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Have been a Sailor Jerry drinker for years. Then one day Jerry wasn't around... I was really in the mood for some spice and too many of my friends had been with Captain Morgan, though none seem to be in love. So, I tried Kilo Kai. Damn. That's all I can say. Had several at the bar... and am now on the hunt to buy a bottle. Or two.
I feel the Kilo Kai lives up to it's label as the best rum straight. It is smooth with quite a bit of character. A bit sweet, but smooth. I usually don't use this as a mix, I use Captain Morgan for that. Although I have mixed with Cherry schnapps for a great combination in a shot. I like this one a lot.
There aren't many spiced rims in the world that I can drink without chasing but I've found one here. I don't understand what a lot of people don't like about this rum. I guess they don't like their rum to have sweet taste to it. It's pretty sweet but not all that sweet. It does burn the throat but not in an uncomfortable way. I've had Kraken, Sailor Jerry, Captain Mo, and a lot of the other rims you find in your local store and this is honestly the best Rum I have ever had so I'm gonna give it a perfect score because I just don't see anything wrong with it.
It’s quickly become my #1 rum from the first sip! It is a sweeter run, with a heavy vanilla flavor, but I’m a Rum/Diet, So with a Diet Coke it’s a perfect match!
From the bottle it literally smells exactly like dubble bubble gum. Its color is so nice in the bottle but it says "caramel color" on the bottle so I cant give it any points for that. In the glencarin glass it smells of ethanol, no oak cask smell in there, that bubble gum smell again almost banana like, definitely a lot of spice. Drinking it straight all I can say is holy ship that is smooth. Abnormally smooth entry then the spice kicks in to a very pleasant and bold point and lingers. All flavors are amazingly balanced with a sweet taste. This is by far the best spiced rum I ever had it is best straight in my opinion.
If you are considering trying more spiced rum but do not want to spend the money at the store and end up not liking it this is where I would start. This rum is very smooth and easy to drink. Pairs very well with Coke/Dr. Pepper and a lime. I wouldn't suggest mixing with a Vanilla product as this Rum has a good hint of vanilla to taste. I find this for $16-18 USD often and its always an easy buy at that price.
TLDR: Good aroma. Cherry, vanilla, and banana flavor. Good price. Good for sipping, even better in a cocktail.
The first thing you notice is the aroma, very heavy vanilla and cherry notes. You can't pick up any burn in the aroma. With the first taste I picked up the vanilla and cherry noted that I got from the aroma but there was also the banana that was listed on the bottles tasting notes. The banana flavor is something that sets it apart from other spiced rums I've had and I believe it tones down the burn that can be found in other rums. At 70 proof it doesn't pack a strong burn such as other spiced rims, which often tend to be made with over proof rum. I found that it was very pleasant to sip, but it was perfect for making drinks with.
EDIT: I've tried some other spiced rums so far and this by far is my go to. I changed from a 8 to a 9 because this still is my favorite, nothing so far compares.
This is easily the tastiest and smoothest spiced runs I've ever had. Tastes great with a cola. It's a tad sweet but just the right amount and not too overbearing. Out of the gate this rum smells amazing. Vanilla and I believe a slight cherry scent.
This one is definitely sweet, but not sickly sweet. It doesn't taste like someone poured sugar into it. It's got a slightly sweet taste, which makes it a nice entry point for someone who's learning to enjoy sipping rum, and wants to make a transition from "college rum."
It's very smooth and goes down easy on its own.
For a spiced rum I was very hesitant, as I don't find much character in spiced rums. But Kilo Kai was smooth, nicely spiced and easy on its own. Hands down the best spiced rum I have ever sipped.
First time drinking kilo and I am surprised at how well it tastes for a cheap rum. I would put it up against rums twice even three times its cost. This rum would be a great social rum for when you want to keep your top shelve stuff in the cabinet.
I am a huge spice rum drinker. Kilo is my favorite thus far. A great tasting rum when consumed neat. Flavor really pops when mixed with coke.- I am adding/not editing my review. I have tried 5 local liquor stores here in s.w. florida and none can get anymore:( very sad.. I loved this rum.
Reminiscent of a root beer float, cinnamon buns and caramel. Sweet, full of flavor and smooth. Enjoyable straight up or mixed. A slight burn, which is ok, to let you know your drinking rum. Not one of the more popular spiced rums on the market but better than most of them.
Aroma, spices and, taste. We can become friends in do time. I have no complaints. Goes down smoothly, after taste good. All of personal preference..
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