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I am a very big fan of the Black Gold Single Harvest Blend Rum, especially since it makes a perfect Mai Tai when combined with a good Jamaican rum. I am also NOT a fan of unaged rhum agricoles, which this one is. I finally decided to buy a bottle of this one the other day. All I could think of is a toned down version of Marlin & Barrel Bearing Light that has a strong molasses flavor and specifically states so on their website. This Sweet Crude specifically states on the bottle "no blackstrap molasses used in the fermentation". Sorry, but the molasses flavor cannot hide from this rum drinker. It is not as strong as Marlin & Barrel Bearing Light, but is enough to whereby I would not call it rhum agricole. How on earth the molasses flavor found it's way into this one is beyond me. When mixed with ginger ale, a Jamaican hogo funk becomes apparent. Hmm! Could this be an all purpose single rum for making Mai Tai's by mixing agricole and hogo in one bottle?

Update June 20, 2018: I did indeed use this one rum that is rhum agricole and hogo funk to make a bottle full of Mai Tai's. One still needs to add a tiki topper such as Lemon Hart 151 or Plantation OFTD, which one or both should always be on hand. So how did this Mai Tai fare? I would call it as a poor man's Mai Tai since this rum is so cheap. It still tastes like a Mai Tai, yet this variation would really upset those who only want authentic.

This is a handcrafted rum from Louisiana's smallest distillery, Rank Wildcat Spirits (the name being homage to wildcat oilwells and wildcat oilmen). According to their website they use no blackstrap molasses. Just sugar can juice. Also they add nothing to artificially sweeten or enhance the rum. This is their version of a French agricole style white rum. It is crystal clear and has some legs to it. It's aroma hints of the sugar cane but not as much as agricole rum from Martinique typically has. The flavor has an agricole tone to it but with an edge. Starts off mild for only a millisecond...almost like drinking water...but then you get the cane flavor along with a rather strong alcohol flavor as well. Then a really good burn that fades quickly leaving a more pronounced cane finish which is quite dry. I believe this rum has the potential to be fantastic but needs some tweaking. It has elements of classic agricole but has a rather harsh edge to it leaving it as a strong mixing rum which would be best countered with various fruit juices. It works okay with Coke Zero but much better with citrus and pineapple. Hmmm...wonder what a Bahama Mama would be like with this...