Kraken Black Spiced Rum
Spiced Rum — Trinidad & TobagoReviewed September 8, 2022One of the worst rums on the market. It is not a truly spiced rum like Blackheart, Sailor Jerry or Bacardi Oakheart... they use artificial flavoring added after distilling. 0.25* is best they have outstanding marketing, bottle and labels, however the rum tastes like dirty gym clothes smell, covered by a bottle of vanilla extract.
Mount Gay Black Barrel
Aged Rum — BarbadosReviewed September 8, 2022Sweet vanilla and citrus taste with nice balance of oak char. Excellent neat, on the rocks or used in a rum old fashion. A little too sweet for a rum sour. Performs very well in most other dark rum cocktails. I like it best with a large rock for sipping. One of the best tasting and most versatile rums on the market, especially for the price (performs at a much higher level than what it is priced for).
Dos Maderas 5+5 Rum
Aged Rum — Multiple CountriesReviewed May 18, 2022Very sweet. Significant sherry/brandy taste to it. Pretty much only a sipping rum. Doesn't work with the majority of cocktails, including old fashions or sours. El Presidente is the only cocktail, that I found, that tasted good with it. (However, I am only a self taught mixologist, who only mixes for family and friends... so please dont interpret my mixing abilities for that of a professional). Club soda, or slightly diluted with water brings out a whole host of earthy flavors and cuts back on the sherry/brandy taste. Bourbon flavors come out with that dilution. It is still a very pleasurable sipping rum, but unfortunately doesn't have much to offer beyond that. I feel the flavor profile, even though it reminds me slightly of Plantation Xyamaca complexity, is too varied for most cocktails (unlike Plantation Xyamaca).40.0 USD per Bottle
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