Shellback Rum


Shellback was first released in 2012.  Two rum styles are produced: Spiced and Silver.  Obviously the two are very distinct from each other.  Together, however, they make an excellent portfolio introduction for this brand.  These are impressive, full-flavored, smooth rums, especially when you take into account their inexpensive $17 price tag.  Once you’ve tasted Shellback, it’s going to be tough to find any rum in its budget-friendly category that really compares.



About Shellback Rum:

Produced from blended rums in Barbados.
Retails for approximately $17 per 750ml bottle.
40% alcohol/volume (80 proof)
Imported with Grand Antilles Cane Spirits partnership.

Shellback Rum

Shellback Silver

Here is some trivia to start things off with: the term “Shellback” is derived from the sailor tradition where this honored title is given when the equator is crossed during a voyage.

Now back to the rum.  Barbados is where Shellback is produced at West Indies Rum Distillery, where rum has been made since 1893.  These Shellback Rums are blends that are comprised of aged light, heavy and neutral rums which have been passed through pot stills or continuous stills.

The Shellback Silver is a pleasant, unaged rum with tropical fruit hints and distinct floral notes along with a very satisfying undertone of vanilla.  This rum is exceptionally smooth with a fresh finish, especially for a rum in this price range.  This rum practically begs to be used for any rum cocktail that you might want to toss it in to.  This will work very well with clean, crisp drinks such as Daiquiri.  It can also serve as the ideal base for even the most complex tiki cocktails.  It may very well turn into the rum you turn to on a regular basis.

Shellback Spiced Rum

This has quickly turned into my favorite spiced rum.  The thing I like the most is there is no acid burn.  That was something that had been keeping me away from these kinds of rums for quite some time.  The Shellback Spiced Rum does have spice, however for me they are in better balancce and are a bit more gentle than other rums of this kind like Sailor Jerry and Captain Morgan.  However, if you really like that punch that spice rums are really known for, this version might be a bit tame for you.

The spiced version starts off with the same base blend used for the Silver.  There are natural spices (but no sugar) added to this rum, including nutmeg, clove oil, ginger oil, cinnamon bark oil, casia and allspice.  The rum is housed for one year in a used American bourbon barrel.  This results in a rum that has notes of honey and caramel and a deep spice profile.  It is a spiced rum that easily can be used with more complicated rum cocktails, and definitely with any that specifically call for a spiced rum.