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Bumbu XO rum

Bumbu XO

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Bumbu Rum XO rum is distilled in Panama before spending 18 years in American white oak bourbon barrels, with a further short finish in Andalusian white oak sherry barrels.

7.2/10
131 ratings
Recommendable to most

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Posted 5 months ago by Foggyrumrunner from Canada with 50 ratings

As many others have already noted, this is very different from regular Bumbu: it’s quite dry and has none of the cloying qualities that seem to polarize many away from the original. Instead this is quite light and very smooth. The problem for me is that I don’t detect heaps of complexity, either. The nose reveals light spice, integrated, old wood, and something like nougat and roasted nuts. But the nose is not generous and I found those notes needed to be coaxed from the Glencairn. The palate has something that reminds me of spiced orange, Bosc pear, and molasses before moving off into a medium length finish. It’s a good sipper but personally, I’m missing a “wow!” factor, too. A quality rum, for sure, but just not reaching the higher scores, imo...

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Posted 11 months ago by P3terK from Slovakia with 7 ratings

First of all, this rum is really great tasting! It's strong, rich, but for me it's way too harsh and lacks sweetness. Very strong aroma in nose and even stronger in mouth. You can taste the barrel with smokey tones which is followed by pleasing warm. The aftertaste is significant and unforgettable.
I prefer spiced and sweet rums more so this wasn't very pleasant journey for me, but I'm sure that for those who like strong / heavy taste it will suit better.
The bottle is great looking, the wow effect is guaranteed, really nice as a gift. But I wouldn't buy it for myself.

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Posted 12 months ago by Neman3 from Canada with 105 ratings

...and got it. Why I did not finish Matusalem 18 instead? Definitely nobody know ).

Tasty rum, but sugar is masking it's origin. Want something sweet for the same price? Go Diplomatico RE

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Posted 9 months ago by exaduss from Canada with 5 ratings

Well the taste is not bad I expected a lot more from this after trying it's lower-tier bottle of bumbu. Wildest rum isn't bad it is not something I would sip but while saying that it would make a good rum to mix with.

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Posted over 1 year ago by kudzey (TASTING CLUB) from Poland with 18 ratings

Smell and taste are much alcoholic at start. One can also smell the cherry. You need to wait some 10 minutes before drinking. Taste then becomes smoother with only little burn and much oak. Although the tobacco finish is long-lasting and mild, I just don't like this particular spice.

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Posted 11 months ago by Mo McGurk from United States with 204 ratings

The oak flavor surprised me a little as I was suspecting more molasses for some reason. If it had a little less after burn it would have been even higher. No complaints when mixed. While I generally like to see what my rum looks like before I pour, I did like the black bottle and cross.

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Posted 11 months ago by dcgdavies from United Kingdom with 10 ratings

I decided to buy myself a bottle of this having enjoyed the original so much. Unfortunately it was not the original but improved. Whilst I found this one to be a fair rum, it was in no way an improvement over the original, it seems to have more of a burn and slightly less flavour.

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Posted 12 months ago by Raiderfan1 from Canada with 6 ratings

Not as good as the clear bottle... but not something I would shy away from buying...

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Posted 12 months ago by Hotvw1 from Canada with 37 ratings

This one surprised me as it was a little oaky and had some slight hints of caramel but not at all have any hint of spices like the other one.

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Posted 12 months ago by Jonathan Quintal from Canada with 44 ratings

Far from the original, no heavy sweet banana taste, easy going down, but still a sweet rum