Bundaberg Small Batch

Type: Rum

Origin: Queensland, Australia 🇦🇺

ABV: 40%

Malt Mileage rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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As Melbourne’s scorching 37 degree Celsius day came to a close and the sun set, I craved sweet sugary rum over ice. A bottle of Bundaberg Small Batch had been sitting in my drinks cabinet for some time and I was worried it felt neglected. So, I decided to give it a bit of attention. 

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The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

The Kraken is Caribbean rum blended with natural flavours and bottled at 40%abv. 

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Penny Blue XO Batch #2 Single Estate Mauritian Rum

Penny Blue XO

Rating: ★★★

Recommendation: Consider it

Type: Rum

Origin: Mauritius 

ABV: 43.2%

Reaction:  😐

Nose: 

Green banana and raw sugar seem to dominate the bouquet, with undercurrents of  wood vanilla and the faint vaporous burn of ethanol. Descent, but flat and somewhat boring. The aromas sit lazily in the glass, and do not really jump out or put on much of a show. There is some menthol on the nose, with tea tree oil.

Taste:

Sharp, rough, sugary, sweet and a little herbal with hints of creaminess and mandarin. That herbal note is similar to menthol/eucalyptus cough drops.

Finish:

The sugars remain on the palate, with a layer of creaminess and a haze of medicinal and herbal notes. The taste of mandarin remains, but it increasingly becomes zesty.

Bottom line:

Consider it. This rum strikes me as a mediocre spirit which showcases sugar (the raw material from which rum is made) and an interesting herbal/medicinal twist. There is better rum out there, mateys, but this one isn’t all that bad… it is not all that good, either.

Pussers British Navy Rum

 
Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:
 
Pusser’s British Navy Rum
Rum 
Score:
Buy score: 

93/100
★     
ABV:
42%
Region:
British Virgin Islands 
Body:
Medium-full 
Intensity:
Medium 
Texture:
Silky
Balance:
Near perfect 
Best served:
 
Neat, mixed
Theme(s):
Brown sugars, coffee, dark chocolate, herbal, mild spice, citrus, zest, cola, turkish delight, toffee, cough drops, licorice, vanilla, molasses, wood, tannin rich finish  
 
Thoughts:
Yo, ho ho and a bottle of rum! The quintessential navy style rum, Pusser’s blue label is modeled on the rum that oiled the cogs of weary British sailors for a few hundred years. Its centuries old wooden pot still, together with this old Navy recipe (which Pusser’s purchased from the Royal Navy in 1979), makes it one of the best rum buys since Blackbeard, the notorious British pirate, was keeping the lads in the British Navy busy and fully deserving of a pint or two of rum.

Lets get to the rum! It is full flavoured with lots of oak driven notes that accentuate and balance the sugary distillate and bursts with notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, citrus, cola, spice, turkish delight, toffee, cough drops, molasses and the drying twist of tannin rich wood towards the finish. This is it, me hearties. The Malt Mileage best buy Navy style rum. I hate to sound repetitive, but splice the mainbrace!
 
Tasting notes:
Nose: Quite light on the nose, the brown sugar develops infused with coffee and dark chocolate as mild surges of vanilla smooth the dry woody pot still notes. Hints of licorice underpin the sugars, together with turkish delight, mild eucalyptus drops and Vicks. I have to say, this is one of the best Navy style rums on the market and it is great to see that Pusser’s are not trading on their name but instead continue producing rum of the highest order.

Taste: This rum has a smooth entry that ignites on the palate. Rich brown sugar and denser coffee than on the nose, espresso with lots of brown sugar and a surprisingly delicious nip of Chinotto (cola with bitter citrus) with mild licorice, hits the palate with a spicy twist. There is a solid foundation of vanilla and toffee with herbal and citrus notes, minty and zesty all at once, that brighten up the the smoky haze of wood that begins to develop with intensifying sugar, now molasses, and the slight hint of now rose flavoured turkish delight.

Finish: Rich coffee and chocolate notes accompany molasses, as the palate continues to dry with the gradual development of bitter wood notes and associated tanins. 

Likes:
Complex, smooth, great price 
 
 
Price:
$60 (Aus), £31 (UK)

Koloa Rum – White, Coconut, Spice, Gold and Dark

kOLOA RANGE

The utterance of the word “Hawaii” conjures a few images – old Elvis movies, surfing, tropical flowers, George Clooney in The Descendants, Pearl Harbour and, this may seem strange to anyone outside Australia, pizza with pineapple on it (which we call “Hawaiian”). Rum never entered my mind, until one day I spotted a bottle of Koloa Rum which describes itself as “Hawaiian Rum”. 

The Koloa Rum Company explain that its rum is distilled twice and crafted from ‘the finest sugarcane and the pure, abundant water sources on the island of Kaua`i, Hawaii… [p]ure mountain rainwater from Mt. Wai`ale`ale and the nearby mountain peaks and rainforests is captured and slowly filtered through volcanic strata before finally reaching vast underground aquifers. Kaua`i water imparts its own unique taste and “mouth feel” that perfectly complements our rum.’

Intriguing! Having had the opportunity to taste the entire range, reviews of each rum can be found below. The most impressive among them in our opinion are the Kaua’i Spiced and Kaua’i Dark – two delicious reasons why the word “Hawaii” should now conjure thoughts of rum and, in my case at least, a Pavlovian reflex! I am already conditioned. 

Koloa Kaua’i White Rum (40% ABV): Nose: Oftentimes white rum floods the nose with sugar and alcohol with very little, if any, taming by wood. The Koloa is a breath of fresh air, with simple but delicate aromas that radiate sugar cane and bursts of menthol within cooked banana and licorice. Taste: The alcohol is more pronounced on the palate, and whatever weight accompanies the rum quickly vanishes into anise seed and white sugar. Finish: Not much too add really. The sugars tingle on the tongue with fumes of alcohol. Overall: This is a fine mixing rum that would probably hold up in a cocktail or mixed drink, but with its subtle character not dominate. (Score: 82/100) 

 Koloa Kaua’i Coconut Rum (40% ABV): Nose: If ever I have smelt a bouquet that would be loved by the spirit drinker and non-spirit drinker alike, it is this one. The smell of coconut is natural, rich, luscious and plump. That coconut intermingles with gentle caramel undertones which supports banana/ginger bread, licorice and cotton candy as the juicy sugar cane shines. Mild traces of alcohol are detected but this is a superb example of a flavoured rum that should delight anyone’s nose, not just rum obsessed Australian bloggers! Taste: Mouth coating with a lovely mouth feel (creamy, almost buttery), the natural coconut flavour tingles on the palate as the sweetness gradually intensifies and then, without warning, the syrupy sugars suddenly ignite on the palate. This does not strike me as a complex rum, and that is probably what it is meant to be – simple, sweet with a coconut theme. Finish: The coconut lingers with sweet sugars, crystallized and white, with a syrupy sweetness. (Score: 84/100)

Koloa Kaua’i Spice Rum (44% ABV): Nose: A strong aromatic vapour hits the nose as wood spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) come to the fore, followed closely by vanilla which lies partially hidden by sweet sugars, anise seed, cloves and bark. This almost smells like a spice cinnamon rich apple pie layered with caramel. As the rum rests that strong vapour calms, and what remains is a spiced rum that is natural rather than syrupy and not overdone with vanilla. Taste: A super sweet entry brings syrupy sugars, molasses, golden honey and an array of spices including mild vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg that recede into the finish Finish: The spices recede as brown sugar, mild coffee notes and subtle shades of chocolate develop. (Score: 87/100)

Koloa Kaua’i Gold Rum (40% ABV): Nose: Nutty, the aroma of hazelnut liqueur merges with sweet sugar cane and the gentle waft of freshly brewed coffee as calming waves of vanilla are interrupted by flecks of cocoa that burst on the nose. Taste: Retaining that nuttiness, but much milder than on the nose, the rum has a moderate-dry entry that is slightly skewed to the bitter side. Not quite as promising as the nose, the alcohol seems more prominent on the palate as the sugars are lost within a bitterness that lingers to the finish. Finish: Alcohol remains with bitter tannic wood notes. (Score: 80/100) 

Koloa Kaua’i Dark Rum (40% ABV): Nose: This rum has one of the most pleasant, complex and unique bouquets I have encountered in a spirit – the aromas are delightfully smooth, beautifully integrated, balanced and captivating. The bouquet is a fusion between traditional Italian digestifs, nut based biscuits with glazed fruit and sweet medicinal notes which rekindle memories of butter menthol/strepsils lozengers. The legendary Italian digestif liqueurs, amaretto and amaro, swirl around butter menthol and a freshly opened bag of almond biscuits topped with glazed cherries and shavings of dark chocolate. Mild undertones of creamy vanilla and brown sugar soaked in coffee support shimmers of honey and mint, as that menthol progressively intensifies as the rum rests. Taste: Soft and gentle on the entry, brown sugar and rich sweetened coffee gradually become more bitter as that amaro on the nose transfers to the palate and develops with soft wood vanilla which softens a sudden whip of those sweet medicinal notes from childhood (butter menthol, strepsils). Finish: Nuttiness returns, but now a more earthy hazelnut, with oak and mildly drying ground coffee as the amaro suddenly morphs into cherry flavoured cough syrup. This is a must try rum for any spirit lover! It is delicious, distinctive, unique and very very interesting. Aloha kākou. (Score: 94/100)

Ron de Jeremy

Name:
Type:
Ron de Jeremy
Rum

Score:
88/100
2, medal, silver icon
ABV:
40%
Region:
Panama  
Balance:
Superb  
Serve:
Neat, mixed
Video review:

Summary:
Ron de Jeremy is marketed as the original adult rum, taking its name from the legendary adult film star Ron Jeremy. As “ron” means rum in Spanish, the name of the rum translates into the “rum of Jeremy”. In keeping with this Latin theme, the rum itself is made in Panama by a cuban born master blender named Don Fernandez.

Ron de Jeremy is a very good quality rum with superb balance of flavours that mildly dries the palate and radiates a herbal “cooling” twist with natural wood vanilla, brown sugar, golden honey, coffee confectionery, dried fruit and rich dark molasses. This is a serious rum that is very pleasant to sip. Highly recommended. 

Nose: This rum is soft and elegant with a mildly dry style that radiates a “cool” (as opposed to “hot”) character. Some rums emit “hot” sharp alcoholic fumes. Not this rum! It has a “cool” and calculated demeanor that has a herbal glow of menthol, eucalyptus and sweet tobacco. The sugars rise up with the herbal notes, but with finesse as sugar cane, dark molasses and cherry compote develop with flashes of golden honey, caramel and mild notes of lemon and orange marmalade. The oak does its job well, adding cocoa and unsweetened wood vanilla. 

Taste: With a gentle entry (no pun intended!) and great balance,  brown sugar, dried fruit and dark chocolate develop with coffee drops as a “cooling” wave of menthol begins to dry the palate towards the finish. It is interrupted only by gentle “soothing” vanillas from the wood and the occasional drizzle of golden honey.

Finish: Long and drying, the wood and sugars interact in a very pleasant way – a luscious layer of vanilla creaminess acts as a counterbalance to the dryness, but that layer begins to fade as the drying sugars accompany a shining herbaceousness  that leaves the taste of coffee confectionery as that cooling eucalyptus returns.  

Price:
$60 (Aus)

Beenleigh 5 Year Old Dark Rum

Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:

Beenleigh 5 Year Old Dark Rum
Rum

Score:

81/100 
ABV:
40% 
Region:
Australia 
Body:
Medium-full
Intensity:
Soft-medium
Texture:
Velvety 
Balance:
Superb
Best served:

Neat, mixed 
Theme(s):
Sweet, soft, smooth, herbal, floral, confectionery, citrus with chocolate, caramel and syrup   
Thoughts:
The Beenleigh 5 Year Old was very impressive, not quite love at first taste and a superb sipping rum with layers of floral, herbal and sugary complexity that left me sniffing and sipping a 30ml measure for almost an hour. This rum offers an initial sweet burst that is moderated by other character, but which retains a sweet almost herb/floral liqueur/confectionery theme within the classic rum notes. Highly recommend, this rum from Queensland is beautiful one day and (almost) perfect the next.   

Blind tasting notes:
Nose: Sweet and soft with layers of goodness to peel away – crushed brown sugar develops with soft notes of crème brulee that are accompanied by mint lollies and varnished pine. The vanillas intensify as the rum rests in the glass, with a sugary grape liqueur note developing with hints of soft licorice sticks and a gust of sweet floral notes. This is beautiful rum!

Taste: This rum is very smooth on the palate, offering an initial burst of caramel and thick molasses that is moderated somewhat by cocoa, coffee flavoured lollies and a herbal/spicy note which melds mint jelly and anise seed – this melding of herb, spice and floral flavours develops into a botanical theme. Chocolate orange occasionally interrupts the smooth tide, with sugary lemon and lime marmalade developing as the character of the rum begins to fade after swallowing.

Finish: A warming glow shines on the palate for a long while, radiating an evolving herbal theme that now resembles menthol/eucalyptus within thick layers of coffee liqueur, plum jam and sugary mint leaf confectionary. 

Would I want another measure? Yes. 

Would I buy a bottle? Yes. 

Likes:
Complex notes with herbal/floral twist, very smooth 
Dislikes:
The flavours can become dense, with some particular notes dominating 
Price:
$46 (Aus)