GSN Review: Cruzan Rum

Since the early 1800’s, the Nelthropp Family has called St. Croix home, becoming an integral part of the island’s history. And for the last two hundred years, the island has not only left its mark on them, but also on their rums. Even the name reflects the people of St. Croix, called Crucians.

Cruzan Aged Light Rum is a blend of rums aged 1-4 years in American oak casks—then treated to a filtration process to create clarity. Cruzan Aged Dark Rum is a blend of rums aged 2-4 years in charred oak casks.

Cruzan Aged Light Rum (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Sweet, semi-grassy and buttery notes.
Taste: Soft entry with a delicate vanilla patina. Clean, crisp and light.
Finish: Medium long with a subtle dryness that showcases the oak aging.
Overall: A nice entry-level rum that won’t fight against mixers, but is a bit hesitant in approach for use in rum forward cocktails.
GSN Rating: B+

Cruzan Aged Dark Rum (80 proof)
Visual: Mild yellow-gold.
Nose: Sweet vanilla-forward nose with buttery highlights.
Taste: Vanilla oak takes the forefront and adds a middle ground where the spirit has more visibility on the palate. Again, a clean presentation.
Finish: Medium long with more oak coming through towards the fade out.
Overall: A heartier rum that works well in cocktails calling for more aggressiveness and body.  Very nice and an easy go to for the backbar.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Cruzan Rum

 

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