum
not a remarkable one but a good one
Can work as a sipping rum
I love the story behind this rum. If you don't know it? Check it out. Music and Rum, a great combination.
To the rum. Well I love the colour. True Jamaican rum fashion. On the nose I get a nice mellow sweetness. Toasted hazelnuts and roasted marshmallow.
On the palate? wow... Bursts of vanilla, coffee, hazelnuts again (not too sure why, but that is a huge nut flavour I keep getting) Coats your mouth with warmth, but not too hot.
I will need to play with this rum a little to determine if it should be left neat, on the rocks, or mixed, because there is a lot of potential, yet I am not too sure which direction I would go with this great rum.
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.
I really liked this rum after trying at the rum fest a couple of years ago. It was warm, with a hint of spice, as well as being sweet with dried fruits cutting though. Makes an awesome Dark 'N' Stormy!!
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