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Sherry and molasses nose, but watery, simplistic taste with zero mouthfeel and no follow-up. There is nothing terrible about this rum, but these days there are so many excellent choices out there that you needn't settle for something as mediocre and undistinguished as this. Too dull to be a decent sipper, and not enough character to stand out in cocktails. A give-away rum for sure.

I like this rum. I think a few people are being a little overly critical on this one. Good dry whisky like taste at first and then undeniable rum finish. Not my very top shelf but the next shelf down from that.

This rum has reached a fine quality in 5 years on used bourbon barrels. Considering there's no added molasse, the balance is great. The nose is mild and a little tannic with notes of figs, molasse and caramel. These notes also appear when you take a sip, followed by a little oaky spicyness and a fairly smooth finish.

Probably not a great idea but I am writing this review after drinking another rum (Bacardi 8). I just reviewed that rum here at . These rums are quite comparable and given this is aged 5 years to 8 for the Bacardi that's pretty decent. I found the English Harbour easier (smoother) on the palate than the 8 which was better mixed as in an Old fashioned. Comparing these products a day apart is a little strange. On its own merit the English Harbour has a nice smokey overtone. I think I'll enjoy this even more in a mixed drink. For now I'll have to say "on the rocks". Update to follow!!

I think it has a very pleasant nose. Lots of molasses and vanilla. Spicy, but not artificially spicy. Taste wise, I'm not sure that I'm capable of picking out the individual notes, but it's very pleasant. It has a fairly long finish, pleasant as well. My feelings on this one may change as I mature, but I've spent more on rums that I enjoyed a lot less!

This rum goes well with cola and I drink it straight up all the time. Simple but good taste!

This is my vision of what i think the pirates from the good old days drank. Dark taste and a bit of alcohol taste to it. Not the best i have tasted but still.. The feeling..

This rum is awsome, its smooth and its great for a party and hangout. It is also great to mix with coco cola soda

For a five year aged rum I was quite surprised. It was smooth with a hint of spice; woody and semi-tannic with good legs and nice body. Definitely one I seek out.

Nose: sweet caramel and alcohol scent

Taste: watery/ no complexity

Aftertaste: alcohol
I would not recommend this rum!

Not bad for a five year aged rum. I was pleasently surprised. It was smooth and not too sweet, woody with a hint of spice. Really nice bottle as well.

Never ever again. This is the most terible rum i have tasted yet.
Wouldnt recommend it.

I want to like this rum as Antigua is our favourite island...but it lacks something. The complex flavours are there i.e. a hint of vanilla and toffee..but it packs a little harshness on the throat...and I mean a little but enough to not want me to have more than couple. Even ice/water doesn't bring it out. A little enigma of a rum. Still too good to be a mixer.

Not running out to buy this bottle again and again but was ok to drink ,
Nothing for me stood out good mixer
It’s just ok

It's a bit oaky but not too bitter. It's sweet enough with a true rhum taste. Not spiced nor molasse. I also liked it with a little sprite


Tried a bottle of English Harbour 5 year old when vacation in Antigua 2 years ago and what a disappointment. Should have gone for the 10 year old, but the 5 year old has a very strong alcohol smell and taste to it, and man the burn is harsh. You get the burn even through some Coke splashed to the glass. Real pity that the 10 year old bottle was no where to be found when I was there since that should have been better stuff.

Definitely not scowl or gag worthy, but it's not making me say "Mmm"

Not as sweet as some other rums. It has a definite whiskey taste to it, smokey. It is enjoyable and has a a bit of a burn. I will mix in the future, not sure if I will save as a sipper.

Picked up a bottle of English Harbour 5 year when I was in Antigua. I had asked what would be a nice rum reflecting a fine rum made in Antigua. This rum does not disappoint! Not too sweet and not too inundated with oak, tobacco or burn going down. A nice sipper that I wouldn't advise mixing with anything. Looking forward to trying their 10 year old presentation next.

Medium amber in colour; moderate aromas of caramel,flavours reflect the aromas with more brown sugar, wood spice, walnut, clove and ginger.

Not quite distinctive enough to stand out as a solid sipper, this 5 year rum is best reserved for punches and swizzles where a solid gold caribbean rum is called for. Not the most exciting rum, but certainly a solid choice to have on hand for cocktails.

This most reminded me of a much less syrupy version of Gosling's Family Reserve Old.

This is one of those rums that simply met (or just exceeded) my expectations; no real surprises. There is typical caramel/brown-sugar/molasses/oak on the nose. This rum is full-flavored, very smooth, and only lightly sugared. At 80-proof, it's a bit light on firepower, but overall it's a fairly well-balanced package.

This rum, I imagine, would be equally serviceable as a mixer or sipper, and for that reason is recommendable to those with limited shelf-space. (I would also recommend RL Seale's Finest 10-year.)

Average taste, good on ice. Standard and average for me.