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Tasty, but not quite great
A fairly flat nose to this rum. Light oak and fruit, but really quite nondescript. This follows in the taste itself. It is easy to drink, even neat, and moderately sweet, but without a lot of character.
One of the woodiest rums I've experienced, adding water or ice just waters this down rather than opening it up. This has a pleasant flavor, but little more than that. It tastes like it was aged enough to smooth it out, but not long enough to develop much flavor.
Wife and I honeymooned in Jamaica so I thought I’d snag i nice bottle to bring back. Definitely strong when compared to others. Very earthy warm taste.
On the nose I can smell banana, coconut, caramel, wood and elderberry flower. The taste profile is smooth, it has strong Jamaica sweet overripe banana profile, with undertones of white oak and leather, it ends in a spicy, slightly bitter aftertaste, all pleasant. I noticed the change of the label to a simple one, with just big eight instead of the picture, not sure if I am rating the same stuff as my predecessors here. Overall, I am very pleased with this rum, it is recognizably Jamaica, but not over the top, well made, without additives, which I like a lot. For some reason I can can get it only for the same price as Appleton 12y, which does not make much sense to me.
Significantly better than their cheaper signature rum, not my favourite but not bad all the same. Decent enough with splash of coke and ice.
A little bolder, a little more fiery, a little less well composed than Appleton's 12 year bottle. Something tangier or fruitier about this drink compared its older cousin. An almost bilious note under-running the flavor... but oddly not in an entirely unpleasant way.
Its sparkiness reminds me a bit of Mount Gay, actually. Overall, not bad, but around these parts this runs at the same price point as the 12 year, to which it doesn't compare favorably.
A medium colour similar to the 12 year with a sweet nose. The taste is the same with that Appleton Jamacian funk, that is not really my thing. A good finish , with some burn. Best in a mixed drink. $38 CDN @ LCBO
"Has a lovely smooth entry which quickly heats up. The initial notes of pineapple and dark almost to ripe banana give way to spicy heat. The flavours linger and coat the taste buds with hot spice."
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