Rum - Spiced

Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum

From: Virgin Islands (U.S.) Liquor Review Category: Spiced Rum

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Cruzan Rum Distillery is located on St Croix and recalls the time from Christopher Columbus's "discovery" of the islands and the naming of the natives as crucians after the name of the island. This eventually became the name "cruzan." The distillery was founded in 1706 and had a variety of owners. The label is pronounced "CREW-shun" (not "crew-ZAN") after the native Crucians of St Croix. 

Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum was first released in 2010 where the "No. 9" is a reference to the nine spices it uses in its production: vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mace, allspice, pepper, and juniper. Cruzan was quoted as saying that this will be a "real rum experience" rather than what they perceive as marketing gimmicks in the spiced rum category. (From the press release as quoted by The Examiner.)

Luis Ayala of Got Rum Magazine said noted the "unmistakable presence of juniper berries" among other spices and congratulated them for "breaking out of the spiced rum mold with this original product."

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 8 ratings and 8 reviews.
Chiefcornstalk Chiefcornstalk (2) (2016-03-18)
As a whiskey drinker who converts to rum on the beach, I like this spiced rum as a mixer and for the price it can't be beaten. I haven't found a complex enough rum to drink neat yet, but this is much more complex than the Captain or the other commonly found cheaper rums. My new favorite Cruzan No. 9 drink is to mix a couple of ounces of the rum with a few ounces of Mountain Dew topped off with a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract...
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jaketaz jaketaz (163) (2015-03-23)
A fine and totally approachable spiced rum that does great in cocktails and is the best possible choice for those on a budget. Better than any of the ultra popular rums such as Bacardi (by a long shot), and Captain. Though personally I appreciate more flavor complexity from a spiced, so I'm personally inclined to go with something like Kraken, but don't get me wrong this will serve you just fine in a Zombie or other tiki type drink requiring some spice.
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flintquatch flintquatch (196) (2014-03-13)
Not may favorite rum but its definitely seated above Morgan. Not harsh but nothing really notable tastewise either. Possible sipper, definite mixer.
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rjk8807 rjk8807 (3) (2014-02-26)
Great rum for sipping on the rocks. The spices really stand out. Very good for its price.
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bdehoog bdehoog (73) (2012-11-20)
The spices come through. A lot of nutmeg and clove for me. I like to mix with standard gold rum and pineapple juice. good price
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mjbondra mjbondra (4) (2012-04-25)
An outstanding spiced rum. straight up or mixed full of flavor without being over the top
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kingluthian kingluthian (8) (2012-02-26)
Wow, vanilla is definitely the standout flavour here, even just a 1oz shot gives a drink a very noticeable taste. Quite smooth, one of my top spiced rums along with sailor jerry.
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degbert degbert (147) (2011-08-26)
I'm not a big fan of spiced rum, but this one avoids the harsh, over-the-top, stale cinnamon note that some others have. In short, tasty and relatively inexpensive.
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