- Atmosphere - a spot of Queens of the Stone Age some good stoner rock to help the flow of alcohol
- £6 for a 35cl bottle
- 37.5% ABV
- Colour - light golden, which is a tad confusing for a nominally dark rum, the shot below is slightly backlit (just sunlight) but this is very light.
- Nose - a big initial vanilla and toffee hit that is swamped by a pungent almost agricole style grassy, vegetal smell
- Flavour - meh, not much flavour of anything at all, a little bit of sweetness, some hints of the vanilla and toffee.
- Finish - Actively unpleasant with a lingering bitter aftertaste
So, straight up it's not a winner it's safe to say. It's way too light for a dark rum but it's not meant to be drunk straight so I moved onto the traditional Rum & Coke and a Dark n Stormy, using a 3 to 2 mixer to booze ratio.
- The coke hides the pungency well but there really isn't any flavour here and the finish becomes more bitter
Dark n Stormy
- This really kills the flavour of the ginger beer, and the fizz, rendering it flat and insipid
- Used Old Jamaica for the ginger beer which is usually excellent for a Dark n Stormy
Now all it says on the bottle is West Indies for the origin of this rum, and going from the vegetal notes and almost musty nose I figured it for a very young Jamaican rum, still, I was curious and e-mailed Tesco to ask where it was from and how old. Now in fairness to them they came back within 48 hours telling me:
"our Quality team can confirm that the rum is from Guyana but the age is unspecified and we do add some caramel for colour"Which really surprised me, I generally love Guyanan rums and if it's that colour after having caramel added it must be very, very young indeed. The caramel does explain the bitterness so they must be adding a lot
So, overall, a failure as a mixing or sipping rum, the low cost is a false economy when the liquid is as bad as this is