October 14, 2005

Newfoundland Screech Rum Review

Screech Rum LabelUpdate: Liquor Snob recently posted a retraction to this Screech Rum review. Yes, we know it's been four years. We didn't want to be too hasty.

Regrettably, a couple weeks ago, we covered Newfoundland Screech Rum.

Tonight...we reviewed it. A few minutes ago...two of us finished the entire bottle.

Bad idea.

Screech Rum may be from Newfoundland, but it tastes like Toronto with a Detroit chaser. And somehow...against all advice...we finished the bottle. Because once the cap comes off, you realize it should never go back on. It gets dumped in one of two places: your mouth or the sink.

Things Screech Rum doesn't mix with: Orange Juice, Cranberry, High Life, Tomato Soup (no joke - we hoped it would kill the taste).

Things Screech Rum mixes with: Nausea, Exuberance, Anger, Melancholy, Regret and Nausea.

Even the Quaffer couldn't help. We used it for the shots so we wouldn't have to pause for the chaser, but the stuff is deadly and it burns like napalm going down.

Kill Us. For the love of all that is holy...kill us.


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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 14, 2005 11:54 PM


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Couldn't agree more, Coach...hence our hat-in-hand retraction.

Posted by: Jake Jamieson at January 25, 2010 5:35 PM

sorry about the misspellings above.Im so fired up thing about a Screech mixed with DietCoke&Lime that I didnt proof read my work.
Screech is excellent stuff. CoachMiner'09

Posted by: CoachMiner'09 at January 25, 2010 4:41 PM

While fishing in Kenora we ran out of CaptMorg so we went to town for more. There we found Screech spiced rum. It was less expensive then captain and we dedided to give it a try. WOW, is this stuff excellent!! Better than captain we think !! Smooth, carmely. Not harsh at all likle the wimp that wrote about this. We usually dont drink shots of anything( booze goes to fast that way!) but this stuff ice cold (we keep it in the freezer) is terrific. We now always buy Screech while in Ontario on these fishing trips. I cant buy it in Nebraska but I sure wish we could!!!!!

Posted by: CoachMiner'09 at January 25, 2010 4:32 PM

Just split a bottle with two friends this weekend - we thought Screech was great! Carmel, smooth, wonderful. This reviewer is really an idiot.

Posted by: sam at February 10, 2009 10:12 PM

Last time I had Screech was in the early 1980s (or from a bottle of that vintage) and I loved it.

Up to that point I had only had mixing grade Baccardi or Meyer's Plantation Punch and Screech was way better than either.

Around 2002 or so I had some Appleton VX and that is the closest to Screech I've had. Don't know if they have changed the mix since 1982 but maybe you just missed the good stuff.

At one time Screech was supplied by Demerara but I don't know the time frame. I'm going to see if I can track down some of their El Dorado and see how that compares with memory or my father-in-law's remaining stash

Posted by: MarriedaHalfNewfie at January 15, 2009 4:42 PM

Tried Cabot Tower for the first time today, and is a little sweet. As for Screech, it is not sweet and is a rum that separates the men from the boys. If you like all rums ,as I do, you should give it a try. I currently have 20 dark rums on the go, soon to be 21 as I now have a craving for some Screech! Cheers!!

Posted by: scott at November 4, 2008 1:50 PM

I'm an Aussie boy born and bred and was fortunate enough to become a Screecher when I was in Newfoundland earlier this year. five or six shots of the Screech went down very easily. if you can't handle it, don't ruin the potential experience for anyone else!

Posted by: Matt at October 14, 2008 12:33 AM

By Jesus, whom ever wrote this review has got to be half retarded!!

Screech isn't harsh, its one of the smoothest drinking rums in its price range. Screech destroyes the rubbing alcohol favorites such as Bacardi and Captain Morgan.

And hang-overs, nay.

To all who read this, just giver a try. Don't want to by a quart? Well they sell shooters, pick up a few, and if your a rum fan, you won't be dissapointed.

Posted by: Xwayde at July 26, 2008 7:17 PM

listen, im from newfoundland and it sounds to mw like your just a bunch of mainland bitches, do me and the rest of the world a favor and stick to the water you guys call rum.

Posted by: Joey at February 25, 2008 9:37 PM

Screech is not Newfie at all but it is popular there. It has a VERY bold and rich taste; not for the "vanilla" palette. Particularly those who tend to enjoy rums like Lemon Heart or Appleton Estates. These rums are like drinking Miller “Extra Light”. I enjoy its strong flavor and find most people can’t handle it. But all the more for me!

Posted by: Craig at December 16, 2007 7:05 PM

the stuff is supposed to be harsh. if you can't take it go back to drinking coolers or whatever.

Posted by: Matt at May 25, 2007 3:44 PM

Buddy, get your paws on Cabot Tower, another Newfie Rum. That shit will peel paint off the walls, and destroy your esophagus on the way down. i can never decide if it is worse then screech or not.

Posted by: J Harris at March 31, 2007 3:45 PM

Howlin good taste. The Three of us, Capt. Payo, Boatswains mate Ellic, and the Teague (he's Irish) Love our Rum/Rhum. on average we go through about a Case of Screech every 2-3 weeks. We praise screech for its great taste(not like thoes sickly sweet rums) We stick to the three cardnal rules of Rum/Rhum drinking: Once a bottle is placed on the table it must be opened (to let out the dark spirits), once a bottle is opened it may never be restoppered or it will go bad, and once opened, a bottle must be drank as quickly as possible before "all t'good goes out of it." We have found that by following these rules we will never go wrong and are often quite taken to dress as colonial soldiers and dance Irish Jigs atop coffee tables.

Posted by: Drunks of Maine Maritime at February 27, 2007 8:22 PM

I am buzzed on screech for the first time in my life and I am from Newfoundland.

MY GOD this stuff is harsh!! But... by god does it ever give you the buzz you are looking for. YEA bring it on me jolly boys!!

P.s it’s amazing that I can type in this drunken state!!!

Posted by: Chris Malone at January 30, 2007 4:01 PM

hmmm okay

on this ferry-freighter i took up the coast of labrador, the crew wasn't allowed to touch a drop of alcohol.

so these were very thirsty sailors when the ship returned to Saint Anthony Newfoundland.

i ran into them at a bar the night the ship docked.

i'm a newspaper reporter. so for the next 5 or 6 hours, it was Sailors vs. Newspapermen.

they introduced me to the local beverage: Screech rum.

i got really fond of it very quickly.

yes indeed it's a rough and nasty sort of drink.

but i buy it whenever i can get my hands on it. i particularly like to travel around with miniatures. it's also wonderful to pour into coffee in the winter.

Screech must be very much like 17th and 18th century pirate rum. There's absolutely no effort to make it smooth or palatable, it's just powerful fermented molasses.

Posted by: jameskpolka at July 11, 2006 1:49 AM

though its not as strong as legand has it, i still have a hard time taking straight shots. for those with weaker stomachs i suggest scrape juice
( screech and grape juice mixed ) it goes down smooth and taste refreshing

Posted by: Plumbo at July 1, 2006 9:21 PM

Wow you have to be kidding me? Screech is not that strong. I mix it with Ginger Ale all the time and it makes a wonderful drink. I never get hangovers from it and I find it has a very nice sweet caramel type taste.

Please if anyone reads this, do not be turned from Screech because of the review above. It is worth a try.

Posted by: Adam at March 11, 2006 10:18 PM

I'm glad you guys are out there making the world safe for drunks everywhere.
The Scotch Blog

Posted by: Kevin at October 15, 2005 5:27 PM


Nuff' said.

Posted by: Johann K at October 15, 2005 12:31 PM

You guys crack me up. Great review. I'm sure you will enjoy the Tito's more. In terms of quality in any case.

Remember if it's Ten High, there are nine even lower...

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