Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rum - Cruzan Black Strap

In the pursuit of affordable sipping rum I went to the extreme end of the spectrum and picked up a bottle of blackstrap rum. To be honest I had no expectations but figured I would just jump into the fray with a purchase of the Cruzan which was on sale for $25.99 CDN.

Blackstrap rum is a serious dark rum with an appearance noted as "used motor oil". Upon opening the bottle the nose is definitely complex with strong vanilla and maple overtones. In the glass over ice it was sweet and, like the nose, the flavor was all over the place. I`m no expert but I did not find it unpalatable and I rather enjoyed the strong molasses flavor.Would sampling different blackstrap rums change that opinion? Regardless it is blackstrap rum - one should expect it to be sweet and thick.

Begs the question - what is blackstrap molasses?

"Almost all rum is made from molasses, but not all rums use Black Strap Molasses... Black Strap comes from the third boiling of the sugar syrup that leads to molasses. At this stage in the "cooking" of cane syrup, the majority of sucrose from the original juice has been crystallized and removed, and the resulting Black Strap Molasses contains trace amounts of vitamins and significant amounts of several minerals. One tablespoon provides up to 20% of the recommended daily value of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron! In fact, Blackstrap has long been sold as a health supplement. "

Online reviews are also quite varied with some recommending it suitable for mixing only while others suggest it`s best used with ginger beer. Occasionally you find a few likeminded individuals who like it neat while others consider it nearly undrinkable in any form. Ultimately it comes down to personal tastes.....to each his own. Here are some reviews.....


History Of Rum

"The ration of rum that was given to the British Navy was often referred to as a “tot o’ rum.” 

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