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Bundaberg Original UP Rum is the flagship product of the Bundaberg Distilling company of Australia, which first crafted their original rum in 1888. This rum is double-distilled and aged for two years.
The Original UP Bundaberg rum brand is still sold in its traditional “Brick” bottle that goes by a variety names including Liquid Gold, Bundy, The Square Bear and Cane Champagne.
Australia's national drink. Tastes a bit dirty at first but once you get a taste for it, it's amazing. Also available in perfectly mixed Bundaberg & Cola cans.
It is a taste thing. Rum without body is just another ethanol spirit. This is THE rum to drink with coke and never any other cola. If yo drink it with water is 1 star, With milk or coke 5 star.
We are Australian and we love our Vegemite and our Bundaberg Rum. We don't really mind if the world doesn't agree or not, it means more for us!
Good work guys, lol. What you are rating here is Bundaberg Rum Original 100 Proof, not UP. UP is that backbone of Bundaberg Rum and has been produced at Bundaberg for the last 127 years, with 2 fires, wars, depressions and droughts and still going strong. There are worse rums out there (Holey Dollar) and Bundy does have some exceptional rums (MDC Blenders Edition 2015) winning Double Gold in New York recently. Do yourselves a favour and try MDC Small batch and MDC Small Batch Vintage.
Was on holliday near another german bordershop, so here we go, lots of new rom for the collection :D
Discovered this when travelling through Bundaberg itself in Australia. Really tasty, with coke or Bundaberg ginger beer as a 'Dark & Stormy'
My first Bundy rum. The original. Need I say more. Brings back memories of Oz. Drink it neat as well as mixed, both as pleasant as the other. Not to everyone’s taste tho, I have discovered.
Will drink this any day of the week no worries great with lots of ice and some Coke, harsh as all Buggery straight
Don't get excited with the word UP, it do not mean any enhancement made to the rum, but Under-Proof.
N- Honey, some white chrysanthemum floral tea. Get medicinal but harmless, shallow and light. (81/17)
P- Whispers of chocolate, honey, nutty and molasses. Peaches too, but too soft and none of the flavours are significant enough to claim a footing. (79/16)
F- Medium, surprisingly lasted quite a bit with ginger. Finely woody with touch of dryness. (84/18)
B/B- 79/16. Drowned by dilution for benefit of volume? Not sure. But surely be better at full proof.
Weighted Rate- 67pt
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Its a good rum then it is warm but then its cold its it taste like bad whiskey and smells like it to but warm it up and its fine but only warm!! 👍🏻
You get what you pay for in this rum, cheap to buy but not great to drink
Being an iconic Aussie drink you gotta wander why they chose a polar bear as there symbol, despite their name. Can't remember the last time they where running around Oz.
Did enjoy this rum as a mixer though, had a different taste to any other rum I've tried before, which I liked, and would take this before rums such as appleton's vx etc. Main problems are, it's rather hard to find in NZ & it costs way to much at $60-70 for a litre bottle. It's no where close to being that good. Knock it down to $40 & you'd have a fair rum at a fair price
First rum I have tried so nothing to base it on !!
A sweet sugary rum,almost like whiskey but ok with coke.
I can’t defend this drink. As a spirit It’s not good.
That said, bundy and coke is a unique taste and sometimes you may need it like a zinger burger.
"The Original". 37.0% ABV (one of those oddly and unnecessarily specific values...). Faintest nose of any rum I’ve tried. The flavor isn’t bad, but it’s also not really there. And there’s enough ethanol in the nose and dry heat in the mouth (capped off with a super short finish) that I doubt it would be pleasurable at a higher proof. So, I really can’t recommend this to anyone, even for cocktails (and fortunately, this can’t legally be sold as “rum” in the US). It’s inoffensive, but I just see no reason to go back to it.
So this rum is an Aussie icon with a lot of history. I grew up on a sugar cane farm and in the cutting season fresh cut paddocks have an amazing smell. The same rich sugary molasses aroma can be found in Bundaberg UP. Best mixed with Coca-Cola as it's rough on the palate. The cane sugar after taste is what i love and will go back for, personally it's a nostalgic thing for me. As far as a refined and complex go, except to pay more.
I had an amazing opportunity to try a dozen different unopened Bundaberg's with my Aussie colleague and the Original UP is decent with coke, but has quite a unique flavor profile and a strong afterburn, so I would not recommend neat sipping this one.
It gets a bonus point out of sheer sentiment, being my staple diet as a backpacker many years ago! 17 billion better rums out there.
Maybe Australia developed different tastes before the era off globalisation. No disrespect to Aussies or to the Czech scientist who modernised Bundy production in the 1950s but by international standards this is a rough product with a harsh aftertaste. The distillery in bundaberg is worth a visit but I think production has been moved south....
Great if you are on a budget night out and like molasses and coke and fancy a punch up later
Ive only tried this of the range and wouldnt say no to investigating some of their others but for me it just didnt excite me. It was different and ill give it that but thats about it really. Not as smooth as others in the same price and i certainly wouldnt be drinking this one neat. Maybe im just a lil dissappointed as i expected more from the producers of what i think is the best ginger beer available!?!
Was rather disappointed with this rum. Didn't find it disgusting, but found it rather bland and uninteresting. Would choose it over a blended whisky, but not a good single malt.
Definitely burns the nose, but accents subtle vanilla notes. Burns the tongue as well haha, but again, simple, sweet notes also very detectable. Tastes like a rum-makers first attempt. Cola knocks down the harshness and overall makes it pretty pleasant.
History of Bundaberg rum bottles
Bundaberg Original Up rum review Matt Cotton of Rum & Reviews
Bundaberg Original Up rum review by the Dark Rum Runner
The Fat RumPirate reviews Bundaberg Original Up rum