Admiral Rodney HMS Princessa 5-Year rum

Admiral Rodney HMS Princessa 5-Year

Saint Lucia | Aged | 40.0% ABV | Column Still (1-4) Distilled

6.9/10
39 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great
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Tomy 🇷🇴 | 439 ratings
Posted almost 4 years ago

The Admiral Rodney rum range from St. Lucia Distillers was inspired by the naval victory of Admiral George Rodney, who ensured British domination of the Caribbean after he defeated the French at Battle of the Saints in 1782. Each rum is named after ships that distinguished themselves in the battle, with this edition being named the 'HMS Princessa'. The HMS Princessa blend contains rums aged for 5 to 9 years which had been made from Coffey still distillates and matured in American white oak Bourbon casks.

Joola69 🇺🇸 | 2928 ratings
Posted over 3 years ago

Enjoyed a bottle of Admiral Rodney HMS Princessa while in London. Bottle and label design are very nice and high end. Golden color. Vanilla and oak straight to your nose and palate complemented with traditional Jamaican glue. Whisky like burn at the end. If you are a whisky lover, then add 2 points to the score. Not my cup of tea.

Paul B 🇺🇸 | 452 ratings
Posted over 3 years ago

Three of these rums named after old British HMS warships have recently graced the shelf of one of my favorite liquor stores. Since this one was the cheapest at $47 US, I took a chance and bought it. I have no regrets!

There is no burn at all and the aroma and taste of oak is very subdued. It tastes like pure rum with no bitter after taste. For those fans of rums from Richard Seale, I wholeheartedly recommend Admiral Rodney rums to you. Adding a few small ice cubes to the snifter really opens up the flavors. This is some damn fine rum, but after more than 200 reviews over the past 16 months, it just could not quite rise up to get my rating of 8 at first. My second bottle had me bump it up from a 7 to an 8.

As an added bonus, the bottles from all three of these HMS rums are keepers. It is basically perfectly square at the bottom, tapering rapidly up to the top to keep the overall height down and finished with a very wide mouth. The cork fits just right, not too tight and not too loose. These types of bottles are ideal for complex pre-mixed drinks that have no carbonation, such as the staple Mai Tai. Notice that the bottle shape had no influence whatsoever it getting me to purchase this fine rum. My memory of the Admiral Rodney name from these reviews is what inspired me to buy.

piratejabez 🇺🇸 | 324 ratings
Posted 3 years ago

40% ABV (so we are setting our expectations low). 5–9 years mostly ex-bourbon aged, with some ruby port aging. It is a little fruitier than the others in the lineup. Not super complex, but easy to enjoy. A crowd favorite. 8-

Michal Micko 🇨🇿 | 553 ratings
Posted 3 years ago

Light smooth aroma, first taste is sweet and fruit (apricot tones) body not too much complex and average aftertaste.

Charles M 🇬🇧 | 140 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Young rum lacking sophistication & complexity. But,... smooth enough, with gentle fruit and oak notes. Nothing wrong with this, but unexciting with the young spirit having an ever so slightly harsh edge to it. Not as good as the "normal" Admiral.

Edit - now that the bottle has been open for a while, the rum has opened up and the young spirit dominates. Not a rum I'll be buying again. Given the price being almost the same as the Rodney XO average age of 12yo, this to me is way over priced. It calls itself a 5-9yo rum, and I wonder how much is 5yo? And TBH, if I want a 5yo, I don't want to pay this price and I would go for the far more honest Doorly's 5yo. Dropped from a 6 to a 5.

Chet 🇺🇸 | 192 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Nice rum, true to the definition of what rum should taste like. Notes of light fruit with a hint of dark fruits. slight hint of sweetness.

George 🇨🇦 | 31 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Smooth finish, light Carmel tones and not too sweet. A good rum to savour and if I had more I would drink more often! Well done St Lucia!

mmciesielski 🇺🇸 | 22 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Had at distillery. Not as smooth as normal Admiral Rodney, now called the Royal Oak. Perhaps it would be better on ice. Not worth the price given Royal Oak and Formidable are not much more expensive

JGiralt 🇺🇸 | 83 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Nice mellow notes of vanilla and toffee. Makes a dope sazerac.




Brand Details

Name: HMS Princessa 5-Year
Company: Admiral Rodney
Type: Aged
Distillation: Column Still (1-4)
ABV: 40.0%
Aged: 5

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