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Tasty, but not quite great
Ok, as you can tell with my reviews of the white and amber i really do love this range, and can honestly say this is the best spiced rum choice about at the mo! I was lucky enough to be given a bottle of this when they launched it and it was very quickly thrown in a Dark N Stormy and worked great! :-D Infused with fruits and spices including cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and honey this is a complex spiced rum but also has the smooth Elements 8 finish.
I wouldn't drink this neat but makes an incredible dark n stormy (mixed with ginger beer).
Great orange taste that translates into a sherbet like quality when mixed.
This is my favourite mixer rum by far.
I tried making my own spiced rum for a while but couldn't quite get something as good as this so gave up.
Truly the best spiced rum there is.
Very tasty. It’s all about the spices but for me this is lovely. The honey might have been a problem but in fact it’s fine. I’d give it 8.5 if I could.
N- It would take a lot to pleased me in spice rum, and this clean E8 must have caught me on a right day. Filled jar of assam boi with dried spices mix. With 10 different spices being added to the barrel during the maturation, the end results are well integration of spices aroma notably the cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise, with vanilla aura waving at the far side. Finely rounded and yummy, rightfully exotic that immerse you in the market of spices. Sweet ginger, cola, vanilla sponge cake developed with baby talc and naturally floral. (89/22)
P- Mouth watering cola with assam poi, clove and juicy spices. Balanced with playful and fun fine oak nuance. (88/22)
F- Short medium, chewy spices packed in the sphere of oak, well behave and not crazily sweet. (86/20)
Weighted Rate - 85pt
— at The Rum Bar KL.
I can't understand those who don't like spiced rum giving any spiced rum a low mark - say under 5. It's a bit like saying, "all spiced rum is no good and I'm going to hammer it all to show my dislike of it." Surely, even if you love your rum as pure as possible (and I too also have a liking for such rums) there still remains the point that there are very good, good, ok and bad spiced rums...why not rate them with at least some nod towards that?
As spiced rum goes, this one is very good. It's sweet, but not too sweet, nuanced, different from the norm (in that it's not mainly vanilla or ginger heavy like most) and has a good base rum. Flavour wise, what comes to the fore is orange, after that lemon and honey and after that nutmeg and star anise. All the other ingredients are there to the taste too.
I have heard those here say that this and Foursquare spiced were the best - having tried both, I'd say that this was vastly superior. I found Foursquare rough and uninteresting.
For those who are thinking of trying it and want a comparison - I suppose you could say that this is a little like a very, very subtle version of Rumbullion, but with what feels like way less sugar and much more subtlety. This is also lighter and much less syruppy than Rumbullion. BUT, if you like Rumbullion, I think you'd very probably like this; in contrast, if you like this, you may or may not like Rumbullion as it's much sweeter and much more orangey, Another comparison would be with Rebellion - which is much sweeter and a bit more spicey, less orangey and less good on the base rum. I'd give them both an 8, even though this is clearly a better rum than Rebellion....why? Well, to be fair, this is £12 a bottle more than Rebellion and both are really enjoyable and great mixers - I'd suggest lemonade as why would you want to hide those lovely flavours in coke or ginger beer?
If you do buy a bottle of this, don't go handing it round to everyone - if they just need a mixer, hand them something cheaper!
This is a spiced rum for people who drink unsweetend rum, straight up. Those who like pure rum will enjoy this as a sipper, those who want a sugary vanilla bomb will be disapointed.
A bit to much orange for my taste.. But the honey was a cool touch.. And all the other flavours.. Well.. I have not tried anything that tasted a many as this one before..
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