First impression on taking out the black plastic stopper: brown sugar, even before the alcohol shows up. On further sniffs, I start to think molasses instead of brown sugar, but I'm not sure what my nose thinks the difference is. Bottle is tall and slender-ish, with a long neck and no punt to speak of, just a minor concavity below a really thick bottom. Label is a parchment color with dark blue and black writing and ornate ornamentation, including a skull, a naked young boy, and a sailing ship. :) It's quite attractive, and states 68% ABV.
Spirit (maybe two teaspoons in an open-form glass) is dark brown in the bottle and glass, but not devoid of transparency. More brown sugar on the nose, with a hint of maple. Swirling brings out some smoke on the nose and drops spilled on my shorts. :) Now that I get the smoke, I get a lot of it. There's a sharp smell I'm having trouble putting my finger on, or (again) it might be the alcohol fooling me. If I said it was something chemical, you'd think I meant it negatively, and I don't, so let's just move on. :)
First sip: I think my blood pressure just went up about five points. ;) This spirit is not meek. The brown sugar/molasses is right up front with the alcohol, and lingers. Something like the saline/black olive I mentioned in my St. George post previously wants to come out here, but reminds me more (and again, I risk turning someone off by saying something I don't mean as a negative at all) of iodine, perhaps? There's a lot of stuff going on in here, as one would expect.
Risking hell and damnation, I thin the spirit out with drops of cold filtered water, and approximately double the volume of liquid in the glass. If anything, it smells sweeter than before. On tasting, the rum doesn't change too much with the water. It's obviously weaker, but about the only other generalization I can make is that the organic-y flavors are damped down and the mineral-ly flavors are exposed a bit more.
I really wish it were easy to get some of this, or any other Lost Spirits products. The North Carolina ABC WWW site shows zero products by this distiller. You'll have to venture out of the state to pick this up if you live here.