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Honestly, I've only had this in a Dark & Stormy. It smells amazing...to the point where some of my friends believe they should make a cologne out of it. Sheesh, it's hard to say that a black strap rum is smooth, but this one is. We tend to forget about the Cruzan brand, but it offers a solid collection of rums which are the "house" liquor in my home; meaning this is what I serve to guest. Of Cruzan brands, Cruzan Black Strap is unforgettable.
If you're looking to drink a Dark & Stormy and you're tired of hearing "Goslings, Goslings", pick up a bottle of Cruzan and enjoy some of those vanilla notes among the ginger beer. Or, even better, pick up a bottle of Kraken for a new kind of Dark & Stormy.
I enjoy this rum with strong hints of vanilla, toasted marshmallow, molasses and nutmeg. I have not tried this rum mixed with soda or juice, as I enjoy sipping this neat. A slight burn going down to let you know your drinking rum, however combined with the right spice nuances, this rum should be a house rum to anyone who enjoys a fine rum.
This is a delicious rum heavy with molasses. Many people are put off by it on first taste. But give it a second try and you'll be hooked. Great for the price.
It's a sweet maple molasses flavored rum with limited usage. I am a fan of Spanish coffee and I decided to try it with Blackstrap instead of brandy and it was delicious. A good desert coffee or treat. I consider this a desert rum altogether. That being said - I don't compare this with other dark rums as the flavors are apples to oranges.
This rum will always have a home on my liquor shelf as its interesting and it changed my coffee drinks. I like it, don't love it.
Good rum for mixing smell a lot of molasses in this one plus is a very good value.
This is by far my favorite rum!! I have a sweet tooth and you can't beat this rum in sweetness.
The most fun you can have with molasses! Buy a bottle, grab some ginger ale and share with your friends. You can't drink this stuff without smiling! Be generous, your pals will appreciate the opportunity to taste such a unique rum!
enjoy the flavors of molasses and maple but not cloyingly sweet. A staple in the cabinet and the price is fantastic too.
Great substitute for myers or goslings black seal in a mixed drink for a different flavor
I like this strait up or in mix drinks. .have bought this for friends and they like it also
My first try of this one. There is no way I'd mix it with anything sweet (Coke, ginger ale, etc) as it's very sweet itself. Very strong molasses flavor, it's a smooth rum - I decided to cut that heavy flavor with a bit of seltzer & enjoyed it very much.
This stuff is massively underrated. I love keeping this stuff around in the winter time.. It has an amazing molasses flavor and it just makes you feel warm and cozy.
This stuff is cloyingly sweet. Reminded me of the maple syrup chug from Super Troopers. We bought this one night at a good price thinking it would be a normal dark rum and could barely drink it. We went straight back out and bought a better bottle. I saved the rum thinking it could be used down the road in a unique mixed drink in lieu of a syrup. It isn't a bad rum, per se, just very sweet and very different. I would give it a lower score but it doesn't seem fair- feels like I'm rating grapefruits in an apple competition.
As a fan of Cruzan rums, I decided to give this a try. At first sniff, the aroma of Boston brown bread came to mind. It has a stronger molasses flavor than most other rums but I also noticed hints of anise and vanilla giving this a fairly complex flavor, but it has a bit of a burn. With that said, I like this rum for a change and enjoyed it most on the rocks during my intial four-step tasting. I plan to explore mixers with this too. At about $16 US for a liter in Ohio, I think it's a good buy if this style appeals. I can think of other more expensive dark rums that I don't like as much as this.
At first the nose is introduced to the aroma of molasses. The mouth is complimented with a Rich not too sweet flavor of slightly burned sugar. The finish is bark with no bite. I love this Rum any season. It is truly unique. This is what rum must have looked and tasted like in the 17th and 18th centuries. I prefer this Rum very cold as it does something wonderful to the overall experience. Leave it in freezer and drink it neat .
Changed the bottle, and lost the character! Now thin as dishwater, and tastes just as bad. Someone should be hanging in the Yard Arm!
The overwhelming molasses kick makes it a rare use. However, it is smashing in a Cuba Libre or, of course, a Jungle Bird.
A solid mixing rum. Somewhat sweet and artificial tasting. No replacement for a dark Jamaican rum
Just a guy who likes good rum or whiskey over good crushed ice. Black Strap is a bit of an acquired taste but this is pretty smooth and I am not rich. Cheers!
Bought it because I was looking for the blackstrap molasses taste, but would have preferred a more subtle version. Best for mixing, cooking or any situation in which its potent molasses flavor is desired.
I bought this to make dark and stormys, but wound up using it to give a nice switch up to a cup of java. It shines when mixed in this fashion. There is plenty of "rum" to experience and the molasses comes toward the finish and the coffee notes enhance the whole drink nicely. I am someone who loves the flavor of blackstrap molasses and could eat it by the spoon, and have. I would not recommend this to anyone who doesn't appreciate the savoury character of a rich molasses, even though by taste it is rather sweet. That sweetness will not ever be enough to distract you from the ever present smells and flavors that one can only get in this type of rum, be it Gosling's, Kraken, or any other in the category. Not the kind of rum to be enjoyed on it's own unless you really want to go for the gusto and experience that full flavor, so I give it a solid 6.
I got this to try because it caught my eye a while ago. I didn't really expect much, but I found a smooth sipping black liquid. I think it delivers its flavors very well. Begins with sweetness then moves on to a molasses like flavor, almost maple syrup like, then finishes with sweet syrup taste. I never noticed much of a burn, and it is a smooth taste for sipping. I believe this is much better than kracken, as the kracken is just too sweet vanilla flavor to sip on. I usually have a bit of Thomas tew then finish the night with this. If tew was available in my state I wouldn't need to do that though..........
Good flavor. Nice aroma. Goes great with coke. I could sit down with this and a friend and empty the bottle. Didn't think I would like Black strap rum. I was wrong.