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Sickeningly sweet and very alcoholic. One dimensional artificial vanilla flavor with backdrop of muddled spices. Has a medicinal finish. The longer I wait and reflect, the worse this rum gets. I recall drinking it on a beach late one night and it being very good. I must have had too much. Would not recommend as a sipper. It could be used for mixed drinks, but it is rather pricey. There are much better spiced rums for the price. In fact, I may buy the Kirkland Spiced just to do a side-by-side comparison.
One of the sweeter rums i drank. The taste is smooth and sweet followed by the burn and then lastly the spice burn. Has all the typical flavors and smells you would find in in rum. I find the spice enhances the taste rather then trying to hide it. Good for drinking shots or making drinks.
For $25 dollars i couldn't find anything else better.
However my personal recommendation is if your drinking shots or making drinks, put the bottle in the freezer, it makes it way more tolerable and enjoyable if the drink is cold. When i tried drinking it warm a lot of the flavors and burn was overwhelming.
I don't think it's a good sipper as the flavors can get too intense but it's great for what it's meant to be.
To be avoided. One of the sweetest rums I've ever tasted. It's a shame... I so wanted to like this rum from Kauai, but it seems only their light rum is drinkable. With so many other decent spiced rums widely available, I see little reason to get this one, aside from perhaps sugar or because it reminds you of good times on the garden isle.
Not good for: sipping, mixing
Good for: very sweet desserts
You can taste the spices but its not over powering. Nice aroma and smooth finish. Better then any other spiced rum I have had except the Kracken and you can't really compare it to the Kracken. It would be like comparing a lite rum to a dark rum. I recommend you try this one.
Perhaps it is just me but the first thing I smelled was clove and I am NOT a big clove fan. Tasting it revealed my nose was correct...definitely cloves. Not what I would care for in a spiced rum but others might. I did detect some nuttiness and a bit of vanilla and cinnamon. After the burn faded (this has a slightly higher alcohol content at 88 proof) the nuttiness was slightly more pronounced along with the sweetness. Definitely will warm the cockles of your heart...maybe even the subcockles. Definitely not a sipper but a good rum for hot mixed drinks on cold days...especially hot toddy's, hot buttered rums, and maybe a mulled cider.
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