I so wanted t like this, but the cloying sweetness was too much too handle. Perhaps, poured over vanilla ice cream, it would taste like a banana syrup that might work, but there was no alcohol twinge and only overwhelming artificial banana smell and taste. Live and learn.
Tastes like spiced bananas and candy, but not in a saccharine way. It reminds me of things like caramel and toffee simply because of the creaminess but it’s not super sweet, it’s just a hint of sweet, the perfect amount imo, but the notes of banana, spices, chocolate, and molasses give it the impression of sweets minus all that sugar. It’s really hard to describe it, and I’m sorry if I’m not doing a great job, but it’s magical. The nose is similar, you don’t smell any ethanol unless you really stick your nose deep in the glass. This review is for drinking it near, I’ll update after trying on the rocks and mixed, but I think the fact that it is this smooth neat (and warm/room temp in summer) says it all. I love liquors but hate the taste of ethanol and often need some sort of chaser at some point. Not here. I don’t even want a chaser for this, I just want to enjoy the deliciousness. Which is easy, since it has an excellent long lasting finish that is all flavor and zero ethanol. 10/10
Very sweet. Thick on the palate to the point of being almost sticky and cloying. Lingering taste that is reminiscent of maple. Smooth enough to sip, but I can't get past the sweetness and that is said as a fan of Diplomatico and similar style rums.
Let me start by saying I am new to sipping rums. Rum is my favorite alcohol to mix with something, but straight up is a learning experience for me.
The first thing I notice from the tasting glass is its pungent alcohol scent! As I move to the side to aquire the secondary ingredients, I can detect a burnt caramel aroma. The alcohol smell remaims overwhelming and I'm at a loss to identify anything else.
The legs are on the thin side and of a medium length in my novice estimation.
The first sip greets my tounge with the same overpowering alcohol I smell. This time, I taste burnt in the alcohol flavor. This rum is consistent in its ability to let you know it is alcohol you hold.
Mixing the sippping rum may be a sin, but I need to do something so I can get this down. Tasting as per what my pallet is accustomed to, I find the alcohol smell is still primary and is nearly overwhelming anything else. However, now I can swallow it and think about something other than alcohol. This allows me to the recognise burnt caramel flavor. There are hints of banana in the finish.
I'll summarize by saying it's all in a name. Van Brunt Stillhouse's Due North Rum could be called Van BURNT Stillhouse Due North Alcohol -- it's lighter than Sterno.
This is rum in particular, has a complex and sophisticated flavor profile.
Venezuelan rums specifically have a unique flavor and depth that I think most avoid based on geography.
If you love rum I urge you to explore Venezualan rums, you won’t be disappointed. This is a flavor avenue that is rich and an enexpcted departure from Caribbean rums that are the social standard.
Best Rum I’ve ever tasted, not even close. Bought a bottle on the hunch that it would be something special and 1) I was right, 2) I will be getting my hands on some more. Do yourself a favor and grab a bottle for yourself.