This rum is a gorgeous amber color. A nice soft sweet smell in the bottle. Its flavor is well balanced. I detect hints of butterscotch and vanilla. The burn is rather mild making it a smooth rum with no bitter or unpleasant aftertaste. The butterscotch and vanilla both remain present. This would make a very good sipping rum as well as a mixer. I can see why this Sarasota, Florida based company is winning so many awards. Quality rum for a bargain price. This is a small-batch rum so if you run across some in a store, I strongly suggest you buy it immediately because that store will have a difficult time restocking it anytime soon. The demand is high.