Banks 5-Island rum

Banks 5-Island

United Kingdom | Light

6.5/10
39 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great
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Przemek 🇵🇱 | 5 ratings
Posted 14 days ago

Good thing: the alcohol taste is not very strong, the taste itself is mild and pleasant. Nothing groundbreaking, but just good enough. You do not feel the urge to put it in drink immediately. Although, I would not enjoy sipping more that one portion. The bad side: the scent feels a bit artificial, it was something like "cheap candy" feeling.

Cool Breeze (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 307 ratings
Posted 2 months ago

Tasted at Laka Lono on 2/20/22. Pours clear. The aroma is the best part. The best of this is demerara and agricole character to the profile. Flavor leaves a bit to be desired. Cardamon and sweet cane.

henrik pedersen 🇩🇰 | 137 ratings
Posted 3 months ago

Dejlig mixer rum. jeg vil ikke anbefale den som sipper

Mujuru 🇺🇸 | 135 ratings
Posted 7 months ago

So I had read about this rum a while back and recently sought out a new white mixing rum for my cabinet as I had finished my bottle of Probitas. I had initially shied away from Banks 5 Island because I had been under the mistaken impression that it was a sweetened gimmick rum. The bottle’s appearance only fueled that further. But I couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Banks 5 Island is an unadulterated blend of 21 rums from 5 rum producing countries (really, it’s right there in the name): Jamaica, Guyana, Indonesia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Barbados. It was named after noted botanist and explorer Joseph Banks who sailed with Captain Cook in the 1700s.

Even though it was designed predominately for mixing I am curious what it is like on its own. Then I will mix with it and try it in its intended purpose.

Taking a whiff from the snifter I get light Green Apple, Peach, Guava, a mix of Strawberry, Raspberry, and Blueberry, crisp Honey, and light coconut. Official reviews describe it as super funky, and it is indeed funky, but having experienced my share of deep funk, this is what I would call lightly funky. It’s just a touch less funky than Probitas by comparison.

The palate is slightly less expressive than the nose but still expressive and enjoyable. Here I mainly get Green Apple and Apricot accompanied by a sweet Demerara note followed by Lime. The Apricot and Green Apple notes play quite well together even if I wish they were a bit more expressive.

The finish is short and light but here I get light Peach, light Green Apple, and Lime.

Overall this is a pleasant funky mix, even if slightly muted. You can tell it is meant for mixing. It’s ok to sip on but doesn’t really check any of the “this should be sipped slowly” boxes. It’s a pretty decent rum but nothing that will especially blow you away when sipped by itself.

Now, as a mixing rum, this is dynamite. It makes one hell of a Daiquiri, second only to Clairin Le Rocher to my tastes. It provides that perfect balance of slight funk to accentuate the notes in a cocktail without overpowering the same. As a cocktail rum, this is even better than Probitas to my tastes.

Short Description: Not especially amazing on its own, but absolutely fantastic as a mixer.

Nose: Green Apple, Peach, Guava, Raspberry-Strawberry-Blueberry mix, honey, light coconut

Palate: Green Apple, Apricot, Demerara syrup, Lime

Finish: short light Peach, light Green Apple, Lime

ABV 43%

Countries of Origin: Jamaica, Guyana, Indonesia, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados

ShakingSince95 🇳🇱 | 44 ratings
Posted 12 months ago

Best white rum to add character to daiquiris. A fresh aroma of fruit and spice paired with a nice earthiness. Finish is surprisingly long. I rarely sip white rums but my dad loves to drink Banks 5 neat.

eadrn 🇺🇸 | 49 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

This isn't bad, but I'd prefer to try other rums of similar aging/distilling process before purchasing again.

Redrum 🇬🇧 | 17 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

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

lord13 🇺🇸 | 11 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

A hint of funk in this makes for an excellent daiquiri

Smovens 🇺🇸 | 146 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

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

dinosaursssssss 🇺🇸 | 2 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

One of the more expensive whites I've had ($30), but worth it. Remarkably smooth for a white rum, on the sweet side but also flavorful with just a hint of funk and grass to give it some depth.




Brand Details

Name: 5-Island
Company: Banks
Type: Light
Distillation: Unknown

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