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Enjoyed 2 glasses of Monymusk Special Reserve while in London. It has a nice and deep color, quite a strong alcohol smell to nose very similar to the cheaper Appleton's, and then you get the familiar Jamaican glue and funk to your taste buds. Just awful. Struggles for a 5 score.


Tasted side by side with Royal Jamaican and Appleton Rare with four others. This was the clear winner.

Right off, a strong smell of alcohol in the glass. Slightly oaky, a little harsh finish. But let it breathe for a few minutes, and give it a small dash of water. It opens up nicely. I have a slight cold (slightly stuffed up), so no flavors to report until I can taste it better. But after tasting 7-8 Jamaican rums at the airport on our way home, this was the preferred one to buy.


I didn't go into Monymusk with very high hopes, but it was actually really nice. Dark and woodsy, molasses and black licourish. Little bite for a Jamaican rum and some spice. Good supper for sure I'd suggest having a taste.