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Tonight's Rum, a milestone, number 150, Cayman Reef Rum from Barbados. On the nose, it's got a hint of honey underneath a stronger almond and caramel bouquet. Perhaps even a bit of pepper in there. The first notes in the mouth are soft like the bouquet. It’s rich but not overpowering, chocolate and macadamia nut come through. Not spicy as with some rums. A little bit of orange comes through on the finish. In the throat, it continues with its soft pallet, disappearing as you swallow. Not harsh at all. The true finish does leave a bit spice behind, not overwhelming at all. This is a nice Rum however could use a bit more sweetness and flavor. 7 out of 10. OK served neat.
The flavors from this rum go very well with ginger beer in my opinion just like this brands Double Black Rum. More spice to be had than the licorice of darker rums. I enjoyed the Oak feel particularly with my dark n stormy
There are better rums out there, but for the price ($21.99), this was good value. Maybe not great straight, but less of an after-burn than I would have expected and there was a bit of oak flavor. A little better mixed than not.
This is a smooth, mellow aged rum. Not super sweet when sipped neat. Goes down well when mixed. As always, I enjoy my rum over ice with a healthy splash of Coke.
I just thought I would try it. Not to expensive, but it was a lot better then I thought it would be. I wish I could find it closer to me. It is smooth and full of flavor.
I drink a fair amount of rum and can honestly give this a middle of the road rating. Keeping in mind that I like my rums a little on the strong side, I found this rum to have a slightly weak and watered down feel to it. Unlike many reviews, I thought the price was a little high for this rum. I realize that my region runs a little high on prices, but I know of dozens of other rums at this price that I would choose before shelling out the quid for this.
It may be worth a try, but after I polish mine off, I am done with the brand.
Enjoyed a bottle of Cayman Reef 5y Rum. Bottle and label design look identical to El Dorado equivalent. Golden color. Fair bit of oak and woodiness on the nose and palate. Quite a strong burn at the end. This is a mixer rum by all counts. Whisky lovers can add 2 points.
I have ignored this rum for a very long time thinking that it was all a gimmick. Well today, it stared at me on the shelf like a puppy waiting to be adopted from the shelter. It was as if it was saying, "Please take me home! You know you can afford my $17 price tag!". Being that it has no added sugar as per Barbados law and is a dark 5 year rum at a budget price, I brought this puppy home and am so glad that I did.
What a pleasant surprise! It is natural sweetness with no charred oak taste. It is cheap enough to drink too much without feeling guilty. With no added sugar, this also means no penalties for the next day. I can add this one to my best buy recommendations. In a side by side taste test with other aged budget rums, this one beat out Cockspur 5 Star, Don Q Anejo, and Flor de Cana 5 Year Classico Anejo. I like all four of them, but Cayman Reef is the darkest and best tasting one.
Upon further research, I could find absolutely nothing to prove that it is a 100 percent product of Barbados. I have reason to believe that kegs of Bajan rum were shipped elsewhere to the Caribbean and then bottled with a few additives that are not allowed in Barbados. The shape of the bottle is amazingly similar to El Dorado 8. Maybe these were bottled in Guyana. I seriously doubt that they were bottled in Grand Cayman because there is no way that this low price could come from that very expensive island. The website for Grand Cayman rums also does not show these rums called Cayman Reef. Normally, deceptive origins on rums would cause me to lower my rating by a point. However, this one is so damn good and cheap that I won't do that for this one.
Update March 26, 2019: This bottle was opened up about two months ago with only about two ounces missing. So I tried this "old friend" again on this gorgeous day, and my impression was, "What in hell is this shit?". Since it is considered to be a dry rum, I figured that the flavors would never change. Boy was I wrong! Artificial flavoring is probably to blame for rearing it's ugly head on this one. I lowered my rating from a 7 to a 6 and would think twice about buying this one again. If you do buy a bottle, use it up in one month or less because it is not completely dry.
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