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Unique when compared to the typical readily available white runs at this price point. Some oak adds interest.. definitely different than a "standard" white. At $10 here in MI, I'll buy this again.
I've been experimenting with white/light/silver rums lately because I wanted to narrow down a list of go-tos for stocking the bar with good, everyday mixers. Cruzan's Light Rum always seems to be in constant rotational sales with other popular and mass produced selections, so I gave it a go. Most recently, I've been mixing with light rums from Don Q, Bacardi and Capt. Morgan. All of those offer their own very distinctive personalities and I will get into those in their own reviews.
The Cruzan Light rum offers the best balance out of the ones above. Its lively but not overpowering in cocktails. The nose is rich with vanilla, toasted almond and toasted coconut with a little earthy-nuttiness. The alcohol has a strong presence that isn't overly astringent or detergent. In the mouth, my initial impression was of those candy isle marshmallows coated in toasted coconut. The body is light and crisp with a slight alcohol burn on the backend that fades relatively quick but left me mostly refreshed. To sum things up, the Cruzan makes lively cocktails and offers minimal astringency with toasty almond and coconut notes, mild sweetness and is still crisp but more mellow than it's price category rivals.
A fair amount of alcohol on the nose, which soon gives way to vanilla and fruit. Slightly briny on the palate; off-dry. I'd guess this is a blended rum? Overall, I'm very impressed!
Drink Cruzan Light neat and it will taste like aftershave. Mix it with Coke and you have a cheap Cuba Libre since you did not want to balk up Bacardi Superior.
I would recommend Cruzan rums in general. They make a great standard in all flavors with some of the best price points in the market. This is a must have for any bar. The light has smooth finish with a hint of vanilla. Mixes well with colas and boat style drinks.Where it is not a premium you can still serve neat and on rocks.
I get very little aroma on this one. A little vanilla on the tongue. Very little burn. Finishes with little after taste. I will likely keep this add a mixer.
After a little more tasting and thought, I decided to update my review. This is a solid mixer. I probably won't drink it straight, but it works wonderfully when mixed. Far superior to the huge brand light rums. Adds a little something extra that I can't really put my finger on.
Better than most light rums. Very good in rum punch.
This is a good rum for mixed drinks, cheap, gets the job done
Here is a "good" basic rum, can be a bit harsh, but generally a good mixer for drinks like monitor or rum punch. We I worked on St. Croix a bottle of Coke cost more than a bottle of Cruzan so we mixed about equal parts.
Yes, there are plenty of outstanding light rums out there, but for the price, nothing can beat Cruzan aged light. It's my "go to" rum for parties. The soft, mellow finish makes it the anti-Bacardi. It is unassuming and allows flavors to blend well without overpowering them. The price point puts it at the top of the pack for a mixer.
Dependable, not expensive and won't taint a drink with an odd aftertaste. I liked it, but nothing impressive about it.
This is a great choice for mixing in any tropical fruit drink, in a Cuba Libre or in a basic mojito, and avoids the naphthalene qualities of most white rums, such as the ubiquitous but horrendous Bacardi "Superior." Any bar or restaurant could do well by making this their well rum. Not really a sipper but it is great in just about any basic tropical cocktail and at a great price. Just a nice all-around inexpensive rum. Try touching this off with a little bit of Mount Gay Black Barrel for a pleasing combination taste, particularly in a mojito.
I've had a couple decent white rums for mixing, but this one so far (Aug. 2016) is my go-to rum for daiquiris and mojitos. It provides an excellent taste, without any off flavors. It's not citrusy, more nutty, with a little bit strong alcohol burn. It's okay straight, but I wouldn't quite call it an entry-level sipper. I'll definitely be keeping this around provided the importer keeps bringing it in.
I am usually a dark rum guy, it was 90 plus degrees at a little river side cafe and light seemed like a good idea. It was pleasant, it tasted like rum and not a bourbon barrel which is one thing I really like about the Cruzan products I have sampled. It drinks quite smooth straight. For me a nice refreshing rum.
This is definitely one of my light go to mixers, especially if I have to make a load of drinks and I want to do so on the cheap. This replaced Bacardi Superior along time ago in my cabinet due to flavor and smoothness. It's a bit aged and I'm guessing not filtered. Has noted of wood on the backend of the palate. It can make anything from your favorite tiki drinks, coladas to daquiries. I also use this with whole vanilla beans to produce my own vanilla extract. Much better than the imitation store crap!
Had this in a lot of mixed drinks on our honeymoon. Definitely a good change up from the standard white rum
OK I admit I really liked 10 Cane rum, its sweetness and light flavor - it was fun to just drink. So now its gone and thus far CL is the only rum I've found close to that label of "fun" rum, sit back relax just simple to drink.
I like my spiced and aged rums the best but this is my go to when needing a clear rum for cocktails.
huge alcohol burn up front then a watery note and oak on the back end but only slight would go well mixed with juice or soda i think
Good for Mojitos but otherwise prefer darker rums for mixing with cola or for pina coladas. I think this is smoother than Bacardi or Don Q.
Clear. Has a little bite up front. Perfect for mixed drinks
Very similar to Bacardi white rum, which I personally can't stand. I call it industrial grade rum that has no relation to the real thing. Cruzan Light is a bit better, but best used in a pinch or when the budget is limited!
If you have to, this will work. Not too expensive. For mixing only.