Review: Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

There’s a dearth of spiced rums on the market, and a severe shortage of ones that are any good. (We’re fans of Kilo Kai, but it remains terribly hard to find at retail.)

Sailor Jerry is the personal recipe of Jerry Collins, a 1920s Hawaiian tattoo artist and apparently quite the rum connoisseur. Distilled in the U.S. Virgin Islands and bottled at a hot 92 proof, Sailor Jerry welcomes you with a ukulele-playing hula girl and a nose full of caramel. The “spice” component of Sailor Jerry is less than you’ll find in other spiced rums, but its more than made up for with that sugary, caramel flavor that makes what sounds like an overly alcoholic wine surprisingly smooth.

I tried it against Kilo Kai and it was night and day: Kilo’s citrus notes (and low proof) made it easy to sip straight, but Jerry’s caramel made it a fuller (and darker colored) spirit and perhaps a little better with Coke. Both are knockout rums, but quite different. Any rum fan — especially the spiced rum fan — should seek out a bottle. At prices like this, it practically drinks itself!

A- / $17 / sailorjerryrum.com

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16 Responses to Review: Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

  1. This is probably my favorite rum for mixing. Not the best on it’s own, but then I don’t usually drink rum on it’s own ever so that works for me.

  2. I saw this on the shelves of my local liquor store on Saturday, and I picked it up based on your review. I’m more of an Angostura / El Dorado fan for sipping rums, but for rum & cokes this is pretty hard to beat.

  3. I love this stuff. I drink it weekly with some friends. it’s like a tradition.

    One thing I like about the bottles are the different “pin-up” girls on the inside of the label.

  4. My go-to rum to get drunk. High in proof, cheap ($12), and mixes with just about anything. Try it with cherry Coke sometime. I swear it brings out a vanilla flavor

  5. Rae Cardwell

    When the beach is too far away, and class has got me bogged down, there is nothing like a nice Sailor Jerry and Coke. Always a favorite, and a hit at any campus party! At such a reasonable price, no other rum has the quality taste of Sailor Jerry’s. I encourage you to try it with a wedge of lime next time you mix it with Coke.

  6. I’ve tried nearly every readily available rum in my corner of the U.S.(including $50+ a bottle bathwater trash) and I must say that Coke was clearly invented for the purpose of mixing with Sailor Jerry. Even neat, chilled or on the rocks, the robust but surprisingly smooth flavor makes this my favorite spirit of any kind. Far superior to captain whats-his-name-again?

  7. Sailor Jerry is not the personal recipe of of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Is a clever marketing for William Grant & Sons Its bottled in NJ….It is harsh as hell…

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  9. This is not a sipping rum, this is a mixing rum, there is a difference. For mixing, it is one of the better spiced rums I have found. Usually, the normal spiced rums get lost in translation with the mix, not Sailor!

  10. I love this rum. Ive found that it mixes very well with both Sugar Free Rockstar, and Diet Cherry Pepsi. It comes off incredibly vanilla and almost too easy to drink with either.

    And at $10.99 for the 750ml, you cant beat the price per hangover ratio.

  11. This is now my everyday go to rum.

  12. meh whats all th hype about. stick to making apparel! if rum needs to be mixed than its not that great. strong, no question – but sippable now thats questionable.

  13. Awesome dude.That’s Very Nice. Two thumbs up.

  14. This made my roommate so drunk she threw up violently and put a cigarette out on herself.

  15. Bought my first bottle of Sailor back in my first year of college simply because I liked the label and it’s been my liquor of choice ever since. It’s a bit harsh, but it’s not bad to drink straight as a shot or just a pull from the bottle. As far as mixers go, I love it with Dr. Pepper. You just get Dr. Pepper with a an extra thump and a warm feeling in your belly. No nasty rubbing alcohol taste like with Captain or most of the other rums at Sailor’s price point. If you’re going to drink it with Coke, I highly recommend throwing the Sailor on ice, splash a small amount of Malibu Coconut over that, and fill the rest with Coke.

  16. im sure my partner had another type of sailor jerry called vanilla and lime. i was looking at buying it last year and found a website that stocked both. now i can only find the normal sailor jerry. anyone know where i could get and if there is another one? thanks :)

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