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January 8, 2018

Review: Bumbu Rum

by Jeff Ellingson

Bumbu Rum is made at the historic West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados.  The distillery was founded in 1893 by two German Brothers and was recently acquired by Maison Ferrand.  Yes this is the rum Lil Wayne shouts out in two of his newest songs featured on his Dedication 6 release.  Those tracks are Fly Away and New Freezer.  Bumbu Rum is based on the original recipe created by 16th and 17th century sailors of the West Indies.  This spice grog was called Bumbu.  They made their version by blending navy strength rum with native fruits and herbs of the Caribbean.  In making the current Bumbu Rum a little more care is given in crafting the rum base.  The Master Distillers select sugarcane from eight countries including Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, and Honduras.  The terroir of each countries sugarcane contributes unique flavor characteristics.  The spirit is fermented with a yeast strain that dates back to 1840.  Bumba is distilled using two continuous stills and aged up to 15 years in Grade A once used bourbon barrels.  Spices, fruits, and herbs, all 100% natural ingredients are added to the rum after aging and prior to bottling at 70 proof.  It pours to a dark maple syrup color.  The aroma is banana cream pie, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla bean, walnut, peach, and strawberry.  The sweet brown sugar, butterscotch, and banana puree entry is joined by vanilla cream flavor.  It fades with molasses, caramel, cinnamon, and strawberry taste.  The finish is warm and spicy with orange peel, almost ripe banana, allspice and ginger.  Bumbu is a premium spiced and flavored rum with a sweet original flavor profile that will mix well in cocktails, even if that cocktail only includes Bumbu Rum and ice.

Banana Daiquiri

2 Oz. Bumbu Rum

.25 Oz. Demerara Sugar

.5 Oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

.75 Oz. Banana Puree

Shake With Ice and

Strain Into a Chilled Coupe Glass

Garnish With Banana Chips and a Lime Wedge

Made in Barbados

35% Alcohol

Score: 92

Award: Gold Medal

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