Review: Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Rum / by Jason Hambrey

From molasses
Distiller Sailor Jerry (St. Croix,US Virgin Islands)

Sailor Jerry rum is another Diageo owned brand distilled in the Virgin Islands and honors a famous tattoo artist, Norman Collins, known for tattooing sailors. Each bottle has a picture of one of his tattoos on the label and one that is visible behind the label when the rum has been finished. It is notable too, for a relatively cheap rum, that it comes in at 46%.

Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

 Nose: Reasonably spicy, which might dominate more than the molasses. Less sweet on the nose than the other rums I've been taking time with. The vanilla notes are lighter, but come through more as it sits - orange peel as well.

Taste: Assertive with slightly bitter molasses and some drying spice, cinnamon and cloves, and there is vanilla in it as well. More intriguing and complex than many spiced rums. It's also drier, which I do quite like as well. I might actually wish that it were a touch more sweet, as uncommon as that is. Its spiciness is certainly evident after tasting side by side of some other rums.

Finish: More spicy than rum-y. It is longer and more interesting than the others, for sure.

I like to mix with this.

Value: Low to Average. Low as a sipper, but it’s not a bad mixer, and it can be harder to find cheap rums >40%.