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Old 01-22-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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I saw Kirkland Signature Spiced Rum at my local costco yesterday. I think it said it was from St Croix so I assume Cruzan is making it for them. Anyone know for sure? I didn't grab a bottle yet to try it out but I sure will, just have to drain one that I have in my cabinet to make room
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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The would be the Cruzan distillery but it probably isn't the same quality as the rum bottled under the Cruzan label.
Like a lot of the larger distilleries, Cruzan sells bulk rum to bottlers around the country and the world.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:53 PM   #3
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I ran into this Rum @ Costco as well. Says it is made from the 1st pressing of pure virgin sugar cane (not molasses) and is distilled 5 times before natural flavorings and caramel coloring is added. No statements of any cask time or other information given. @ $15, it seems worth a try as a cheap mixer at least.
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I ran into this Rum @ Costco as well. Says it is made from the 1st pressing of pure virgin sugar cane (not molasses) and is distilled 5 times before natural flavorings and caramel coloring is added. No statements of any cask time or other information given. @ $15, it seems worth a try as a cheap mixer at least.
And that pretty much makes it Rum flavored Vodka. A mixer is probably a higher calling than it deserves.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:39 PM   #5
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Well then, it's damn good Rum flavored Vodka. (Nice job Cruzan.) But opinions are like,... well you know,... everybody has one. While we may ultimately disagree on its merits, at least base your opinion on the evidence,... i.e. personal experience. Give it a try. It may surprise you as much as it did me.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:36 PM   #6
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Acdcording to Romar Nichols, Costco buyer, it was made on St Croix and distilled 5 times.

So it definitely isn't made from the first pressing of sugar cane, a marketing phrase that is complete and utter, well . . . marketing.


First, there isn't a sugar cane press in operation that presses cane only one time, except the small hand or small engine presses used to make sugar cane juice alongside the road in cane producing countries.

Second, cane is pressed in a series of rollers that press the cane three or four times to extract as much sugar as possible.

Third, sugar cane isn't like grapes or olives where they are pressed once, then pressed again. Once sugar cane is pressed it is used for fuel to power boilers to press more cane or generate electricity or generate steam for distillation. After you press cane you have exposed the inner fibers and if you're going to get anything else out of the cane you need to do it right then, there is no amount of time that you can spending processing fresh sugar cane a second or third time.

I've not tasted this rum, but the advertised price of $15 for a 1.75 liter bottle at 92 proof tells me that this is a real value considering the federal tax alone is about $5.74 a bottle.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:06 PM   #7
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Default Kirkland Spiced Rum

I am not a rum expert, but I do know what I like and have had a number of spiced rums (including Cruzan-very good stuff!). I recently joined Costco and immediately spotted the modestly priced rum in question. I could not resist giving it a try. After asking, the clerk told me it was essentially a replacement for the previously carried Sailor Jerry. I can only hope they bring back Sailor Jerry - this stuff is simply awful. My recommendation-pass up this low priced offering. It's not worth the low price.
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I'll have to disagree with Steve here. @ $15 for a 1.75L bottle, my expectations of this Rum were not great..... but I was open to giving it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. @ 92 proof, I was expecting a harsh entry. However, I found this rum to actually be sipable,... although it will not replace any of my favorites reserved for this purpose. But it will definitely be my new go-to-rum for mixing. It is fairly balanced overall, not being overly laden with Vanilla..... although it is admittedly the dominant spice in the profile. But not overwhelmingly so.

So if you have access to this rum, I have to recommend at least giving it a try and deciding for yourself.
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I confess I was too hasty in my above post. Don't know what was up with my taster, but after a second and then a third indulgence I find I must apologize for my initial review. I concur with the review offered by SeldomSeen above.
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That's OK Steve we generally give Seminoles a second chance !!!!
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