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Barely drinkable, gasoline-like
I'm not a big fan of this rum. As others have noted, it has a very odd spice to it.
The smell is bad, though the taste is ok, since it has a nice hint of sweetness that I like, though I realize that's not for everyone. If you like sweet spiced rums as I do, you can do a lot better, such as with the Koloa Spiced.
A smooth, fragrant rum, golden amber in color, and rich in taste and feel. It lingers with a pleasant vanilla tobacco finish that leaves you wanting more. Perfect for sipping on the boat, the beach or the boardroom. Each batch is a little different, but none I tried lose the distillery's heart. Hard to find outside of Florida, it worth searching for.
This is one of the worst rums I've ever had. The 'spice' could just as well be labeled "bizarre chemical tastes". Tried it neat, on the rocks and as a last ditch - in a rum and coke. If the "Captain" is good, this is a private!
The poor aroma detected in the bottle should have given me a clue. I don't mean to sound insulting but it smells similarly to how some urinals smell after a new odor disk is place in it. Not good. Drinking it was worse. Labeled as "rum & spice"...where's the rum? Overwhelming spices with a strong chemical flavor. WAY too much. HORRIBLE FLAVOR! Needed something to wash out my mouth. According to the label it is a "full-bodied rum" "married...with all natural spices". Well whatever it is, it ain't "full-bodied rum" and whatever "natural spices" they used were the wrong ones in the wrong amounts. In my humble opinion this is one of the worst things I've ever tasted. I am ashamed to admit I wasted my money on this. Almost $40. This wouldn't work in mixed drinks and it would ruin my Coke Zero. This is getting poured down the drain. Literally.
They need to scrap their current recipe and distilling methods and start from a scratch. I suggest they try their neighboring Siesta Key Spiced Rum for what a really good spiced rum is all about. Possibly one of the worst rums I've ever sampled. I'd give it a zero if that were an option. It sucks with a capital SUCKS.
Taste is different than most rums to date. Spicy, peppery of sorts. Very unique. I like it as an addition to my stock for a flavor burst out of the ordinary when I want it.
I recently returned from a cruise to Key West and Havana. The only thing new to Key West since my last visit was the Hemingway Rum Co., to which I made a beeline as Papa's Pilar Dark was my favorite US rum. Then on to Cuba where I got my first tastes for Havana Club 7 Anos, Reserva, and Blonde. The darker rums had a distinctive nose I had trouble difining, but recognized immediately when my son gave me a bottle of Old St. Pete's (yes, he's finally going to mention it!) Righteous Rum & Spice. Now my favorite from anywhere, beating out Pyrat, Zaya, El Dorado, . . . (sorry, but I head to put it in context). It reminds me just a bit of the 7 Anos but with spice. And for the money, it is a super value.
I had this rum at a Tampa restaurant before a cruise to Cuba I was so impressed, I asked them to show me the bottle so that I could find it. It has a complex nutmeg/cinnamon finish, with a smooth taste. The mouth feel isn't dusty like other spiced rums. My first sip was just amazing. It was not like any of the spiced rums that I have enjoyed. Here, the spices are much more complex. Well done
I bought this on a trip to Florida. I wanted a local rum. This was not a good choice. Taste was not good and the aroma reminded me of old coffee grounds.
A friend of mine gave me a bottle. First taste was WTF then it settled in smooth, but is it really a rum. Lots of infused unique spices but an animal of its own. Would contend with French after dinner aperitifs but don’t think it’s rum. But it has a place for something to sip after dinner.
If you're a fan of Captain Morgan's Spiced you are highly like to thumbs this one down. I'd say it's intended to be a sipping rum; however, the plastic aftertaste is preventing me from going any further with the bottle. I Can detect real spices in there, but whatever is causing the chemical taste has Got to go - it's undrinkable as-is. I will not be purchasing this again.
I attempted it straight, on ice, and with cranberry cocktail on ice. The cranberry seemed to enhance the chemical taste. It's a pretty bottle that will decorate my liquor cabinet and always be full, minus 4½ ounces.
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