Ron Bacardi 1873
Dark Rum — Puerto RicoTasted September 22, 2022This is a smooth, sweet and smokey rum. Earthy molasses and oak flavors with hints of pineapple, citrus and vanilla. Very rare find, and absolutely worth the money.
Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 11, 2022Sweet to the nose, but Ethanol forward. Vanilla and Carmel notes going down. Smooth and pleasant. Rough start followed by nice finish. Slight oaky and earthy tones... but nice and mellow aftertaste. Better chilled (on a large rock) than neat... bolder flavor profile and tastes excellent.
Plantation Isle of Fiji
Aged Rum — FijiTasted September 8, 2022Smell: earthy, sweet, boozy and banana. Taste: banana, mango, grassy with a hint of lemon/citrus and sweetness (that is unclear to me of sugar cane, molasses or fruits). Smooth, smooth smooth after taste with very slight ethanol. Excellent Rum... however a better mixer that sipper... but don't get me wrong, not a bad sipper if you like a light Rum funk. Make a Mai Tai (Royal Hawaiian style) out of the 3 Plantation rums (3 star, Fuji, Xaymaca) and you won't be disappointed... one of the best Mai Tai's I've ever had (only 2 better I paid >$25 for a single from some high end places/bartenders).
Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum
Spiced Rum — Saint KittsTasted September 8, 2022Only spiced rum that I have found to be a decent sipper and not just a mixer. Pleasant balance of coffee and vanilla flavors with just a hint of oak, cloves, sweetness from molasses and something earthy that I haven't figured out yet. Definately deviated from the vanilla and cherry flavors of most spiced rums. Aftertaste is a little disappointing... not much of a bite from the ethanol. Will buy again when I see it. Interested in what cocktails I might be able to enhance with it. Excellent with Coca-Cola, and definitely makes various Mai Tai's better (Royal Hawaiian as the top float rum... would be better if it was a higher proof... more ethanol bite).
El Dorado 3 Year
Silver Rum — GuyanaTasted September 8, 2022Smooth and clean rum. Slightly sweet taste of molasses and sugary notes, vanilla.... however almost no taste at all. No Rum Funk whatsoever. Earthy and boozy smell. Reminiscent of a sweet flavored/infused vodka. Excellent as a mixer that you want to mask the alcohol flavor.
Jim Beam Original
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 8, 2022Regardless how it tastes, my Dad worked for Jim Beam for 30 some odd years, and they paid for the vast majority of my childhood life. Plus, when my Dad passed, Jim Beam Inc has always been there for my Mom... and my Dad was just a plant maintenance supervisor at one of their many plants. My cousin worked for them and they helped him start his brewery... great company that cares about people that work for them. That accounts for 1 out of the 4 stars. As for the bourbon... average, but not bad for being mass produced. Way better than the bottom shelf, plastic bottle only stuff. Pales in comparison to Knob Creek (subsidiary), but out shines Basil Hayden (another subsidiary). Mixes better with DeKuyper products (another subsidiary) than other better tasting liqours.
Canadian Hunter Blended Canadian Whisky
Blended — Canada , CanadaTasted September 8, 2022Meh.... like an extremely watered down Crown Royal. Very boozy smell, with no standout flavors. Barely noticeable when mixed in various cocktails, except giving them a sad boozy taste. However, it is smooth with a slight sweetness and vanilla favor.
Rebel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 8, 2022Nothing special... kinda tastes like a combo of baseline Jim Beam and Jack Daniel's. My #1 go-to mixer whiskey with Coca-Cola. Not bad with other sugary cocktails. Would not use for classic or complex bourbon cocktails. Not very great neat... more palatable on the rocks. However, very affordable, and typically can find relatively cheap.
Evan Williams White Label Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 8, 2022Wow! Just.... wow! Sweet, oaky notes, slight smoked flavor, just a hint of vanilla and cherry, smooth with a minor bite at the end. Great mixer for all cocktails... even better neat or smoked on a large rock. This is far better than whiskey than the price! Thoroughly impressed; and loving how cheap it is. $25 for 1.75 L?!... hard to beat. Only better whiskeys are >$60 for 750 mL. Old Grand Dad, Old Forester and Rittenhouse are very comparable to this. Not a fan of many other Evan Williams products... but this isn't just a home run, its a grand slam! Not sure why it is rated as low as it is.
Bumbu The Original
Spiced Rum — BarbadosTasted September 8, 2022Very smooth. Very banana forward. tropical fruit and earthy sweet flavoring. Not sure why this is classified as a spiced rum. It is great for drinking neat or on the rocks. IMO on the rocks is better because it draws out more profiles and cuts down on what initially smells very boozy. Great in most dark and gold rum cocktails.