Review: Tommy Bahama Rum

When the Wall Street Journal’s Eric Felten named Tommy Bahama white rum his favorite of some 10 rums in a blind tasting, I figured I had to try it. The company was kind enough to send both of its rums, light and dark, to be put to the test. Both are bottled in Barbados (not, er, The Bahamas) and both are 80 proof. (And these stout bottles… sheesh, you could knock out a mugger with one of these!)

Tommy Bahama White Sand (White) – This is a pretty standard, though woody, white rum. Not sure what Felten was so enchanted with, but, hey, it’s better than the usual fare. As with a lot of white rum, charcoal is pretty heavy on the palate. It’s a good rum, nothing wrong here at all. Works well in cocktails or with simple mixers, but I’m not over the moon about it. B+

Tommy Bahama Golden Sun (Dark) – This dark rum is aged at least three years in oak, giving it a distinct whiskey character, with a strong, sugary undercoating. I enjoyed this straight, on the rocks, but there’s a hint of charcoal in the aroma that makes everything a little off… just a little. A little bitterness plays out in the taste, rubbing up against the coffee notes the way old, burnt coffee can taste. Weird in a rum, but it’s really just a hint of that, nothing major. Again, Golden Sun works better in cocktails, but rum aficionados may find it interesting to compare against their favorite grog. B+

both $30 / tommybahamarum.com

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14 Responses to Review: Tommy Bahama Rum

  1. i only tried the clear one and it was great.
    it has a cork.

  2. I almost exlusively drink rum of all stripes. Tommy Bahama Gold is my favorite sipping rum over ice by far. Better than Pyrat XO Reserve by far – not as fragrant, but much smoother. I think Pyrat is too fragrant, but it’s a premium rum that many other here may have tried. You must try Tommy Bahama Golden Sun over ice. It’s really nice.

  3. I have been a rum fan for more than 40 years. Both the rums are palatable but you can get much better rums for the price. This stuff is over priced by $10 per bottle.

  4. I personally like TBGS rum.

  5. The bottle is thick and heavy and very ‘hip’ looking. I think you are paying a lot for the packaging, not what is in it. Same goes for Pyrat, very fancy package, average rum.

  6. I love the golden sun, but can’t find it anymore! :(
    A local store ordered it in and charged $40 for the1.75, and 877liquors wants $99 for it. OUTRAGEOUS!
    anyone know where to get it for $30? I’d gladly pay that. This is the smoothest rum I’ve ever mixed in a drink.

  7. well i just baught this bottle 1.75 i guess its huge for $14 at my liquor store

  8. >well i just baught this bottle 1.75 i guess its huge for $14 at my liquor store
    I KNOW RIGHT?

  9. Qwert, I just did the same thing! 14.95 for a 1.75L. I was about to pay 17.10 for a liter of bacardi and I saw this and I was like “You gotta be kidding!” Checking to see if maybe it was a crappy rum but apparently we did get an awesome deal.
    I got it at a Military Class 6 FYI.

  10. i work in a military class six store in massachusetts and we got a whole s### load of it in. i mean almost too much. selling from 15 for a 1.75 to about 9 for a .750. it’s okay but, have any of you noticed some weird crap floating around in the golden sun bottles?

  11. Just cleaned out my local liquor store of the last remaining bottles (white and dark) at $13.99 each!!

  12. LOOK TOMMY BAHAMA BOTTLES

  13. LOOK FOR TOMMY BAHAMA BOTTLES

  14. Its really good stuff! Discontinued, buy now before its all gone, well worth it!! check smaller liquor stores as the big ones are already sold out. It provides a nice comfortable buzz, love it!! some stores its still $30 but others its only $15!!

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