Shellback Spiced Rum

Shellback Spiced Rum
40% Alcohol (80 Proof)

I found this spiced rum at the liquor store the other day and thought I would give it a shot.  Why the heck not?!  I haven't reviewed a whole lot of rum, but Shellback may be the start of a new trend.
It's been awhile since I've formally reviewed any rums, but Kraken is still my go-to brand.  I used to always sail with the Captain (yes, Captain Morgan), but in recent years my tastes have changed a bit.  Sure, he's always good for a nice Cap'n and Coke, yet I've started to get bored with him.  Kraken has fulfilled this void quite well, but now we have a new contender, and a cheap one at that... Shellback Spiced Rum.

Shellback Spiced Rum is another rum produced in Barbados and weighs in at the standard 80 Proof (unlike Kraken which is respectable 94 Proof).  It is reportedly made with twelve spices, but no added sugar.

Shellback Spiced Rum has predominant vanilla bean aromas with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and caramel.  Tasting brings flavors of a somehow dry maple and vanilla, hints of honey, and a considerable amount of holiday-type dried spice notes with a unique woody finish.

All in all, a great change from the usual artificially and overly sweet rums out there.  It tastes good straight, but really shines mixed with Coca Cola or orange juice.  At only $17 a bottle, a great deal.

Drink This: if you want a classy, unsweetened spiced rum for under $20.
Don't Drink This: if you're looking for the usual syrupy sweet rum, like Captain Morgan Tattoo.

Cheers, friends!      


  1. I had seen seen Shellback at the local Total Wine store next to the Foursquare I usually buy. I went to a craft bar in Sanford Fl and the "well brand" was Shellback. I had it with a Virgil's Real Cola and a twist. I was blown away by the taste. I still like my Foursquare but this is my go to now. If you want a great cola mixer, Virgil's is the ticket.

  2. Asked at a bar I frequent recently about their spiced rums. Was surprised to find they had Sailor Jerry, which is a favorite. The bartender mentioned Shellback. I said ok. I decided to get some for home and do some experimenting of my own. It mixes well, and has a very smooth, feel, and flavor. After the second sip I realized that it was not as "overbearing" as some spiced rums can be, and decided that it is definitely a "go to" for me.


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