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Traveling to Staniel Cay just for lunch was too rough to fish. Stumbled on John Whatling and remembered we had crossed paths before. Starts with a heavy classic pirate days like bottle. Opens to a funky hi ester Jamaican like rum. Unique rich flavor I don’t hate but don’t love. Stays with you maybe a bit too long. Left on the boat for my buddies to enjoy.
I'll say up front that I used this for mixing in an Old-Fashioned with a dash of simple syrup, splash of water, 4-5 shakes of orange bitters, and a muddled orange slice. Vanilla and oak notes blended well for an enjoyable cocktail, so better than average. I can't speak to how it would be for sipping.
Tasted this rum at The Distillery in December of 2019, and bought a bottle to bring home. This was one of my favorite sippers
Nice rum with a smooth start and nice finish. Nice hint of vanilla. I love small batch rum and this is a nice one.
Bought a bottle of Watlings amber rum on my last trip through the Bahamas.It's a very smooth blended rum,probably the best Bahamian branded rum,but due to its maturation in once used whiskey barrels,tastes more like whiskey than rum.I would not buy it again.
I picked up a bottle of Watling's Amber in Nassau recently after touring the distillery. Aroma is heavy on alcohol with some oak, citrus and maybe honey peeking through. Taste is also a little heavy on alcohol, but is fairly smooth with some oaky notes coming through. Burn is noticeable, but not offensively so. Not what I would look for as a sipper, but does make an excellent Piña Colada and is good mixed with cola or juice.
This is the same train wreak as the Pale rum. What makes this worse is they actually wasted a barrel by putting fuel grade rum into it.
This stuff is mean! Definitely not a sipping rum, hardly a mixing rum. How can we kill this taste? A funky amalgamation that nearly induces vomiting on the initial smell alone. Drink this, if you want to taste it for the next day and a half. Not my favorite.
Visited Nassau last year with a colleague of mine and we wondered to the John Watling's Distillery by accident. It is the only distillery in Nassau and the distillery tour itself is definitely worth the effort. At the end of the tour there is a tasting of their 3 main rums and the Single Barrel for a tiny extra fee. The John Watling's Amber rum is not a neat sipper, but has to be mixed with a soft drink. The flavor is very off putting as a neat drink and the burn is just intense.
Maybe I missed something with all the rave reviews I read, but it was just OK. Maybe in a mixed drink? Hard alcohol taste to me.
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