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Coruba Original Rum is dark rum produced by the Rum Company in Kingston, Jamaica. The blend is aged in charred oak barrels and caramel is added for color and flavor before bottling.
Coruba is a New Zealand brand, imported to New Zealand from Jamaica, and is the second largest selling spirit in the country.
The perfect mixer for a Rum and ginger beer (can't cal it Dark n Stormy as Goslings have trademarked that name) nevertheless its a perfect rum for that drink.
This is a very dark rum, almost impenetrable by light when in the bottle. Caramel colour in the glass. The smell of the rum is sweet molasses and alcohol. Sipping straight assaults the senses with harsh alcohol burn... Although the sweet molasses still comes through. This is OK with Coke, hopefully better with Ginger Beer. Disappointing...
I first started drinking this rum in Mombasa Kenya in 1981, and even today i still go back to this one rum because the taste is just sensational and gives me the zing that is required in life like no other rum does
First off, the label in Canada looks like it was printed in the worst part of the 1980's. A fellow recommended it to me. I should've known better when he said, "If you like this, you should try Lemonhart". Too alcohol-y, almost paint thinner.
Tried with both cola and ginger beer , not a great deal of difference , not bad but thats about it !
Dark mixing rum. Good with ginger beer. You really can taste the molasses. This is for mixing or cooking only.
This is my favorite rum in a Mai Tai mixed together with Cruzan Aged Gold. The Coruba is a nicely balanced dark with not too much molasses flavor but just enough. Works wonders in any "tiki" drink and is great with cola.
Warm dark rum with a distinctive aroma. smooth creamy texture when mixed with a little cola and leaves a pleasant after taste
Enjoyed some Coruba Rum while vacationing in Melbourne. Cheap and low end bottle and label design. Dark color. Pure alcohol, oak, and plenty of Jamaican funk to the nose and palate when neat sipped. Strong and nasty burn at the end. Mixer rum by all means.
Dark and stormy - Even hammer can’t touch this.
Planter’s punch - 2 legit.
Neat - don’t.
Smells like a licorice shop.
Tastes like a Jamaican sound system.
P.S. the label on this says bottled in New Zealand from local and imported ingredients.
Maybe sort of but it no longer says 100% Jamaican rum. I’d like to know what our antipodean friends are adding to the mix to help ‘craft’ this rum......
I’ll be getting Meyer’s next time.
Update: I got the Meyers’ and put on a blind tasting of dark and stormies made with Meyers, Goslings and Coruba. When all was done we had a unanimous preference for the Coruba.
We make our dark and stormies at 60ml rum, 120ml ginger beer and a big squeeze of fresh lime.
Soft banana and apricot tones on the nose. Sour first notes on the tongue. Carry a heavy whiskey flavour on the tongue with caramel, cherry undertones. Would be good as a mixing rum in cocktails.
I tried to like this a couple times, but that strong Jamacan flavour was too much. A dark rum that coke can't subdue. Drinkable but not recommended.
Very plain with a raw alcohol heat at the end - maybe some molasses in there. Good for mixing which is no good for me most of the time as I prefer neat. .
Very nice as an everyday rum. Not too expensive and available everywhere here in NZ.
only for tea-Ron, not so good Taste. Typical Oversea-Ron-Taste.
I was expecting something quite nice with a 7 average rating (At the time of writing) The nose on this one is very strong on the alcohol even though its only 37.2 ABV . Quite a bit of burn on the way down even mixed. Its drinkable but quite harsh. Perhaps many of the ratings are because of good times while its being consumed or they were rating the Dark not the Original. Straight this is undrinkable and a serviceable mixer. 4 from me, could consume in a bind but there are much better choices at this end of the market
Okay, my palate is not as good as yours if their is such a subjective thing. I bought this rum on a cruise to Jamaica and thought it would pretty good. Well, I was surprised by its flavor. I did taste it while I was there, but it is much better now that I am home. Maybe it's the nostalgia of it, maybe not. I like it and it is a nine to me. I don't have a doctorate in tastology but I like this one if it matters to you.
Caramel notes with smooth molasses and cocoa finish.
This is my rum of choice full flavour and works brilliantly with Coke.
Quite sweet by personally i highly Recommend.
...you'll need a few bottles of this in your bar. This is a perfect example of a rum that was made to be mixed in good drinks because it blends in so well, but isn't delicious or complex enough to stand alone and be sipped neat. It's a perfect mixer.
Didn't know it was an NZ brand even after all these years. I should really add another point just for that. Lol. Coruba will always have a place in my heart & on my shelf since it's the rum I grew up on. I'd only ever tried a couple of other rums till about a year ago & always used Coruba as my scale of what rum should taste like. For it's price range I reckon it's a fairly decent & honest rum. It's not trying to hide anything or try to be something it's not. It says to me, I'm here, this is who I am, take it or leave it. It's no sipper, but I don't think it was intended to be.
Perfectly happy to drink this rum when I ask for a dark rum and coke/cocktail. Not hugely flavoursome, but nice enough for a decent night out on the town.
One of the classic tiki drink rums, one you just need to have, it mixes well with most things and adds a robust dark flavor.