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Despite the great reviews on here, I was still a little Spectre-cal about a rum marketed for a major motion picture release, but You Only Live Twice so I decided to get a couple bottles.
For My Eyes Only, I was happy with the bottle look and style, plus the little Man with the Golden Gun 007 symbol on it. Once I popped the cork I had the Living Daylights shocked out of me by how good it smelled. When I took a sip the flavors hit me like a Thunderball, a nice caramel sweetness, but not too sweet, some mild spices and oakiness, but it was all so smooth I hoped Tomorrow Never Dies so I can drink more of this again. It has a nice, long flavorful finish that lasts almost as long as Diamonds Are Forever. And at $35 a bottle you don't have to have a Goldfinger to afford this.
Honestly I really enjoyed this rum and I think its definitely worth a try at this price since you don't have to win big at Casino Royale to get one. If you don't like it, well, Live and Let Die I guess. If The World is Not Enough for you at least try to enjoy this rum if you can. I'm going to keep sipping on this rum and hope I Die Another Day when I'm not enjoying this because I have No Time To Die today.
Sugar: Estimated at around 20 GPL. This rum is fairly sweet for a Jamaican rum but the sweetness counters the bite it has. Overall it has a strong taste of brown sugar and a hefty dose of vanilla with a peppery bite at the end. On the nose it has that Jamaican funky smell that I would describe as swamp wood. It's easy enough to drink but I would add an ice cube. Nice presentation however it's not a complex mixture and it's a 7.
No gimmick here... a smooth and tasty rum from Blackwell. Very slight bite, and great for sipping or mixing. Fairly priced, this rum comes in a cool 007 bottle. Maybe I am partial because I love the James Bond movies.
But not expecting a rum this nice. Especially at this price. This is good stuff. Great dark cognac color. The nose is heavy with Jamaican Funk, banana and wood. I respect Jamaican Funk but it is not my favorite. Many have way too much. But this rum has just the right balance. In fact, the balance in this rum is brilliant. Very slight sweetness, combined with ample punch and the funk. Beautiful. "From my point of view things are shaping up nicely". Some faint coconut notes lingering. Short but full finish. Smooth and supple but oh so well balanced. Worthy of 007. This rum has a definite license to sip.
A smooth and enjoyable rum. Hints of caramel but not overly sweet. Excellent tasting and highly recommended!
The special limited edition Blackwell 007 was created to celebrate the 25th James Bond film "No Time To Die". The filming of the new Bond movie took place in Jamaica and Blackwell 007 is the chosen drink of the new James Bond. It is a 2-4 year old rum that is aged in Jamaica in American oak barrels and bottled at 40% ABV.
Bottle: Black and opaque. Beautiful plump shape. As it does not come in any packaging, there is a flexible plastic mesh (similar to that on bottles containing acid) strung on the bottle to prevent it from being easily damaged.
Colour: Dark Amber. Due to the age, I assume that the rum has been coloured.
Nose: Very strong and pleasant: molasses, caramel, spices (cloves, nutmeg, ginger), overripe tropical fruit (banana) and coconut.
Taste: Sweet and pleasantly spicy on the palate. The rum is very smooth for its age. I could taste caramel, overripe banana, coconut and later on some slight wood.
Summary: For its age, this is a very above average rum with an excellent aroma and a very good taste. It is an excellent choice at a price of around 35 EUR (Czech).
Overall rating: 9/10
I quite enjoy Jamaican rums, though I'm not a fan of "big funk". Subtle is more my style... This was a very pleasant delight. Rich colour, splendid nose. Caramel, dark sugar, oaky undertones. Smooth on the tongue. Not too sweet. Little bite. Alcohol is subtle. This is very tasteful. The funk is there, but it's not overpowering. It's a truly great tribute to the delicious Jamaican rums.
I think this one is the same juice as the cheaper Blackwells bottle.
The nose is quite complex and beautiful. I get dry fruits, blueberries, burned sugar and coconut.
Then some vanilla cookies, some molasses and dark wood.
The taste starts sweet with burned sugar, then blueberries and coconut with vanilla. It's tasty, at the end are some notes of young distillate.
The middle is already spicy, then sweet with caramel and some bitter notes of tannins. Then again pleasant with coconut and vanilla cookies.
The finish is spicy again with flavours of coconut, vanilla cookies and blueberry muffins.
There is the issue with the dilution and it could be older. It should have more strength and maturation. But it's better than many other rums in the price range
I would rate this one with 81 points.
Nose: dry fuits, blueberries, burned sugar, coconut, vanilla cookies, some molasses, dark wood
Taste initial: burned sugar, blueberries, coconut, vanilla, flavours of young distillate
Middle: spice, caramel, some tannins, coconut, vanilla cookies
Finish: spice, coconut, vanilla cookies, blueberry muffin
Aftertaste: some blueberry muffins
Value (32€): 4.5/5
I thought this might be a movie gimmick but it's really surprising how good it is. Nose has some moleassses and some black pepper. Lovely molasses spice without cloying sweetness. Leaves a lovely caramel and green grass aftertaste like you sipped it ice cold after mowing the lawn. Really really fantastic. I've got another order of bottles in to sit on a few.
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