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42% ABV. A blend of rums from Guyana and Worthy Park.
Deep nose. Different than Navy Strength. Funk, smoke, brine. On the mouth: lots of brine. Some vanilla and caramel. But tastes like a very young rum. Short finish.
A surprisingly good pairing alongside the Royal Standard dry white. And either could be a good sub for Plantation 3*. That’s not super high praise for the New York Blend. This is actually the first Hamilton that I’m not very impressed with. Still, it’s a very good rum, and would be an extremely versatile mixer that can stand in for light or gold rum, Demerara, or blended rum. And that’s probably all it’s trying to be
For a better navy blend (that is still young and affordable), try Hamilton Navy Style.
Ordered this with one cube and was a bit disappointed in the very obvious flavor profiles of Jamaican and Guyanese rums, with nonspecific nuances beyond what the market is already saturated with. An upside is sugar content - I detected zero. And two whiskey drinkers tasted it with me; to their surprise, they enjoyed the dry crispness and barreled flavors. I’m not a huge fan of charred wood spirits, but am pleasantly surprised by this crispness present in what must be a lightly aged rum - it reminded me on MG Eclipse. Not sure what the New York blend actually references here, but as a New Yorker, I would expect a little more boldness. Definitely a mixer, but at this price point, it would be easier to reach for a Plantation or other early-aged rum.
Enjoyed two glasses of Hamilton New York Blend Rum while in San Francisco. Cheap looking bottle and label design. Strong funk and plenty of oak mixed with pure alcohol to your nose and palate. Super strong burn at the end. As a mixer rum, you still get the funk shining through your soda.
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