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I’m admittedly a bit of a rum nerd. I love blending runs of different styles and geographical locales to make well rounded runs, with plenty of caramel body, robust spicy ness, Hugo funk, and subtle sweetness. But today my search to blend the perfect rum may we’ll be over…
Sitting here at Bali Hai in San Diego, I ordered a generous pour of this rum. I appreciate a fair bit of Jamaican funk in my rum, and since their tasting list held far more rums of the Cuban, Venezuelan, and Barbados persuasion, I opted for this Hamilton blend of Jamaican & Guyanan origin. I was not disappointed!
The ABV is low enough to pick up on the more delicate floral notes that may otherwise have been overpowered in a more cask-strength variation.
This rum has hints of grass, like a mature Agricole, hints of Hogo, as if Hampden had a role in its origin story, and yet is smooth and balanced in its core like a fine Zacapa.
I can’t believe I’ve slept on this rum this long. But I won’t any more. This one with me a staple at my house.
Ordered this with one cube and was a bit disappointed in the very obvious flavor profiles of Jamaican and Guyanese rums, with nonspecific nuances beyond what the market is already saturated with. An upside is sugar content - I detected zero. And two whiskey drinkers tasted it with me; to their surprise, they enjoyed the dry crispness and barreled flavors. I’m not a huge fan of charred wood spirits, but am pleasantly surprised by this crispness present in what must be a lightly aged rum - it reminded me on MG Eclipse. Not sure what the New York blend actually references here, but as a New Yorker, I would expect a little more boldness. Definitely a mixer, but at this price point, it would be easier to reach for a Plantation or other early-aged rum.
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Watered-down Navy 7 out of 10
42% ABV. A blend of rums from Guyana and Worthy Park.
Deep nose. Different than Navy Strength. Funk, smoke, brine. On the mouth: lots of brine. Some vanilla and caramel. But tastes like a very young rum. Short finish.
A surprisingly good pairing alongside the Royal Standard dry white. And either could be a good sub for Plantation 3*. That’s not super high praise for the New York Blend. This is actually the first Hamilton that I’m not very impressed with. Still, it’s a very good rum, and would be an extremely versatile mixer that can stand in for light or gold rum, Demerara, or blended rum. And that’s probably all it’s trying to be
For a better navy blend (that is still young and affordable), try Hamilton Navy Style.