Review #985 – Cruzan Black Strap Rum

Review #985 | Rum Review #53 – Cruzan Blackstrap Rum

The Schtick: “A mixologist favorite, Cruzan® Black Strap Rum features robust licorice and molasses flavors that add an exotic element to your tropical favorites. Its most popular pairings include flavors such as lemon, lime, ginger and pineapple.” Cruzan Website

also noted:

“Best enjoyed as a finishing element, or floated on tropical Tiki cocktails”

Wish I read that line before buying. Sigh. 

So, definitely a colored, dosed rum released by Cruzan. This was cheap as hell, so I picked it up. It makes great dark and stormies.

An old picture, but it will do


Distiller: Cruzan

Bottler: Cruzan

ABV: 40% ABV

Age: NAS


Nose: Molasses, brown sugar syrup. Light anise, pepper, tobacco, root beer candies.

Taste: Thin, no heat at all. Sweet. Root beer candies. Chocolate tootsie pop candies. Light caramel, heavy artificial molasses.

Finish: Short, no heat. Caramel candies, fake cocoa, more chocolate tootsie pop. Artificial root beer.

Overall: Not great, and certainly one noted in the profile for the most part. This was great in cocktails that focus on other strong favors – my favorite was a dark ‘n stormy with heavy lime. This is not good neat.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4


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