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Posted almost 4 years ago by Ellis from United Kingdom with 19 ratings

The marmite of the rum world. Guy who recommended it at our local spirit and wine shop compared it to spicy Hot Cross Bunswhile his brother stated that he hates it. The smell is overwhelming as if the rum is going to be very harsh. Surprisingly, there is no burn at all but leaves a very warm tingly belly. It has a bug taste of cloves and the spicy hot cross buns reference was actually accurate.

I think you just need to try this rum and not rely on reviews as much as on other rums as it is very divisive. However, I am interested to see what more this new distillery produces over the coming years

Posted 12 months ago by Andy Tee from Malaysia with 148 ratings

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)

B/B- 87/21

Weighted Rate- 84pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.

Posted at The Rum Bar KL about 2 years ago by Terence from Malaysia with 56 ratings

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.

Posted over 2 years ago by Craig from United Kingdom with 22 ratings

I don't know if I got caught on a bad day or I poured heavy measures but It was going down pretty well but I don't normally get a bad head drinking rum but this stuff certainly gave me a sore head the next day lol. Will try it again tho

Posted 3 months ago by J12kef from United Kingdom with 12 ratings

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.

Posted 5 months ago by Samuelsbay from United Kingdom with 12 ratings

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.

Posted 7 months ago by Smeds04 from United Kingdom with 1 rating

Has a unique spicyness to it that hits the spot. Totally recommend

Posted about 1 year ago by from United Kingdom with 2 ratings

Fabulous taste and full bodied. Packs a punch and delivers a long lasting taste.

Posted over 1 year ago by anoinoz from Australia with 9 ratings

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

Posted over 1 year ago by Canadian Captain from Canada with 55 ratings

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.

Posted over 1 year ago by Frank Blackmore from United Kingdom with 17 ratings

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.

Posted over 4 years ago by rumroel from Netherlands with 22 ratings

Laat alsjeblieft schotland hou het alleen bij wiskey maken.
Dit is oprecht niet te drinken heb het speciaal mee uit schotland genomen maar helaas.
Zelfs als het gemixt is blijf die nare chemische smaak er in zitten

Posted about 24 hours ago by Chubb169 from Australia with 6 ratings

I mix this with ginger beer and a dash of lime. I enjoy both the colour and the flavour, a bit of punch in the spice.

Posted about 2 months ago by I3R0K3N7FEET from United Kingdom with 63 ratings

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

Posted 5 months ago by FURBZ from United Kingdom with 12 ratings

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.

Posted 6 months ago by J1gg1ns from United Kingdom with 42 ratings

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!

Posted 7 months ago by kevie from United Kingdom with 11 ratings

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.

Posted 9 months ago by Mrbenji from Netherlands with 1 rating

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.

Posted over 1 year ago by Gravy from United Kingdom with 22 ratings

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.

Posted over 1 year ago by Dale from United Kingdom with 3 ratings

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.

Posted almost 2 years ago by Steven Richardson from United Kingdom with 124 ratings

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.

Posted about 2 years ago by Robert Ferron from United Kingdom with 166 ratings

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

Posted about 2 years ago by Phil Johnson from United Kingdom with 5 ratings

Smells worse than it tastes very heavy smell of cloves, but not a bad taste quite smooth no after burn it’s so so

Posted over 2 years ago by Joola69 from United States with 2555 ratings

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.