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Five Hundred Cuts Botanical Rum

(70cl, 40%)

Five Hundred Cuts Botanical Rum

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Five Hundred Cuts Rum Bottling Note

The distilling arm of BrewDog is staying very busy, and this is another tasty example of the fruits of its labour - Five Hundred Cuts Botanical Rum! The spirit is distilled from sugar cane molasses, fermented with red wine yeast and rum yeast for seven days, and then double pot distilled. Afterwards, botanicals join the party, with the likes of orange peel, lavender, schezuan peppercorns and cardamom being re-distilled in the spirit, while cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, tonka bean, ginger, and allspice, are steeped in the spirit for 14 hours. The two spirits are blended and finished off with a touch of muscovado sugar.

The Five Hundred Cuts name is inspired by Elizabeth Blackwell, who, in the 18th century, created the most comprehensive herbal (a text of plant illustrations and descriptions) of plant engravings (or 'cuts') at the time. 500 of them, in fact. Not only was it sizeable, it was also one of the first herbals to show the plants drawn accurately!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Coca-cola, dark chocolate, caramel combine with more aromatic notes like ginger, orange peel and cloves.

Palate: Highly aromatic, almost menthol, with assertive cardamom leading balanced by rich dark sugar.

Finish: Fresh and herbal, like upmarket cold cure.

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Five Hundred Cuts Botanical Rum Reviews

Proper Spiced Rum

A proper Spiced RUM! Delicious with ginger beer

3rd November 2020

Winter coughmix in a rum.

A very wintertime rum.. loving the heat from the botanics x I actually mixed it with red wine...

31st October 2020

Stands out amongst the spiced rums

Different spices to others, cardamon cinnamon and cloves come through rather than vanilla in tastes like Christmas pud

30th October 2020


After a couple a lifetime drinks changed my mind, it’s horrible, like drinking Chanel number5, wasted £20 gonna tip the rest down the loo

28th October 2020


Tastes like sailor jerries, but with bits floating around In it,

28th October 2020

New one for me. Love it!

Absolutely loved my first bottle. It certainly won't be my last!

28th October 2020

Brilliant. More please landlord!

Sooooo flavoury! 5 hardened (experienced) whisky drinkers and I cracky open a bottle last night - it didn’t last long. Refreshing and light (and dark). Fabulous. More ordered.

24th October 2020

Thumbs Down

Not sure what this actually is or what Brewdog have tried to do here. The finish notes detail “fresh and herbal like an upmarket cold cure” and to be fair, it’s certainly like covonia but cut out the upmarket, it’s poorly done. Seems a quick punt by Brewdog to get more funds before being found out again. It’s not rum. Please stick to beer Brewdog

21st October 2020

Lovely warm rum, perfect for winter

Wow! Most people on here don't seem to have very well rounded pallets. Does it taste like your standard spiced rum? No. But that's what great about it. It tastes like a mulled wine version of rum. Incredibly warming and smooth. The clove is very dominant and maybe that's what people don't like but there are other beautiful flavours partnered too. It does call itself a botanical rum and not a spiced rum so I think people need to bear that in mind when they taste it. Best drunk neat and warm.

12th October 2020

Too many cloves

Definitely too clovey, very over powering clove flavours.

11th October 2020

Enough to send you T total

Terrifying.. can’t believe it’s allowed .. as another said makes Morgan spiced top stuff in comparison . Just do t even try it.. every purchase is a scam from some over egotistical brewery.. beer terrible..
I had to eat a raw lemon to wash the discusting taste from my mouth... it’s pure ignorance in a bottle ..

9th October 2020

Love it!

I think this is really lovely. So many different tastes and after tastes!!

8th October 2020

Love it!

I got a bottle of this as a gift and am really shocked by all the bad reviews, I love it! Definitely tastes like Christmas but personally I don't think that's a bad thing.

4th October 2020

If only you hadn't told me it was a rum...

Hmm, it's a bit clovey. Fails as a stand-alone rum but is interesting when paired with after-dinner nibbles such as crackers, cheese and a slice of pickled walnut.

30th September 2020


Words fail me for this rum.. Cut to the smoke was next to it in local asda.. I picked this up instead undrinkable no character just cloves in fact Morgan spice puts it to shame and that's really bad stuff.

27th September 2020

Something different, but in a good way.

Corn 'n' Oil in a single bottle. Infused with the spirit of velvet falernum. Definitely not your usual vanilla-essence-heavy spiced rum.

18th September 2020

Definitely not to everyone's taste.

Very sweet and too spicy, also has a slight taste of Dr Pepper mixed with medicine.

I can only agree with the person that recommends
"Try before you buy"

Having said the above I quite like Dr Pepper, mace and clove so will sort of enjoy mine in a sadistic way.

16th September 2020

Try somewhere before you buy...

Cloves are far too overpowering, Suggest you try and find a bar that sells this before you buy a bottle. rather than shelling out quite a bit for a rum that, in theory, should be amazing. In reality this is going to be an expensive mistake for me. No matter how much coke you put in a dull biscuity taste remains, all the sweetness is gone.

12th September 2020

Far too overpowering with spices

I don't normally feel the need to comment on drinks but I felt compelled to this time. I love my rums and I also love gluhwein and mulled wine but this was not pleasant at all. It was far too overly spiced with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg that was overpowering as opposed to interesting therefore quite sickly. The rum got lost in this and vor once couldn't finish the drink. Very disappointing and will not be having this again.

11th September 2020


Really enjoyed this rum, unique flavour, very easy drinking.

30th August 2020

Pretty grim

If you love cloves, buy Cloven Hoof which is properly awesome.

This stuff is thin, full of sediment and tastes like bad medicine.

Not recommended.

26th August 2020

Mcdonalds Apple Pies

genuinely that's what it tastes like. Its really easy to drink straight probably tricky to pair with anything. Perfectly enjoyable.

25th August 2020

Tastes great!

If you enjoy a sweet flavoured rum like captain Morgan spiced gold then you'll definitely like this! It tastes great with coke and ginger ale!

22nd August 2020

If you like Rumbullion

Beautiful, strong taste of cloves, if you like Rum bullion you'll love this.

29th July 2020

Christmas Pudding 🤮

It basically tastes of Christmas pudding, the Cloves and Cinnamon push though and dont let anything shine as a result.

I dont think I'll ever get close to finishing the bottle but maybe I'll be able to work it in as a cocktail ingredient ready for the man in red.

29th July 2020

If you like whisky....

NOPE. Reminds me of whisky. And I hate whisky. Wasted a lot of money on this bottle and now have to bin it after 1 drink. Disgusting.

23rd July 2020

loved it 👌

Its marmite
Love it or hate it similar to dark matter
I loved it...if you like its spiced lots of'll love it...

22nd July 2020

Overpowering cloves

Not keen, I'm afraid. Very sweet, well it is a rum I suppose, but with an overwhelming smell and taste of cloves. In my opinion the cloves and dusty cinnamon are out of balance with the other aromatics and spices. What a shame

21st July 2020


Cardamom and cloves, rich and luxurious. Sublime with ginger beer and a slice of lime And less sickly than the vanilla Rums. Gorgeous.

10th July 2020

Agree - tastes like Christmas

Yes indeed it is very heavily spiced with cinnamon and cloves. I have enjoyed a good few rums and like to taste something different in the rum spectrum. I really enjoyed it neat and would buy again

9th July 2020


Disgusting, seriously, do not buy.

9th July 2020

Lovely, Christmasy spiced rum. I love it !!

Being a rum drinker I did not expect to like this rum as I normally avoid spiced rums .. although it deviates from a traditional rum in flavour, it’s quite clearly not marketed as a standard rum.
It’s delicious for a change and full of spices. I love the flavour !

9th July 2020

gorgeous unusual rum

Loved it. Mix with coke for amazing root beer taste

8th July 2020


Sadly I was most disappointed with this 'rum', being a fan of Brew Dog. Overpowering scent and taste of cloves, and that's it. AVOID.

4th July 2020

Delicious with the right accompaniment

Seems to have a marmite reaction! Personally I really enjoy it, it’s extra sweet when mixed with sugary drinks, but the botanicals really come out when paired with a soda, such as fentimans botanical soda. I like it this way with a little bit of Smokey maple syrup and ice.

If you don’t like gins/ jagermeister etc. you won’t like this, but if you like complex flavours it’s really interesting.

3rd July 2020

Wouldn't wash my feet in it!

I have been drinking alcohol for 37 years and I can safely say that this is the single-most disgusting spirit I have ever tasted.

27th June 2020

Perfect for Blocked Noses or Burnt Taste buds!

Nose: Medicine with a note of menthol toothpaste
Palate: Inspired by Benylin Chesty Coughs without the benefits of helping your chest cough
Finish: Syrupy in texture, sticks to tongue like glue, takes a while for the taste to go.

24th June 2020

Too much.

Too medicinal by far for me.
Tastes a bit like powdered cinnamon mixed with clove oil. Shane because I was looking forward to trying this.

22nd June 2020

Don't bother

Nothing like rum it's awful, cloves in brown water,

14th June 2020

Not a usual spiced rum but still great

Really doesn't deserve the bad rep but not your standard spiced rum. Very similar to Dark Matter which I love but very clove heavy. I agree with the tasting notes and also a previous reviewer who said it's a rum-based herbal liquor.

13th June 2020

Don't. Just don't!

Yo ho ho and a bottlw of rum? Not here! This stuff is awful. A mixture between buckfast, mulled wine, gin and a bad rum. Well, its a bad rum anyway but wow. Just don't bother buying this. Please. Save your money and go buy a bottle of bumbu or something else tasty

13th June 2020

Don't even ask me!

Hey, it's the GMeister here yo, this rum is poor, people. Made me angry. Made me wanna build a big fence between me n my neighbour. Made me wanna throw things at seagulls. Damn!

8th June 2020

Rum with a vibe

Loved the originality and palate of flavors in this rum.....if you enjoy a good gin with added botannicals to give a distinguished flavor, and you enjoy rum...this is something special you must try! I drank it neat and it was like a lil explosion of flavors....a definite one to enjoy as it is without mixers.

6th June 2020

Not terrible but very interesting

Firstly the positives, it's a very nice bottle, once opened the scent is fantastic.

However this is not nor should it be classified as a rum. Think of this more as a rum based herbal elixir. It's overpowering to the point where there is little rum taste left, only thick clove heavy cough medicine. Couldn't drink it neat or mixed with the usuals.

Where this does come in handy is in cocktails, add a bar spoon of this to your favourite rum cocktail to give it an added depth. I tried it in a rum Negroni substituting half the vermouth with this to give it a kick.

4th June 2020

… Everybody only wants to discuss me...

Get ready for facts:
- I love rum
- This is disgusting
- I couldn't even drink it
- even ice didn't make it better; in it's frozen form, or as water
- instead of my Mrs buying me this, she should have punched me in the face
- I may not speak to her (Mrs) again

If you like this as an open declaration, I would not trust you as far as I could throw you.

I'm trying to think of more imaginative things to do with this, other than pour it down the drain. Deterant for foxes perhaps?

30th May 2020

Craft Rum

Not a very "rummy" rum, but a craft rum, packed with many flavours, it has an interesting taste, Brewdog pushes it with ginger beer and I agree. It's hipster-Indie rum, if you like craft beers, this might be the rum to try.
It's a different rum to try, but I've had it a few times and easily over it, many better rums out there.

16th May 2020


Wow, something completely different to all rest. Unique taste that goes well on its own or with coke.
A must buy if you are wanting something different than normal

4th May 2020

CLOVES !!!! and guess what MORE CLOVES!!!

I must have had a bad batch. All I got was CLOVES. excellent if I had a bad tooth but I haven't.
Hate leaving bad reviews but this was awful!

1st May 2020


covonia comes to mind

29th March 2020

Lovely stuff

I am not a rum person, but it delivers what it should. Lovely stuff. A must in any drink cabinet.

22nd March 2020

A bold challenging rum

I really like it. I guess it’s a marmite opinion you either hate it or appreciate the spices, sweetness, zest and the after punch woohaaaa. A bold rum. 🤩

13th March 2020


Horrible stuff tastes like the syrup of figs my mum used to give me when I was a kid if I was constipated.

7th January 2020

It tries too hard

Opening the bottle the nose is incredible and I couldn't wait to get it in a glass. Initially it's very interesting and full of flavour but as you take a second, third and fourth sip I can't help thinking about the Cavonia bull. Eventually found it difficult to finish the glass. I then tried a mix with cola, that took even longer and more determination to finish. Don't know what to do to make it palatable.

26th December 2019

Not sure

Never really cared for spiced rums but if you like them you'll probably like this. It has an aroma that actually says "don't drink me", but give it a go. Initially it has a sweet, mellow taste but then you definitely pick up an interesting aftertaste, the schezuan peppercorns and cardamom are there undoubtedly plus the nutmeg. For someone who prefers a straight up dark rum I don't mind this, would I get it again? Probably not, but that's just me.

25th December 2019

Christmas in a bottle.

Tastes like a medicinal Christmas cake enthused with sweet toffee caramel.

20th December 2019

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