I wish this was called Cane Run Sugar Cane Rum just for the wordplay alone. In short though we have a non-gimmicky fairly standard white rum that does not do much to not fade into the background of where it sits on a store shelf. Not that we take issue with that – some of our favorites barely standout, and the few with pizzazz are often left wanting in other areas.
Sadly that is not the case here, and while the value for a Rum and Coke is well worth the purchase for me, this has too much of a burn and sweetness combo while not bothering to excel at even one of it’s faults. We are then left with a rather middling if not subpar rum.
What they Say: “Cane Run Estate Original Rum is a tribute to the long and vibrant history of rum.
The distilled essence of sugar cane, rum was first enjoyed by swaggering pirates and British sailors in the Caribbean in the 17th Century. Back then it was a rough tasting spirit, despite its sugar cane base.
We at Cane Run have crafted our modern spirit to capture the hearty flavor that is the very essence of rum’s heritage, but with a soft and mellow smoothness that belies rum’s storied past.
Its balance makes it the ideal rum for classic and modern rum drinks alike. Bottoms up!”
Taste: 5.0 – Initially there’s almost nothing really, and for a light rum that’s fine by me.
Aftertaste: 3.0 – However combined with the burn and rising sweetness – there is still a terrible aftertaste.
Burn/Smooth: 2.5 – Oh yeah that has a burn like if you were drinking nail polish. The sweetness cuts it a bit, but not much.
Aroma: 3.0 – It doesn’t have a very strong or complex smell, but it is otherwise annoyingly sweet.
Manliness: 5.0 – Ahh hiding your inadequacies of bad taste as a comprimse of modern techniques and yet tributes to the old heritage. Listen if this was good I could nearly buy that, but point of fact is that they lie. If you just kept to your heritage without trying to say things like ‘bottoms up’ you could do well here, but whatever you gain is lost by the same sword.
Rum and Coke: 8.0 – For a white/silver rum that is a surprisingly good rum and coke. It lacks a spice that others may have, but with any faults gone and the right amount of sweetness this has found a home.
Faux Mojito: 5.0 – It’s okay here as far as fake/easy mojitos go.
Value: 6.0 – I was going to give this a ‘paid-what-you-get’ score, but that Rum and Coke has changed my mind, sure this is not a super deal, and there are other white rums at this price point that can serve you better.
Google Shop Average: $15
Metric Score: 31/70 |+| Metric Average: 4.43 |+| Reviewer Average: 4.5
Final Thoughts: If handles of this were offered it might beat out my current decanter favorite (Don Q), but since I don’t see it being sold as such it will join the ranks of rums past.