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Cruzan Banana

Category: Infused
Country: St. Croix (USVI)
Aged: Unknown
Alcohol: 27.5% (55 proof)
Availability: Everywhere
Price: $10-$14 (750 mL)
Rating: Two and a half stars

The Review:
This Virgin Island infused rum is clear and heavy, and from the very first moment you crack the seal the tropical aroma of banana and alcohol is like a seductive, sweet breeze.  Unfortunately, the taste is nowhere near as good.

On the tongue, it's oily and somewhat artificial, a taste that quickly gives way to an almost brutal harshness that is completely out of place in what should be a more mellow and relaxing tasting experience.

I know from past experience that Cruzan makes several nice flavored rums.  For instance, their Single Barrel is actually really good but this one is far from their best.

Still, I must admit that it works very well in boat drinks and desserts. Blended into a Piņa/Banana Colada, it's great. Don Lorenzo's Banana Rum is a little smoother, but I'm sure there's a better banana rum out there somewhere. 

In the meantime, Cruzan Banana is a fair infused rum at a bargain price.

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