Cruzan 9 Aged Spiced Rum
Between Captain Morgan, Sailor Jerry and Admiral Nelson, it’s tough to decide which sea faring, spiced rum soaked, alcoholic best deserves your money nowadays. Maybe it’s time to let those scallywags dry out for a bit and instead bring your ship port side to St. Croix, an island oasis and the inspirational birthplace of Cruzan Rum. In fact, the name Cruzan actually comes from the term used for native St. Croix islanders, or “Crucians”. Cruzan hit it big with a wide variety of flavored rums early on and since then, they’ve never looked back. Today, Cruzan has 16 varieties of rum, each with a distinct and unique flavor profile. One of their newer incarnations is the Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum.
Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum is an aged rum comprised of 9 unique ingredients including vanilla, ginger, pepper, allspice, mace, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and juniper berry. It begins with their distillers starting with premium Cruzan Rum and then adding the nine heirloom spices. In the bottle, the rum has a light amber hue with zero sediment floating throughout. The nose of the Cruzan 9 has a sweet caramel and vanilla profile that trades off intensity with the rum’s litany of bright and complex spices. On the palette, the Cruzan 9’s dominant vanilla profile is instantly discernible and is quickly followed up by a warm mix of spices with nutmeg and cinnamon leading the charge. Together, the bold spices and sweetened rum combine to create a distinct and dynamic experience. The rum is very nicely balanced and exceptionally smooth with a nice moderate retreat that finishes rich and warm. On a personal note, having tried a number of Cruzan’s flavored rums over the years, I’ve often found them to be a bit too sweet for my liking. This is definitely not the case with the Cruzan 9. In fact, if you think Captain Morgan’s spiced rum is a bit too sweet and syrupy, then Cruzan 9 might be for you.
All in all, it’s a great spiced rum that easily deserves to be in your next Rum and Coke. Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum retails for around $15.00 a bottle and is readily available in most markets. Taking into account the nominal price and the overall quality of the spirit, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum is a sure winner for your next cocktail experience.
Feature Photo by: Lars Schmidt