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The first thing you can say about this drink is that it definitely has plenty of banana. I hesitate to call it rum. As others have said it's more of a banana/vanilla liqueur. The first sip confirms the aroma.... with a bunch (no pun intended) of banana and vanilla. Warming and then a slightly bitter banana (surprise) finish. I don't think I'd want to have to drink this very often.
There is not really much if any rum character that I can find in this. Too much spice, banana, vanilla etc. It's sweet but not sugary if that makes sense. The flavor of the drink coats the palate and lingers on and on. The longer I sit here with it next to me the more I dislike it. The aroma is overpoweringly banana. I like sweet rums, dry rums and those right down the middle but I don't like this.
I'd have a hard time recommending this to anyone who wants to taste rum. There are a lot of people out there who like spiced rums and think that is what rum is all about but even to them I'd say just stick with Captain Morgan or CM Private Stock. It's infinitely better and much less expensive.
At $36 in Ohio it's WAY, actually obscenely overpriced. Don't waste your money.
The liquor store rep said this was his favorite rum and a went with his recommendation. I should have read the label. So many flavors are added to this so that it no longer tastes like rum. I'll use it in trashy tiki party drinks while I save the good stuff for myself.
And that's about it. Hard to believe this claims to be from the rum haven of Barbados.
Flavoring might be the best use for this. I poured a sip and didn't take a second taste. This is not my idea of Rum. I am giving a 3 rating for the nice visual presentation of the bottle.
This is the rare occasion where I do not write the review based on the whole bottle consumed, as I would not spend my money on buying the entire bottle. I got several shots on multiple ocasions of this - well, spiced rum, that is the right category. For me, there is too much artificial taste and not much rum in this, it is too sweet for my taste buds, banana, toffee, apricot jam. The price is just nonsense for this concoction, supposedly being of Barbados origin, but being actually everything but true Bajan - with all the sugar and additives which are prohibited on Barbados.
The artificial banana flavour is terrible and gives an overall excessive sweetness. It tastes like it is made for teens who do not like the taste of alchool. Definitely overpriced, but in a cool bottle.
After having a good experience with the XO I figured I would give this a chance. I did not like the banana in this rum. If you like flavoured rums you can give this a try but this combination was not for me, at all.
"It barely even tastes like alcohol in any way shape or form. No mid palate and definitely no finish not even the slightest hint of alcohol burn. Maybe a little bit of woodiness as it goes down."
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