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Tried this one at Blackwell`s Rum and Reggae party in New Orleans 2 years ago and i find it to be a very good mixing rum, makes great rum punches and dark n stormy`s, also good in tiki drinks. Not so much a sipper to me though even if it can sip of course.But it´s a rum to love!
Blackwell... A fairly cozy rum if I may say. Scent of raisin and maybe a little oily alcohol smell. Rich taste for being so young, caramel, dried fruits, vanilla and... oak barrel. Don't know if it's ever been close to a barrel but I taste it. A slight cognac tone also. A pleasant acquaintance I must say.
Not a bad Jamaican rum. Has a nice Jamaican Pot still flavor to it. This rum does include some natural spices with make it feel older but it does lack that oak you get on an older rum and does have some sharper edges to it. Overall a decent rum easy to drink straight up but is slightly spiced.
I don't like sweet rums, but the exception to that rule for me is black rum. I like the flavor of a rum that has a bitter tastes that come from a well made blackstrap rum that is light on the tails tastes like it uses true caramelized molasses rather than caramelized sugar.
Bottle: It is interesting and I guess the price range dictated the style to some degree.
Color: Deep amber, dark red-brown.
Bottle Aroma: Sweet with hints of a spiced rum.
Glass Aroma: Very similar to the bottle, but with oak.
Taste: This rum is never hot but has enough heat to be not dull, it isn't just a black rum, it really has hints of being a spiced rum as well with flavors I would associate with Xmas cookies.
When Blackwell first entered the US market the price versus the taste was unbelievable. It has since gone up a few dollars but remains a very good value. If this was planned, it was an excellent sales and marketing strategy for what is a very solid black rum. I use this rum to mix in all sorts of drinks with the favorite being Dark-n-Stormy where a ginger bitter is used with seltzer water. The lack of a overly sweet ginger beer while relying on the sweetness of Blackwell rum means this is a extremely pleasant evolution on a traditional drink and it becomes very pleasant indoors or in the summer heat.
Straight up (pun intended), I tend to prefer Jamaican rums. As a Jamaican, I learned of rum -and-water quite early. This J. Wray product is a dark amber that matches its bottle and is best served to my taste with a dollop of water at room temperature. It's a young blend, strong, and for me ice heightens its harshness.
As described above, I sip it with a dollop of water at room temperature, a scenario that brings out the warm flavour of caramel and molasses. The nose is strong as one might expect for that young a blend and the aftertaste is more heat than anything - until you add that dollop which changes everything. The aftertaste loses much of its heat and the aforementioned flavours smoothly become apparent. I do find it quite impressive for its price and it's my go-to for sipping while listening to music, being convivial with friends or just relaxing, hence its rating of 8. It's a staple of my rum cabinet.
Blackwell is impossible to get in Canada but is available at the Duty Free when leaving the island. Despite its age, I'll happily compare it favourably to a Brugal Anejo or Havana Club 7 year, although at the end of the day, I'll just keep going back to Chris Blackwell's little gem.
Tento rum jsem pil u kamaráda . Neznám jeho cenu, ale vzhledem působil levněji než nakonec chutnal . Není tak tělnatý a jemný jako jiné rumy , ale chuťově mě překvapil .
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A lot of funky esters on this one. Probably a real back to early Jamaican imports to the US. A fun cocktail recipe. Try a .5 oz in a fogcutter
I don't like mixing rums, so this one is up straight. Dark gold. Quite a pleasant, spicy, raisiny nose with a tiny hint of iodine. On the palate it is very smooth. I read the database about sugar being added, and am slightly surprised that one of the readings says 0 and the other reading says a small amount. It is caramely with hints of vanilla which lead me to think that it might have had a touch of sweetness added. If it has, then it isn't over the top at all. There is still a dryness on the front pallet, which leads on to the vanilla mid pallet, and a nice spicy warm finish. Good length.
Easy to drink, if a little unremarkable.
OK, the offset label and the plastic "seal" fit the story and the price is not bad. If I am in the mood for a "darkish/spiceish" rum this would be my choice, really it would be! I don't enjoy overly spiced rums but this one does not pretend to be spiced it just has a hint. Only use it as a mixer like lime and coke, but it works well in a dark and stormy if it's what you have on hand. In short, OK on my shelf, my wallet and taste.
Another in our rumvent calendar. We liked its smoothness and the mix of caramel, fruit, and spice on the palate.
Another one in the rumvent calendar. Tasty with a mixer, as so many of them are
Sur glace c'est pas très bon
J'espère qu'avec tu coke c'est meilleur
The initial smell of the open bottle, of sweet treacle and cherry was a welcome invitation. Once poured into the glass, the rum's brown / red colour was observable, along with a more noticeable alcohol smell. The initial sip (straight) was a little harsh, although the sweet "cherry coke" flavour was clearly evident. There are some other flavours in this rum, although I can't discern what they are. Once this rum is watered down a bit with some ice, then cola, it makes a great 'rum and coke'... Complex (a whole lot going on) to me... The only negative is the syrupy texture that is left in your mouth after taking a drink. Rating = 6.7ish :)
Nose promises more. Surprisingly sweet. Could also work in cocktails.
Perfect rum for the Holidays. Starts with a cherry burst then comes a cascade of flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, tobacco, nutmeg, orange and other citruses. So indicative of Jamaican funk and can be had for $20 USD. Ya Mon!
I really like this one with ginger beer. Not bad on its own neat, but definitely a cut above for a nice jamaican dark(ish) rum.
Vollmundig mit einem leichten Kaffeearoma. Pur, on the Rocks, als Cuba Libre.....ein echter Allrounder.
A basic dark rum, but good all the same. I imagine that it'd be good with coke.
Only sampled this one from a 30ml dram so cannot comment on the bottle. Nice colour and great nose, smells - an abundance of burnt toffee and raisins and a touch of creaminess. Held in the mouth for any length of time and you get a slight tingle and a touch of heat, maybe spices, funnily enough i didnt think it was overly sweet unlike other reviews. A rather dissapointing finish something a bit chemically hanging around in the palate after I had swallowed. Shame as up until then I might have purchased a bottle but I couldn't see myself sipping and enjoying it enough after that.
Very nice rum. Sweet and tasty. It has toffey finish. Not woody, not harsh. Dark colour.
Prijemny rum, tmava Jamajka, vzhledem k cene nedela rozhodne ostudu.
Silný tmavý jamajský rum - takže spíše do hořka, vhodný do odpovídajících koktejlů (dark and stormy), ale není nudný a dá se pít i samostatně.
Strawberry Hill blah blah blah...Chris Blackwell blah blah blah... Bob Marley blah blah blah... Shut up and pour me the glass! I dont give a sh*t about the story, I only care about what the rum is like. Well...its not bad. I like the absence of unnecessary sugar and the taste of dry fruits that reveals in your mouth after some thrilling delay. I really didnt like the bottle and that happens very occasionally to me, made very cheap impression on me, especially the plastic seal on the side.
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