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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!!!
Enjoyed a bottle of Cruzan Black Strap Rum. Very nice bottle and label design. Dark golden color. Oak and pure alcohol to your nose and palate. Strong burn at the end being so dry. Whisky lovers can add 2 points to my score.
much better value than Kraken
Darn good value for $20 here in VA . As I expected, semi-rich bodied, with smokey notes of oak, and molasses. I enjoyed it neat or in a dark & stormy.
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.
It's a dark thick rich liquor with plenty of sweetness and butterscotch, however it is overwhelming and not for more then a couple drinks.
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.
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.
This one was on sale and I've never tried a black rum before. The taste was pretty much what I expected, a definite molasses taste. I like my rum on the rocks and the molasses taste is pretty watery by the bottom of the glass, but overall a pleasant flavor and pretty smooth. I strongly prefer straight run to flavored or spiced, but this was a pleasant surprise. I'd buy it again
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.
If someone asked me which blackstrap rum to buy I would tell them to go for this. It's very cheap in the US. Not exactly meant for neat or rocks sipping, but could be good if that's your style, it isn't mine for something this sweet. This is GREAT as needed in tiki and craft cocktails. Packs a huge molasses and pancake syrup scent and flavor and gives a delicious syrupy-rummy flavor in SMALL DOSES. This overpowers other flavors if you use more than a quarter or half ounce for a standard drink. I would never add a syrup or other sweetener to a drink featuring this rum.
Overall, very particular in its use but great in context. For
This run I only like as a mixed drink I've had it as a dark and stormy excellent my wife has made me three different mixed drinks with this rum all excellent
A soon as you pour it, you can smell the coffee and chocolate notes. Almost like a Reisen candy. It has an oily finish with just a little burn, but leaves behind a bit of sweetness with a taste of toffee. Not a sipper, a bit on the sweet side, but would be good in a punch or mixed drink where you want the flavor to come out. Would make a great pina colada or bushwacker.
For New Year's, I made my usual pot of black-eyed peas, which calls for 2 TBS of black strap molasses. It had been a long time since I had molasses in the house, so after using only 2 TBS, what on earth was I going to do with the rest? When I found out about the vitamin and mineral content, I would gulp a TBS or two before calling it a night. Eventually, that bottle of Brer Rabbit was gone. Damn, I missed it!!!
Then I got to reading reviews on this Cruzan Black Strap Rum. All I could think of was how I liked the taste of Negrita Dark from Martinique about 22 years ago and then how it did a number on my system the next day. Needless to say, I was reluctant to pick up a bottle of this Cruzan product, which is actually hard to find where I live. Well, I stumbled across a bottle of it today for only $12 and said what the heck and bought it.
I would say that it is no longer rum and it is no longer molasses, but another completely different product. Call it what you want, but I actually enjoyed sipping it neat. Is it an elegant sipper? Hell no! Is it repulsive to me? Hell no! Anyone that cannot find multiple uses for this Cruzan product needs to beef up their imagination. This is light years better than Papa's Pilar Dark and is a tad better than Myer's Dark. I still have very bad memories of Gosling's Black Seal from decades ago and won't even go there. Others have suggested storing the whole bottle in the freezer and then sipping it neat. Good idea and thanks!
Update July 17. 2019: It now comes in a new and wider bottle with the phrase "Estate Diamond" added to it. This would normally make buyers think that is has been improved, but it is now a dollar cheaper than when I first bought it 18 months ago. For all practical purposes, it is still the same rum. I also could find no explanation anywhere what the differences are except for the new bottle and labeling.
I thought I'd give this a try based on a relatively good score for the money, but it's not really my style. At this price point, I'd recommend the Gosling's Black Seal instead.
This is relatively dry and somewhat plain for a dark rum. Smells and tastes of molasses, licorice, and maple syrup. Flavor feels a bit weak to me, especially for a 40%abv rum. I guess it's ok for the money, but that's about all I can say.
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 .
Changed the bottle, and lost the character! Now thin as dishwater, and tastes just as bad. Someone should be hanging in the Yard Arm!
The overwhelming molasses kick makes it a rare use. However, it is smashing in a Cuba Libre or, of course, a Jungle Bird.
A solid mixing rum. Somewhat sweet and artificial tasting. No replacement for a dark Jamaican rum
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!
Bought it because I was looking for the blackstrap molasses taste, but would have preferred a more subtle version. Best for mixing, cooking or any situation in which its potent molasses flavor is desired.
I bought this to make dark and stormys, but wound up using it to give a nice switch up to a cup of java. It shines when mixed in this fashion. There is plenty of "rum" to experience and the molasses comes toward the finish and the coffee notes enhance the whole drink nicely. I am someone who loves the flavor of blackstrap molasses and could eat it by the spoon, and have. I would not recommend this to anyone who doesn't appreciate the savoury character of a rich molasses, even though by taste it is rather sweet. That sweetness will not ever be enough to distract you from the ever present smells and flavors that one can only get in this type of rum, be it Gosling's, Kraken, or any other in the category. Not the kind of rum to be enjoyed on it's own unless you really want to go for the gusto and experience that full flavor, so I give it a solid 6.
I got this to try because it caught my eye a while ago. I didn't really expect much, but I found a smooth sipping black liquid. I think it delivers its flavors very well. Begins with sweetness then moves on to a molasses like flavor, almost maple syrup like, then finishes with sweet syrup taste. I never noticed much of a burn, and it is a smooth taste for sipping. I believe this is much better than kracken, as the kracken is just too sweet vanilla flavor to sip on. I usually have a bit of Thomas tew then finish the night with this. If tew was available in my state I wouldn't need to do that though..........
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.