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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.
I'll be honest, I'm not even entirely sure which Bundaberg I tried... But while in Australia I picked up a bottle and it was... not so good. Not terrible, but even mixed it wasn't that enjoyable.
Well it started off ok then this taste filled my mouth.. How do i describe it ? Sort of a cross between Moonshine and tart marmalade , horrible. My brain urged me to swallow it but i couldn't , i just spate it out ! The taste stayed in my mouth for ages even drinking a glass of water didn't shift it ! Did not want to waste a decent Ginger Beer with it ironically also made by Bundaberg.
The only reason i upped my score from -1 to 2 is i might get to visit their Distillery in the near future.
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!
I would't run my car on this god forsaken swill. This is a domestic dispute aching to happen. Save yourself the family court drama and buy anything and I mean absolutely anything else instead.
Great if you are on a budget night out and like molasses and coke and fancy a punch up later
Its Australia's national drink whether we like it or not!
When you ask for a Rum & Coke then this is what is expected, what dis you think a bunch of convicts would have come up with, an Anejo?
It's not often one finds a rum that is almost undrinkable, maybe the australians have a different taste to the rest of the world....this is one to avoid, but they do have a lot of t'shirts!
If you like the taste of news paper this rum is for you
I tasted this rum as a result of both curiosity and a friend's recommendation that I had to experience it. We both knew I was in for a shock. Sweet Mother of God! Why anyone would call this rum is entirely beyond me. The nose is more akin to turpentine or some kind of industrial cleaner then it is to any spirit I have tasted, and that is saying something because I have tasted some really horrendous stuff. I cannot in good conscience recommend this rum even for a mixer there isn't enough lime and Coca Cola in the world to mask the monstrosity contained in that bottle.
Discovered this when travelling through Bundaberg itself in Australia. Really tasty, with coke or Bundaberg ginger beer as a 'Dark & Stormy'
I always sample a new rum neat. A mistake for this rum. While it has a nice colour, I could only think that someone had replaced the rum with some form of tequila. Its possible that a really strong fruit mix will make this palatable. Bundaberg Original UP has a home in my cabinet now as a benchmark for what the bottom of the rating scale is.
I prefer to drink rum straight up, but best not to with this fella. Rum in name only.
Being from Australia I wasn't expecting much but I was still disappointed.
I love rum and I am proud to be australian. Many Australians are proud of bundaberg rum. I disagree with them on this bundaberg rum. So bundaberg has a near monopoly on being an australian rum. Sad.
Atrocious. Tastes like cheap whiskey. Vile
If I could rate 0/10 I would. An overly harsh taste that insights an instant gag reflex. As a local there is nothing worse than someone being debilitatingly drunk on this drink. Very common for those who enjoy this drink to also enjoy ending the night in a scuffle. Avoid at all costs.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Worst rum I ever tried, unbelievable it is bottled and sold to anyone. I got it as a gift from a friend and tried it and just can't believe how bad it is
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.
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.
My nephew insisted I try the "Bundy". When in Australia I guess you try to fit in. This is just distilled alcohol with some colouring which I suspect is gasoline. It's a basic bar rum that has to be mixed in with coke or anything to disguise the rum. It is not a good rum.
This stuff is everywhere in Oz. I'm sure a high percentage of the Rum drinkers are vaguely aware of other Rums, but believe this is the best. From a marketing point of view in Australia, it's no.1. I grew up drinking and new no better until 10 years ago. From a taste point of view, let's just say if you like to know your drinking alcohol, want a strong flavoured spirit with the throat burning kick of bad Vodka then this is more than palatable for you.
Harsh on the rocks, always disguise well in a mixer.
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