VooDoo Spiced Rum
Review: Voodoo Spiced Rum (78/100)
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published June 03, 2016
Voodoo Spiced Rum is produced by Three-D Spirits, Inc. ( www.redrum.com). The company was founded in 1996 with the stated goal to create exceptional handmade rums. Their spiced rum is apparently (according to the website) produced from a blend of aged Virgin Island. The blended rum is infused with cloves and cinnamon as well as Madagascar Vanilla, and bottled at 35 % alcohol by volume.
No information is given regarding the age of the rums in the blend; however, based upon my tasting notes, I would suggest that the spirit was aged for only a limited time period as there is very little evidence of oak or wood spice in the taste profile. This is typical of the spiced rum category.
In the Bottle 3.5/5
The Voodoo Spiced Rum is sold in a medium tall glass bottle. It is square at the bottom and tapers upwards to be wider at the shoulders than at the feet. I have found these tapered bottles are easier to grip when they are wet than a non-tapered bottle is which means the bottle shape is functional as well as aesthetic. The label is a rather simple affair which implies that economics rather than aesthetic is driving the bottle presentation. This also explains the metallic screw cap which unfortunately is a rather flimsy affair and prone to stripping.
In the Glass 7.5/10
When I pour the rum I note that it has a slightly thickened consistency which in a very young rum (as this probably is), usually means we have a bit of sweetness from sugar added. As this is a spiced rum, additional sweetness is not surprising as this is very common in the spiced rum category.
When I nose the glass vanilla wafts upward, and it is obviously the dominant spice. I also sense a mild but firm butterscotch sweetness and a light peppery spiciness in the breezes above the glass. Taking a little time and listening to what the merry little breezes above the glass tell me, impressions of cloves become more obvious along with hints of cinnamon.
The Voodoo Rum website mentions that the spiced rum is produced from aged Virgin Islands rum; however there is no apparent presence of oak in the breezes. This lack of oak character, and a light astringency which has become more apparent as the glass has sat is keeping the score down at this point.
In the Mouth (47/60)
As I sip, the vanilla I noted in the breezes continues to dominate the rum. However, I am happy that the cinnamon has begun to make a stronger appearance (I am tasting light impressions of cinnamon heart candies in the background). The combination is pleasant, however I would stress that the spiced rum is certainly a mixer rather than a sipper. The spirit lacks the complexity which would have come with aging and the light astringency which I noted on the nose has made the spirit just a little rough around the edges.
When a dollop of cola is added to my glass, the edges are smoothed over, and we have a deck drink which is enjoyable. I would prefer just a little more spice to kick things up a notch; but then again, my friends seem to prefer this style of spiced rum which brings more vanilla and less of a spicy kick to the glass.
In the Throat (12.0/15)
When sipped neat, hints of cinnamon, cloves, and perhaps also some nutmeg linger in the throat. A light burn accompanies these impressions and it is hard to tell whether it is the light burn or the hints of spice are providing the heat. When mixed in a bar drink, the burn disappears completely, but that hint of ebbing spiciness remains.
The Afterburn (8/10)
Voodoo Spiced Rum walks on the lighter side of the spiced rum path. I think the aim here is to provide an alternative to Captain Morgan Spiced; as the rum is very similar in style. This is a pleasant rum and soda mixer suitable for afternoon barbecues with friends and family.
If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.
Sometimes, my readers send me recipe suggestions which at first glance seem a little odd to me. This is one such recipe. I finally tried it, and it just so happens that Spiced Rum and Root Beer is nice combination. It is a nice alternative to the much more common Spiced Rum and Cola.
Spiced Rum and Root Beer
1 ½ oz Voodoo Spiced Rum
3 ½ oz Root Beer
A slice of Lemon
Add the ice into a tall serving glass
Pour the rum and cola over ice
Garnish with a slice of lemon
Note: If you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!
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)