Shellback White Rum 750mL

Apologies once again for neglecting the posts around last weekend – I and others had some very important business to attend too at the Boston Convention Center (Pax East). We are back however this time continuing our journey into white rums and tequilas.


It’s our journey I’m regretting more and more as the weeks go by, though to be fair that’s due to the selection we’ve gathered of late (I do actually enjoy a good white rum or tequila). This week we from bland taste to straight up sugar water.

This rum is lucky it doesn’t have nutritional facts on at as they’d need to own up to the vats of sugar they poured into this to make it not taste like shit – which it barely does anyway. Let’s move onto their piece, and what it actually scores though.


What they Say: “For centuries, Sailors crossing the equator for the first time earned the respected title ‘Shellback: a son of Neptune’ for their experience at sea. Shellback rum honors the experiences of those who have been found worthy of the title. For in the end, we are all the sum of our experiences.


Taste: 3.0 – Ahh, I had every right to have reservations considering the smell. This is sickeningly sweet. And while things like Gosling’s have dark spice and power to contrast this, it feels like they dumped sugar in here.

Aftertaste: 3.0 – And it’s the same story here, the taste is not so great, but is masked heavily by sugar.

Burn/Smooth: 4.0 – There is a bit of burn there, but the sugar and taste do not make this go down smoothly.

Aroma: 6.0 – It’s sweet? It certainly lacks any sort of harshness, but the sweetness actually has me a bit worried – rum is a puke-maker already.

Honesty: 4.5 – I was fine with them until they threw out the line of ‘we are all the sum of our experiences, because that line was just so foofy. Otherwise this doesn’t do much to back itself up when it tastes like sugar.

Mixability: 3.75

Rum and Coke: 3.0 – For the love of good never mix this with pepsi unless you want instant diabetes, it’s just so sweet here I jammed a lemon in afterwards just so it wasn’t so sweet.

Faux Mojito: 4.5 – Well if you want to vomit, add a bit of mint to this rum, it adds just enough sugar that it’s truly a dessert in itself.

Value: 3.0 – While that price point is rather low, I would never knowingly pay 13 of my hard earned dollars on this rum, and that is all you need to say about value.


Google Shop Average: $13



Reviewer Scores:

BuffaloJern: 3.0

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Metric Score: 27.25/70 |+| Metric Average: 3.89 |+| Reviewer Average: 3.0

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Final Thoughts:

I bought this for a review, and if I’m doing my job right – I sincerely hope you dear reader never buy this as well.


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