Review: Admiral Nelson’s Spiced Rum

Review: Admiral Nelson’s Spiced Rum

AN Spiced RumThe budget alternative to Captain Morgan (to which it is 2nd in spiced rum market share), Admiral Nelson’s Rum is also named after a real person. In this case it’s a good guy instead of a pirate, the famous British Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Until 2011, Admiral Nelson’s Spiced Rum was produced by Luxco, a smaller company that owns a few random spirits brands. It was then sold to Heaven Hill, or pals in Kentucky, which has its eye on number one. Refreshed packaging has just been introduced — although the eyepatch-wearing, grog-swilling, beard-sporting, tight-pants-donning Nelson still smiles out at you front and center.

How does Nelson’s measure up against Morgan? Not badly, actually. On the nose, light cinnamon and gingerbread notes, backed with vanilla. Not at all boozy, the body is pleasant, quite sweet, and not overly spiced. Gentle and easy, it’s a spiced rum for those who like just a little kick of apple pie in their cola, yet is easy enough to sip straight, not the normal M.O. for a spiced rum. Don’t come looking for complexity — the finish is short, straight, and simple — but few shoppers in the $10 to $12 range have ever made such a request, anyway.

70 proof.

B / $11 (though more typically bought in the 1.75 liter bottle) /

Admiral Nelson's Spiced Rum




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  1. Boston on June 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Sad to hear that Admiral Nelson sells better than Sailor Jerry.

  2. Todd on July 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I really enjoyed this rum, because as you say, it’s “not at all boozy” at 70 proof. I like that I can drink it straight and not be put off by the burn. Conversely, the lack of complexity makes it nothing more than a spiked coffee syrup.

    I recommend it to anyone who wants something a bit more docile that won’t overpower recipes, e.g. eggnog, hot cocoa.

  3. Evan on August 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Admiral Nelson’s is a tasty rum for mixing, though not quite as tasty as Sailor Jerry.
    The one thing it’s got going for it is it’s ability to produce vivid nightmares after just a few drinks.
    I’m not talking about just being chased by H.R. Giger inspired aliens through a burning spacecraft, but this rum unlocks your deepest fears and presents them to you in a vivid technicolor of terror.

    • CHris on June 30, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Not always a nightmare but yeah I’ve noticed it can cause weird dreams

  4. Rick Stevens on April 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I just tried Admiral Nelson’s and found the review above to be right on the money. It’s a good rum, especially for the price. I’ll buy it again.

  5. OCCD on October 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I usually select Admiral Nelson. Sometimes Lady Bligh or Calypso. Once you mix them (I like Mountain Dew with lime) the rules go out the window. Good rum is good rum and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

    • melvis on December 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Righty on matie

  6. Nancy Newark on July 3, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    The Admiral is number 1 in my book if you don’t like sweet drinks or mixers. He’s the best on the rocks or with a tish of water.

  7. K on January 8, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Tast like shit made all my guessed sick. Cheep nasty crap ill be posting this every were i got sick ass hell from pineapple crap

    • T on October 29, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      By the looks of your grammar and overall outlook, i don’t think it was the rum that made you sick. Most likely the cut mixed with your H.

  8. Anonymous on August 17, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Seriously? You should have checked your spelling before posting.

  9. Anonymous on October 7, 2020 at 10:29 am

    If you’re gonna drink the Admiral, go with the 101 proof

  10. J. on December 4, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    I think Lord Nelson is going to give the Captain a run for his money where I’m concerned. At $11 compared to the $18 for Captain Morgan, this is just fine. Great in a mocha coffee, Coke, or even straight. Nice mild taste, hints if vanilla and caramel. No harsh alcohol taste. I love it!

  11. Anonymous on March 7, 2022 at 6:31 pm


  12. jb on June 24, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    has anyone noticed that the finger guard on the cutlass is on the wrong side?

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