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Coruba Dark rum

Coruba Dark

Jamaica | Dark | 40% ABV

6.5/10
41 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great
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mamajuana ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 148 ratings
Posted over 8 years ago

Had lots in the Caribbean. It's great straight has a nice round pot still flavor. Also a great mixer. A real underdog in this category.

Falcon91Wolvrn03 (PREMIUM) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 562 ratings
Posted over 8 years ago

This rum smells of molasses, which is kind of nice, but it's also very dry. Has a fair amount of oakiness to it as well.

Though it's good, I had it alongside a Myers Dark, and I definitely preferred the Myers because the Myers was a little sweeter and had a touch of spice.

But if you prefer dryer rums, you might appreciate this for the money.

Beukeboom ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 304 ratings
Posted 8 years ago

First off, I admit up front I'm a bit confused...the label says this is an "imported 100% Jamaica rum" and the neck label reads "The Rum Co. of Jamaica" but their website has a New Zealand address and from what I have read online via multiple sources Coruba is a very popular source of rum in New Zealand and it is produced by J. Wray and Nephew. So it's kind of all over the map.

It's color is a dark, rich mahogany and it has a strong yet satisfying aroma. One point needs to be made at this time: according to some online sources, their website says caramel was added for color and flavor however as of the time of this review I do not see that indicated on their website. In fact, I don't see any mention of the Coruba Dark rum anywhere on their website. Could it be that this is a discontinued rum? If it is then it's a shame...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Rums from Jamaica tend to be fuller in flavor and not sweet. This rum is no exception. It is a rum with character and punch. It is a blended rum that has been aged for a few years in American oak barrels (not sure if charred, toasted, or plain -- or whether bourbon, whisky, rye, or what was initially aged in the barrels). There is evidence initially of molasses in the flavor rapidly overtaken by the oak tannins. So there is a bit of initial sweetness and a little vanilla/toffee undertone but then the oak nature becomes apparent. There is a decent burn with this rum but it does not last. The finish is a bit drier than expected with a little metallic aftertaste.

Definitely not a sipping rum but a very usable mixing rum. Admittedly my current favorite dark rum is Cayman Reef Double Black but that's more of a sweeter/spicier dark rum. This one is more pungent and full-flavor. Both are good mixing rums worth adding to one's rum cabinet. And it's quite inexpensive as well.

Maximilliano ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 7 ratings
Posted almost 8 years ago

Coruba has a longstanding history with Tiki. After Trader Vic used up the worldโ€™s supply of the 17-year-old J. Wray & Nephew, he reformulated his Mai Tai recipe with the 15-year-old J. Wray & Nephew and Coruba.

That said, Coruba is one of the best (after Kohala Bay) dark Jamaican mixing rums - that is, in terms of the money and for what you get in terms of a quality, funky, and versatile product who's history goes all the way back to our Tiki forefathers. Coruba is not a rum to be sipped and contemplated; it is solely a mixer where a heavily-bodied and slightly funky dark Jamaican rum is called for.

As a testament to many Tiki historians, rum connoisseurs, bar owners, and mixologists, many will tell you that Coruba is the preemptive dark Jamaican mixing rum. Other popular choices are Myers's dark, and Appleton Estate, although the latter two are considerably more expensive.

NOTE: Coruba is colored for extra depth and sweetness and is heavily charred in small American oak barrels for at least two years before high quality molasses is added to it. In New Zealand, Coruba dark is marketed as 'Coruba Original Blend,' with the proof slightly lower at an odd 37.2%. Coruba is distilled and imported from Jamaica by J. Wray & Nephew, but is not distributed commercially in Jamaica.

True2Rum ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 27 ratings
Posted over 7 years ago

80 proof. Sip test, no ice
Dark nose, strong ethanol burn, lingering dark aftertaste. Good mixing rum where dark flavor and color is desired. Not too sweet.
Medium empty glass nose linger. If a dark essence is desired, this can be used. For smoke, use El Dorado. Good mixing rum for price point.

Chippy ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 6 ratings
Posted over 7 years ago

Great inexpensive dark Jamaican rum. Perfect for a Mai Tai.

Michael Huff ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 100 ratings
Posted 7 years ago

A dark Jamaican rum that is fantastic as a mixer. A great addition to any tiki bar.

piratejabez ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 321 ratings
Posted 7 years ago

This rum is dark, smooth, and caramelly sweet with just enough funk. Highly drinkable, it's no wonder this is widely regarded as the best "dark/Jamaican" mixing rum. If you mix tropical drinks, don't pass this bottle up if you're fortunate enough to spot it!

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beetleguise ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 10 ratings
Posted over 6 years ago

Seems to fill the roll for a jamacian dark that otherwise would be served by meyers (just not nearly as easy to find). Not overly sweet for a dark jamacian with very little funk / inspiration. It seems to serve its role in a cocktail but not much more. .

Alan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 89 ratings
Posted over 6 years ago

More funk and easier on the budget than Appleton 12 Year. This is an absolutely essential bottle in your home tiki bar. Make no mistake, this is not a sipper. I save my Appleton 12 year for that task. Not quite as funky as Doctor Bird, but blends with citrus beautifully to make a well balanced tiki drink.




Brand Details

Type: Dark
Company: Coruba
Country: Jamaica
ABV: 40%
Name: Dark
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No
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