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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.
Honestly, I've only had this in a Dark & Stormy. It smells amazing...to the point where some of my friends believe they should make a cologne out of it. Sheesh, it's hard to say that a black strap rum is smooth, but this one is. We tend to forget about the Cruzan brand, but it offers a solid collection of rums which are the "house" liquor in my home; meaning this is what I serve to guest. Of Cruzan brands, Cruzan Black Strap is unforgettable.
If you're looking to drink a Dark & Stormy and you're tired of hearing "Goslings, Goslings", pick up a bottle of Cruzan and enjoy some of those vanilla notes among the ginger beer. Or, even better, pick up a bottle of Kraken for a new kind of Dark & Stormy.
It's a sweet maple molasses flavored rum with limited usage. I am a fan of Spanish coffee and I decided to try it with Blackstrap instead of brandy and it was delicious. A good desert coffee or treat. I consider this a desert rum altogether. That being said - I don't compare this with other dark rums as the flavors are apples to oranges.
This rum will always have a home on my liquor shelf as its interesting and it changed my coffee drinks. I like it, don't love it.
Good rum for mixing smell a lot of molasses in this one plus is a very good value.
This is by far my favorite rum!! I have a sweet tooth and you can't beat this rum in sweetness.
The most fun you can have with molasses! Buy a bottle, grab some ginger ale and share with your friends. You can't drink this stuff without smiling! Be generous, your pals will appreciate the opportunity to taste such a unique rum!
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.
Great substitute for myers or goslings black seal in a mixed drink for a different flavor
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.
Forget Dark & Stormy for a moment. You really must try a Corn 'n' Oil cocktail, which is pretty spectacular, and for that you need black strap rum. Molasses heaven.
enjoy the flavors of molasses and maple but not cloyingly sweet. A staple in the cabinet and the price is fantastic too.
I like this strait up or in mix drinks. .have bought this for friends and they like it also
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.
I've had this floated on top of a cocktail and it's really amazing in that application. The sweet, molasses nose works so well when it hits you just before something else. It feels a little too unique to get more broad use, but it's cheap, so worth having on hand.
Nose: rich, sweet molasses.
Taste: not a lot of depth, nor "rum" flavor. While I've enjoyed sipping it while writing this, I've had a bottle for about a month and never reach for it for sipping. Another reviewer mentioned using it in dark and stormys, and I could see that, or anything else where a strong second flavor balances against the rum flavors.
Alcohol: Not a lot of heat, but not as smooth as the aged molasses rums I've had.
This is a good rum for mixing, heavy on the molasses and punchy with alcohol. Nothing complex going on behind that. I'd say it's worth a try, but I suspect it's overrated on this site because of how accessible it is in price and brand recognition.
Had this neat. Got molasse and licorice flavors from it. Good for black strap mixers.
Really dark and full of flavour. you wont be disappointed
This rum screams dark molasses all the way. A bit too strong flavour for a sipper but it is smooth with little burn. It has become a favourite with coke and reminds me of a molasses sugar cookie. A good value at $30 Can but it had to be brought from Regina. I wish my wife would have brought more.
Sweet rich molassas and warming alcohol aroma. Fairly smooth with rich molasses and caramel notes. Sweet but not cloying. Good body. Warming but not hot. Great straight for occasional sipping or mixed with ginger beer and lime for a 'dark and stormy' - style drink. I can think of a number of uses for this one for a twist on cocktails. Very enjoyable and very affordable.
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.
The scent is heavy as is the taste. It overpowers and is not good for anything but coke or a heavy blend like a dark and stormy yet is very good in this. If you like heavy sweet that dominates or need a sweet rum in a blend this is the one but I prefer one that is a little bit more well rounded.
this rum is very dark, so i use it sparingly in drinks as it can overpower other flavors. But, its strong flavor is perfect for use in desserts or a flavoring. Also works as a base for homemade vanilla.