The bottle is a 750ml with simple front and back labels with the “Guardians of Rum” logo bottom center on the front label. In the bottle and glass the rum has a light golden straw color. A quick swirl and the band that forms around the glass thicken and begin beading within ten seconds. It drops a couple of fast moving legs, before finally evaporating.
NoseThe aroma of the rum leads with a strong vanilla note, fresh cut sugar cane, lemon zest, and ends with a swirl of tropical fruit and molasses.
Considering the proof I expected more up front heat, but found the fruit notes, lemon zest and vanilla leading the way in one big wonderful swirl. The fruit notes are interesting; I found hints of strawberry, ripe cantaloupe, and tangy orange. This is countered/balanced by vegetal notes that give the rum some earthiness as the heat of the liquid comes into play. These flavors linger in a nice long finish.
As the last of the rum fades I am relieved that it tastes as good as it does. The balance of the blend is interesting and it was a challenge puzzling out where the Barbados and Jamaican rums united and transformed the flavors of the spirits. I spent a great deal of time just on the aroma and honestly cannot recall the last time I had white blended rum that was this dynamic. In cocktails, use it in the classic Daiquiri and Mojitos to experience different elements of the flavor profile. I plan on giving it a try in a Mai Tai and Navy Grog as soon as I have the ingredients. Both distilleries can be proud of how this rum outshines similar rums in the market. Now I really want to see similar versions of this product in an array of different age ranges