Shellback Rum: An Impressive Silver and Spiced Rum

Two Good Bottles of Rum at a Great Price

Shellback Silver and Spiced Rum
A pair of good tasting rums from Barbados, Shellback produces a smooth silver and impressive spice rum and both are great in cocktails. Photo Courtesy: Shellback Rum

Released in 2012, Shellback produces two styles of rum, Silver and Spiced. While the two are obviously distinct from one another, together they make a great portfolio introduction for the brand.

You will find that these rums are smooth and full-flavored, rather impressive actually, especially given the reasonable $17 price tag. After tasting Shellback, it will be difficult to find a comparable rum in this budget-friendly range.

Shellback Silver Rum

We should start off with a bit of trivia: The name "Shellback" comes from a tradition among sailors. They receive this honored title of 'shellback' once they had crossed the equator on a voyage.

On to the rum... Shellback is produced in Barbados at the West Indies Rum Distillery, which has been making rums since 1893. The rums from Shellback are blended, comprised of neutral, heavy, and aged light rums that have passed through either continuous or pot stills.

Shellback Silver is a delightful, unaged rum. It has distinct floral notes and hints of tropical fruits along with a satisfying vanilla undertone. For a rum of this price, it is exceptionally smooth and has a fresh finish.

This is a rum that is begging to be used in any rum cocktail you want to throw it into. It will work well with crisp, clean drinks like the Daiquiri, and it serves as a perfect base for the most complicated of tiki cocktails.

Be sure to give it a try in the Shellback Independence Day Mojito because it is fantastic with fresh watermelon and raspberry.

This can very easily become the rum that regularly fills the well of your bar.

Shellback Spiced Rum

Shellback Spiced Rum quickly became my new favorite spiced rum. What I enjoy most about this is that it lacks that acid burn that has deterred me from these rums for awhile.

If heartburn plagues you, give this one a try.

This one has the spices that are a signature of the style, but I find them to be in better balance. The spice is slightly more gentle than the likes of Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry. On the other hand, if you enjoy that punch only spiced rums can give, this tamer version may not be up to your standards.

This spiced rum begins with the same base blend as the silver. Natural spices (and no sugar) are added, including allspice, cassia, cinnamon bark oil, ginger oil, clove oil, and nutmeg. The rum also rests in used American bourbon barrels for a year.

The result of this is a rum with a deep profile of spice and notes of caramel and honey and it's a spiced rum you could easily use in the more complex rum cocktails, certainly any that call for spiced rum specifically. One drink from Shellback that you may want to try is the Kaepernick's Keg.

About Shellback Rum

  • Blended silver and spiced rums produced in Barbados.
  • Imported in partnership with Grand Antilles Cane Spirits.

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