Virgin Islands

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)

  • 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%.


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.