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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.
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.
With the exception of the more recent bottling of an affordable & quality light rum under the Cane Run label I have always professionally asserted the idea that this is the best candidate for the position of the well rum at any good bar.
This is my go to rum for classic mojitos. The light aging adds subtle nuances that aren't there when you use another base white rum.
It is what you would expect it to be: a good mixer. Adds some slight different flavors than a Barcardi but would only buy it over a Barcardi if its cheaper.
Good choice if your looking for a neutral light. Not overly sweet nor dry. Good price. 40%.
Well, you know the feeling! This bar may stock a few good single malt scotches and high end bourbons, but never would you find some of the finer rums in there. It is as if these don't even count for most drinkers, and this needs to change. All they would have would be Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Sailor Jerry, or Kraken. If you were lucky, they may stock Myer's Dark or Matusalem. As with tequila, all good spirits start with blanco or white. Get the basic spirit wrong and there's no hope for it in the aging process. So maybe they would have Don Q Cristal or Cruzan Light.
I rarely drink cocktails at home made with white rum, since I prefer to sip aged rums neat. However, I have been on a mission to find good acceptable budget white rums that I may find in many bars. When I ask the bartender what brands he has, I have been known to respond with, "Thanks, but I will just have a Heineken" (the beer of the Caribbean is brewed in Kingston, Jamaica!).
I have already rated Don Q Cristal and now it is Cruzan Light's turn. It is light years better than anything by Bacardi and has a bit more flavors than Don Q Cristal due to Cruzan's aging process. Cruzan also has a burn on the palate and going down, but not overpowering. I would not sip it neat as I would Plantation 3-Star Artisanal, but this Cruzan Light would make a good budget mixer at less than $10 per bottle. I have no idea what kind of hangover it would produce and am not about to try that test. I doubt that it could beat Don Q Cristal on that point.
So, start demanding better quality rums in bars such as Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and the rest of my top 10 listed under that review.
The next morning, I did my usual side by side taste test neat against my other leading white rum mixer, Matusalem Platino. The differences are so subtle that the cost differences allow Cruzan Light to win! At half the price of Matusalem Platino and much more flavor than Don Q Cristal, this one was a no-brainer to become my go-to white rum mixer. It also makes a great Cuba Libre and when I order it in a bar, it will be "Cruzan Light and Coke with a lime". Bartenders do not understand the term "Cuba Libre" where I live. Yes, the Matusalem made with the original Cuban formula would make it more authentic, but taste and cost governs here.
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!
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, Cruzan aged light is great for parties where price and volume are essential. A mellow finish makes it the anti-Bacardi. It is unassuming and allows flavors to blend well without overpowering them. The price point makes it hard to pass up for large parties.
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.