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Lidl James Cook Dark rum

Lidl James Cook Dark

United Kingdom | Dark

5 ratings
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Posted 2 months ago by rumtrinker from Germany with 28 ratings

This is clearly budget stuff.
And it has serious batch variations. So it could well be that the rum you are getting is different from what I got.
I have sampled three different batches, two of the 54% ABV variant, one of the 40% ABV variant. I found the older ones to be better, but this might be due to bottle aging and oxidation.

I am rating the newest one, the older ones were better.
The smell, as well as the taste is a bit plastic like, very artificial. In a way, I associate this smell and taste with Indian rum. Some vaguely funky notes, some banana jelly. Quite alcoholic.
Not overly sweet, which is good.

It is OK to mix into something that will mask it. And it is a good base for adding a few drops of good rum, which results in a rather drinkable result.
Also competent in grog.


Posted 8 months ago by smallbear6 from United Kingdom with 1 rating

This is by far my least favourite rum that I’ve tried. I think I’d rather drink melted plastic.


Posted 2 years ago by Jimj40 from Bulgaria with 1 rating

Decent nose and acceptable taste, better than expected but not my first (or second) choice for drinking straight. However, it's surprisingly good for mixed drinks and punches.

It's made in Guyana and, best of all, here in Bulgaria it's on Special Offer at the equivalent of £3/slightly over €3 right now....what's not to like!


Posted 2 years ago by maggieg from United Kingdom with 1 rating

Quite weak taste,nowhere near the hit you get with Captian Morgan or Lambs ,so worth paying the extra.But saying that £10 for a large bottle you cant grumble.


Posted over 2 years ago by Graham Davie from United Kingdom with 57 ratings

This offering from Lidl is a pleasant surprise.
At under £10 a bottle it's a steal.
Nothing complex at all but a lot smoother than I expected.
The label says, " genuine overseas rum". No hint of its origin. "Produce of more than one country."
At 40% it has a sharpish burn that quickly fades, with a taste that lingers.
Bizarrely it states, " this rum tastes best in a grog or tea" 🤔
It's fine with coke, ginger beer and I imagine it would be more than acceptable in cocktails that are not too complicated.

It gets a score of 5 because it's so versatile, and at the price, it's got to be worth a try.
Never going to make anyones top shelf, but what have you got to loose at the price?