The Schtick: This is a rum distilled by Lost Spirits in California. They are known to use controversial, proprietary, aging methods to “accelerate” the aging of their spirits. This is a rum produced using 100% A Grade Molasses. It is non chill filtered, and produced without additives of any sort.
I tasted this rum blind, and was given the reveal afterwards. For more blind review shenanigans, check out the official Whiskey Network Discord server where it seems more and more every sort of alcohol under the sun now lives.
Distiller: Lost Spirits
Bottler: Lost Spirits
ABV: 61% ABV
Nose: Sugar, pepper, cardamom, sickly sweet root beer. Earthy, almost like manure or vermiculite soil. Meaty, musty, sickeningly sweet then immediately bitter, salty and gross.
Taste: Thin, hot. Sweet, sickeningly so. Pepper, earthy, plastic-y. Maybe dosed, but the burning plastic, and astringency is overwhelming and sucks all the sweetness off the palate a moment later. Varnish and paint thinner, tree bark. Disgustingly bitter.
Finish: Short on the tongue, far too long on the back of the throat. Burning plastic, muddy, earthy, mineral-y in the most artificial way.
Reveal: Lost Spirits Navy Rum
Overall: This is bad rum. I’ve only had about 70 or so and reviewed about 50 but this is easily the worst I’ve had. It’s not even close. I considered giving this a one, but in the back of my head, I’m hoping that some day I will get a call from someone who finds a shitty bottle of rum buried in the sand and made in like 1500 and it will have gone down with a pirate ship centuries ago. I’ll drink it and it will be truly the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, and that is why this got a 2. This rum has virtually no redeeming qualities. It is pungent, aromatic and borderline repulsive. For those that champion under the Lost Spirits banner, I hope you can take a long hard look at what you are championing for, and urge this distillery to change directions, to any new direction, as quickly as possible.
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