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Okay, reading all the hype about the ol' Sailor Jerry, the saint patron of spiced rums, I finally wanted to taste what the hype's all about, so I picked up a bottle to round up the sum while buying a larger batch of real alcohol.
Instantly, I am hit with a full dose of buyer's regret. The bottle and the liquid inside looks inoffensive enough, a shade of orange and a nice etiquette (different than on the picture here, though, similar to the ones on gold and silver).
However here the good things end. The smell of some distant vanilla, with something citrusy, weak and unconvincing. The taste - oh my, the taste is like a liquid candy, vanilla and citrus, and something I can't put a finger on, with a slight hint of alcohol, but it's so thin and weak and watery, and... in a hurry to go. No finish to speak of, no real spices (compared to Four Square Spiced rum, this is just so much worse).
Hello, where is the rum? Why is my rum gone? It's certainly not in the bottle, how does it even qualify - oh it doesn't, it's only 35% ABV! Well, blimey, I did not know the old man Vernon, but I bet my tricorne against two ounces of gunpowder that this hooch would get you keelhauled, if you served it to the crew.
Sigh, yeah, cocktails, but now when the virus hit, who am I gonna serve them to? Threw it into a glass of coke, the result was a ruined glass of coke. Some bloke recommended tonic, so maybe... Not expecting much, though.
Stay away, buy real rums, like Appleton 12 for only slightly more than this liquid disaster!
An absolutely perfect replacement if you were a fan of the pre-2009 Sailor Jerry. Huge hit of vanilla and as such really sweet so best with a cola tonic instead of the off the shelf full sugar stuff.
Vanilla perfection! If you like a sweet, vanilla drink then this is the perfect drink for you, very smooth and goes especially well with coke. Not so good with ginger ale.
I will always have a bottle of this on my shelf!
Nice label and average bottle.
The spiced taste is reasonable and sweet. nothing about its taste is hard hitting or overpowering, but its a nice mixing dring
Strong, smooth and sweet. Almost perfect rum. Very comparable to Bumbu, has a slight stronger taste but that comes with a bigger punch.
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