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The best way to evaluate dark rum is straight up. Unless you are paying a lot of money, most of them are tough to enjoy. Cruzan Black Strap is delicious with some ice, period. If you find it too strong, add a bit of water. It's the best.
Rum is my drink of choice and I love nothing better than Black Strap with my homemade ginger beer. The richness and darkness of the molasses creates a tasty and fragrant drink that’s unforgettable. Sip it or mix it, it will help you forget the mean woman you married. Incidentally I keep ingredients chilled and never add ice. I hate watery drinks.
I tried this rum and it was love at first taste. I was very surprised that it was not like the other dark rums, but had less "rum" (alcohol) flavors and more flavors from molasses that taste great on the rocks or mixed into Pepsi and certain other mixers. It's not for mixing in where a lighter rum flavor is needed (think pina coladas) because it is a bit on the heavy side, but if you like bold and flavorful, give it a shot. Or two.
This is by far my favorite rum!! I have a sweet tooth and you can't beat this rum in sweetness.
Just a guy who likes good rum or whiskey over good crushed ice. Black Strap is a bit of an acquired taste but this is pretty smooth and I am not rich. Cheers!
At first the nose is introduced to the aroma of molasses. The mouth is complimented with a Rich not too sweet flavor of slightly burned sugar. The finish is bark with no bite. I love this Rum any season. It is truly unique. This is what rum must have looked and tasted like in the 17th and 18th centuries. I prefer this Rum very cold as it does something wonderful to the overall experience. Leave it in freezer and drink it neat .
This is a delicious rum heavy with molasses. Many people are put off by it on first taste. But give it a second try and you'll be hooked. Great for the price.
I enjoy this rum with strong hints of vanilla, toasted marshmallow, molasses and nutmeg. I have not tried this rum mixed with soda or juice, as I enjoy sipping this neat. A slight burn going down to let you know your drinking rum, however combined with the right spice nuances, this rum should be a house rum to anyone who enjoys a fine rum.
This is the blackest of black rum I have come across so far. If I were still a pirate sailing the Caribbean this would be my rum. It is thick, not too sweet and hearty. It drinks like a meal. It takes a bit of getting used too, so I use it as a mixer with Captain Morgan Black or The Kraken to give them a darker character. This is my favorite with Coke but I often drink it straight on the rocks now that I have tuned my taste buds.
This stuff is massively underrated. I love keeping this stuff around in the winter time.. It has an amazing molasses flavor and it just makes you feel warm and cozy.
Really dark and full of flavour. you wont be disappointed
This stuff is so sweet, so very very sweet and rich, I almost say it's too sweet. But then I'd be crazy. So I won't say that. But to each his/her own (taste), right? It's subjective. Molasses, maple syrup and ever-so-mild hints of black licorice dominate the flavors here, and let me tell you, folks, it's REAL good! A little overpoweringly sweet for some palates, I find it odd (to myself, especially) that I actually recommend mixing this stuff with Sprite/7-Up and ice - even mixing with Coke cuts down on the sweetness, if you can imagine that! But it can also be enjoyed straight or on the rocks. Again, worth trying, whichever way.
Dark heavy rum. The molases teally comes through almost making it sweet like syrup. Very good. Smooth.
Good flavor. Nice aroma. Goes great with coke. I could sit down with this and a friend and empty the bottle. Didn't think I would like Black strap rum. I was wrong.
Haven't really found the dark rum of my dreams yet, but this one is the best I've had so far. Gosling's and Myers's are less interesting to me, for more money. Most likely has added sugar and/or vanilla, but I'm ok with that in this case. Great neat, has a sweet smoky vanilla/spice flavor, mild burn. Goes great with ginger beer, my favorite so far.
As a bartender I believe that Cruzan rums are ideal for use as a well/house light & dark/aged rums so I have a positive bias towards the brand which is only bolstered by their seemly single handed endeavor to maintain the Black Strap style of rum to which I am creatively indebted. The sweet syrupy character of this product may not lend itself to much solitary consumption, but as an additional component in a recipe or the base of a classic such as Corn & Oil it is utterly irreplaceable.
Great substitute for myers or goslings black seal in a mixed drink for a different flavor
Jonahs Curse had been my favorite to date (I am price conscious) until this rum. Gosling’s is good but not as good a value. The Cruzan brand has always been one of the best and this is consistent with the brand as expected. A little sweet on-the-rocks but very strong molasses taste which i really like. I will definitely go back to this when I need a break from aged rums.
Blackstrap is definitely an a acquired taste if you want to use as more than a topping to mixed drinks. When you finally want to step up and be counted, this is a great partner to have in your cabinet! The flavors roll across your tongue and linger for minutes as they shift from molasses to smoke and leather. It takes fortitude and an appreciation for strong flavors to truly enjoy any blackstrap. But this is the best of the bunch!!!
Smells like brown sugar
Taste - dark, rich and deep, molasses, cloves.
If I use this in a Jet Pilot, it tastes like a black cherry drink, love it. It will dominate a mixed drink. I could sip this neat.
First, off, a big Dark & Stormy is my drink of choice (not a purist, I do muddle in lime and occasionally cilantro. Yes, cilantro. If you're a person who likes the stuff, give it a whirl sometime, it adds an electric zing.), and this is probably the best rum I've found for them that costs less than $20 per bottle. Some may find it too sweet, but that and the citrus can help to balance out hotter and bolder ginger beers. It is somewhat sweet, with a warm rich taste reminiscent of late-season maple syrup, with hints of vanilla, and is quite smooth.
IMO, it makes a better D&S than other $20 and less black rums like Gosling's (Sacrilege!), Kraken, and Bacardi, though Captain Morgan is about on par with this one.
I like this strait up or in mix drinks. .have bought this for friends and they like it also
Deep, dark chocolate flavours littered throughout. Almost like a chilled espresso hot chocolate. Incredibly smooth. Lacks the intensity of other blackstraps. My favourite I've encountered thus far.