November 9, 2009

Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum Review

cruzan_single_barrel_estate_rum.jpgCruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum
Dark St. Croix Rum
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $30
Available online at Internet Wines & Spirits

The Look: The bottle is tall and slender with black and gold labeling, getting away from an island party vibe to something a little more classic. In the glass, the rum is a smooth brown color reminiscent of whiskey...not too dark, not too light.

The Nose: The nose was full of caramel and brown sugar and molasses, and there was a hint of nuttiness there too. No huge alcohol burn, but not too sweet either.

The Taste: This rum is on the dryer side, not too sweet, with nice sweet flavors in the mix that don't overpower. There was maple and spice, nutmeg and vanilla, and the faintest hint of dried fruits on the back end. Very nice at bottle strength, but we liked it even more once we added a splash of water.

The Verdict: This is a good rum, period. It's not too spendy at around thirty bucks, and we were really impressed with the effects of blending various rums of various ages into a single cask and aging them another year. Don't step on this one with cola - this one's a sipper for after meals, and would make some excellent cocktails as well.

Many thanks to the Cruzan Rum folks for sending us our review bottle.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 9, 2009 8:26 AM
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