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Tasty, but not quite great
This review was originally posted on my blog! sammieontherocks.blog.com
This is something very different from other “black” rums I have tried so far. When I first cracked open the bottle the smell was pleasing and made me extremely curious about this rum. Clove, caramel, and vanilla are immediately apparent. On the first taste I was very taken back. There really is a lot going on here. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was tasting. Clove, molasses, and caramel like this is a very new taste for me. The vanilla didn’t really hit me at first as the darker flavors were the most prominent. It’s not an overly sweet rum. The clove is the dominant spice here. The vanilla, molasses, and caramel develop after, along with hints of pepper. The finish is very smooth and leaves a little black pepper lingering on my tongue. The taste of molasses seems to get stronger or more prominent as i get closer to the bottom of the bottle. Calico Jack Black Spiced has a very long finish, I might add. This rum is buttery smooooooooth when chilled. There is no way I would guess this is a 94 proof rum from tasting it. Malibu Black at 70 proof has about the same amount of alcohol burn as this. On the other hand Calico Jack Black hits hard and fast. Seriously the alcohol in this rum affected me very quick compared to other rums in the same ABV/proof range. I have no explanation for this.
Calico Jack Black Spiced doesn’t cost very much but to me this comes across as a higher priced rum. Calico Jack has a complex taste with a very smooth finish. This isn’t a firey hot spiced rum like Captain Morgan Black Spiced. There is some heat, but it’s only a little. I really get the feeling they were going for more of a smooth sipper here. There is a very unique thing going on in the flavor profile. I can’t quite make up my mind if I like it enough to keep drinking it. That isn’t a really bad thing. There is nothing I could find that I didn’t like though. Overall i do think it is a nice sipping rum with a very unique flavor profile. If you like the flavor profile of Malibu Black, Calico Jack Black would probably also make a great smooth sipper for you too. Give it a try! This is one rum I very much prefer served on the rocks!
Since I originally wrote this review i have been keeping my bottle of Calico Jack in the freezer. Truthfully i am really beginning to love this rum. Instead of just editting the review i thought i’d leave it that way to show how a little time and tasting something different ways can really change an opinion. Over a little time Calico Jack Black Spiced has really grown on me. So i guess now i know if i want to keep drinking it.
added November 3, 2014 4:36 am:
A new update? Indeed! I’m on my third bottle of Calico Jack Black Spiced Rum. Seems like they have adjusted the recipe slightly. The latest bottle seems to be a little less heavy on clove. Oh it’s still there. The molasses and smokiness seem to be more dominant now. I’m still loving this rum. It’s so smooth and easy really. Sneaky too.
Was boozing with some buddies too this. Safe to say it’s a good drink to get dumb to but there are definitely better choices to make
Just like its 94-proof brother, this rum is much better than the price would suggest. The spice blend is smooth, with no weird after tastes. Perfect for rum and Coke drinkers, like me. This is one of those liquors you keep a big bottle of on hand for those guests who aren't rum snobs.
As always, I enjoy my rum over ice with a healthy splash of Coke.
This rum is cheap, smells great, definitely gives you a great time with friends, and the taste isn't too sweet or overwhelming, I highly recommend it at 6.99 a bottle.
The spiced rum is perfect for rum and cokes. And even better for making pona coladas. The taste is smooth with delicious suttle spice flavors.
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