Cruzan 9 is the latest addition to the Cruzan line, adding another layer to the brand's already-extensive list of flavored products.
It's a light honey color in the bottle and glass, and gave me a nice mixture of sweetness, spice and a hint of pipe tobacco on the nose.The name "9" comes from the nine spices used to flavor it - allspice, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, clove, mace and juniper berry. Cruzan 9 has a nice mellow burn without overpowering, and the blend of spices did a good job of tempering the rum even when I sipped it neat.
The label talks about 9 being a bold spirit, and I found it to be flavorful without being either too sweet or too fiery. On top of that, the spices (especially the juniper, to my palate) gave it a nice long finish that was dry as leather and a welcome surprise.
The flavor, which I really enjoyed with cola or just over ice, was made even better by the fact the MSRP on Cruzan 9 is around $15 - especially since I think it measures up with most of the other spiced rums I've tried.