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April 4, 2018

Review: 896 5 Year Old Rum

by Jeff Ellingson

896 5 Year Old Rum is made from a blend of rums distilled and aged for a minimum 5 years in Barbados.  Sitting next to 896 5 Year Old Rum on the shelf at Total Wine and More is 896 8 Year Old Rum.  Both are imported and bottled by Universal Brands in Princeton Minnesota.  If you have ever visited a Total Wine and More, I have no doubt you are amazed at the selection of beer, wine, and spirits they carry.  While they sell most of the top name brand spirits you would expect, they specialize in selling local craft spirits, along with spirits you just can’t find at any of your local liquor stores.  Some of these spirits are hidden gems from craft distillers that would never make there way to your state if not for Total Wine and More.  Others are produced or bottled by some of the nations biggest private label distilleries including the one in Princeton Minnesota that produces 896 Rum.  Unfortunately little or no information is available about these products.  I often stay away from these products because as a reviewer there is very little to write about other than the actual product review.  I purchased this bottle because I am a big fan of rum produced in Barbados and since it was on sale for $13.99 I thought I would give it a shot. The aroma is vanilla, oak, nutmeg, and brown sugar with cinnamon, peppermint, and hair spray on the back side.  The soft caramel and cola entry is joined by brown sugar, creamy vanilla, coconut and banana with cinnamon and nutmeg.  It fades with sweet brown sugar and vanilla flavor.  The finish is warm, very dry, and oaky with a peppery sting, nutmeg and cinnamon spice taste.  896 5 Year Old Rum has a tasty flavor profile but the finish may be a little too dry and oaky for some to enjoy as a sipping rum.

Made with Rum Distilled in Barbados

40% Alcohol

Score: 89

Award: Silver Medal

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