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Cruzan Single Barrel Rum begins as an assortment of aged rums, distilled in column stills and ranging in vintage up to 12 years. After blending, the rum rests in a new oak barrel for an additional year before bottling. Each bottle of Cruzan Single Barrel rum is poured from only one barrel, which may increase color variance from batch to batch.
Cruzan Single Barrel rum is produced by the Nelthropp Family in St. Croix. The name ""Cruzan"" is derived from island's native population - the “Crucians."
My bottle was the older design bottle with the schooner on the front and a nice wooden cork. Straw colour , almost whisky like in appearance . A bit astringent up front but settles down quite quickly. Sips fine but has a taste i just dont recognize ? Not too sweet which is fine. This rum makes an outstanding rum'n'coke , quite expensive and hard to get in the "Land of the long white cloud".
First off, in the interest of full disclosure, my bottle doesn't look anything like the bottle pictured here although it's the same rum. My bottle, for whatever it's worth, is more short and wide with a wide opening and shoulders. Here's a pic online: http://whiskeyapostle.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cruzan-single-barrel-rum-new-bottle-176x394-176x394.png
Looking online there seems to be at least three variants of bottles and labels for this rum. This can be confusing. Appleton changed labels on me and I ended up duplicating rums.
But I digress...
There are brands of rum that I just don't have very high expectations. Cruzan is one of them. Mostly inexpensive rums grouped in together with other inexpensive rums of dubious quality. I decided on getting this one since it is "single barrel" and according to the label it consists of "select rums aged 5-12 years, expertly blended, and aged again in a single American oak barrel".
Wait a second....
Wouldn't that be TWO barrels?
Okay...nitpicking aside, at least they put some sort of age description on the bottle albeit to me a bit misleading. Fine print.
Anyway...I digress again...
Back to the rum.
First off the color is a beautiful deep amber. Nice aroma with a little bit of alcohol sting. The flavor starts off somewhat sweet...not too bad...I taste vanilla and butterscotch in it before the burn hits. There is evidence of the oak but not as much as I expected. Not a bad rum. So close to qualifying as a sipping rum. Maybe if were allowed to age for about 5 more years. However it is a solid mixing rum. Surprisingly good from Cruzan. Good job, folks!
My bottle of Cruzan single barrel has a warm buttery start, with as light peppery burn on the finish. pretty good at it's pricepoint
I liked this rum with cola. And a squeeze of fresh lime.
this rum has a taste quality that eludes me for personal enjoyment - is it dill, I taste or smell? Whatever it is, I just can't quite get into this one. Not for me, but as I've said elsewhere before - taste is personal/subjective, so to each his/her own.
This is a great golden rum. Very smooth for 80 proof.
Vraiment bon comme rhum. Il surprend par rapport au prix. Son odeur de miel est complexe. Vieilli 5 ans il surpasse plusieurs rhum de même age.
Not quite what I expected and not very complex... Might be better suited as a mixer.
Very (too?) spicy and a little bit of sweetness. For those who like a strong rum. Probably great for mixing as well.
not very sweet, finishes nice, good for mixing or on the rocks
Light and smooth nose. Thin, Light taste with a small burn. Nothing that really stands out about this rum. Light to medium oak.
Dryer and harsher than I prefer for sipping but add an ice cube and enjoy the complexity.
This is my favorite. The price is very reasonable for a rum this good. A must try.
If slight uninspiring Bajan style aged rum. Great value
Didn't cut it for me. Could drink it straight, but too much burn and not enough flavor.
Took me a minute to find the right listing on the site, my bottle is different (image attached)
This rum is slightly drier than Cruzan's normal dark rum ("aged"), but the oak is definitely more pronounced. I definitely enjoy this one, almost as much as the Mocambo 20 yr. Slightly sweet, but very enjoyable. Full recommendation, will be taking this to an upcoming convention to share!
I like this rum as a mixer, it´s flavorful and mixed in tropical and tiki drinks it shines.
Tannic and vegetal. A great cocktail primer.
Has some sweet, some smoke and lots of oak in there, so a lot more complexity than most aged rums, making it a great sipper. Would merit 8.5 on taste alone, but I like the new bottle, which is not pictured here. Finally, reasonably cheap if bought in the US where the molasses subsidies help it out.
A pretty good sipper. In my opinion similar to bourbon. Not as sweet as most rums. An ice cube helps to mellow it out some. Decent flavor but not as rich and flavorful as others.
Harder to find. Excellent straight up or on the rocks. Can be used with cola, but would rather use something else as this us hard to get,
nice smooth rum i like it with a little diet coke will be buying again when this bottle I got it in a different bottle
A bit harsh straight, a drop of water helped.
I had to go all the way to Las Vegas to get a bottle of this , It was one of the first "fine" rums i ever had. I did have Cruzan white back in 1975 and it was not good. They've come a long way.
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