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Tasty, but not quite great
Sugar: 95+ gpl. This is far too sweet to be used in a mixed drink unless someone comes up with a recipe for a drink that they might call "Vanilla Thunder". It's smooth enough but it's almost a syrup. As another rum rater commented, if you are out of vanilla extract you could substitute this. Sugar crystals formed on the outside of this bottle from some spillage....that's how sweet this is.
At 36% ABV (72 proof) this rum is slightly less potent than typical 80 proof rum. The aroma in the bottle is almost nonexistent...slightly "plastic". Surprising because upon sipping the vanilla-ness about it hit me upside the head like a high school aluminum baseball bat. It is as if someone bottled vanilla extract and slapped a rum label on it. If vanilla ain't yer thing then you should steer clear of this. I really don't know how this would do in mixed drinks nor in Coke Zero but I am afraid the vanilla flavor would be a detriment if added to Coke Zero. I will have to edit my review once I try it. Who knows? It might surprise me.
Had a rum tasting on a sunny afternoon, because why not. Brinley Gold Vanilla Rum bottle and label design looks very cheap and low end. Strong alcohol and very offputting artificial vanilla coming through to the nose and palate. Quite a harsh burn at the end, so better to mix it up with your favorite soda.
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