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Tasty, but not quite great
My first try of this one. There is no way I'd mix it with anything sweet (Coke, ginger ale, etc) as it's very sweet itself. Very strong molasses flavor, it's a smooth rum - I decided to cut that heavy flavor with a bit of seltzer & enjoyed it very much.
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.
This stuff is cloyingly sweet. Reminded me of the maple syrup chug from Super Troopers. We bought this one night at a good price and could barely drink it. I saved the rum thinking it could be used down the road in a unique mixed drink in lieu of a syrup, but it overpowers everything I put it in.
As a fan of Cruzan rums, I decided to give this a try. At first sniff, the aroma of Boston brown bread came to mind. It has a stronger molasses flavor than most other rums but I also noticed hints of anise and vanilla giving this a fairly complex flavor, but it has a bit of a burn. With that said, I like this rum for a change and enjoyed it most on the rocks during my intial four-step tasting. I plan to explore mixers with this too. At about $16 US for a liter in Ohio, I think it's a good buy if this style appeals. I can think of other more expensive dark rums that I don't like as much as this.
Yup, pancake syrup. And this is not bad if you expect it ahead of time. Give it a good deep inhale. Now go ahead and make a unique dark and stormy out of it. It’s super sweet, sugary and spice and once. But that smell is pure delicious pancakes. That is not an insult. I also have made a couple tiki drinks with this for a unique kick. A staple on my shelf. Not for everyone though.
This beats the hell out of Goslings for half the price. This will be in my next Dark & Stormy for sure. It is really quite good all by itself. Much smoother than Goslings with more complexity and less contrived sweetness. Better on ice than neat. Well done Cruzan. Good stuff here.
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