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896 8-Year rum

896 8-Year

Barbados | Aged

6.5/10 (20 ratings)
Tasty, but not quite great


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Posted about 4 years ago by Beukeboom from United States with 305 ratings

I admit right up front that I am a fan of Barbados rums.

This rum has a nice rich amber hue that borders on mahogany. It has a very nice aroma. Swirling it in my snifter reveals long, slender legs. A subtle aroma with hints of sweetness.

The flavor is surprisingly mild. Smooth enough for sipping but rather plain. Some initial sweetness at the outset and some oak undertones but mild. It's the best word I can come up with: mild. Not much of a burn for an 80 proof rum. It does have some butteriness to it and noticeable vanilla undertones. Could be sugared a bit. I am not sure. Doesn't seem to be much, if any.

This rum is kind of an enigma...sort of tasty but something is lacking. Can't quite put my finger on it. I may have to revisit this review sometime down the road.

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Posted over 4 years ago by Chet from United States with 182 ratings

For an 8 year old rum I would expect more. Decent with a splash of coke or in a cocktail but "NEAT" it is not.

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Posted over 4 years ago by Robert from United States with 55 ratings

Not much flavor. Good with cola but not much else.

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Posted 17 days ago by Paul B (PREMIUM) from United States with 316 ratings

After having just tried Old Brigand Black Label, also from Barbados, this one falls several rankings below. It still rates as a 7, but is in a crowded field in my rankings with Don Q Anejo and Flor de Cana 5 Year Anejo. It is a mixer, but can marginally pass as a sipper. Nothing offensive, but nothing memorable either. I don't regret buying this one, but probably not again, with too much competition and others being much more readily available. It also has no added sugar.

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Posted about 1 month ago by poly.pop from United States with 25 ratings

On the nose, noticabley hotter than comparable bottles (Doorlys 8, etc) and less complex. Some caramel and vanilla up front, oaky almost bitter on the tail. Lacks the depth and fruity richness you'd expect from an 8yr Barbados rum.

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Posted about 2 months ago by Jimmy Cliff from United States with 73 ratings

This rum has a nice Golden brown hue I tend to love in my rums. It starts out with a full bodied scent, somewhat similar to Demerara rums from Guyana but it stops short. I have purchased it several times and for around $20 bottle I consider it a value as a mixer rum with full bodied flavor and can occasionally sip it like now.

I gave it a 6 as comparing to my staple table rum Pusser’s that clearly is a bit superior.

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Posted 4 months ago by xrodriguez from United States with 17 ratings

Not bad at all for the price. Worked well as both a sipper and a mixer for me

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Posted 6 months ago by JeffBuck from United States with 80 ratings

Not a ton of difference in the 5 and 8 year but is noticeable enough. Still considering this a mixer.

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Posted about 1 year ago by Mo McGurk from United States with 175 ratings

Nice oak flavor when sipped, but afterburn a little strong. Oakieness took off when mixed

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Posted about 1 year ago by jmp3 from United States with 88 ratings

A bit hot for an 8 year rum. Decided to drink with cola