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This is great rum. I’d almost say it tastes more like “the real deal” sort of Jamaican rum than some others. Fantastic mixer, and easily sipped as well. All around great.
Full, bold, no apologies
Can understand why some might not like it.
This is a deep rich rum either for sipping or the best tiki drink recipes. Heavy molasses forward, with notes of tobacco and nutmeg.
This rum is definitely not for everyone but if you like the Jamaican style you will love this.
Nose is straight rotten bananas and fruit. To the point I let it air in the room for a moment and the whole room smelled like banana. Hits you right in the face.
Up front taste is that fruit smell, slightly sweet, but definitely Jamaican funky town. Leading into the part that took me a minute to get used to. The palate was weird to me at first. It’s funky musty and almost rotten. I expected a dryer Hampden like funk but this is different and thought this was the caramel coloring taste that makes it a black rum. Regardless as you sip it opens up and becomes much more complex funky spice. The funk and oak spice meld together and trail off to make a nice finish.
Overall enjoyable sipper at a great price (under 30 bucks in the Carolinas). Plan to always have one of these around especially to show new rum fans the complexity of Jamaican rum.
Edit: this rum makes the best rum and coke I’ve ever had. Take that Coca Cola to Funky Town!
I find this as an in-between of Rum Fire and Smith and Cross with extra coloring. Rum Fire being all funk, and SC being half funk and half navy overproof rum. I will always have SC in my cabinet and maybe Rum Fire, but this Hamilton I may never buy again. I don't see it's purpose. I also have the Hamilton Jamaican Gold and find it indistinguishable from the other. For me, id rather have Smith and Cross or Doctor Bird. If I want extra super-mega funk, here comes a half shot of Rum Fire.
Very dark color with heavy, almost bitter, molasses flavor. Will definitely not be to everyone's taste, but this is a great blackstrap rum to use in tiki drinks I made a pineapple trainwreck that was divine and it goes great in a docotor Funk too. If you need that punch of flavor look no further.
Nose has the kind of fruity funk that I dream of and is pretty strong. Picking up overripe banana and caramel. Reminiscent of Wray and Nephew here. Smells like a funky pot stilled Jamaican rum!
Initial sip has some sweetness right when it hits your tongue, which rapidly fades. What’s next is kind of a mix of bitterness with some funk in there, but less funk that what I would’ve expected, given the nose. The finish is surprising, it has a character I can only describe as “whiskey like”. Tasting this rum stand-alone, it is quite unique, and not what I expected.
Been experimenting with this one in cocktails. Makes a good jungle bird, as advertised on the bottle. In a painkiller it’s the only rum my girlfriend has told me she likes better than Pusser’s. In a grog and a bombo, there’s an interesting character that comes out and the extra funk is noticeable. Also works great in a Doctor Funk (of course). I suspect this will work well as a character changing complement to other rums in some of my more complex tiki recipes.
I recommend this bottle be on the shelf for anyone building out an assortment of rums for making cocktails. It’s very high quality and fills a clear niche.
Nose is wet grass, very different. Palate is funk and heat. Finish is long lasting. Great sipper for the price. Will be a recurring member of my rum crew.
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