This version of Sailor Jerrys is a nice smooth spiced rum, however since they changed the recipe, I feel it has gone from an exclusive and niche product commanding a higher price, to just another spiced rum.
Is great with a half and half mix of fiery ginger beer and pineapple juice, with a squeeze of lime. If you'e feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix it with Crabbies alcoholic ginger beer.
This tastes very similar to Captain Morgans Spiced rum, and other than the abv there is little distinction for the price difference.
Lambs spiced is closer to the original recipe in my opinion, though has a distinct cinnamon addition.
The closest so far that I have found is Green Island Spiced (Mauritius), though to get the best flavour, I did add a used vanilla pod, to enhance the flavour. (You could do this with the Sailor Jerrys, but it is an expensive way of getting the original flavour that you crave.)
I am lucky to still own a couple of original bottles, but feel bad that a new generation of rum drinkers will never get to try this, just hope another rum company spots the hole in the market and emulates this now gone recipe!
I first got it in to the awesome Sailor Jerrys rum when the Wetherspoons pub chainstarted their promotion on the rum. You used to be able to purchase a Sailors and coke for £1.19!
I never could understand why it was so cheap, as if you intend on purchasing this from the supermarket, it will set you back almost £20. Worth it? I think so... it's one of the nicest spirits out there.
The alcoholic percentage stands at 40%, like most rums.
There was a recent outrage by the general consensus because Sailor Jerry changed the taste of the drink.
Originally the drink was more sweet, although when they changed it they made it a lot more spicy. I certainly agree with the masses that the change is taste was for the worst, but I still think it's a market leader.
There is a beautiful hint of vanilla to each sip, and it reminds me of the soft drink cream soda!
I like to drink this with just a tad of lemonade. Some people like to drink it straight.
When consumed on the rocks, there is a brilliant after taste of oak, and you really start to appreciate the spice blends.
Having been bought a bottle of Sailor Jerry at Christmas, I cracked it opened expecting it to taste similar, if not the same as most other dark rums which I have tried in the past. The dark coloured bottle and animated label depicting a pirate and his parrot however was a little bit quirky and were the first clue that this was going to be something a little bit different. Immediately upon opening the bottle, I caught the faint smell of vanilla and intrigued, tried a little bit neat to start off with. The product is a smooth blend of traditional rum flavour with wave of vanilla which leaves a sweet aftertaste in the mouth. It has all of the flavour of a normal white rum, but with the smoothness of a darker blend and a little twist of flavour which is very addictive. Once mixed with coke, this was very easy to drink and I enjoyed several of these. I would say that Sailor Jerry is a brand for more the more laid back rum drinker, or for those wanting to try something a little bit fun and different. At £ for a 70cl, it's definitely worth a try.
Gimme some sugar
Blimely, someone stuck spirits on level one! A chance to fit in some spirit-ed reviews. Here's my second. White rum is undoubtedly one of the most common "training spirits" that teenagers use to get plastered quickly.
Rum has also been used for some fairly questionable practices. Pirates used to use barrels of the stuff to buy slaves with. In Early colonial America, before the rise of Whiskey, it also was used as part of a bustling slave trade. British sailors also drank huge quantities of the stuff. It helped make life aboard a crowded cramped, busy ship a little more bearable. The daily tot of rum was only abolished as recent as 1970.
As a result, rum itself gets a bit of a bad name, at least here in the UK. It's a pity, as together with Tequila, there's an experience well worth having.
Made from the dusky thighs of chaste maidens
There are three types of rum. There's the aforementioned white rum, largely tasteless. The cabbage of the rum world. At the opposite spectrum there's dark rum. The original yo-ho-ho. In the middle sits golden rum, my favourite of the three.
So what is rum? It is a spirit made from sugarcane. Either directly from the juice or from the stuff taken out of the cane when it is processed into refined (white) sugar. Molasses. What's left is then aged in oak barrels, a lot like whiskey. In fact, some of the more expensive rums use ex-whiskey aging barrels in order to pick up a little extra depth to the flavour.
Sailor Jerry's is a mark associated with a particular type of golden rum, with added spices. The man himself was a tattoo artist who settled in Hawaii, hardly known for rum production. (There's a hula girl on the bottle) As you can probably guess, the bulk of his clients were US sailors.
The rum does indeed come from the Caribbean, where the vast bulk of rum production is centred. Cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla held give the contents not only an unmistakably wonderful smell (I refuse to say "bouquet"), it also gives the rum a unique slant in terms of taste.
Interestingly enough, those destined for the UK market are supposed to be less sweet than those hitting the US. I certainly wouldn't want a rum any sweeter than this one is. It is that third bowl of porridge in the bears house. Sailor Jerry's (UK) is just right.
The spicy notes linger on the tongue as heat builds in the throat and stomach. There's enough going on, that it can be drunk slowly. Neat or with ice. It also works great as a mixer in anything citrus based, or even coke.
Praying to God on the porcelain telephone
Golden rum is deliciously more-ish. If you like Bourbon, you'll love this. If there is a danger, it is that the rum is so smooth in finish that the inexperienced can find themselves going though enough of the bottle at one sitting that there will be consequences later. Particularly if you break the cardinal rule and mix your drinks. (Wine, beer etc.)
Picked up for a little under £20, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. In the words of Mrs Doyle, G'wan, g'wan, g'wan.
I have not been drinking out at bars, clubs and pubs for very long because of my age. So whilst at a celebration of the birth of one of my closest friends, I had to go through what was at that stage the agonizing process of ordering drinks at the bar. How do I know what to order? My birthday was six days ago? So I grabbed another friend and he ordered a rum and coke. So I leapt on that once my friend had gone and asked for the same. Now it took them about ten minutes to believe my ID but when they did, the barman asked a painful question. What rum do you want? My reply was in a quavering voice. Rum and coke please. He eventually settled on giving me a Sailor Jerry spiced rum and since it hit my lips I have found a new favourite spirit.
Now I am at university and well into the swing of drink purchasing processes. But always I tend to return to Sailor Jerry spiced rum. Of course, I am the only person who drinks the stuff, everyone else with their vodka, beer or cider looks at me with wary suspicion. It is a delicious drink with a rich flavour, though I know that there are sweeter rums out there. Officially, it has notes of 'intense vanilla, dry buttery toffee and subtle cinnamon' though I am not pretentious in that way and just enjoy it for its taste. Usually, I am a means to an end sort of person when it comes to alcohol. Good times and intoxication are the order of the day, as a responsible student of course. However, this I can just enjoy as a drink in its own right.
I tend to hate drinking most things straight or even on the rocks and with Sailor Jerry there is no exception. However, if that is how you wish to drink it then it is probably a smoother and better quality rum than you can otherwise buy to drink without a mixer. At first I was not brave enough to go beyond diet coke as an addition to my rum. Now I know how versatile it is, I have begun branching out into more exotic drinks. It is an absolute delight to add to any tropical fruit juice combinations. I tried adding it to a mixture of orange, pineapple and papaya and it tasted like summer in a glass. Divine. And so much better than Pimms for your exotic burst of sunshine. Sailor Jerry takes to most mixers to be honest and it is always nice to have a spiced rum, which gives your drink so much more depth of flavour than an unspiced variety. It takes to citrus flavours well, which offset its darker, mellower burnt sugar notes. Even cocktails that usually require a lighter rum (if you like pina colada) take on a whole new dimension with a darker, spiced dash of Sailor Jerry Spiced. I also find that a dash of vodka does not upset the balanced flavours if you so desire.
In terms of how it compares to other brands it is as delicious as Captain Morgan, perhaps one of the best known brands. I have also tried a more budget option of Cockspur Spiced, which despite being delicious, did not match up in terms of quality. Therefore, it is an excellent investment which will reward you for your generosity with fresher, smoother bursts of spice and flavour. However, it can be a little pricey, such as in Tesco for example where you are able to purchase a 70 Cl bottle for £18.40 whereas my Cockspur was just a little over £10. Nonetheless, this spirit has much to recommend.
So I first tasted sailor jerry in my first year of university in 2008, we were at a pub in Edinburgh called The Golf Tavern and it had this drink on offer, rum and a mixer for £1.95. I had never tried rum before and I thought why not? I chose to have this rum with coca cola as recommended by a friend, it tasted like chuppa chup lollies, I loved it, and for £1.95 how can you complain, this evening it is safe to say that I fell in love with dark rum, and sailor jerrys even more so.
The aroma of the rum is dark and mysterious, with various spices, its aroma is rich and reminds me of christmas, snuggled up in front of the fire on a cold evening. Out of choice I choose to drink the rum with coke, however this is a bad choice now I am on a diet, however diet coke just does not taste the same. Frankly since my first taste of this drink, none have tasted the same, I was not aware until a few weeks ago that they have changed the recipe for this rum, why did they do it? It just does not taste as good!!
You can drink this rum with your normal mixers such as coke, diet coke, lemonade, I would not recommend having orange with it. It looks disgusting, and does not taste much better. The rum is a light brown colour and looks and smells attractive, it is a warming brown colour and the drink is even more warming, it makes you feel slightly fuzzy inside. You get a great after taste of spices after you have drank this rum, it is not bitter and is quite sweet.
The packaging is very old fashioned and looks like a worn out peice of tarnished paper wrapped around the bottle. There is a picture of a hula girl on the front with worn out writing in both black and red, there is also a picture on the back of the bottle with a picture of the creator of the rum, he was a tattooist, called Sailor Jerry funnily enough. The original bottle has the hula girl on the opposite side of the bottle and single lined writing, like a tattooist ink and the S and the J of the title are intwined, this is how you can tell if you are drinking the old recipe or the new, I by far prefer the old. The top of the bottle has not changed, the lid is connected to the cork and to release the cork you pull off the lid and it just slips out, this I feel is great as it keeps all the flavour in and is very different to the original screw top lid that many other drinks and brandings use.
Overall I was absolutely gutted when I knew that they had changed the recipe for this drink, as it is my overall favourite alcoholic drink that I have ever tried. I would however still recommend buying this drink for the cold winter nights as it is spicy and leaves you warm inside, go on, buy it, once youve tried this rum, you will never look back, however I am, to before the recipe had changed, why sailor jerry, why?
Sailor Jerry's a few years ago was my favourite alcoholic drink ever, it was so unique and quite hard to get hold of which made it that little bit more special. Then they went ahead and changed the recipe, and now it tastes just like every other spiced rum and is no longer unique and special.
Sailor Jerry's used to be absolutely delicious, it smelled divine and tasted heavily of vanilla and lime and spices. It was without a doubt the nicest rum out there, it was also only available in select bars, online, and in Waitrose. Just as it seemed the Sailor Jerry's craze was at its height and it was rapidly gaining popularity, they changed it.
The sailor Jerrys today has a slightly different less attractive label, and a less distinct taste. It tastes just like other rums such as Morgans Spiced or Bacardi Oakheart, yet it still retains its high price tag of £17 for 70cl. Gone is the sweet vanilla and twist of lime and tempting spices, now all I can say is that it tastes quite bland. Dont get me wrong its still an OK rum, its not disgusting to drink and tastes alright as far as rum goes, but its impossible to like it if you ever tried to old recipe.
If you've got some extra cash and you want to try the old one (I highly recommend it, you'll have tasted nothing like it) then you can still find it very limited in various places online - but it costs about £100 and above - thats how good this rum actually was before it was changed.
So overall the old sailor Jerrys rum would get 5 stars from me, but this new recipe just doesnt compare in any way to what it used to be. Why they changed it I will never know, I dont know anyone who prefers this new recipe!
I've been tee-total most of my life. This isn't due to a sanctimonious, holier than thou attitude towards the negatives of alcohol so much as due to the fact that I really don't like the taste of it. Over the years my family and friends have tried to convert me by saying, "Just try this," whilst thrusting their drink at me and to be polite, I'll have a sip and decide it is as awful as everything else I've ever tried and hand them it back.
I'd tried most alcoholic drinks from wine, beer, whisky (I am Scottish after all!), gin, vodka and even cocktails and had found the taste of most drinks too bitter to be enjoyable. Some cocktails were bearable but to be honest, not more enjoyable than just having a soft drink.
However, a few months ago my boyfriend and I were in the pub and he did the traditional, "try this," while thrusting a rum and coke in my face. That rum happened to be Sailor Jerry.
Rum, of course, comes in various varieties from white rum which is completely clear right the way up to dark rum which is black in colour. Sailor Jerry is neither white rum nor dark rum and instead is something in the middle. It is a pleasing honey or amber colour and looks rather pretty in the bottle or in a glass. Rum is made from molasses which is perhaps why I seem to like it as I have a very sweet tooth.
After realising I liked Sailor Jerry, I've tried other rums and have found that some of the white rums are hard to even taste when mixed with something such as Coke while some of the darker rums are a bit too bitter for my liking and taste too strongly of alcohol. Again, Sailor Jerry hits a happy medium here. It isn't difficult to taste when mixed with Coke but also doesn't taste too sharp and alcoholic. Instead you can taste a pleasant spicey taste that is also sweet at the same time. It is quite moreish in flavour and although I prefer to drink it with a mixer, I think it would be quite nice on its own, as well.
A 70Cl bottle is currently retailing for £18.40 on Tesco.com which is an average price, I think, for a bottle of spirit and I definitely recommend it, even for those of you who don't normally drink rum.
Right now its all Jagerbomb this and Slambuca that, before that it was cider. Before that it was alcopops, and before that it was cider. I predict it will be cider again in 2017.
For a brief time is was Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, about 3 years ago. You couldn't budge for people telling you how good the stuff was. Great with Coke, great with Ginger - it wasn't all that bad neat, and I'm of the opinion any neat alcohol above 14% ABV is disgusting and indistinguishable from fuel. Any kind of fuel, just fuel. One day my palate will harden and I'll understand the pleasure of neat Whiskey - but not yet, my taste buds still have a few functioning sweet glands.
Drinks arrive on the market - sometimes they sneak in sometimes they arrive with heavy marketing and a bang. Sailor Jerry was the former - starting off in trend bars and only available online, it made its way into some highstreet pubs and Waitrose - before reaching the point its at now. Now you can buy in most pubs, clubs and supermarkets. Before it was a staple of the back bar and booze aisle it had its day in the sun - being a pretty regular fixture on the trendy student drink scene. It was shortlived however, with only a short year or they seemed to have made a terrible decision by changing the recipe.
Sailor Jerry is a Caribbean Spiced rum with an ABV of 40%. Packaging wise it is bottled in very average looking bottles and tatooing plays a big part in how the drink is branded.
The recipe available now, in all supermarkets for about £17, online for about the same and in most pubs and clubs for a price seemingly relative to the standard of toilets has change enough to kill the buzz around this drink. The original drink was a spiced rum, heavy on vanilla and lime - making it a sweet rum that when mixed with coke made a sugary, slightly sickly drink that young tastebuds loved. It was not overwhelming and quite interesting, and unfortunately for me on a few hazy nights - very morish. On first tasted the sugar and vanilla overwhelmed, but have it with a good wedge of lime and its a nice balance.
Then, whilst attention was gaining around the brand they took lots of the stronger elements out - dumbing down the vanilla and lime and replacing it with a sweeter, more syrupy taste. Its like they stopped making it naturally and let a machine take over. Its also got a little more spice and that results in a less smooth, less morish taste. Its also at this time, presumably with the bucks they were bringing in, that the Sailor Jerry brand laid the advertising and marketing on heavy. This has clearly upped their sales - making themselves available in supermarkets but also killed one of their bigger appeals - it no longer feels tastes like a 'special' drink.
I like to have a bottle of something about - usually something that mixes well and can be drank casually, and whilst Sailor Jerry does that there are a few other more interesting products out there such as Kraken Rum.
At around the £17 mark in supermarkets its edging towards a premium product with rival rums of the same bottle size going for about £12-£13. Its lost it appeal for me, but if you fancy something slightly more up market and your feeling a little flush this is worth a go.
I bought a bottle of the old version a long while ago, and not bought a bottle of the newer stuff the since - but have drank it a few times in clubs - its not as good as it once was but still a good spiced rum. A few others have tried to advantge of the door Sailor Jerry left open, Barcadi Oakheart being one - but although that tastes sweet and nice, its not all that interesting of unique - as Sailor Jerry once was.
Sailor Jerry is available in 70cl bottles from all supermarkets, and is a good buy if you enjoy spice rum - especially with a mixer and want something that is gives a quite refreshing taste that comes through well even mixed with ginger of coke. Ginger and Coke being the two things it mixes best with, but I've also had it with lemonade and thats worked well. Its not as nice as the older version, but I won't ever turn one down - I'll just live in the hope they one day change the recipe back.
Its a good drink for relaxing at home, on a night out or just when your grabbing a quick drink with friends. If your a rum drinker and not tried it, its worth a go. It still stand out against the increasing market of spiced rums, but not as much as it used too
Why is this drink so popular? Is it because of the cool artwork on the bottle? The unique spiced taste that isn't replicated by any other rum? The high alcohol content? The cork instead of a screw cap?
It's probably all of these things.
Sailor Jerry is a favorite of mine and many others. The rum is as dark as the barrel it came from (close anyway) which should be expected of any mans rum. The label features a picture of a not entirely clothed lady playing a ukulele for further manliness. The label is also pretty cool because on the back of it, as you drink your Jerry you'll reveal a piece of Sailor Jerry artwork. On mine it was another not entirely clothed lady but I'm led to understand there's a few designs around. My favorite thing about this drink though (my priorities are not in the right place) is the cork. You open the bottle by twisting and pulling the cork and you're rewarded with two things: a manly 'pop' you'd expect from a true bottle of pirates rum and a divine whiff of the deep dark liqueur.
It's popular with the ladies too. Despite it's 40% alcohol content, Sailor Jerry is so easy to drink. Said alcohol is masked by a thick vanilla spicing but it will still burn if you're drinking it neat. Saying this it is the ideal winter warmer served (ironically) over ice.
For me though, I enjoy a double measure of sailor jerry mixed with either coke or ginger ale. I'm not sure of other mixtures, I'm sure you can find some ghastly cocktails to put this in but it doesn't need it. With Coke it tastes like 'Vanilla Coke' and with Ginger Ale it tastes like .... Sailor Jerry and ginger ale (I should scrap that but won't)
Try it and love it!
Sailor Jerrys is a dark rum with vanilla and spice extracts to add to the flavour. Named after a famous American Tatoo artist's nickname who came up with the recipe, Sailor Jerrys is fast becoming a favourite in the UK, particularly it seems in the Indie club scene.
Rumoured to be offered to Sailor Jerry's customers before undergoing the needle, it is no surprise that the rum is 40% alcohol content. Although made to be drunk straight, many people (myself included) prefer to mix a double measure with cola for a taste that is not too dissimilar to what you would imagine an alcohol 'Vanilla Coke' tasting like.
The rum is often thought of in quite high regard, possibly due to it being priced slightly above similar, rival rums or maybe because of it being not as widely available as other spirits. You will see a 70cl bottle of Sailor Jerrys priced at around £17, although if you shop around you will probably be able to get it for closer to £14. Litre bottles are available for similar prices in relation to size, and it is also available in selected clubs and pubs around the UK (Wetherspoons included).
There is currently a facebook group of over 14,000 people campaigning for Sailor Jerrys to return to its previous recipe after a reported change in 2010 (source: Facebook). Apparently there has been a change in the amount of lime applied to the recipe, although I have to say I haven't noticed any change in my many sailor jerry and cokes!
As some of you will undoubtedly already know, I am a lady who enjoys a drink. Whilst I'm not really picky, I do have my favourites, and one of those is the eponymous Sailor Jerry, a spiced, dark, over-proof rum perhaps known best for it's association with Hawaii, and the birth of the cult of tattoo.
The rum exists as a salute and a tribute to Sailor Jerry, an ex naval officer who set up one of the first tattoo parlours in the world in Hawaii. His original art adorns bodies the world over, and his classic images of pin-up and hula girls are instantly recognisable. There is also a Sailor Jerry clothing brand paying homage to the great artist himself.
Naturally, given this, one of the first things you notice is the artwork, which is often different in different bottles. There is an image on the front (currently of a hula girl), and another image on the back of the label (which only becomes clear as you drink the contents). There is a clear nautical/pin-up theme to the images, which are classic 50's and very reminiscent of the tattoo's sailors would have had (perhaps unsurprisingly give the product). The strap line is 'stewed, screwed and tattooed', hence the title line. There is an obvious affinity between this rum and people who have tattoos/alternative people in general, but the rum has grown massively in popularity in recent years, and is now available in most supermarkets and many pubs, including weatherspoon's.
So what is it like? Well, it's a very strong, dark spirit, at 40%. drunk neat it should be sipped at room temperature, and tastes as strong as it is, with a hint of limes and burnt sugar. It is however (in my opinion) best enjoyed over ice and with coke, as this really brings the complexity of the spirit into focus. It is sweetened quite heavily (so I prefer to have it with Coke Zero to avoid cloying), and spiced heavily with vanilla and a fair amount of lime (although they have recently altered the recipe to take some of the lime out). Quite simply it is delicious, and in my view one of the most refreshing and tasty drinks around. It can also be paired with lemonade for a more summary drink, or ginger beer for those who like their flavours a little less sweet.
I would also like to share with you a recipe for my favourite Sailor Jerry cocktail, a long drink which should be served in a high ball glass with PLENTY of ice. It was originally from a cocktail bar near my uni and named a 'spice island' (it was made with Morgan's spiced not Sailor Jerry). I think it's much better with Sailor Jerry, but I don't have a name for it.
You will need:
1 measure (25ml) Sailor Jerry
1 measure (25ml) vanilla schnapps
½ measure lime juice
Shake the alcohol and lime well, pour into a glass over ice, and top with coke and crushed ice, add a wedge of lime.
Sailor Jerry is available for around £16 per ltr in larger supermarkets and off licences. In weatherspoon's it is usually around £1.50 for a single, or £2.50 for a double (mixer free). It's a little more pricey than some spirits but well worth the extra for the quality and class. Give it a go...you wont regret it.
Brand: Sailor Jerry / Type: Rum