I really like lime. It’s easily my favorite citrus, great in vodka, and excellent in a rum drink. And it only makes perfect sense that if I like lime in my rum, I’m gonna love lime in my bay rum. I know this ahead of time, and saves a few lime specimens for the very end of this 20+ bay rum sampler pack.
Today’s test subject is St. John’s Bay Rum with Lime. Oh yes. St John’s has a fantastic reputation in the reviews and message boards I have visited. And it’s among the very top of the line of the bay rum brands I have tried in the past several weeks. And this one, the lime variety, may just be my favorite of all the St. John’s I have tried.
Going on it’s got some bite. Not necesarily a cool feeling, but one that will bite at you just a bit. Definitely lets you know the rough patches of your shave, but in a very refreshing way.
The smell is just fantastic. There is a lovely lime note right away, with a lovely blend of St. John’s mix of fragrances beneath it. There are hints of clove and cinnamon, but honestly, it’s a hint.
Let me jump in here and make a note of something I have discovered during this trip down bay rum lane. I have tried 20 bay rums so far this month. Before I started this journey, I can’t say that I hated clove, but I wasn’t the biggest fan. And when I read a certain brand had clove, I assumed I would not like it. I may have even brought this bias into the first few reviews I did. But as I tried bay rums that had clove and those that didn’t, I found that clove, while quite pungent on it’s own, blends really well with bay rum oil. The two work together, with the clove giving the bay rum scent a little bit of loft and staying power, while at the same time rounding out it’s rough edges. It seems there is a bit of an art when it comes to finding the right amount of clove to mix with the right amount of bay rum. And it seems that St. John’s has nailed it.
I seriously consider myself lucky to have such an amazing aroma floating through my nostrils right now. It’s quite awesome.
(This review is of a sample decant of the original product, and as such I cannot guarantee that the sample contained the appropriate mixture of the original ingredients.)