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Tasty, but not quite great
This is the Coruba version that we can get in Western Europe. It reminds me of the "funk" that you'll find in the Smith & Cross but a bit more toned down due to less alcohol by volume. It has an unique flavor that can not be compared to other gold Rums in it's price category. I like it in cocktails as a flavor enhancer, but neat it has a weird savory and warm mouthfeel that I do not fully appreciate. By no means a bad rum, but just not balanced enough as a sipper in my opinion.
Coruba means Companie rhumiere de Bâle and I'm from Basle… But that said I'm completely independent. This rum isn't available in the U.S. nor will it ever be. I do have a problem with the words Coruba NPU (= "non plus ultra") is being marketed with at the moment by Swiss shops like Coop. They claim it's heavily woody, with strong notes of oak and chocolate. Holy shit, what a nonsense! No it isn't. It's in all likelihood not at all aged. This blend tastes like an unaged Wedderburn. Fruity, pungent, but not at all oaky. Tried straight, the flavour in the nose reminds me the most of figs. Mixed with cola it results in a typical funky Jamaican rum and cola. On the palate it's surprisingly smooth for an unaged pungent spirit. My guess: It's a blend of a big share of smooth neutral rum with a small share of highly pungent ester-bomb. The colour is undoubtedly fake. But that said it's more funky than the Coruba Black Jamaican available in North America. It resembles the Smith & Cross if you dilute that to 40% vol.
Bei uns in der Schweiz Der mix Rum aus Urzeiten.
Coruba = Compagnie Rhumière Bâle (Basel Schweiz) gegründet 1929
Strohgelb im Glas.
In der Nase sehr fruchtig, Birne, Kirsche, Quitte, Vanille und Karamell im Hintergrund.
Im Gaumen überraschenderweise sehr angenehm, fruchtig-cremig aber doch mit einem guten Schuss Funk. 40%
Im Abgang etwas Gewürze und Karamell mit etwas Holz.
Ein super Mixer für den perfekte Mai Tai oder andere Vintage-Mixer.
With us in Switzerland The mix rum from primeval times.
Coruba = Compagnie Rhumière Bâle (Basel Switzerland) founded 1929
Straw yellow in the glass.
In the nose very fruity, pear, cherry, quince, vanilla and caramel in the background.
On the palate surprisingly very pleasant, fruity-creamy but with a good shot of funk. 40%
In the finish some spices and caramel with some wood.
A super mixer for the perfect Mai Tai or other vintage mixers.
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