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There is burnt caramel, the smell of toasted coconut, a little vanilla, oak, a smokey edge and a slight fruitiness to the aroma. For me the taste is true to the aroma. It also has a lovely smokey finish with apricots and peaches. A nice bit of fire in its belly too.....and who doesn't like a kick in the ribs.
This rum is good but not too tier. The finish bis too short and though carmel, molasses and vanilla are there theyre almost too light. For the price its good value but nothing I would keep for special occasions
I was reluctant to buy this one based upon all of these reviews, but after having been to Antigua just once, I owed it to myself to give it a try. It is very dry and apparently has no added sugar. The aroma and taste are next to nothing, but the after taste is slightly bitter. As usual, I let my sipping rums breathe for a while to remove the burn. At only $26, it is one of the cheapest dry rums that I have found. When this bottle is finally gone, I may miss it and could go looking for another one. I would not use it as a neat sipper, but it makes a fantastic rum and coke or served on the rocks. It is so neutral that it reminds me of the very good people that I met on the island along with some very bad ones.
Update: I have since found out that it has 15 gpl of added sugar, which is apparently the borderline between dry and sweet, so it is actually semi-dry. I have always considered dry rums as having less than 10 gpl of added sugar. So compared to one of my top rated aged rums being a 41 gpl sugar bomb, then no wonder this one tasted dry to me. By the way, flavored rums can range from 53 gpl to 99 gpl of added sugar.
And by the way, after six months with a half bottle remaining, it still tastes the same as the day that I opened it. However, it is rather boring as a sipper and there are many cheaper rums that make equally good rum and cokes. I would almost drop my rating down to a 6, but there is absolutely nothing offensive about this one. It also has no ill after effects whatsoever, so consider this one as a penalty free rum.
Nose: sweet caramel and alcohol scent
Taste: watery/ no complexity
I would not recommend this rum!
Not bad for a five year aged rum. I was pleasently surprised. It was smooth and not too sweet, woody with a hint of spice. Really nice bottle as well.
I want to like this rum as Antigua is our favourite island...but it lacks something. The complex flavours are there i.e. a hint of vanilla and toffee..but it packs a little harshness on the throat...and I mean a little but enough to not want me to have more than couple. Even ice/water doesn't bring it out. A little enigma of a rum. Still too good to be a mixer.
It's a bit oaky but not too bitter. It's sweet enough with a true rhum taste. Not spiced nor molasse. I also liked it with a little sprite
Tried a bottle of English Harbour 5 year old when vacation in Antigua 2 years ago and what a disappointment. Should have gone for the 10 year old, but the 5 year old has a very strong alcohol smell and taste to it, and man the burn is harsh. You get the burn even through some Coke splashed to the glass. Real pity that the 10 year old bottle was no where to be found when I was there since that should have been better stuff.
Not as sweet as some other rums. It has a definite whiskey taste to it, smokey. It is enjoyable and has a a bit of a burn. I will mix in the future, not sure if I will save as a sipper.
Picked up a bottle of English Harbour 5 year when I was in Antigua. I had asked what would be a nice rum reflecting a fine rum made in Antigua. This rum does not disappoint! Not too sweet and not too inundated with oak, tobacco or burn going down. A nice sipper that I wouldn't advise mixing with anything. Looking forward to trying their 10 year old presentation next.
Medium amber in colour; moderate aromas of caramel,flavours reflect the aromas with more brown sugar, wood spice, walnut, clove and ginger.
Not quite distinctive enough to stand out as a solid sipper, this 5 year rum is best reserved for punches and swizzles where a solid gold caribbean rum is called for. Not the most exciting rum, but certainly a solid choice to have on hand for cocktails.
40% ABV. Supposedly a blend of rums 5–7 years old.
This is one of those rums that simply met (or just exceeded) my expectations; no real surprises. There is typical caramel/brown-sugar/molasses/oak on the nose. This rum is full-flavored, very smooth, and only lightly sugared. At 80 proof, it's a bit light on firepower, but overall it's a fairly well-balanced package.
This rum, I imagine, would be equally serviceable as a mixer or sipper, and for that reason is recommendable to those with limited shelf-space. (I would also recommend RL Seale's Finest 10-year.)
Hirtelen felindulásból vettem meg. Nem volt drága és kíváncsi lettem mit tudhat. Nem vártam csodát és nem is lett, de az árához és a korához képest egészen jól iható, lágyabb, közepes testű rum. Az íze és az illata is csak az alapot hozza, de azt jól. Melasz, karamell és vanília, nem kirobbanó és nem is hagy mély benyomást. Kissé zavaró, kesernyés mellék- és utóíz. Opálos, nem szép tiszta.
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