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VooDoo Spiced Rum

Review: Voodoo Spiced Rum (82/100)
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published October , 2009

Voodoo Spiced Rum

In the Bottle: (4.0/5)

Neat inverse tapered bottle. I found when the bottle was wet it did not slip from my hand easily so it is even kind of functional.  The label is pretty plain but this is an inexpensive rum so I am not going to be harsh on the scoring.

In the Glass:   (8/10)

Vanilla wafts upward and I also get a mild rummy molasses. The smell is very gentle and inviting. I am not a fan of too much vanilla but this actually tempts me to go further. I catch a wiff of something spicy reminding me of the spices I use on my Christmas ham.  This must be cloves. More spices unidentifiable linger in the background.

In the Mouth:    (50/60)

The main spice in this rum is undoubtedly vanilla. Something a little hot here too, that reminds me of cinnamon heart candies. So I am going out on a broad limb here and guessing that we have cinnamon in the mix and also maybe a bit of nutmeg. I like that everything is in moderation. They are not trying to knock me over the head with the spice. The Vanilla dominates slightly but not overwhelmingly and the other spices are complementary. I find I can almost sip this straight but not quite. Its just a little rough around the edge.

In the Throat (12.0/15)

What I really like here is that the hints of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg stay in my throat. Its like the old family gatherings when my Mom used to make cinnamon rolls and you could smell and taste them all night.

The Afterburn (8/10)

The spices do not try to dominate the rum rather they compliment it. The caramel and butterscotch flavour of rum mixed with mild spicy goodness. Nice.

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.


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)


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