Thanks so much for submitting a report. It has been emailed to the Rum Captain and will be actioned shortly.
Cruzan Gold is not meant to be a neat sipper although most of the outlets in Caribbean giving free tasting sessions of the Cruzan so want you to think about it as a neat sipper. Mix it with Coke and you will still get the offputting smell and a strong burn, so better to skip this one.
Mixing rum only. Cruzan Gold and I did not get along. Bought it on a whim a while ago to challenge my standard Bacardi gold rum for mixing but was very disappointed.
When it first met my taste buds, I thought things would really work out between us, a light but teasing complex flavor working well with the Cola that was different to the Bacardi. The problems started once the rum started settling, this very cheap bottom shelf flavor invaded the party destroying all of the initial hope, that taste never left after that. Couldn't drink the rest of the bottle as a result.