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Tasty, but not quite great
Get the 1.75 for $18 when your mixing on a budget. Gold virgin island rums are pretty sparse but called out for classic tiki drinks such as Nui Nui, Penang Afrididi, Vicious Virgin, Port Au Prince.
Preferably use Cruzan’s Diamond or Single Barrel but this will suffice for a party or when you’ve already dulled your senses. As always fresh fruits go a long way in bumping up the cocktail.
Pretty simple rum with a bit of age. Almost always less than $15. Meant to be used as a mixer but I'll give sipping notes:
Bland, light, alcohol, no burn, grassy maybe but very little to say.
Heavier than expected from the light color. Spicy at first, a hint of clove or something going on, then sweet and syrupy an the back of the tongue. Sticks with you but in a kind of nice way.
Honestly had never tried this without mixing and it's surprisingly good. I feel that most people will be rating this rum on an absolute scale of best to worst but considering the price of this rum this really is a standout. Must have simply because it's so cheap, nice to sip and a great young dark rum with a bit of age and sophistication. Best you can buy for the price.
I forgot all about this one since it reminded me of leaner rum drinking times some thirty years ago. I poured an ounce into a snifter and it did not even need time to breathe. Unbelievably smooth for a 2 year old rum, with no harsh burn to boot. At only $11 per bottle, this one is a bargain to keep on hand to avoid dipping into the expensive part of one's rum collection. It is not complex enough to be enjoyed neat, but if one happens to be broke, this will do the trick. It is light years better than anything by Bacardi or Captain Morgan. Going back full circle to what was my original favorite has shown how much I have come a long way with my tastes. Many others are better, but not at this price.
Update: This is neither offensive or memorable in taste. However, the true test is if one consumes too much of it, then there will be no ill after effects the next day, which is always credited to no added sugar. I don't know of many other budget rums that can have these claims. If you need to tie one on and want more flavor than Don Q Cristal, this is the one for you. This is also one of the three budget rums that can be enjoyed on the rocks. The other two are Cockspur 5 Star and Don Q Anejo. By the way, my Q-PR value (Quality Price Ratio) for this rum is head and shoulders above the other 210 rums that I have rated thus far, especially if you buy the 1.75 liter bottle that comes in at only $7 US per fifth.
One bar in Florida keeps this on hand for me because they know that I refuse to drink Bacardi or Captain Morgan. Always ask for this gold mixer at each bar, and if they don't carry it, walk out and go to the next bar!!!!
Not the most smooth, not the most refined, not the most interesting, but still smooth and enjoyable. And at its price, that's more than I had bargained for.
Ran out of mixing rum so I picked this up along with a new bottle of aged rum. Just to give it a chance I figured I'd try it on the rocks. I expected a harsh raw rum but got a nice tasting smooth drink. I'm no connoisseur,and I judge on taste and smoothness alone. No fancy adjectives as my taste isn't that refined. However this rum has a pleasant taste and nice smooth feel. Amazing value at this price.
Cruzan Gold is a very decent rum, not a great rum but still very drinkable.
It's a nice sipper and mixes well. The price is great for a solid rum.
Inoffensive, nice dry rum. A little taste of oak. Just bought a bottle at Walgreens, this stuff is better than all the Bacardi crap which fills their shelves.
Your basic rum. No great wafts of baking spice. Not a Jamaican fruit bomb. No sweet notes of sherry. Just a plain old fashioned rum kept in a refill barrel for a couple of years or so. Youthful, but a solid performer if you don't expect too much from it. Good for mixing, but also good to sip even if it's one dimensional with it's caramel and vanilla.
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.
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