Spiced Rum

Review: George Street Spiced Rum by Jason Hambrey

ABV
35%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
From molasses and spices
Distiller N/A (Guyana)

I was alerted to George Street Spiced Rum, which only appears from time to time in Ontario, by the Rum Howler's review of it, who says it is a mix of 2, 5, and 7 year old Guyana rums.  Since, it has become one of my favorite mixing rums. It is produced by 20 mixologists in rum-loving Newfoundland, where famous George Street resides - it has more bars per square foot than any other area in North America.


Review (2014)

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  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Vanilla comes out at first on the nose, coming through quite nicely, along with underlying rum,  dry and light oak, dry fruitiness, and nutmeg and cinnamon too. The palate is lightly sweet -  very pleasant and easy -  with a very nice vanilla finish. There's a touch of heat on the end - quite smooth and creamy, with just a tad of oak bitterness and spices. Nutty too.

This works wonders in cocktails, and the best spiced rum sipper I've encountered (though, yes, I know, they are meant more for mixing than sipping).

Assessment: Recommended, as a sipper. It’s a go-to for mixing, and I will always pick up a bottle for mixing if I see it.

Value: Pretty good, for $26!


Review: El Dorado Spiced Rum by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
From molasses and spices
Distiller El Dorado (Guyana)

I quite like El Dorado rums, and there is little better for a cocktail than a good spiced rum. It is produced at their diamond distillery, and is produced from a mix of aged Demerera rums, cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus. 


Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

 The nose is deep, with some currants and baking spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. The nose is relatively dry and doesn't seem like it will be as sweet. The palate is dark and deep, with some black pepper and well defined clove, ruminess, and dark molasses. This would shine through brilliantly in cocktails. Not too sweet, but the spices are just beautiful. I was going to infuse this with thyme but I am having second thoughts because of what a wonderful mixer this could be. Some pepper and biting spice on the finish.

Assessment: Not a great sipper, but it mixes fairly well. Spiced rum makes quite a nice presence in cocktails!

Value: Average.


Review: Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Rum by Jason Hambrey

ABV
46%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
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)

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  • 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%.


Review: Captain Morgan Private Stock Spiced Rum by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
2 years, ex-bourbon barrels
Recipe
From molasses
Distiller Captain Morgan (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands)

Interestingly, I don't find this rum on the captain morgan website. However, in Canada, this bottle is the most expensive captain morgan (at $35), above the black spiced, bold spiced, spiced, white spiced, gold, dark, and white labels. When I started that list I didn't know we had so many Captain Morgans here....

The rum is produced in the Virgin Islands, though its origins came from Seagrams who started to make it in Jamaica but it has moved a few times and now is produced in the Virgin Islands.


Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Nose: Some nice brown sugar and vanilla notes. it's a bit fruity as well, not the berry notes of bacardi but rather notes of honey, dark brown sugar, light and perhaps slightly citrus fruit - maybe pineapple and perhaps a bit of pear. I do quite like this nose. A touch of cinnamon as well. A bit of almost pastry-like notes as well; brown sugar, butter and flour. A bit floral and perfumed too.

Taste: Thick, sweet, with lots of vanilla, brown sugar, and coconut,  and a touch of molasses bitterness and cinnamon at the end and a slight warming finish with butterscotch on the end. Interesting because I didn't really enjoy this as much the second time I drank it (i.e. after I bought it), but this time it once again seems quite fine, perhaps because I have been primed with some coffee. A bit plain compared to the Bacardi 8 or Sailor Jerry, but I still do like it.

Finish: the molasses plays with the mouth a bit, but rather fragile still. However, there isn't anything lacking in the finish.

Value: Low to Average. Not expensive, but - even though years ago I quite liked the style - now I go for more interesting, less sweet rums.