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Malibu is a clear white coconut flavoured rum distilled from molasses. Sweeter than many rums this is a fantastic mixer with fruit juices or as part of a cocktail. My dad is a massive rum drinker and doesn't rate this at all, however, I think this is a popular drink rather than one for the connoisseurs.
Created in Barbados, it is one of the most popular rum based drinks and was bought by Diageo around 10 years ago. Known for the television adverts, advocating people relax and slow down, this sells itself using it's Caribbean origins as an exotic and powerful marketing tool.
Sweet and powerful, but not as strong as some of the Cuban rums, it is the perfect drink for mixing with others, it mixes perfectly with pineapple or watermelon and also is a great mix with lemonade or more especially coke.
The rum smells spicy with the coconut aroma really making it very tempting, the spicy flavour is a background taste with the rum and coconut making the first sips intoxicating.
I generally drink this with coke, pineapple juice or as a malibu screw with vodka and orange juice. It is a drink i'd generally save for summer months in the garden, rather than down the pub with mates, it is 21% (42 per cent proof) and whilst powerful doesn't have the kick of some of the spicier Havana rums, which are better drunk neat. This is a softer drink than most spirits and therefore one that can be enjoyed without it changing your mood too heavily, its a pleasurable drink which I don't drink as much as I did as a teenager, but we keep a bottle for guests and have the occasional summer drink at barbeques when possible.
Malibu comes in a distinctive white bottle with brown writing and a picture of a palm tree in front of a sunset, the whole image of Malibu is relaxing and chilled and the bottle sums this up perfectly, it is unique and stands out from the crowd.
The bottle is 700ml and available in all decent supermarkets and off licences, its also a popular drink in bars and restaurants, if drinking with food, i'd suggest a spicy dish such as a nice curry which is perfect contrast for the sweet taste of the rum.
A 700ml bottle costs about £14.50, the best price i've seen recently is £11 at Sainsburys, our most recent bottle was bought prior to Christmas and is probably about half full, so I expect it to last about a year, meaning it is decent value and is a good option to have available for guests.
Overall its a popular drink, which I prefer mixed, it is sweet and slightly heady at first taste, but doesn't have the kick of other rums. I don't anticipate developing more of a taste for this as I get older, but I do appreciate that it is a decent mixer and due to it's alcohol volume offers a really nice option for those wanting an alcoholic drink without too much of a kick. As chilled as its image, this is a decent rum, although definitely not one of the best.
Originally Made in Canada
Malibu, the sweet refreshing coconut drink which can only be described as holiday in a glass. Not only does it smell like sun cream lotion (smell it if you don't believe me) the taste is so sweet and refreshing it reminds me of nice hot summers down on the beach. Although I do enjoy this alcoholic beverage mixed with either lemonade or cranberry juice. I find it's a drink that after a glass or two becomes quite sickly but for the occasional drink it's nice but not to be drunk too often, The average price for a bottle is around £15 which for myself is a good price because as I've already stated I couldn't drink more than a couple of glasses due to sweetness. this drink has been known to taste quite nice with Milk but i haven't tried that mix myself as i believe any alcoholic drink with Milk is a bad idea. So i'll let you be the judge of that one.
Although this is described as Rum, to me I find that it is more of a liqueuer based drink, as although it us Rum based it has a sweet coconut flavour, making this an ideal base to be used with a mixer or a base of a cocktail.
The bottle is glass based bottle with a white covering, with the word "Malibu" in the frint and a design of a palm tree in black, giving the expression of relaxing in the Caribeen with not a trouble in the world.
As the drink is sweet based the lid does get sticky, so always have a damp cloth to hand.
As described this is a coconut based white rum drink, it is very sweet with like a sugar consistency, but is very versatile with what you can mix the drink with.
Cola = This mixes really well with coke as the sharpness of the coke brings down the sweetness of the Cola.
Pineapple Juice = This may seem an odd mix, but with pineapple not being so sweet the juice almost adds a dimension of the exotic to the drink.
Milk = This may seem the oddest of choices but the coldness of the milk really brings out the coconut taste of the drink. It was only when I went to the Dom Rep, I was given a coconut that had just been chopped down, I had rum with mine, and my daughter just as it came, when I drank the coconut milk I was instantly transported back to my days of drinking Malibu and milk.
=Price and Availability=
The bottles are generally sold in 70cl bottles, and these are in the region of £15 a bottle, which I do find expensive, considering the alcohol content is around 22%, but as the drink is more suited to being made into a long drink then you do get value for money from the bottle.
A lot of supermarkets produce their own variety of coconut based white rum drinks, and these are a lot cheaper than the proper version, and in my opinion many do taste the same when mixed.
=Would I recommend=
I would recommend, but I would say you do realise it is a very sweet drink. So really all I can score it is a 3/5
I love coconuts and coconut flavoured things which is why I knew I would like Malibu before I even tried the drink. I recently bought a new bottle of the drink and rekindled my love of it after not having bought it for a long time.
About the drink
The drink is described as being Barbados in a bottle. It is a Caribbean rum and this is mixed natural coconut flavouring to make it taste truly tropical and smooth with a sweet after taste. Despite its tropical origins, the drink is actually made in Canada. The product has an alcohol percentage of 21% so it should be consumed responsibly and it shouldn't be bought or consumed by anyone under the age of 18.
Packaging and Price
The drink is contained within a white bottle which has a black screw top lid which is easy to open and close. Malibu is written across the front and there are some palm trees on the front of the bottle to add a tropical feel to the bottle. You can buy 70cl of the drink for around £12 or a larger 1 litre bottle for around £19. It can be bought from off licenses, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
There are a variety of other Malibu mixes, none of which I have managed to try yet. These include the Malibu Mango, Malibu Sunshine which includes citrus fruit juices, Malibu Island Melon, Malibu Pineapple, Malibu Passionfruit and Malibu tropical banana. The packaging is the same but it has a different colour banding across the bottle.
The drink has a smell like would expect and that is one of coconuts. It is a really tropical aroma and it makes you think of the summer and holidays. It nice and reminds of coconut scented sun lotion. The drink is clear in colour and looks a lot like water so it's not one of those pretty coloured cocktail spirits. It is most commonly mixed with cola but it can also be mixed with fruit juices if you wanted to make a cocktail. The drink has too high an alcohol content to be drunk straight unless it's in the form of shots. The drink tastes lovely and doesn't really taste like the majority of alcohol drinks that I've tried.
It does taste of alcohol but not in a huge way and it largely tastes sweet and of coconuts. It's lovely to drink in the summer but it can be drunk all year round. The drink can get sickly with time and if you don't like coconuts then you won't like this at all. Because of the high alcohol content, if you drink too much of this then it will make you tipsy if not drunk so you do need to take it easy. I have overdone it on more than one occasion with this drink because I like the taste and it did make me feel a bit sick and hungover the next day.
All in all, this is a delicious and tropical drink which is summery, sweet and coconutty. It can be mixed with a variety of soft drinks and fruit juices but because it has a high alcohol content, it should be consumed in moderation. If you don't like coconuts then you won't like this but if you do, this is well worth a try.
Malibu is a world famous coconut flavoured rum, which originates from the Caribbean Islands, although many people may be shocked to know that it is actually made in Canada.
Where it's from or where it is made is completely irelevant in my opinion as it taste absolutely lovely!
The alcoholic percentage of Malibu is a modest 21% (42 proof).
Now you have the option to drink Malibu in many different ways. Some people like myself prefer to drink it straight, normally with a couple of cubes of ice.
Other tasty ways to drink it is mixed with some coke,lemonade, or a firm favourite with the girls being pineapple juice.
A bottle averages at approx £10 a bottle in most major supermarkets. If you were to purchase this in a pub, you would generally pay between £2.50 - £3.50, depending on where you drink of course.
If you are looking to have a couple of sociable drinks but don't to go over board, I would recommend opting for a Malibu.
I first tried Malibu several years ago whilst on a girls holiday in Greece and it instantly became my holiday drink of choice. It comes in an exotic looking white bottle with coconuts and palm trees on the front which I love and the minute I open this and get the first whiff of coconut, I am transported to a warmer, sunnier place. It is described as a rum with coconut flavour although intend to forget that I am drinking rum at all when I have Malibu.
I like my drinks to be sweet and not taste too strongly of alcohol, and Malibu is perfect for this. I mix it with coca cola and find it very flavoursome. The coconut flavour comes through thick and strong and I find that this gives me a sort of warming sensation when I drink it. It is not too sickly like some otherr drnks and i could easily drink this all night long. At 21% by volume, this is strong but not as strong as Bacardi or other rums and I love that I can have several Malibu's instead of just a couple of another brand.
I personally don't really like coconut and even though the main flavour is coconut, I find it to be refreshing, summery and crisp. The coconut flavour compliments the flavour of the rum although neither flavour is overpowering.
About Malibu! - It's 21% alcohol content.. it can be drunk on its own but is normally mixed with lemonade or used as part of a cocktail...it is available in a variety of flavours and costs around £15 a bottle.
Why buy Malibu? Because its a really tasty drink at an affordable price. Yes, 21% is a little strong but not as strong as the likes of vodka and rum and therefore it isn't actually too strong if you were going to drink it all night. Also, if you feel that the taste is too strong, you can mix it with a soft drink such as lemonade (I think this then tastes like cream soda which is delicious) or even add it to a cocktail. Malibu comes in a white bottle and stands out if you are looking for it in a supermarket. It is also really nice mixed with pineapple juice.
Verdict? Buy Malibu if you are having girls round, or just a night in.. it sometimes is a little expensive to drink on a night out although not so badly priced if it is part of a cocktail. It makes a great pre-going out drink because it is easy to drink, smooth and really refreshing.
I don't know what made me start drinking this in my youth, I guess I had probably watched too many episodes of Only Fools and Horses and saw how sophisticated Del Boy looked with an orange coloured drink and lots of tacky umbrellas sticking out of it or something. My drink of choice when I was about 16-18 was Malibu and pineapple, very sweet but sickly, and expensive when buying from a pub or a club but I didn't care and I would drink lots of it (I am not condoning underage drinking in any way folks). I have recently revisited this drink when I saw an advertisement for the new Malibu Winter Limited Edition with Coconut Flakes (like orange juice with bits but better). I have always been a lover of coconut and coconut flavoured things from bountys to sprinkling coconut on top of my homemade apple crumbles to coconut face wash; I love the smell, the crunchiness and the taste, so a coconut rum drink was just the icing on the cake for me.
==What is it?==
Malibu is a white rum with coconut extract flavouring, it's made in Canada(Yes the totally tropical taste of Canada folks!) and it has an alcohol content of 21.0%(40 proof). It is one of the many brands under the Pernod Ricard banner which has the likes of Absolut Vodka and Pernod on its books. The rum its self is colourless and it has a strong coconut smell and taste. Malibu has a shelf life of two years and one year from opening. Malibu is available in eight different flavours; original, sunshine(with citrus flavouring), mango, island melon, pineapple, passionfruit, tropical banana, Malibu red (flavoured with Tequila) and for a limited time only, Malibu Winter.
The ingedients are Water, HFCS(High-fructose corn syrup), Caribbean Rum and Natural Coconut
==The Packaging & Price==
Malibu comes in a white bottle with a brown screw top lid with a picture of a sunset or sunrise and two palm trees. Prices range, as do the sizes of the bottle from the miniature at £2.00 to the 1.5 litre bottle at £33.00 and these can be bought at most places such as; grocers, supermarkets and off licenses.
With there being so many things you can do with Malibu it is always nice to have a bottle in the fridge, I sometimes make fruit salads with a splash of Malibu and it gives it that lovely coconutty rum flavour through it, it contrasts really well with all of the fruit. I also like to mix it with Jagermeister and pineapple to make "A Surfer on Acid", tastes delicious! Or I just have it on its own with pineapple, I find it goes best with pineapple more than any other mixer. If you haven't tried the truly tropical taste of erm Canada yet, then I suggest you do so, especially if you like coconut.
~Sweet and sugary Malibu~
I often find that Malibu is one of those drinks that I have to be in the right mood for, as I either love it or hate it! On a warm summers evening a dash of Malibu and diet Cola poured over ice in a tall glass can be something that is both sweet and refreshing, yet there are times when I find Malibu to be overly sugary sweet in taste and during those times I tend to avoid drinking it. The use of warm and sweet tasting coconut flavouring that the producers of the drink have balanced and blended with white rum in this product, can work very well at times and is something that I feel makes Malibu the kind of drink that works well at summer BBQ parties and when used in various cocktails.
~Product design/ ease of use~
I feel that the product bottle that Malibu comes in is simple in shape and style, with a neat and fresh white casing that shows the Malibu logo off very clearly. The simple yet effective colours and designs used on the outer wrap of the product bottle make it easy to spot on supermarket shelves in my opinion. I feel that the product bottle design makes this drink stand out from the cheaper Malibu style copies that you can buy, as it is something many buyers instantly find familiar. The tall bottle has a nice wide base that sits on a flat surface well, meaning the bottle stays put and doesn't tip over when stored away after use. A slight downside can be that the Malibu bottle lids can and do get rather sugary and sticky if not rinsed and dried from time to time, as the slightly syrupy texture of the drink can dry and leave a sugary residue around the bottle lid and neck.
The taste of Malibu is sweet and coconut based with a good strong dash of clean crisp white rum. I find that it can be mixed to make various cocktails if wanted although I am more than happy to drink it over diet cola and ice the majority of the time. Drinking Malibu diluted with cola does soften the sweetness of the drink a little, although this still comes through, especially if you neglect to add some ice to your drink. Without ice I find Malibu to be really too sweet for my taste, yet once chilled the product has a crisper feel that I far like more. Storing the product bottle in a fridge can lighten the feel of the super sweet effect the drink has when warm in my opinion. I have tried mixing Malibu with pineapple and lemonade to male a long drink and found that whilst this tastes fairly pleasant it isn't something that I would want to drink on a regular basis.
~Price/ product rating~
The cost of a 1 litre bottle of Malibu can be £20 or so in many of the larger supermarkets, which I feel makes this more of a treat or party time type of product, as Malibu is not something I tend to want to drink on a regular basis. I do like the taste of the drink at times, but feel I have to be in the right mood to seriously enjoy it. The Malibu blend is generally reliable in terms of taste, as when ever I have bought this product it always has that sugary sweet coconut taste mixed with rum that I associate with the product. My rating for Malibu is 3 stars as I feel it does have a number of cheaper rivals (such as supermarket own brands) that compare favorably at considerably cheaper prices than this branded product.
WHAT IS IT?
A coconut liqueur that you can drink on its own or with a mixer. The usual thing to mix with it is coke but you can also use a light tasting fruit juice.
Malibu has got a very distinguishable flavour and I have never tasted a cheaper brand of coconut liqueur that tastes as good. It is a sweet coconut flavour that is very moreish but can be very sickly if you do not have a very sweet tooth. When you mix it with fruit juice that can hide the coconut flavour but it also adds even more sweetness to the drink.
WHAT I THINK
Malibu always makes me smile because it reminds me of being on holiday. It is rum but doesn't taste like it and just has a very refreshing sweet coconut flavour. If you have it mixed with coke it doesn't taste very much of alcohol but it contains 21% alcohol so has got a punch. I always make mine too strong because the taste of the Malibu is so nice but then I get drunk very quickly, I do not drink so many if I have it weaker because then the coke is too sickly.
I have drunk it with fruit juice but I prefer to drink it with coke, I had Tango as a mixer one time but that wasn't very nice because the Tango made the drink taste synthetic and fake. It is a very sweet drink so one that sometimes doesn't appeal to me while we were out, I like drinking it neat with a meal as the flavour is very cleansing.
I will always buy Malibu and I have not been without a bottle in my home for ten years, it is a drink that becomes a signature drink very quickly and the landlord of my local bar always asks if I want my usual and that is Malibu and coke. It is best without ice I think personally but a lot of people do drink it with ice for extra chill, I think ice spoils the flavour but keep my Malibu in the fridge so that it's cold.
Malibu costs about £15 a bottle and also comes in a half sized bottle and miniatures.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I am not particularly an alcoholic or anything but Malibu and Coke is my favourite tipple! When I just turned 18 and started hitting the club/pub/bar scene I of course experimented with many mixtures of drinks I saw people drinking on TV like Vodka & Lemonade, or Gin & Tonic (absolutely bleurgh!) but after hearing my mum order Malibu and Coke and tasting it I was in love!
Malibu is a caribbean rum originally used to simplify the making of Piña Coladas by bartenders! It has now expanded and is popular as a mixer in the commercial market. It comes in a white bottle, with a wide base, which goes up to a slim neck and a black screw top bottle so it can be opened and used time and time again. I don't particularly drink alcohol at home unless having a party so this is ideal for me! The design on the bottle is a simply picture of some palm trees making the bottle look very much caribbean indeed!
The original flavour Malibu is rum with coconut extract and drinking it, it definitely has a tropical, sweet taste which tastes exotic when mixed. I have tried Malibu on it's own (out of curiousity) and whilst I must say it does have that coconut kick it does taste quite strong! This could be because the alcohol content is 21% so for me this is definitely a lot lol. I am quite a big baby and cannot drink alcohol that actually tastes of alcohol so a mixer for me is a necessary requirement and when Malibu is combined with something else (of course depending on the dilution) it doesn't taste strong at all and I find myself a little bit tipsy after a few cups!
My happiness at drinking Malibu with coke is hard to describe as on it's own I don't actually like coke (or diet coke, pepsi, pepsi max of any of those kind of drinks) but mixed with Malibu it is heaven. The 2 flavours compliment each other extremely and with some crushed ice, it tastes like coconut flavoured coke I suppose is the best way to put it! Another good way to drink Malibu is with pineapple juice which really packs the punch in caribbean flavour as coconut and pineapple combine to almost give an alcoholic exotic fruit cocktail drinking experience. I have always been meaning to try and do some homemade cocktails as I know Malibu is a great ingredient for this, with some fruit liquers etc and I have had a few random cocktails when out and about which contain Malibu but I do sometimes find too many flavours and the coconut essence get's lost so I do prefer it just with a mixer, but it is versatile enough to do both.
As with most alcohols they are quite expensive and I recently bought a 1 litre bottle for a friend's christening party in Sainsburys for almost £20. Most supermarkets will generally do their own brand version which will be cheaper but (from student days experience!) I always find that these taste more watered down and less of coconut and definitely less alcohol content to boot. So I always stick with the branded Malibu!
I find Malibu a really nice drink on a night out and is always my first choice. It will appeal to those who like alcohol that isn't too strong and also tastes sweet and exotic when with the right mixer. If you don't like coconut this probably isn't for you but there are now other variations of the brand aside from the original coconut such as Mango, Passionfruit, Pineapple, Island Melon and Tropical Banana which I am dying to try!
Malibu is a really nice drink that is quite popular in many bars. It is clear rum based drink with coconut flavours. It is sold in nice white bottles.
Tastes delicious- the fruit flavours are great.
Very versatile- can be mixed with many different fruit juices (cranberry or pineapple juice are popular), can also be mixed with fizzy drinks such as coke or lemonade. Can also be used in various cocktails
Very smooth drink that goes down easily.
It has quite a high alcohol content (21%) but it doesn't really taste like you are drinking something so high . This can be an advantage or disadvantage as it does go to your head quite quickly as it is so easy to drink.
The price- a 70cl bottle is around £15 which is quite expensive and it is even more expensive in bars or clubs and isn't usually included in drink deals so it is expensive to drink all of the time.
High in sugar and calories- a glass of malibu and coke is over 150 calories. This also means that it quickly becomes quite sickly and maybe isn't the best to drink over a long period of time.
Nice drink but best as a one off or occasional treat
Malibu is a coconut-ty rum that is best served mixed with coke and ice cold.
I am more of a drink to get drunk person (bad I know...) and it is rare for me to find a drink I actually enjoy and don't have a drink to relax at the pub, I just go for a plain coke! However recently my friend brought my a malibu and coke and it gave my coke a refreshing twist. So I ended up drinking this for the rest of the night...
I'm really glad I tried it as I can now enjoy an alcoholic drink at the pub with friends while they have their cider and beers and I can still get a little tispy along with them. It's also an okay drink to order from the pub in the day (especially great on a hot day!) and not get a weird look like you woudl if you bought a vodka and coke as that's a bit of a heavy drink for the day time!
Also don't be put off if you are not a fan of coconut because I'm not, I hate anything with even a slight hint of coconut but Malibu is mixed with a fewother flavours and tastes amazing! You can tell it's coconut but it's at all overpowering. It's similar to the slight hint of lemon you get when your drink is served with a aslice of lemon only it's more tangy. It's a fun drink to experminet with fruit juices too for cocktails.
I think it works so well with coke because it is such a sweet alcohol, you can tell there's alcohol in it when you smell it by itself but the smell doesn't make your eyes water or nose sting like vodka and other drinks can.
It's sold in most supermarkets for just over about £10 depending which size you decide to buy. I think the price is very fair as the taste and smell is very distinctive to other alcohols and is worth the price.
Seeing as one of my all time favourite smells and tastes is coconut, it's probably hardly surprising that Malibu is one of my favourite spirits. If anything captures the heady exotic inspiring smell of holidays it's Malibu! As soon as you smell it you feel like you're on a beach slathering on sun cream. You can almost see palm trees swaying in front of you when you drink this!!
Malibu comes in a very distinct solid white glass bottle. To me the white represents the white flesh in a coconut. On the front there is a picture of a sunset with the silhouette of palm trees in front of it - just to add to the beach holiday theme that Malibu is all about. There is a screw cap at the top which is easy to unscrew. Malibu itself is a rum drink heavily flavoured with coconut. I am not normally a fan of rum but I love the taste of Malibu, which I purely put down to the coconut addition.
When you pour it you will see it is a very thin consistency, thicker than water but just as clear as it. The smell will hit you straight away and is a very strong smell of coconut. I wouldn't be able to drink it on its own as rum is too strong for me so I prefer to drink my Malibu with Coke (or Diet Coke!) but I have also had it with pineapple juice which is gorgeous. The combination of the coconut just works so well with these mixers and really do it justice. I do think it needs to be drunk ice cold so make sure you have some ice cubes on stand by. I have heard that people mix it with milk but as I have a strong disliking for milk, apart from a dribble on my cereal, I wouldn't be able to bring myself to try this. It tastes so coconutty whatever you mix it with that it is delicious. To me it encapsulates the feeling of being on holiday even if you are sat in your back garden at home.
A 70cl bottle will cost you £14 in Tescos which is very similar to other supermarket prices. It is also sold in all off licenses as well.
Word of warning, if you don't like coconut stay well clear!!
Malibu is one of those rare alcoholic drinks that I actually just don't like. Every now and again I try it again just to see if my taste buds have changed, but I think it's true to say that I just don't like it. I seem to be in the minority and therefore I usually have a bottle in my drinks cabinet for any visitors that may be partial to a tipple (or triple!) of Malibu. The most recent bottle I bought contained 700ml and cost me £14.50 from Tesco - which seems quite reasonable for a branded alcoholic spirit (although I note it is on offer at Asda at the moment for just £10.00).
The Malibu does come in a rather nice looking bottle - and I have to admit that his often draws me in. The bottle in opaque white and has a lovely tropical theme on the front of the bottle with the Malibu logo on it. It has a screw top and so it's easy to remove and can be resealed between uses.
Malibu is a white coconut rum from the island of Jamaica. It is clear when you pour it in the glass and is usually used with a mixer or in a cocktail. It does smell incredibly sweet and very coconutty although I can't help but think that it smells like suntan oil. The taste is also overwhelmingly of suntan oil....oops I mean coconut.....and it's strong enough that whatever you mix it with you will still be able to taste the flavour coming through. It's one of those drinks that has the reputation for being a bit of a girly drink, but actually it is 21% ABV and so it's comparatively potent stuff.
The reason I particularly don't like it is that it is overwhelmingly sweet - and coming from someone with a bit of a sweet-tooth that's saying something. If I use it in really small amounts in cocktails then I find it palatable, but on it's own or mixed with coke I find the coconut flavour and the sweetness is just too overwhelming!
Clear. Moderately light-bodied. Reminiscent of coconut, almonds, mocha. Delicate, soft texture. Moderately light on the palate, with a syrupy feel. Smooth and easy finish.