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One of my first ever short drinks was a Bacardi and Coke, to me this felt like an adult drink (I used to drink sweet cider) and started my preference for spirits. In the run up to Christmas (2012) my Husband popped to the supermarket to pick up a few bottles of wine and spirits for the shelf over Christmas. The Rum he chose was Lamb's Navy Rum, (40% vol) I had never tried dark rum before I usually opt for white rum or honey rum so I was very interested in giving it a go.
The bottle is an eye catching hexagonal shape; this strikes me as being different from the usual bottle shape which is a good idea as anything that makes a brand stand out on the shelf is a good marketing ploy. The bottle looks identical to the one pictured above so there is no need for a detailed labelling description. Lamb's Navy Rum is a blend of eighteen Caribbean rums, so not one for the purists who prefer there drinks unblended, but to me it tastes just fine when used as a mixer.
As you would imagine dark rum is darker in colour than white rum (clear) Lamb's Navy Rum is a lovely golden brown colour, like burnt sugar. The aroma when opening the lid is very enticing, I can smell caramel, soft brown sugar, raisons. Everything about the smell makes me think of a good fruit cake, probably because I like to throw a few table spoons into fruit cake when I am baking, I also put a couple in chocolate cake too.
My favourite way to drink rum is mixed with Coke, this is how I have always drunk it. Lamb's Navy Rum lends itself well to mixing and the flavour blends in well with Coke without overpowering. My Husband likes a splash of this rum in a cup of coffee occasionally, I personally find the addition of alcohol to hot drinks overwhelming and for me Lamb's Navy Rum is no exception, I dislike the alcoholic steam that comes off the drink and the coffee seems to strip all taste out of the rum leaving behind a harsh taste of alcohol.
When drunk on its own I find lamb's Navy rum to be quite a harsh taste, the enticing aroma disappears after the swallow leaving behind a warm feeling in the throat. This is one spirit that actually makes me pull a face and make a strange huffing noise when drank as a shot; I do not find it enjoyable in any way.
In conclusion I like the bottle shape, I like the price (around £16.00 for a 70cl bottle) and I like it when mixed with Coke. I don't like it drank as a shot and I definitely could not sip this and enjoy it, it is just too harsh. I happily give Lamb's Navy Rum three out of five stars.
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I used to have the odd drink of rum when I went to my mates but one night got so drunk on it that I could never drink it again. Last night though my uncle came round to see my dad and he brought a bottle of Lambs Navy Rum with him. I had a glass while I cooked everyone something and thought it was the roughest tasting drink ever! lol
It's not that bad but has got a bit of a funny aftertaste, I had mine with Coke and even though I made it quite weak I thought the rum was mega strong.
The aftertaste of the Lambs rum is like nothing I've tasted before, it's earthy and gets stronger for ages after you've had a drink. It's got a nice heat when you swallow the rum and I liked that about it, the problem is it tastes mega harsh for a couple of seconds and in that time it felt like it was burning my throat.
My dad and my uncle were drinking it with the tinest bit of mixer and it was nearly making me heave watching them, my eyes watered when I drunk mine and it was weak as dishwater so they must have proper strong food pipes! lol
Lambs Navy Rum
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So, you're sitting with an old man, preferably with a big white beard in a library of sorts. The walls are caved with books, mementos and photographs of a bygone era. There are two large oxblood red leather chairs in the room, and the roaring open fire is encased with mahogany structure. The room is dark, but each flicker of each flame highlights a different character on his face.
He recounts a story that leaves you bewildered. A tale of treachery, adventure and dashing bravado in a bygone era, it may about some treasure, a dalliance with a lost pacific cannibal tribe or even a First World War hero valiantly conquering the enemy single handily. (It's up to you; it's your own story). He asks you if you want a drink, he reaches for the decanter.
Enthralled as you are, you take it with a pinch of salt. Society has taught you not to take things at face value, he could be senile or worse still trying gain your confidence in order to con you. How do you know?
It's easy to tell; Rum.
If he pours Whiskey for himself, he was probably a member of the upper echelons, Brandy and he more than likely came across the fable at an after party dinner, and if it was Vodka, then he may very well be a spy.
You see, Rum is what the heroes drink, it's not a sophisticated drink, and it's a way of life for them; a calming substance for the down trodden hero. Sailors, pirates and detectives that are on the edge all drink Rum. It's essentially Lucozade for the anti hero.
The most commonly drunk dark rum is Lambs (with the exception of Barcadi, but that is a little more pure and warrants a different review entirely.) Established in the 1840's by Alfred Lamb, whose distillery was ultimately bombed out of London during World War Two.
The uniquely sweet and spicy flavour produced from sugar canes gathered from the West Indies, and throughout the Caribbean before its distilling process of being aged for a year before being held in a bourbon flask, ready for consumption.
Lambs has a consistency darker than whiskey, it should look red, warm and ultimately lethal. It is.
Lambs is a very distinctive taste, the first nose full can be deceptively mistaken for Brandy or a strong cherry, the main give away is the strong woody spices that venture up your nasal passages and give your brain a good old welcome home hug.
When tasting, I would suggest just a sip, because the immediate reaction from your palate is alcohol, alcohol, alcohol. Only after a few moments will you be able to taste those specific rich spices that makes you feel like you are eating an antique Chippendale sideboard.
Gulp at your peril and it will make your eyes water, struggle to resurface, before accepting defeat and going to work on your chest cavity warming you up and putting you at ease. You should feel considerably calmer and ready to face any challenge head on, i.e. a swashbuckling duel with an evil count.
As with all spirits it can be diluted with a mixer. May I suggest Coke? For two reasons; the first being that I know of no finer drink, the two dark syrups bode so well, and the second being that I can think of no other.
Brand and Bottling
Lambs are still pioneers for all things British. The bottle itself is adorned in the Union Jack and represents itself as one of the last bastions of the empire. It's message is clear: I am traditional, but non confirmative. I am a loose cannon!
If you do not currently reside on a battleship, may I suggest drinkon.com http://www.drinkon.com/Details/SP0041/Detail/Spirit at the super affordable price of £16.49 for a 70cl bottle?
By now you will know if your Jackonory session was a complete fabrication or a welcome addition to your anecdotal story telling. Lambs really is an exceptional drink, and will firmly cement your place as a modern, daring and charming individual!
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I just couldn’t keep my cotton picking thieving paws off it. What? I hear you ask. The bottle of Lambs Navy Rum sitting in my cupboard. I bought it last week ready for Christmas. I buy a bottle of spirits every week from now until Christmas. Then I don’t have to lay out large sums of money all in one go. Temptation, miserable weather and greed got the better of me. This gorgeous tasting rum is aged in oak casks and has a mixture of rums from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad. Using these Caribbean rums is what gives it it’s unique taste. The bottle is an unusual shape too, it’s not round, it’s not triangle I know that for sure. I am hopeless with shapes is it a hexagon that has got 6 sides. Well, whatever it’s got 6 sides. Oh, who gives a damn. On the front of the bottle is a label spanning three sides. In big black writing is the word Lamb’s. In white underneath a picture of a flag it has the word Navy. Under that in gold writing is of course the word rum. I bought it from Tesco The price was £11.37 for 70cl. Prices may vary from shop to shop.It is 40% so you only need a couple of drinks, unless of course you want to get sloshed. The good thing with rum is that I never get a hang over, or headache. Want to know more? The colour of this particular rum is a deep reddy-brown. Rums come in a lot of different colours from white rum, which is the same colour as water to rums that are of a very dark chocolate colour. Mmmm the smell and the taste. When you first smell it you will notice sort of a buttery, caramely aroma. Don’t be fooled though, when you take a drink of it you will notice that it’s slightly hot to the palate, but not excessively hot, it just slips down your throat. (Not like some spirits that give off a burning sensation) It has got a lot of depth to its flavour and there is a distinct aftertaste of caramel. <
br>To really enjoy a good rum it should be taken neat or over ice. Having said that rum can be served many different ways. You can serve it with your favourite mixer, rum and coke usually goes down well. You can also make loads of different cocktails that go down well with the ladies. Lets forget the ladies now and think of the Navy who gave every sailor a tot a day. (2 ounces) it was considered as a health ration. I have tried lots of different rums through out my life time and I must confess when I was in Barbados I got to love Mount gaye rum, but that was there, with all of that beautiful sea and sun. When I’m over here I’ll stick with Lamb’s. I have never had any complaints about this brand of rum but, if you have any questions or complaints the address to contact is: Allied Domecq Prewetts Mill Worthing Road Horsham West Sussex RH12 1ST If you don’t want to drink rum, you can always use it as a preservative like they did with Nelson. He died on his ship during the famous Battle of Trafalgar and his body was preserved in a cask of his favorite rum, until it was time for his burial. Happy drinking folks ;o) BUT WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.
Lambs Navy Rum reknowned for its fine taste a taste that lingers, I can vouch for that. Although we are told that it is best enjoyed neat my first experience with Lambs or any rum for that matter was as that classic mixed drink the Rum and Coke. My best pal and I arrived at his sisters with a half bottle and an inquizitive urge. Twenty minutes later the rum was gone from the bottle but it is true we could still tase it, in fact thirtysix years later I can still taste it. I have been a scotch drinker ever since.
Alfred Lamb established his business in London in 1849 and created one of the world’s most exciting rums with an irresistable and unique flavour. Mr Lamb had the sugar cane shipped from the Caribbean to the U.K. and distilled and aged the rum in the United Kingdom. The rum he created was a fascinating and exciting one with hints of fruit, oak and burnt toffee. This was linked to the fact that the rum was being aged in the English climate rather than that of the tropical climate of the Caribbean. This produced a rum unlike any from the Caribbean and is what characterises Lamb’s till this day. Until today every bottle of Lamb’s Navy Rum proudly displays the Union Jack since it is indeed distilled in the U.K. However the main ingredient, the sugar cane is till today imported from the West Indies in the Caribbean. If you have read some of my previous opinions you make be aware that Rum is my drink of choice, with Captain Morgan Dark Rum (Black Label) being my favourite and Bacardi White Rum being my current choice. I personally do not have anything against other brands of rum, especially the Dark rums and therefore it was without hesitation that I decided to have this at a friends house over the last weekend. The complexion and colour is dark brown but slightly lighter than the Captain Morgan Black Label. One thing that I noticed about this rum was when I poured in into the glass and before I mixed it with Coke, the aroma was very strong. I could get the smell even though I was holding the glass at least 18” away from my face. The smell is a nice one and is different to other rums. Certainly you get the usual rum smell but this is also combined with something different almost sweetish. This is probably the toffee element in the rum, which is difficult to pin point unless you are aware of what it is. Lambs Navy Rum contains the standard 40% Alcoholic content associated with good
quality rums but personally speaking I felt it to be much stronger. One of the reasons for this is certainly because it was the first time that I was drinking it and the other reason would be that generally speaking the darker rums are generally heavier than the white rums. Also these dark rums like Lambs Navy and Captain Morgan, that seem to be associated with sailors, pirates and the likes, always seem to have that additional strength that sends your body tingling with warmth. The unique taste of Lambs Navy Rum has become so popular that a company in the States makes coffee beans laced with Lambs Navy Rum. On the same note Lambs Navy Rum is very popular as a mix with coffees and other warm drinks, which is helped in a major part by it’s toffee tasting similarities. Lambs Navy Rum is widely available throughout the U.K. and a comes in a standard 70cl bottle. This is available for between £14.00 to £15.00. Overall Lamb’s Navy Rum is a rum that has created it’s own characteristics thanks in part to the aging process being done here in the U.K. It is a very popular rum and one that once you get used to, would be very hard to leave.
When it comes to spirits dark navy rum is my favorite drink and Lambs is the tops as far as I'm concerned it has'nt got a licorice after taste like some dark rums that you can buy but a nice smooth caramel type flavour. I enjoy it in several different ways. Neat with ice and a slice. With Coke or Pepsi again with Ice, and the slice of lemon makes all the differece. One of my favorites is a large rum in my black coffee as a nightcap. I am a pig when it comes to Trifle but forget the sherry, pour in a nice big slug of lambs. It gives it a great flavour. If you like hot chocolate try adding a little flavour to it with a drop of Lambs rum flavored chocolate is rather nice and also great for a nightcap. All in all if you like rum, and I do, Lambs is the one with the best flavour as far as my taste buds are concerned. I'm afraid I can't recommend it to go with any particular food but what the hell when you've had a few who knows what the food tastes like anyway. Mick Gray
This stuff will send you to hell and back... Im only 19 but have had many incedents with Navey Rum. The last was at seaside resort called Bridlington, my friend got a bottle from behind the bar. We shared it between 4 of us and did we see some puke that night. Angin it takes a required taste and is mostly suited for old men I think. If you want to get smashed... go for it, but if u want a relaxing drink, I would take it easy. I defenetly would not advise smoking any dodgy substances with it. I have no idea what to mix with it to make it taste less rank but for head fuck.... Navy rum gets ten out of ten. Its good on price aswell, you can pick up a bottle around my area for about £15 and between 4 of you thats nothing. My grandma drinks it for a night cap and she's been doing that for about 20 years and she's 70 odd.
The Alfred Lamb tradition dates back to 1849 when Mr Alfred Lamb opened a wine and spirit business in London, ageing casks in cool cellars beneath the River Thames and when the windjammers probably still had to outrun the pirates to deliver the precious spirit. Lamb's® Navy™ Rum is a blend of 18 of the finest, smoothest, Caribbean rums from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and aged for up to four years in oak casks. One of Britain's best known dark rums, it is deep, reddy-brown in colour with a smooth and mellow flavour, excellent depth and a distinctive lasting aftertaste with a hint of caramel. Best savoured neat or over ice, Lamb's® Navy™ Rum is also great served with your favourite mixer or in a whole host of cocktails, from the simple to the exotic.