different rums (16 flavored) and counting, that's how many
rums Cruzan distills on the island of St. Croix and they've
been doing it there since the early 1800's. When I first picked
up this bottle of Cruzan tropical fruit rum I noticed it was
only 21% ABV (42 proof) which is about half the alcohol of
their unflavored rums and well below their 151 proof rum.
Why the low alcohol content? Lower alcohol means fewer calories
and it also means you can have that extra drink without feeling
too guilty or falling down. It also means that a 750ML bottle
will only cost you around $10.00 and that's quite a bargain
these days. Besides, they must know what they're doing because
they have won countless competitions with all their rum products.
previously tasted Cruzan's Diamond Light Rum and their Single
Barrel Rum as well as their peach flavored rum and have enjoyed
all of them. So let's get on with the show! Cruzan tropical
fruit rum comes in a lightly frosted bottle that allows you
to see the clear rum inside. The nose is sweet and fruity
with no detectable alcohol vapors. I can detect subtle notes
of watermelon, orange, and lime. The palate is also sweet
and fruity and citrusy with the orange and lime coming forward.
The finish is also sweet and smooth leaving traces of orange
peel and a hint of rum and lasts a short amount of time. Throwing
in an ice cube seems to sharpen and focus the flavors a bit
more and makes them more distinct.
spirit is so sweet you can completely forget that simple syrup
you usually use in your mixed drinks because you're not going
to need it. As a matter of fact I added some Cruzan light
rum to this fruity mixture and I do believe I like it less
sweet. The added alcohol also brought out more of the fruit
flavor and besides that I liked that I could actually taste
the rum more. If you like your rum sweet this baby will fill
the bill and I recommend experimenting with it because there's
a lot of potential here for just ten bucks.
Rum Month Cocktails from Cruzan
Distillers Rum Collection
Cocktail Recipes for National Punch Day
By George Brozowski
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