First off, I want to thank Brinley’s for donating a basket of their rum products to the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society to use as an auction item during a fundraiser event last week. Secondly, I want to say that I won said rum basket and am absolutely blown away by how great it is. The prize included a bottle each of their coconut, spiced, and vanilla rums (all signed by founder Zach Brinley) as well as shot glasses, shooters, and other trinkets. I haven’t tried the vanilla one yet. Maybe it’s because I am so excited that I want to save it. Their spiced rum is the best I’ve had, surpassing even Calico Jack’s which I previously reviewed. It’s a little easier on the palate—very smooth. However, I wouldn’t dare mix this one with Coke or Ginger Beer for a Dark and Stormy. This rum is for sipping. Don’t ruin it.
I’ve also never been a fan of sweetened, flavored rums. I tried the coconut with hesitance, but man, was I wrong. It tastes like a Pina Colada. No need to mix this one either. Just serve it chilled and savor the flavor. I didn’t think I would be so captivated by rum. I’m a whiskey and gin guy, but this is requiring me to give that a second thought. Brinley’s has a place right in Atlantic Highlands. Not only do they make the best rum around, but they are also incredibly kind in supporting a local establishment. Hats off.