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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.

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.

This rum sells for only $18.99 (Hi Time Wine Cellars) and at that price it's an amazing bargain. It reminds me a lot of the Appleton Estate rums, but with a little sweetness that makes it even better than the Appleton's IMHO.

Smells and tastes of honey, spice, molasses, and vanilla. A great rum for the money, and a great rum period!

Very nice rum with a strong aroma. Successfully combined with chocolate. No in taste and aftertaste nothing outstanding. My head hurts after a few glasses.

Good taste but best in a dark and stormy! Not so great straight up.

Smooth for sure, color is a deep auburn. The smell is of rum soaked lady fingers! (For tiramisu, I'm Italian) the scent is a pleasant scent of a worthers candy or deep caramel! I'll go back to this for sure!

Now this is more like it. Smells like cherries jubilee in the glass, tastes like molasses and spice, finishes full of fruit and liquorice. Wonderful, a fine example of Jamaican rum akin to Appleton. Perhaps more aging would intensify the funk which, alas, is barely present. Still, it's tasty stuff.

Opravdu silný rum, který hodně zahřeje, není příliš chuťově výrazný.

Typical rum from Jamaica, with good price and taste.

I found this to be a smooth and sweet (but not too sweet) of a rum. Great for a dark and stormy, or for sipping; especially for the price point.

Blackwell rum is a bit strange to me for a Jamaican rum: I can't discern any noticeable funk. It's sweet, has a blackstrap molasses-ness to it, very little burn, but, unfortunately, almost no aftertaste. It'll work for sipping if it's the only thing around, but I'd suggest this as a mixer. However, as of Feb. 2016, it has the worst screw-top I've ever seen on any bottle. Mine stripped right away when opening it, and another person I know had his strip when the bottle was half finished.

It does make a very nice Hot Buttered Rum, though.

2 tsp maple syrup
45ml Blackwell rum
1 or 2 dashes Angostura Orange bitters (optional)
6 whole allspice
hot water to fill a 250ml mug

EDIT: works well in a Hot Toddy, too.

"sweetness of the aroma is overpowered by the youthfulness..."

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