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Lambs Blacksheep Spiced Rum

Review: Lambs Blacksheep Spiced Rum (83.5/100)
Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Revision published July 16. 2012

Lamb’s Blacksheep Spiced Rum is part of the Corby stable of North American Brands.  This is what the Corby’s website has to say regarding the Blacksheep …

“…Lamb’s® Black Sheep Spiced Rum is produced and blended in small batches to ensure consistency of the complex flavour profile that is unique to the rum category. Our ingredients – the finest cinnamon from Korintje, Madagascar-bourbon vanilla and lime essence from Mexico have been carefully selected from around the world to ensure optimal enjoyment on the palate…”

The rum is bottled at 37.5 % alcohol by volume and sold in the attractive 750 ml bottle shown below.

In the Bottle: (4.5/5)

As you can see, the hexagonal Lamb’s bottle is attractive as is the professional label with the strong fonts and colors which hint at the cinnamon flavours found inside. The presentation is quite satisfactory. The plastic screw cap  is much preferred over those pressed on metal caps I still see, but a nice satisfying cork would have been grand.

In the Glass: (8.5/10)

I noticed a light amount of oil in the glass with skinny legs that swim back into the rum when the glass is tilted.  The firm scent of cinnamon is in the air as is a healthy dose of vanilla. the combination reminds me of those tiny red heart-shaped candies I used to buy as a kid.

Behind  the cinnamon and the vanilla is a mild caramel scent; but I detect very little if any lime essence nor any oak spices which of course might be lost in the cinnamon.

In the Mouth (50/60)

I would classify this rum as a mixer rather than a sipper. It’s not that I can’t sip Lamb’s Blacksheep, I can and occasionally I do; but, the flavour profile is like a sweet cinnamon candy. I like this overcharge of cinnamon, and the inviting vanilla underneath, but drinking the rum neat is kind of like nibbling that sweet candy. You like it, but if you have it too often the flavours become cloying.

Mixed with cola is a whole other matter, the Blacksheep is delicious mixed. In fact, Lamb’s Blacksheep rum does not need to be mixed with cola, it is very versatile. I made a great spiced peach punch for my Superbowl party this year using the Lamb’s Blacksheep as the base spirit, and earlier in my explorations I made  some wicked spiced rum balls.

In the Throat (12.5/15)

The finish is all cinnamon and vanilla, with a nice kick that stems from the spice rather than the alcohol. This is a 75 proof spirit, which is slightly higher than most spiced rums in the market place; but I wish it had more alcohol push to go with the cinnamon kick.

The Afterburn (8.5/10)

When I first tried this rum, I was delighted by the unique flavor profile. Over time I have found that this flavour profile can become cloying if I return too often. However, I still love using this rum for mixed cocktails where the unique spicy attitude works extremely well.

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.

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Suggested Recipes:

Peachy Spiced Rum Punch.

Here is the recipe:
1 cup Lamb’s Blacksheep Spiced Rum
1/2 cup  Appleton Estate VX Rum
1/4 cup Triple Sec
2  cups Peach Juice
3 cups  Orange Juice
1/4 cup Lime Juice
3 tbsp  Simple Syrup

Garnish Punch Bowl with slices of peach fruit

Finish with Large Ice Cubes

I find this to be a very refreshing drink and as you can see I fill my glass to the brim!

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Blacksheep Rum Balls

1 1/2     cup finely chopped nuts  (A mixture of walnuts, pecans, and almonds)
1  1/2    cup icing sugar
4 oz       grated dark bittersweet chocolate
1/3       cup Lamb’s Blacksheep Rum
1 tsp     Real Vanilla Extract
1 or 2 Dairy Milk  chocolate bars

Here’s how to make them:

Place the Dairy Milk bars in the refrigerator to keep them hard so they are easy to grate later.

Make sure the nuts and the first amount of chocolate is very finely chopped and grated.
Mix the first five ingredients together and form into a small ball.
Refrigerate the mixture for 1/2 hour.

When you take the mix from the refrigerator,  Take about a tablespoon at a time and roll the dough into  1 1/2  inch balls.

Cover the balls with the second amount of finely grated Dairy Milk bars.

Place back on the wax paper in the flat Tupperware and seal, refrigerate until you are ready to eat them.  Yumm!

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My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret the score as follows:

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

17 Responses to “Lambs Blacksheep Spiced Rum”

  1. Larry D. said

    Enjoyed your analogy of Black Sheep, mixed with the humour to get your message through.. I tend my “flock” almost daily, and I take it right on the rocks as I hate to lose the flavour in a cola.. I have been a rum drinker since the Boer War, and there is none finer than this baby. I just converted to a Spiced Rum because of Black Sheep.. Larry D. Thunder Bay Ont.

  2. AK said

    try it with apple juice…tastes like apple pie….also good in coffee…AK

    • Anomally said

      That is an interesting idea to try! I’ll try it this weekend and give my opinion for what it’s worth…

  3. Anomally said

    They have upped the alcohol content to 43% now. After about a two week absence from the store shelves here in Regina, Lamb’s Black Sheep has returned with a new label with a pirate on it and at the bottom what appears to be a dubloon with 43% alc/vol on it. Still tastes great :-)

  4. Wahid Akhram said

    Good!

  5. Murray said

    Tried it last year, by far the best, smoothest, tasting RUM, BLACK SHEEP! I have all my friends trying it and enjoying it!

  6. Rick said

    Try Black Sheep with Coke lime or Pepsi lime, it is superb.

  7. Prof said

    Wow this is good stuff!! Great with ginger ale!!
    Looking forward to trying other Lamb’s products and that Sailor Jerry’s sounds interesting too.
    How does Capt Morgan’s Spiced compare and are there other ones that I should check out. I assume that each one is different than the other even though they are all called ‘spiced rum’.

  8. Jeff Allen said

    Outstanding with eggnog.
    Very good at Xmas.

  9. Boxy said

    I just picked up my first bottle of Black Sheep last weekend. Wow! I first tried it straight – about 1/2 an ounce – and was amazed. It goes with just about anything, whether a simple rum & coke or an exotic cocktail. I used it in a cocktail called a Tahitian Tiki Moon, and received compliments all evening. I’ve previously used Sailor Jerry (which I still like, don’t get me wrong) but Black Sheep definitely has a place in my home bar.

    • I am curious Boxy, What exactly is a Tahitian Tiki Moon?

      • Boxy said

        The ingredients are:

        • 2 oz Light Rum
        • 1 oz Coconut Rum
        • 1 1/2 oz Vanilla Rum
        • 2 oz Orange Juice
        • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
        • 2-3 oz Cream
        • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

        I subbed Black Sheep for the Light Rum.

        I can’t take credit for this – I found the recipe on the internet.

  10. Glad you liked this Rum RG. Have you tried other Spiced Rums?

  11. RG said

    Best tasting rum ever!! Nice smooth and satisfying flavour.Great vanilla notes and mildly spicy.Mixed with coke or diet cola is good and not too sweet.

 
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