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Cruzan Blackstrap, Barbancourt 8 Year, Ron Abuelo, Wild Turkey Rye, and Soliciting Opionions on a 40 year old bottle of Cherry Heering?

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Cruzan Blackstrap, Barbancourt 8 Year, Ron Abuelo, Wild Turkey Rye, and Soliciting Opionions on a 40 year old bottle of Cherry Heering?

StriperGuy | Apr 18, 2010 01:14 PM

Was at Martignetti's on Soldier's field road in Boston and they had some excellent prices on a few items. My local, the Cambridge Wine at Fresh Pond has been raising their prices rather mercilessly the last 6 months and they've worn me out.

Tasting notes:

Cruzan Blackstrap: not very subtle. In fact really a clunky product. Probably the strongest molasses note (duh) I've ever tasted in a rum. Might be a nice addition to rum punches or mixed with another lighter rum in a dark and stormy. Slightly dissappointed at the way Cruzan has gone in the last few years. Their white and amber used to both be aged 2 or 3 years and have some real rum character to them. Not anymore. Both are just sorta commodity rums now. They used to have a 5 year product (I think) that was really tasty, also gone. They added the blackstrap and some $30 product that is a bit reminiscent of Barrilito, eh. Some marketing jerk obviously decided to make changes market hard, and shave corners. It pretty much shows across the product line sadly. Might just e-mail the distillery.

Barbancourt 8 Year ($22) holey cow, delightful sipping rum, delicate, but interestingly a stronger hint of molasses here then I remember. A steal at this price, super rum.

Ron Abuelo from Panama. Never even heard of this before. Nice stuff, a bit like Brugal Anejo. Certainly decent as a sipping rum. I mixed it with fresh grapefruit juice and a splash of soda and it was AMAZING. Had to have a refresher after I finished the first. WOW.

Wild Turky Rye: Good stuff. Tried it neat and on the rocks. I see why folks like it as a mixer. Really good combo of smoothness and flavor. Look forward to trying a Manhattan and a sour.

They also had Old Overholt for $10.39. Cheapest I've seen it.

Finally, was at an Estate Sale and they had some gorgeous old Orrefors glassware for sale with the labels still on them. If I didn't have enough glasses already would have bot the whole 30 piece set. I think they got the Orrefors and a bottle of Cherry Heering together as a girst 40+ years ago and never used either. They sold me the Heering for $2. Look forward to seeing if it is totally shot, or has some life left in it... thoughts before I crack the bottle?

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