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I had this side by side with Rumbullion Spiced, and I definitely preferred this one. The Rumbullion spice was mostly spice and orange, while the XO is mostly spice and rum, with a nice 46.2% kick (vs 43% for the Spiced).
Smells and tastes of cloves and rum, with just a little vanilla, orange, and cinnamon. It's the added rum flavor that makes this better than the Spiced to me.
To the user that asked if there's a better spiced rum, I believe the Koloa Spiced Rum tops this one. :-)
Not a spiced rum fan, but Rumbullion converted me. The only reason I held back from 10 is that the regular Rumbullion spiced was better.
A huge hit of creamy, sweet vanilla and juicy, freshly sliced oranges. There is a mulled wine-like delivery of toasted cinnamon and cloves. Aromatic notes of dark chocolate and fragrant oak develop in the glass.
Palate: Exceedingly thick, mouth-coating palate-entry offering up orange marmalade and even a hint of blackberry. Leathery an wood provide a complex backbone alongside a huge dosing of cinnamon, cloves and liquorice.
Finish: Long in fact huge! sparkling finish with notes of old-fashioned cola cubes and intense bittersweet orange. A final flutter of toasted oak appears on the tail.
The rum base is good and smooth, but the choice of an anise-forward spice profile just turns me off. I really tried to like it, but couldn't
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Initially this has a nice kick however the cloves and aniseed make this off putting as it is not balanced. The more you drink it starts to become cloying and disgusting. Must add that it lingers in the mouth and does not burn afterwards.
The standard Rumbullion is my favourite spiced rum so I was expecting big things from this and it didn't disappoint. If there was anything bad to say about this rum it would be that it is maybe a little heavy on the cloves and star anise but its got a great kick and bags of flavour.