I ran across this one on a recent trip to Total Wine. On first sip, it reminded me of Black Tot Finest Caribbean 5 Year. That one is bottled at 92.4 proof. This Hog Bay Caribbean Black Rum is bottled at 80 proof. The main three locations for the higher proof one are the usual: Jamaica, Barbados, and Guyana. Well, this Hog Bay version swaps the Jamaican portion out for rum from the Dominican Republic. It only sells for $18 and is actually a much better buy than that higher proof rum. Hogs Bay is actually located in Bermuda, where it says that they love black rums. The bottle appears to be a gimmick, but the rum inside was certainly above average and a pleasant surprise at a bargain price. Check the picture.
Have stars on bottles ever actually represented anything? Or basically just thrown in like "might as well have a few stars to look good"?
You must be referring to Plantation 3 Star and Ron Del Barrilito 3 Star. Placing stars on bottles of rum never did anything for me. This bottle has no stars.
Haven't seen it at my TW but I will dissect the entire aisle shortly.
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A poor man's version of Black Tot