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I was recommended this by a friend, who I've since learned, always mixes hers. Lesson learned. I expected this to be better than C Mo, and perhaps it is, maybe I'd have to sample them next to each other since I've had several other bottles of much better rum since the last time I drank C Mo about a year ago, a couple of bottles of Kraken, a couple of Red Leg and a bottle of Dead Man's fingers.
Taste wise, this is pretty similar to C Mo, maybe a little dark and complex in taste, but at least as rough on the throat going down. I always drank C Mo neat too, but since finding much smoother (and tastier) rums, I don't think I could now, and definitely I find this hard going neat, I didn't realize just how rough some alcohol can be until I'd been drinking much smoother ones.
It's not terrible, and I imagine if you're a rum and coke girl then this is as good as any, and with the 40% by volume, perhaps a slightly better value proposition than some others. But that's the point, as good as any other, and by that I mean, any other cheap rum that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between once there's a bunch of some other mixer in there.
I certainly won't be buying this again, the Dead man's fingers I had before it was only slightly more expensive and in a whole different league not only in flavor, but in smoothness. If this was smoother, I think I'd like it a lot more, since it's a pretty standard traditional rum flavor, which is of course what drew me into rum rather than other spirits in the first place.
3 stars since it's just so very average. Right down the middle, not special in anyway, not awful in anyway, just...
I don't know if this product is out of date, not stored in the correct conditions during storage at warehouse or is an authentic bottle from manufacturer as this does not taste like the Sailor Jerry's Rum I am use too buying. I have purchase many spirits from Amazon in the past and this is the first bottle that has a chemical taste/smell and I believe not to be authentic. The bottle however was sealed and seems to have correct packaging labels but the taste is not correct, I would watch out when ordering this as it might be a faulty batch...
There are a few choices when buying spiced rum. This one tastes great, and is 40% proof, one is definitely one of the best to buy. If you haven't tried spiced rum, with coke - then this would be a great choice to try it. If you have but haven't tried Sailor Jerry, then i would really recommend it