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Let’s get a few things straight here. This is NOT Jamaican funk. If you want funk go get some Hampden or Smith & Cross. There is no comparison. This has a whisper of funk and happens to be Jamaican. That whisper is wiped out by a pleasant lime and cane flavor. It has plenty of punch as you might expect with an overproof. Some real burn too. Good mixer. Good shooter. Bad sipper. Pussers and Plantation overproof beats this stuff down completely. No contest. Malecon is so much better you would pour the Wray & Nephew down the drain with a huge smile. Try the 3 above for yourself and thank me later.
First off, I can safely say that the negative reviews of this are probably based on a bad batch...or perhaps I got the only good bottle but...
It smells way better than I would have thought! It is afterall, basically unaged (which usually makes it less smooth,) light in color (which typically translates to being very dry-not sweet) and overproofed (making it more intense/painful than the average rum.) These three things often point to a mediocre or unpleasant drinking experience for most people. I fully expected a rubbing alcohol scent to waft its way into my nostrils but was pleasantly surprised by how mellow and sweet it smelled! It's slightly more vicious to drink but not very. It's actually really good considering all of the above "issues," which created expectations of drinking boat gas for me. It's sweetness transfers from nose to palate better than I expected too with an acceptable (but not exceeding) amount of burn and bite to it. It's definitely not the sharpest or most intense rum I've had, which, in reality, it probably should be. There's a reason this is a local favorite in Jamaica and I have to believe it isn't just because it's so high proof (126 to be exact.) For being "lighter fluid," it's actually reasonably smooth and quite delicious! At $20 a bottle, it's a steal! Worst case scenario (if you don't like it,) it will be more than capable of cranking your cocktail's octane up a notch without completely ruining your drink. I can honestly say that this is good enough rum to drink on ice (although I wouldn't recommend it,) which is saying a lot! When all is said and done, it leaves me wondering why so many unaged or light or overproofed rums are often times so terrible. This product managed to take all that and still come out the other side with a palatable rum (against all odds, shall we say?) Not only is it good but it smells and tastes like the candy, Whoppers. Whoppers are a candy made of chocolate and malted milk and this rum reminds me of just that...candy, making this product dangerous as hell considering its octane! Appleton Estate (who owns Wray and Nephew) continues to amaze me! It's definitely worth a shot (which might be all you need!) Surprising and highly recommended!
The reviews about the full flavour made me curious. Tot bad it's a flavour i don't like, in general i like overpeoof rums.
Not much to add that hasn’t already been said. On the nose I get bananas mixed with cinnamon but with a little water, those super funky esters go pungent, like a mix of swamp water, soy sauce, and sesame seeds. It’s pretty fascinating! The palate is different than the nose: floral, something like Juicy Fruit gum, and and a faint spearmint note - lovely! This is always going to be a polarizing rum - the amount of funk will attract or repel, depending on the person. It’s never gone to be a typical sipper for me but it has great character. A classic.
Aye, it took a few whiffs to get past the overwhelming smell alcohol, but once I got there, I found a bit of fruit, a bit of oak, a bit of sweet, and a bit of spice. Powerful smell. Avast! I can smell colors now! She smells like she be sweet on the tongue, but no. Not at first. This wench be complex when it comes to taste, and it takes more than one sip to find anythin'. Spices first, then burned sugar, then banana and fruits, then just as she starts getting sweet and friendly, she leaves with all your loot and nothin' but the taste of iodine in your mouth and an burn that never lets go. Just like me ex-wife. Aye, you could spend time sippin' this, and after a few, you probably wouldn't care, but I wouldn't recommend it. Nobody has that much loot. arrgh!!!
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