Strong but smooth can best describe Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, a product that was the result of extensive research into the history of this classic drink. The honest interpretation of this can be seen in the use of raw spices and flavors that are highlighted with cinnamon and vanilla. While vanilla is the overriding aroma that envelops one's nose, the cinnamon soon shines through along with a sample of toffee. The oak barrels from which it was distilled can also be detected, with an almost soda-like presence that leans in the direction of black cherry evident. Those sweets and spices are coordinated when it comes time for this offering to connect with the palate, making for an experience that almost brings an individual into a soda shop from the past. The final smooth finish is enjoyed with a minimum of fuss, and seems to work best with long, tall drinks.