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English Harbour 5-Year rum

English Harbour 5-Year

Antigua and Barbuda | Aged

6.5/10 (136 ratings)
Tasty, but not quite great


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Posted almost 6 years ago by Skipjack from United States with 20 ratings

When I first purchased this rum my expectations were not high. I don't know why but I imagined the run down harbor I had once visited years ago after sailboat racing. I know from articles that it is a much redone place, but the impressions lingered. I was happily wrong.

Bottle: A fantastic old looking green bottle with a label to say that this is a rum from an old and decaying place. It looks great on the shelf. The unassuming print matches the flavor inside.
Color: A light brown.
Bottle Aroma: Rum! With hints of vanilla and caramel, even a touch of grassiness you have to look for.
Glass Aroma: Unfortunately this rum fades away in the glass. Again my not using cognac glasses has an impact here but I don't feel that rum should be treated like cognac because it is so much more.
Taste: Rum, first and foremost with heat that somehow hits, dissipates as your tongue coats with oils, then comes back as those oils go away, the heat following to the throat. This is a surprising rum in that it is light but complex, there are many flavors hiding inside.

I'm betting this rum is produced with ease and not quite the effort of other rums of this quality. Truth in advertising is rarely valued but it is what you get with EH5. It says it is a light, flavorful rum and that it is. And best of all, the cost is right. I'd mix or drink straight, knowing that others would enjoy the flavor. I am betting that this is a hangover prone spirit, drink in moderation.


Posted over 5 years ago by martin jeppesen from Denmark with 241 ratings

This rum has reached a fine quality in 5 years on used bourbon barrels. The balance is great. The nose is mild and a little tannic with notes of figs, molasse and caramel. These notes also appear when you take a sip, followed by a little oaky spicyness and a fairly smooth finish.


Posted over 6 years ago by shemy from Antigua And Barbuda with 1 rating

This rum is awsome, its smooth and its great for a party and hangout. It is also great to mix with coco cola soda


Posted 2 months ago by Seko from Czech Republic with 102 ratings

The nose is rich, it reminds me of older sipping rums, molasses, orange peel, in the taste there is toffee, oak and dried fruits, the aftertaste goes towards bitter, with hint of coconut. Quite smooth for 5y old, can be sipped. No sugar added, quite decent for the money, with distinctive taste. As I do not fully appreciate the bitter tones the score between 6 and 7. In direct comparison with another 5y old made by Angostura, I am not trying to suggest there is some similarity in these two - I just happened to buy these two together, I like Angostura a bit more.


Posted 7 months ago by Harrie from Netherlands with 58 ratings

Bought this in a 50ml bottle, just to expand my rum horizon, and let it rest for about 30 minutes in a (covered) tasting glass before trying. It doesn't really open up but I get some fudge and wood on the nose, not unpleasant but it also shows very little character. On the palate nothing really changes, (soft) influences of wood and a light fudge-like taste, enhanced by sugar. It is not a really sweet rum but it is just barely semi-dry. Goes down easily and drinking this is no punishment but the taste is also very forgettable.

When you can buy this for around €20,= I understand that this can be a go-to rum though I think nicer ones are available for even less. What I don't get is that after drinking this anybody is still willing to throw €60,= at this destiller to try their 10 year old version. This rum does not invite you, let alone seduce you, to try their 'better' rums. There is no ambition to shine in this one so why try?


Posted over 4 years ago by mistercoughy from United States with 239 ratings

Sherry and molasses nose, but watery, simplistic taste with zero mouthfeel and no follow-up. There is nothing terrible about this rum, but these days there are so many excellent choices out there that you needn't settle for something as mediocre and undistinguished as this. Too dull to be a decent sipper, and not enough character to stand out in cocktails. A give-away rum for sure.


Posted over 4 years ago by Craig from Canada with 16 ratings

Probably not a great idea but I am writing this review after drinking another rum (Bacardi 8). I just reviewed that rum here at . These rums are quite comparable and given this is aged 5 years to 8 for the Bacardi that's pretty decent. I found the English Harbour easier (smoother) on the palate than the 8 which was better mixed as in an Old fashioned. Comparing these products a day apart is a little strange. On its own merit the English Harbour has a nice smokey overtone. I think I'll enjoy this even more in a mixed drink. For now I'll have to say "on the rocks". Update to follow!!


Posted almost 5 years ago by Rumnoobie from United States with 4 ratings

I think it has a very pleasant nose. Lots of molasses and vanilla. Spicy, but not artificially spicy. Taste wise, I'm not sure that I'm capable of picking out the individual notes, but it's very pleasant. It has a fairly long finish, pleasant as well. My feelings on this one may change as I mature, but I've spent more on rums that I enjoyed a lot less!


Posted 5 years ago by A.Greenleaf from United States with 51 ratings

I like this rum. I think a few people are being a little overly critical on this one. Good dry whisky like taste at first and then undeniable rum finish. Not my very top shelf but the next shelf down from that.


Posted almost 6 years ago by HunterRomario from Czech Republic with 307 ratings

Alcohol: 40%
Origin: Antigua and Barbuda
Aroma: The aroma is heavy, buttery, with the impression of caramel, sweet and spicy, a little lacquer. Clearly recognizable coconut tones. (88 b)
Taste: The taste is no doubt that drinking rum. The sweet-spicy, distinctive. (86 b)
Summary: This is a dense, heavier style of rum, suited to cooler weather, I got him to such a Christmas feel. Nice rum that warms the body and soul.
Points: 87/100.


Posted almost 6 years ago by Carl Saxmark from Sweden with 115 ratings

This is my vision of what i think the pirates from the good old days drank. Dark taste and a bit of alcohol taste to it. Not the best i have tasted but still.. The feeling..