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Banks 5-Island rum

Banks 5-Island

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34 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great


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Posted 1 year ago by lord13 from United States with 11 ratings

A hint of funk in this makes for an excellent daiquiri


Posted over 8 years ago by Scott T from United States with 122 ratings

This is priced like an aged rum and has the complexity of one. Funky taste due to the Batavia arrack component. Great mixer or sipper.


Posted 7 years ago by mamajuana from United States with 148 ratings

This rum was on my to try list for while given its pedigree. It is not a great sipper. Far too odd beyond funky in aroma and taste. I simply did not enjoy this one. Possibly great to mix but my mixed drinks still had that odd taste which I did not personally enjoy. It is smooth just odd in profile.


Posted 12 months ago by Redrum from United Kingdom with 17 ratings

Has a nice amount of funk about it, not too crazy but enough to notice. Makes a fabulous daiquri!! May revisit my score with further tastings


Posted over 7 years ago by Helena Tiare from Sweden with 110 ratings

A balanced, flavorful and complex rum. Good for both sipping and mixing. At the UK Rumfest in 2012 they mixed it with Ting (Jamaican grapefruit beverage) and it was great!


Posted 1 year ago by Smovens from United States with 103 ratings

as a cheap white blend for cocktails, this is really great and up there with Plantation 3 stats. More Jamaican influence, very delicious


Posted over 1 year ago by LegallySmelf from United States with 32 ratings

Compare and contrast with Cana Brava, another excellent white rum. Banks has lighter fruit notes, more sweet apple and pear. A delight to sip or mix.


Posted over 1 year ago by BarometerSoup from United States with 6 ratings

Easy to drink. Not overpowering. Had it neat and it wasn't harsh.


Posted over 3 years ago by piratejabez from United States with 324 ratings

43% ABV. Pleasant, slightly harsh nose. Hint of Jamaican funk. This follows into the palate. There's also a good amount of brine. Nice and dry. Shortish finish.

Nice balance of harshness and flavor. Tasty enough neat, and excellent for cocktails.

It may be an 8-, but I'm docking it for price (it's very good, but not a very good value) and misleading label. What the heck does that big 5 mean, anyway? (Presumably it's the number of islands/countries represented—though the label only lists 4—but the average consumer would be forgiven for assuming it was an age statement. Buyer beware.) Here's hoping future iterations will be a little stronger, cheaper, or offer more transparency.



Posted 4 years ago by Tom from United States with 228 ratings

This rum is a culmination of rums from 5 Caribbean islands(Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and Java), hence the name! A smooth and balanced rum that offers attributes, characteristic of each distinct island.
Molasses, tropical fruit, pepper, oak, and some heat on the back end with Jamaican rum being the most pronounced with its pot still technology using black strap molasses.
This makes for a versatile rum that can upgrade your mixed drink as well as let your taste buds receive a nice splash of flavors that can be enjoyed neat.