Lambs Blacksheep Spiced Rum
Review: Lambs Blacksheep Spiced Rum (83.5/100)
Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Revision published July 16. 2012
Lamb’s Blacksheep Spiced Rum is part of the Corby stable of North American Brands. This is what the Corby’s website has to say regarding the Blacksheep …
“…Lamb’s® Black Sheep Spiced Rum is produced and blended in small batches to ensure consistency of the complex flavour profile that is unique to the rum category. Our ingredients – the finest cinnamon from Korintje, Madagascar-bourbon vanilla and lime essence from Mexico have been carefully selected from around the world to ensure optimal enjoyment on the palate…”
The rum is bottled at 37.5 % alcohol by volume and sold in the attractive 750 ml bottle shown below.
As you can see, the hexagonal Lamb’s bottle is attractive as is the professional label with the strong fonts and colors which hint at the cinnamon flavours found inside. The presentation is quite satisfactory. The plastic screw cap is much preferred over those pressed on metal caps I still see, but a nice satisfying cork would have been grand.
In the Glass: (8.5/10)
I noticed a light amount of oil in the glass with skinny legs that swim back into the rum when the glass is tilted. The firm scent of cinnamon is in the air as is a healthy dose of vanilla. the combination reminds me of those tiny red heart-shaped candies I used to buy as a kid.
Behind the cinnamon and the vanilla is a mild caramel scent; but I detect very little if any lime essence nor any oak spices which of course might be lost in the cinnamon.
In the Mouth (50/60)
I would classify this rum as a mixer rather than a sipper. It’s not that I can’t sip Lamb’s Blacksheep, I can and occasionally I do; but, the flavour profile is like a sweet cinnamon candy. I like this overcharge of cinnamon, and the inviting vanilla underneath, but drinking the rum neat is kind of like nibbling that sweet candy. You like it, but if you have it too often the flavours become cloying.
Mixed with cola is a whole other matter, the Blacksheep is delicious mixed. In fact, Lamb’s Blacksheep rum does not need to be mixed with cola, it is very versatile. I made a great spiced peach punch for my Superbowl party this year using the Lamb’s Blacksheep as the base spirit, and earlier in my explorations I made some wicked spiced rum balls.
In the Throat (12.5/15)
The finish is all cinnamon and vanilla, with a nice kick that stems from the spice rather than the alcohol. This is a 75 proof spirit, which is slightly higher than most spiced rums in the market place; but I wish it had more alcohol push to go with the cinnamon kick.
The Afterburn (8.5/10)
When I first tried this rum, I was delighted by the unique flavor profile. Over time I have found that this flavour profile can become cloying if I return too often. However, I still love using this rum for mixed cocktails where the unique spicy attitude works extremely well.
If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.
Here is the recipe:
1 cup Lamb’s Blacksheep Spiced Rum
1/2 cup Appleton Estate VX Rum
1/4 cup Triple Sec
2 cups Peach Juice
3 cups Orange Juice
1/4 cup Lime Juice
3 tbsp Simple Syrup
Garnish Punch Bowl with slices of peach fruit
Finish with Large Ice Cubes
I find this to be a very refreshing drink and as you can see I fill my glass to the brim!
1 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (A mixture of walnuts, pecans, and almonds)
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
4 oz grated dark bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup Lamb’s Blacksheep Rum
1 tsp Real Vanilla Extract
1 or 2 Dairy Milk chocolate bars
Here’s how to make them:
Place the Dairy Milk bars in the refrigerator to keep them hard so they are easy to grate later.
Make sure the nuts and the first amount of chocolate is very finely chopped and grated.
Mix the first five ingredients together and form into a small ball.
Refrigerate the mixture for 1/2 hour.
When you take the mix from the refrigerator, Take about a tablespoon at a time and roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.
Cover the balls with the second amount of finely grated Dairy Milk bars.
Place back on the wax paper in the flat Tupperware and seal, refrigerate until you are ready to eat them. Yumm!
My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret the score as follows:
0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.
Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal scale as follows:
70 – 79.5 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5 Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)