Review: RUM COMPANY Cocorange Old Rum – #73 hit

3 weeks ago while attending a Rum & Whisky Festival in Copenhagen I stumbled (literally) into this unique newcomer; Rum Company.  It had been a long afternoon and I had reached around 17-18 tastings so my taste buds (as well as my view) was severely damaged at this point. Still I practically ended up staying at this booth until they closed down. Long story short I had more than a few tastings and eventually staggered away with 4 bottles: 2 x Cocorange Old Rum and 2 x Aficionado, both from Rum Company. If you have never heard about Rum Company before I don’t blame you. Neither had I 3 weeks ago.Cocorange

Rum Company was established by three German rum enthusiasts in 2009. Since then they have released several different blends as they import already matured rum from The Caribbean to Germany and blend it themselves.

My first impression of this rum was Pyrat XO with a small amount of Malibu Black. I guess it seemed reasonable at the time given the strong aroma of freshly crushed coconuts and chopped orange peel. After tasting it however I realized how wrong my assumption was. Obviously more sweet than Pyrat XO but I would also go as far as to say that the taste of citrus fruits (especially oranges) is more pronounced or maybe even more authentic than in Pyrat XO. Is it more on the citrus fruit or coconut side? This is hard to say but I would probably describe the taste more as freshly pressed oranges spiked with coconut milk than the other way around.  Mid palate is more on the citrus fruit side whereas coconut is dominating towards and during the finish. The balance between the two is perfect. The texture is creamy and the 40% abv. is nicely concealed. I believe this rum is going to be very popular and it is already harvesting medals around the world. Next stop Aficionado!

VERDICT:  Originally my intention was that Cocorange Old Rum would be for the female guests. However Gollum has come over me and I keep it to myself now. It is undoubtedly the best of the sweet rums I’ve tasted and you should definitely try it if you like Pyrat XO (even though it tastes nothing like it) and coconut rums.



Review: PLANTATION 20th Anniversario – #28 hit

Okay I admit, this review is extremely biased by the fact that I am a complete sucker for coconuts. When that is said, I still believe that most people would enjoy this rum (unless you don’t like coconuts of course). Let me start by clearing something out this is NOT a 20 year old rum as many mistake it to be. The 20th refer to the number of years Alexandre Gabriel had been president and owner of Cognac Ferrand. The rum itself has Plantation barbados 20“only” matured around 10 years in bourbon casks and then about 2 years in Pierre Ferrand – Grande Champagne – Cognac Casks. Not surprisingly it enters with waves of sweet coconuts almost concealing everything else. At the same time your mouth is coated with brown sugar while traces of vanilla, orange marmalade and cinnamon linger on the palate. This is coconut rum at its best! The only concern I have is that it becomes too sweet if you drink too much (which I have a bad tendency to do by the way). Therefore I would suggest savoring this in moderate quantities.

VERDICT: This is one of the more sweet coconut rums I have tasted but it still manages to keep within an acceptable range. A must buy for coconut enthusiasts!


Review: MALIBU black rum – #42 hit

Okay before I lose your respect here please read the full review. I promise you that this bottling is nothing like the traditional Malibu that makes you queasy just by the smell.Malibu black

This rum makes me reminisce about exotic islands with hot women using tons of sun lotion and walking around in bikinis smelling like oh so sweet coconuts. Maybe my memories cloud my judgment and you are probably thinking “what is Malibu doing here”? If you associate Malibu with underage girls and cheap booze you may not be that far off. Actually this is still cheap booze. However, this black edition is an upgrade that can’t be compared to the traditional Malibu. This is why: 1) It has gone from measly 21% abv. to 35% abv. 2) It is much darker, viscous, and spicier than its predecessor. 3) If you have female visit this is always a safe drink, even neat. 4) In contrast to many other coconut flavored rums Malibu Black is not overly sweet and it tastes like dry fermented coconuts and leaves a slightly woody aroma in your mouth. 5) It is also ridiculously cheap (around 15 bucks). So there are five reasons for you to get yourself a bottle. I know most of you are probably still shocked but I can give you my word that this is worth trying out.

VERDICT: If you like coconut rums you have to give this a try.