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I've been meaning to try this out for a while, and while in lockdown I reached ****-it, and bought a bottle.
Strong on clove on the nose with a chaser of ginger and pepper. I'm not the biggest fan of clove so was a little put off, however, when I tried it straight, I was pleasantly surprised.
Vanilla, cinnamon, strong caramel rummy flavour with a bit of clove producing an almost cola-like flavour. Very smooth, very balanced. Very enjoyable. Mixed great with everything I've thrown at it.
I shouldn't be surprised by another good Scottish rum. Highly rate it, could easily slog straight or have mixed. What a hit!
PS. The hot cross bun simile is accurate on smell, but on taste, rather than butter, spread vanilla cola ice cream... Lol
Was bought this as a Christmas present and I wasn’t too keen at first taste but the further I get through the bottle the more it grows on me, now half way through the bottle and I’d certainly buy this again. Stronger to the taste (not %) than some of my other normal rums but still goes down smooth, a very strong clove taste throughout with a smokeyness to it.
String molasses content could push a few people away from this. This spices may push more. Harsh in smell. Enjoyable if you can avoid all these negatives.
Gifted to me so already a winner, I went in open minded and neutral (ish). Pleasantly surprised at how quickly I adjusted to it when I added ice. Good enough to sip like that and was a guarded bottle, so that’s a good sign. Clever people the Scots. Need to refine the chemical balancing a wee bit so it is untraceable.
This spiced rum has a heavy ginger smell and taste to it. If you don't like ginger, i would avoid this! Luckily, i am on the side that likes ginger and i also enjoy the fiery feeling as it goes down your throat. It's quite enjoyable to drink although nothing spectacular but it is pretty unique thanks to the ginger. I love the name too!
I had the joy of trying this rum after my friend gave me it straight in a shot glass. It's warming, but not rough, and had the initial sweetness that you'd expect. However the aftertaste is dominated by pepper. It wasn't horrible, but it simply didn't make me think of rum, rather it was more like the aftertaste of a malt whisky. This left me severely undecided about this rum. The one thing I'd say is: try before you buy.
Amber/spice color, very heavy smell of cloves, cinnamon and star-anis, same with flavor. Rum flavor is overwhelmed by the cloves. Not really a rum but more a herb-liquor.
N- Reduced root-beer syrup infused with star anise and caraway. Dark caramelize apricot, subtle ashy tobacco notes and tangy mashed ginger underlay. Sweet but not cloying. (86/20)
P- Bold, heavily ginger with spiciness that excites, chewy ginger flower fragrant. May not taste in the gene of rum and more of a liqueur, but in a good way. Nicely infused with upfront and earthy character. (87/21)
F- Long, heavily infused, macadamia with spicy mix, sweet liquorice, warming molasses ginger syrup. Stir in some pure honey and this would make a rather 'healthy' booze in a cold Scottish night. (89/22)
Weighted Rate- 84pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
what a surprise this was. Was recommended it as “something special that’ll surprise you”. Surprised I was. As noted below, the rum is quite smooth, even though you’d expect otherwise from the aroma. But the spice. Chilli, peppery, gives you a warm inside feel. very peculiar and great for it
It's a bit different, this one.
It has bucketfulls of cloves. One almost expects to see a few loose ones lying in the bottom of the bottle. You may want to drop a cube of ice in there, because it will burn you. The alcohol burn is there, but it is overshadowed by the burn from the cloves. Hence, the way to drink this one is with miniscule sips.
I think there's a decent base rum underneath the spices, but you don't really find it straight away. A few glasses in and there is demerara and vanilla, but you have to search for them.
I was given a bottle of this as a leaving present from work and whilst I did enjoy it, I might not necessarily buy another. I don't mind the taste of cloves, but this is bordering on too much and I feel it takes this away from what one expects from something labelled as rum.
In summary, drinking it on a cold Autumn or Winter evening is ideal, because it will make you feel warm, but as a tasting experience, it is a bit of a one-trick pony.
Nice golden color. Strong aroma. Seems like it will be harsh. Smells strongly of cloves, ginger, maybe cardamom. Spicy.
At the first sip, surprisingly smooth. Peppery taste lingers. Gingery bite. (Wonder how it would be in a dark and stormy?). Obviously flavored, you almost miss the alcohol in it. I'm sure it's young rums, but it's not harsh at all. Very interesting. This is a very tasty sipper. I didn't try mixing it, especially not with Coke.
Not a sweet rum. But very tasty. Would be delicious in sauces. But if you like spicy, and cloves, cardamom, ginger... This is very worth trying.
It pours almost brown in colour. Aroma is full of spices, pungent and pleasant. Flavour is a mix of cinder toffee, spices and chilli. Great on its own or mixed with cola and ginger beer, this is one of the best spiced rums out there today.
Lovely strong rum, love the spicy rum flavour. Not too sweet but nice with a slice of orange instead of lime. Oh and a bit of coke won’t hurt but can drink without.
Unusual. Definitely distinctive. A bit whisky like for me and too harsh to sip. Not bad with coke though. I do like how it makes my lips and tongue tingle mind you.
I like what dark matter are trying to do and maybe in a few years we will see better.
This is a spiced rum nicer than the Kraken but heavily cloves rather than vanilla
It's a spiced rum for sure. Peppery, ginger spiced with prominent cloves and cardamom. It like munching marshmallow with a glass of ginger beer with tons of spices.
Earthy and herbicious which I enjoy very much (perhaps too much of angustura bitter shots lately, Malaysian Bartender's handshake) follow with gingery spice with touch of caramel. Ginger bread man!
Peppery, chili, gingery bite on the finishing. Follow with prominent sweet spices such as clove.
Might not suit everyone's palate unless they love gingery spicy food. Definitely not sugary sweet compare to many spiced rum.
Dark Matter Spiced Rum is a molasses-based rum that features very strong notes of pepper, fresh ginger, green peppercorns and allspice. If you like your drinks spiced, go ahead and enjoy. I like my rums aged and sweet please.
As other reviews have suggested, this is a love/hate rum. The original presentation of the bottle and label is excellent - it has all the promise of a good rum....however on opening, the smell is overwhelming - it's like being hit in the nose with a sledgehammer made of cloves. This smell then overpowers the taste and there is nothing else other than the harsh clove taste - slightly more tolerable as a mixer (coke) and possibly a little better with apple juice (which I have yet to try). That being said, i'm glad I satisfied my curiosity,
Friend got me Dark Matter. I'm not keen on it but still waiting to see if it grows on me, doubt it will.
It's the same mouth feel you get after drinking ginger beer, which I don't like. It's very heavy on the cloves and I don't get much else from it, so I find it quite one dimensional, whereas Rumbullion had a kaleidoscope effect.
This is very "peppery" to the nose, almost to the point it forced me to sneeze. Its quit spicy going down pass the throat, and into the chest.
I only picked up a taste, from another website. This is not one I would seek out to add to my bar.
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