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Admiral’s Old J Spiced Rum - 35 Percent ABV - 70cl Bottle

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Since its launch, Admiral Vernon's Old J Rum has carved out a niche in the crowded spiced rum market. It has garnered a following among rum enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike, praised for its unique taste and quality. The brand's success is also indicative of a broader trend in the spirits industry towards flavoured and spiced rums. Instead they focus a little on Admiral Vernon or Old Grog as he is more widely known. Most famous for (in rum circles at least), in 1740 reducing the size of a sailors daily rum ration. Ensuring it was mixed with lime and spices to try to prevent scurvy and excessive drunkenness on board ship.

Admiral’s Old J is brought to us by Signature Brands who also have the likes of Birra Morena (never heard of it and no I haven’t mis-spelled Moretti), Cruzcampo and Agnes Arber Gin (not familiar with that one either). An initial burst of vanilla, ginger and toffee is then followed by your lips turning inside out as the Lime comes from nowhere along with a massive hit of burning, rubbing alcohol. I won’t even call it boozy. It’s like pouring molten lava onto your lips. It burns like nothing else before and the spices and the sweet toffee just heap on the misery to your mouth and throat. There is nothing remotely rummy about this drink. It could be made with neutral spirit – I doubt the rum is aged in anyway whatsoever. If it is, all I can to the producers is save yourself the money and just use the cheapest white spirit you can get. It’ll be easier to colour as well.

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In the glass it looks like a glass of rose wine – well a small glass anyway – I’m not that boozy. Nosed it is undoubtedly cherry. Cherry flavour though. The kind of cherry you will experience with the cherry on the stork shaped gummy sweets you get for your children and eat yourself. Further nosing reveals the burnt caramel and vanilla nose that seems to dominate the Old J offerings, their signature spices if you like or more like likely artificial essences. The defining characteristic of Admiral Vernon's Old J Rum is its flavour profile. The addition of Persian lime gives the rum a refreshing citrus twist, while the vanilla adds a layer of sweetness that complements the spices. The result is a harmonious blend that is versatile and appealing to a wide range of palates. It has a distinct sweetness but is balanced enough to avoid being overly cloying, making it enjoyable both on its own and as a mixer. The rum’s base is made from a blend of rums sourced from the Caribbean, primarily Trinidad. These rums are aged for up to three years, laying the foundation for the spirit's depth and quality. The ageing process in charred American oak barrels imparts a natural richness and a subtle woody character to the rum.

There was a bit of a grumble about this, as we English like to do. Just grumble not actually do anything about anything constructively. you understand. Heaven help us that we should take any action. No just have a little natter on to Betty next door about it. Or tell Bert what a disgrace it is next time we go down the club. We are not like the French, we don’t bring the entire of Europe to a standstill when we don’t get our own way. No we make memes and grumble on Facebook. Then we go and have a nice cup of tea. Maybe a nice biscuit or some cake. Action? We aren’t savages you know! Poured in the glass the liquid is a nice golden brown colour. In terms of the nose I imagine if Robinsons were ever to release some kind of Toffee and Vanilla squash this is what it would smell like prior to you adding any water for dilution. So why don’t I allow my sense to be assaulted in the worst possible way for the next 10-15 minutes and likely completely ruin my sense of taste and smell for the next few hours at least. Admiral’s Old J Cherry Spiced. Admiral’s Old J or simply Old J as it is more commonly known, is a brand of Spiced Rum popular in the UK. It was introduced initially to fill the “void”, when Sailor Jerry changed their popular UK “formula” to the one more widely available, to the US market and beyond. Hence the Old J – though they never mention a Jerry. I will not be surprised if my throat closes up completely after being subjected to this repulsive nonsense.

This is bad and not just in a stupidly over the top ABV way. The spices or rather flavourings used are just so synthetic and just so cloying and OTT. It’s just utter garbage. Only on this occasion someone did actually do something about it. A former employee of First Drinks (Sailor Jerry’s distributor at the time in the UK) Thomas G Hurst became brand manager for LWC Drinks and he helped launch Admiral Vernon’s Old J Spiced, which rather indiscreetly made it clear it was based as closely as it possibly could be on the old recipe Sailor Jerry. You can read a little more on the story here. It’s a novelty, let’s be fair any bartender worth his salt will know this stuff isn’t good. Well, they should anyway. It’s a bit of an embarrassment to Tiki but sadly no surprise it is so popular here in the UK. Admiral Vernon's Old J Rum pays homage to this historical figure and his impact on naval rum consumption. It adds a modern twist by infusing its recipe with a range of flavours, creating a product that bridges historical tradition with contemporary tastes.

Now for some reason the UK version was a sweeter or more vanilla heavy variation on the “recipe” used by Sailor Jerry in the Rest of the World. Now despite the ongoing popularity of Sailor Jerry the producers decided to change the UK recipe in 2010, to that of the the rest of the world and stopped production of the UK recipe.

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I’m mixing the rest of this with cola. I’m not putting myself through anymore. I’ve got a fair amount of cola in my glass and not that much Old J left (thank the lord). Admiral’s Old J 151 Overproof Spiced Rum Tiki Fire. Sometime in the late noughties there was a brief craze for Sailor Jerry and Cola here in the UK. It was before I seriously drank rum in any shape of form. I confess I did take part. A little. It’s so “grainy” and artificial it really jars on the tastebuds. It has that nasty graininess in the cheap spirit that I find so disagreeable in certain supermarket white rums. In the end it doesn’t even taste like cherry. Admiral Vernon's Old J Rum is best known for its spiced variant, which is a blend of Caribbean rum with a mix of spices, sweet vanilla, and Persian lime. This combination results in a distinctly smooth and well-balanced rum with a flavour profile that sets it apart from the typical spiced rums on the market.

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