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One of the drier rums available with some alcohol burn, some hot spice notes like pepper combined with vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and banana. This is a fine rum to drink neat but also does well in mixed drinks.
This rum is special because it´s a bit harsh and at the same time it`s an important component in certain tiki drinks giving the drink a funk and it mixes well with other rums. It´s not a rum for everybody and certainly not a beginner´s rum.
Taste perfection, the absolute poster child for a young rum. It show's in style that a perfect rum does not need to be old. It just needs to be made with skill.
No caramel added, aged for 3 years, a good high flavour carrying proof and pot stilled. Slightly too expensive at 45€ which means I won't buy it often but it still maintains a 10/10 because it is just that well made.
A thoroughly enjoyable straight sipper.
I finally got my hands on a bottle of this blend of 3-5 year old rums from Trinidad. And yes, it has enough Caroni in it to be able to detect this. At only $27 US per bottle, this can be called the poor man's Caroni. For those who ever wanted to know what Caroni tasted like and can't find or afford any, this one is your chance. It is bottled dry at 49% ABV and was commissioned about 4 years after Caroni went out of business by a famous cocktail lounge in NYC known as Death & Co. Some of these bottles remain for sale, but are extremely hard to find. Hopefully, the dirty notes of the Caroni portion will not reveal their ugly head as the rum slowly disappears in my bottle.
Not to be had alone, it’s ok in cocktails but all the promise of interesting aromas leads to disappointment when actually drinking it. Color is nice, aromas are complex with vanilla as the lead, but it never comes through on the palate. Unwanted grassiness and imbalance are the primary attributes. I really wanted to like it.
49% ABV. I believe the bottle said the blend of Trini rums were aged 3–5 years before bottling. Interesting nose. Some high notes. Mouth is a bit deeper. Starts light and cane-y, but dry. You can detect the oily, smoky Caroni. Surprisingly long finish.
Death & Company got something really good when this was developed for them. I love the proof, and I imagine this mixes like a charm. May need to make this my new "interesting" gold rum.
Smells like wet hay and tropical fruit skin, then tastes real hot and fruity with a little toffee. I was only sampling this at a bar, and sipping it straight was less than pleasant, but I could see this being lovely in cocktails or on the rocks!
If I get the chance to experiment further, I'll be sure to update!
A+ rum, price is right proof is right. A bit obscure in the realm of classic rums. Perfect right down the middle young rum with a solid foot on the dry side. Care has been taken into crafting this, If your seeking good quality rum you will not be disappointed one bit.
This is what you'd expect from a good rum but rarely get in a single bottle. Strong but with mild and wide spread notes of wood and tropical fruits and a fulminant development in your mouth and palate. Not the cheapest but I will definitely get another one! Use only in high quality cocktails, if not better straight!
"This is a very special rum..."
"The Scarlet Ibis rum review via Chemistry of the Cocktail"
"The truly uncommon genesis for this light, copper colored..."
"Patrick from Uncommon Caribbean reviews The Scarlet Ibis rum."
"On the tip of the tongue, there are notes of lavender and honey..."
"The Scarlet Ibis rum review from Okole Maluna"
The nose is quite light. .
"It is quite dry. The sweetness doesn’t last long on the tongue before being taken over by the more latin notes."
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Peppery smack in the mouth. 7 out of 10
Fresh and light aroma. Smells like sweetened sea water with a subtle brininess to it, in a good way. Interesting peppery harshness at the front. The back end is where you find the faint molasses flavor. The finish is surprisingly smooth. No burn in the throat but a pleasant heat in the chest (that 49% doe). Would work great in a well crafted cocktail when looking to add a sharp flavor profile as opposed to sweetness. Definitely not an entry level sipping rum but enjoyable neat or on the rocks when looking for a peppery smack in da mouth.
Unfortunately my bottle didn't come as pictured above with the attractive long neck and cork top. Better luck next bottle.