“ Type: Rum „
Tesco Dark Rum is nice and cheap compared to leading brands like Morgan Spiced and Captain Morgan. When I bought it two weeks ago, it was £10.49 for a litre bottle but the website is now showing it for £11.19. A slight price increase, but still much cheaper than the brand names. For comparison, Morgan Spiced is £20.96 per litre and Captain Morgan is £14.29 per litre. So at the newly increased price, this isn't even that much cheaper than the premium brands.
When I bought this, I thought it looked a little on the light side for a dark rum. I had hoped this wouldn't have any affect on the taste though. I expected a thick, sweet drink that would glide down easily and mix well with coke or lemonade.
Unfortunately, what I got was a rather pungent drink that didn't quite taste like anything I've had before. It was a little on the bitter side, which dark rum should never be. It had a kind of paint stripper scent to it as well which I thought was odd. Dark rum shouldn't just taste sweet, it should smell a little sweet too.
This stuff was more like a bad whiskey than a decent dark rum. I'm really disappointed with it and won't be buying it again. If you're more of a whiskey fan and don't like any sweetness to your drinks, then maybe you'd like this. But then if you don't like sweet drinks, I don't see that you'd be after dark rum anyway.
I wish Tesco would sell their cheap drinks in little 20cl bottles so cheapskates like me could try their cheaper alternatives without wasting loads of money. For me, this was a real waste of a tenner that didn't save me any money in the end. I had a few out of it then went back and got a bottle of Captain Morgan. So in the end I spent £25 instead of £15 for my bottle of rum!
Wishing to reduce our weekly budget somewhat yet not wanting to completely dry up my occasional love of a rum and coke, I perused the aisles of the spirits the other day in Tesco in the hope of finding a substitute for my usual tipple of either Mount Gay or Morgan's Spiced Rum. My gaze rested upon this, and I pondered for a few moments before hesitantly putting it in my basket.
Tesco Dark Rum confused me a little, for although it was definitely called a dark rum, it was undoubtedly gfolden in colour, much like the aforementioned two tipples of choice for me. So, thinking it a cheap and worthy substitute, I left the aisle and duly paid the total before coming home to try out my potential new rum.
To say I was disappointed would be putting it mildly. I planned on having a few rums that evening, but instead of doing so, I had perhaps a few sips before pouring the glass down the sink. At 37.5% ABV (alcohol by volume), the rum isn't particularly strong, but neither is it weak. In terms of taste, the first time it entered my mouth, I felt it tasted okay. It didn't give me the usual satisfying feeling on my taste buds that the other rums usually do, but it was okay. However, the problem came in the aftertaste. It was very bitter, and almost tasted more of tequila than anything else, and unfortunately tequila is one drink I cannot stand.
I braved a couple more mouthfuls before giving it up for the evening, thinking I would try again the next day and perhaps it was my taste buds acting up for once. However, I had the same result the neddxt day, too. The rum is a prouct of the West Indies, as many rums are, although the bottle itself doesn't actually have any kind of ingredients list or even a brief description of the distilling process. The fact is that it looks like a golden rum and tastes like a bad dark rum.
Essentially, I should have guessed that it wasn't going to be up to my usual standards when it comes to rum drinking, and I should have forked out for the extra few quid and gone with the usual. At under £7 for a 70cl bottle, I thought I was getting a bargain, especially seeing as the others were well over the £10 mark and I thought the price difference would be worth it. I guess the moral is that you get what you pay for.
I find it hard to believe that this would necessarily be the preferred choice for a rum drinker. I couldn't personally stomach it, mainly because of the tequila-like aftertaste, but someone who doesn't mind this may actually like it. Unfortunately, for me, it's going to be one that remains in the drinks cabinet (aka kitchen cupboard) for the purpose of offering to unsuspecting guests rather than for personal consumption. For someone else, it may be worth giving a go, but just remember that you do get what you pay for.
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