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Origin: Antigua and Barbuda
Aroma: The aroma is heavy, buttery, with the impression of caramel, sweet and spicy, a little lacquer. Clearly recognizable coconut tones. (88 b)
Taste: The taste is no doubt that drinking rum. The sweet-spicy, distinctive. (86 b)
Summary: This is a dense, heavier style of rum, suited to cooler weather, I got him to such a Christmas feel. Nice rum that warms the body and soul.
A very good rum with hints of molasses and some tannins from the oak. Ok on its own but better in tiki drinks.
I really enjoy this rum. It is very approachable and an easy drinker. On the nose I find vanilla, caramel, molasses, coconut. The taste is actually a little less complex; molasses, oak, spice and ripe banana. All good things - nothing to complain about.
It sells for about $30 here. Excellent value!
I tried this the other day. Was suprised how nice it tasted & how little it cost.
It's got a hint of vanilla and toffee/caramel. Little oak/sherry or walnut in there as well. Very good for it's price. Enjoyable for sure.
Not horrible but nothing to write home about. Decent with Coke.
Not quite as smooth as it's older brother, but for a 5yr old it's a lot smoother than some other older rums.
Great nose, very slight burn that fades quite quickly, leaving a lingering flavour mix..
For the price it's excellent.
Sampled this rum at Cardiff Rum Festival one of the stall holders had this bottle hidden as his special reserve and managed to get a sip. Decent sipper from what I can remember must sample some older expressions.
A friend of mine's favorite wjich jas found its way into my cabinet. I often go to it when having a few rum and colas while watching the game.
This rum must be the best you can get to this ridiculous low price. I haven’t found anyone that can compete so far. It’s an everyday rum to an exceptionally low price.
Picture: My English Harbour shelf.
Didn’t expect the five year to be this good but I really like it
Ce rhum n'est pas rafiné dutout, l'alcool est trop présente, on dirait presque Un rhum agricole
Great rum. !
Excellent 5 year rum - smooth Aftertaste conjures up image of Caribbean when you can't actually do the travel
This rum is good but not too tier. The finish bis too short and though carmel, molasses and vanilla are there theyre almost too light. For the price its good value but nothing I would keep for special occasions
I was reluctant to buy this one based upon all of these reviews, but after having been to Antigua just once, I owed it to myself to give it a try. It is very dry and apparently has no added sugar. The aroma and taste are next to nothing, but the after taste is slightly bitter. As usual, I let my sipping rums breathe for a while to remove the burn. At only $26, it is one of the cheapest dry rums that I have found. When this bottle is finally gone, I may miss it and could go looking for another one. I would not use it as a neat sipper, but it makes a fantastic rum and coke or served on the rocks. It is so neutral that it reminds me of the very good people that I met on the island along with some very bad ones.
Update: I have since found out that it has 15 gpl of added sugar, which is apparently the borderline between dry and sweet, so it is actually semi-dry. I have always considered dry rums as having less than 10 gpl of added sugar. So compared to one of my top rated aged rums being a 41 gpl sugar bomb, then no wonder this one tasted dry to me. By the way, flavored rums can range from 53 gpl to 99 gpl of added sugar.
And by the way, after six months with a half bottle remaining, it still tastes the same as the day that I opened it. However, it is rather boring as a sipper and there are many cheaper rums that make equally good rum and cokes. I would almost drop my rating down to a 6, but there is absolutely nothing offensive about this one. It also has no ill after effects whatsoever, so consider this one as a penalty free rum.
One of my favorites. All round great ru. Very enjoyable
Nose: sweet caramel and alcohol scent
Taste: watery/ no complexity
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.