Despite the tropical name, Sugar Island rum is produced in California. Owned by Trinchero Family Estates, best known for introducing White Zinfandel wine to the world, they have recently expanded into the spirits territory. The company has been in business since 1947.
Sugar Island rum is made with Caribbean sugar cane.
Sugar Island Spiced Rum (92 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: Sweet and with some spice notes. Reminds me of cinnamon chewing gum.
Taste: Strong and intense with an overabundance of woodiness. Not too sweet, but with enough of an almost cashew-like nuttiness that it seems somehow like desert.
Finish: A residual flavor of Pecan Sandies along with the high-proof rum.
Overall: It’s certainly not my style of spiced rum, but I’m sure it’s fine when mixed with cola or in a highball.
GSN Rating: B-
Sugar Island Coconut Rum (42 proof)
Nose: Coconut cream.
Taste: Immediate coconut with a burst of sugar, but tamed by the rum itself. Well balanced.
Finish: The sweetness goes on for quite a while, as does the coconut flavor. Not a bad thing.
Overall: I like this better than Malibu, which seems overly cloying. The Sugar Island flavor seems natural and undisturbed by any other elements.
GSN Rating: B
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