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This is a unique white...its sweet! Its great in a rum and coke. The price is inflated. Yes, its one of the best whites out there but still almost $50 after tax is a bit much for a light rum of any caliber.
Although not a bad rum, this is one that should be skipped if there is something clearly better on the shelf at the store. The first thing I noticed is the aroma after popping the synthetic cork. It has a very noticeable astringent odor. Made me think what I was about to sample would be way too harsh. However it was mellower then the aroma indicated. However it's not great. Sipping it exposes a rather noticeable sweetness with obvious vanilla and caramel flavors...even...butterscotch??? Actually the more I think about it, it does have some resemblance to butterscotch lifesafers candy. I wouldn't want this as a sipper but definitely would be interesting in mixed drinks. Any recipe calling for coconut rum could use this as a substitute for a variation on the recipe.
I like this rum very much. It is very sweet, and may be too sweet for some. I would not drink this rum all the time, just like I wouldn’t drink my high-end/expensive rums all the time. Every time I come back to this rum I enjoy it a little bit more.
Today we have Prichard's Crystal rum, enjoyed neat of course!
Another American made Grade A input rum.... (5x distilled per my bottle label) their website states 4X maybe I have either a newer or older bottling, or an error on website or label most likely website. Grade "A" Molasses used, the ministry website states black strap molasses but this is not correct. Black strap is the lowest quality of molasses and does not = Grade "A".
A few initial notes from the first few glasses (no ice):
The nosing : incredibly unique, I can't say I detect a nosing in a total class of its own too often but this one has that. The nosing on this is bubble yum orig bubblegum, Juicy fruit bubblegum underlying, very sweet, no alcohol.
The mouthing/taste: I will note this rum is very heavy not light at all like a vodka surprisingly, considering the 4x-5x distil. This rum is heavier and less viscous than the Prichard's fine rum and private stock their best aged offerings both of which I highly enjoyed. Easily the heaviest white rum I have ever had, maybe even the heaviest white spirit I have ever had to date.
The flavor is akin to the nosing very much so, a immediate hit of the sweet bubble gum flavor, fruit punch, a medium rum spice kick after the initial hit, then a finish of bubble gum sweetness.
Overall, not a bad white rum considering no aging, very smooth, has a nice hit of spice then smooths out to a long sweet finish.
If not so thick and easy 9.
I was hoping for more but not bad for a mixer.
Drank this and for hours could not pick out the flavor. Finally days later i ate a worther's original and bam there it was. very smooth and clean.
Very Sweet smelling upon opening.
Let's smell – Immediately I get sweetness. I want to say butterscotch but more of a caramel smell, it's not as sweet but my tongue tip never lies. This is what I was missing the first taste! Also a smokiness.
A Taste – Yes sweet immediately.. I can taste the sweetness spread across the tongue. First the tip then right down the center. A little wood bit, pleasant; a counter. A spiciness is there too. I venture to say a bit of heat. Warming and comforting. After swallowing...?
After Taste – Smokiness, slowly returning sweetness. Very refreshing to the mouth. After swallowing I smell the snifter and pick up some spices. Cinnamon, but, not just that. A savory perfume as well. Tasters out there – take you time and re-inhale a glass after swallowing, oh my. Perhaps just a whiff of clove.
In mouth - Let it roll a bit.. sweetness stays - intensifies along the sides. The swallow has a burst of tingle then cool sweet. I'd say under the tongue is sweetest. For some reason -- just a hint of floral soon after swallow.
After taste: In the glass Crystal Rum has a thickness. As clear as water, and it legs on the glass, long, thick streaks. Look at the picture and you can see them.... Sweetness!