I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to visit the Philippines. While there, I spent my time in the central islands away from the bustle of Manila. As stated by other reviewers, Tanduay Rum is super cheap on the islands and was the go-to liquor for locals. Tanduay Dark, which has a strange hue of reddish orange, is definitely not a smooth sipper. It has a sweetish ethanol smell and could be described as an alcohol flavored rum. Quite harsh all around with a glimmer of sweetness trying to escape the flames of gasoline. The locals created some interesting "cocktails" to cover the burn. One variation that I found enjoyable and memorable was called "Reggae Reggae", a mixture of Nestea Powdered Iced Tea, Calamondin juice (small limes found in Southeast Asia) and an overly generous amount of Tanduay Dark. Although not a top shelf rum, Tanduay will always remind me of that great time when I almost died in the Philippines.
The classic rum of the Phikippines. Found almost anywhere for less than $2 a bottle. Can't expect much at this rate. It is drinkable with cola.
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The best of the best in all the rums...
This Rum is a spicy dark Rum with an amber colour. At first the rum tastes very peppery with a smooth and soft sweet aftertaste. Tanduay Dark is a beautiful dark Rum that stands out in a Rum & Coke or even better Rum & Tastings Gingerale, but can also be enjoyed on the rocks.
The color of this Rhum is reddish dark brown, it's a strong 80% smooth to drink Rhum with a good after taste. I like to drink it on the rocks, pure in the glass with some ice. This rhum is hard but proven good, no problems in the morning. It can compete easily with the great names like Bacardi Rhum, I appreciate its taste even more. it's alcohol content is much higher and very affordable.
This version is Tanduay is their 'basic' rum...a 750ml bottle locally in the Philippines costs less than $2...hence, everyone drinks it....locals prefer to sip and chase with Coke...not a connoiseur's dream as its 80Proof will only let you have so much before your body signals warnings...nonetheless, a classic rum in its own right...
I could not believe that this $ 5,- rum (in Philippines) is this good!
Heavily coloured, dark and sugary - simple is what comes to mind. Sugar & molasses, nothing more. I know it is a very cheap rum but still.
I had not had rum for 30 years, I had had too many times on Bundaberg Rum from here in Queensland Australia.
Well my friend in the Philippines said try this, it is not like your usual that you are used to...
I totally enjoyed the rum & took as many bottles home with me as I could, I wish I could buy it here in Oz...
Looking forward to my next visit there...
I don't know what the complaining I'm reading is all about. Every bottle of Tanduay Dark I've purchased have all been VERY DRINKABLE, NOT HARSH TASTING, even when sipped straight; and I've NEVER had a problem the following morning. The absolute worst 'problem' I once had, if you could even CALL IT A PROBLEM was still being drunk the next morning. (To me that's a bonus!)
Of course this is not the same as something like Bacardi 8, nor should anyone expect it to be. But it's much better than most Rums I've purchased back home, AND for a fraction of the price! I mean less than $2 USD per Liter for something this good. Sorry, it's worth double or triple the price easily. Stop complaining and enjoy it - and don't forget the calamansi juice!
Tasty, slightly sweet but great over ice. Certainly has a difference aroma to western rums.
Was sitting in a friends cabinet for a few years. Alcohol bite immediately. Not a sipper.
I tried this rum when I was younger. I knew someone who could get a bottle for about $10-15, if I only I knew where to buy it now. I love this rum with lemonade
it is not the best I have ever tasted but has a wonderful flavour and punch. Most 80 proof alcohols are not very palatable when drinking neat, but with coke, Tanduay makes it one of the best drinks around - not overpowering, not oversweet, just a bloody good rum and coke. I wish was available overseas.
By itself it has a harsh alcohol taste to it, but it makes for a good mixer and is very, very cheap.
After a long day of backpacking accros the sugarcane fields of the Philippines, sit on the beach, crack open a fresh coconut and pour some Tanduay in it... trust me, it feels like heaven!