Review: Coruba Mango and Coconut Flavored Rums

Coruba is Jamaican rum (imported to New Zealand and sold from there). These two new bottlings are flavored rums that have been considerably doctored not just with flavoring agents but lightened down to just 42 proof.

Coruba Mango Rum is an intensely sweet experience, and mango is really only hinted at in the finish. It’s so sugary that there’s no real hint off fruit, just sweetness with a touch of tropicality. Probably fine in any number of rum-and-juice cocktails, but not a winner on its own. C-

Coruba Coconut Rum is more successful, a decent competitor to Malibu with a more delicately flavored spirit than Coruba’s mango concoction. Here the coconut is more muted and the resulting spirit much less sweet, with a mellower, earthy finish. In fact, this rum can be safely sipped solo, though it would clearly find a better home in a tropical beach drink. B

$16 each / coruba.co.nz


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3 Responses to Review: Coruba Mango and Coconut Flavored Rums

  1. I had the displeasure of going to the Launch of another New Zealand rum, “stolen” the other night. I was flabbergasted at the idea of someone making a Rum there. With no sugar cane production to speak of, I can not begin to fathom why someone would think of making rum their. Sure, the clean green image of NZ goes with vodka, but rum?

  2. I’m no bear-hugger of trees, but isn’t this an extreme carbon footprint? From Jamaica to New Zealand and then to the U.S.? It had better be real tasty! Also, when I think vodka I definitely do not picture New Zealand! I guess I think of gray and freezing and boy, have I worked up a thirst!

  3. ‘Stolen Rum’ is actually a Caribbean rum. The guys behind it are from NZ – NZ owned brand and company (I think). The launch party was in June, so think you might have your wires crossed here.

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