Whiskey Dreams – Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum

I’v got a disclaimer about Cruzan rum, which might impact my evaluation of this spirit.

Many, many, years ago when I got married we spent a week in Saint Thomas. It is the first time I ever had Cruzan rum, and because it was an amazing trip, I have very fond memories of drinking Cruzan in just about everything while I was there.

It was a long time ago, and I’ve since stopped drinking most mixers and like my drinks over the rocks or with a touch of water added to open the flavors of whatever alcohols I’m drinking, and I just recently grabbed a bottle of Cruzan Spiced Rum mostly out of chance. It was on the top shelf and my back has been really bothering me lately.

Anyway, I bought a bottle of Cruzan Spiced Rum and was surprised just how much I enjoyed drinking what many consider to be a “budget” or cheaper rum. For the price, and for the memories it brings back, Cruzan has found a spot on my liquor shelf for a long time to come.

Given all the good memories Cruzan Spiced Rum has for me, the price, and the pleasant spices that come out on the tongue I’m giving this rum a 67/100.

Pros

  • Smooth
  • Cheap compared to some other premium rum brands.
  • The spices really come through, especially the allspice and vanilla, which I really enjoy.

Cons:

  • Faint after bite, just a hint of harshness on the tongue after sipping it straight.

BottleScorePriceDate Reviewed
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml3/28/2021
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml2020
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml5/23/2021
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml2020
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml1/3/2021
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml2020
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml2020
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml2020
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml2020
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml2020
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml2020
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml3/7/2021
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml2020
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml1/31/2021
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml2020
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml3/21/2021
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml3/14/2021
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml2/28/2021
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml2020
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml2/21/2021
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml2020
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml2020
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml2020
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml2020
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml3/24/2021
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml2020
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml2020
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml2020
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml2/7/2021
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml2020
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml4/18/2021
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml2/14/2021
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml1/10/2021
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml2020
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml2020
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml2020
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml1/24/2021
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml2020
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml2020
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml2020
Fireball5$18 / 750ml2020
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml4/4/2021
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

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