Buckeye the Caribbean Classic Silver Rum
Very clear, vodka like liquid leaves much to the imagination, but that isn't a good thing. For us at least, we associate the vodka clarity of the liquid with an ethanol like taste... Oh dear. The scent of this rum does somewhat reflect its price, though you can smell sweet island-y notes that take you back to your time relaxing in the sun on a beautiful sandy beach on an island in the Caribbean, there is a strong ethanol like scent that overpowers and steals you away from your imaginary holiday paradise. You will not look forward to tasting the shot, nope... Not at all.
Very bitter and nippy from the second it passes your lips. It will take you time to search passed the burning ethanol flavour and find the island-y sweetness you desire, but it certainly is there. There are sweet tones of vanilla and sugar, especially if you lick your lips, yum! There are actually quite an array of favours here, but they all hit you at once in a very short window, before the ethanol taste returns and the drink is gone. We all had different opinions ranging from fruit to vanilla to sweet to spices like pepper to an oaky cask flavour that actually really rounds out the flavour. The bottle doesn't lie, when you get to the good part it is very smooth. After you remove it from your mouth a vanilla filled sweetness will last both on your tongue and lips for the foreseeable future, it just doesn't go away, but it is very nice. We'd go so far to call it: refreshing.
The Bar Test
Maintains a large amount of bubbles, while at the same time looking a little flat, weird. The bubbles mostly seem to hug the edge of the glass. It really just smells like the most standard expectation of what a white rum and coke would smell like, there isn't really any defining features, nothing that really jumps out at you. Just a standard rum and coke, The ethanol smell is gone which is great and the smell as a whole is a lot quieter, you have to have a little sniff around and bring the glass closer to find it.
The best way to describe the taste is coke. Mostly coke. Albeit a more watered down version of coke, it is almost entirely just coke. Later on in the experience, pretty much right after you swallow the coke, you are overcome with a cavalcade of island flavours, like vanilla, a little coconut, a lot of oakiness and a bit of sweetness, rounded out by some indescribable fruity feel. Once you have finished experiencing this the entire taste disappears, you are left with the taste of coke in you mouth as if you just had a swig from the coke bottle. Not bad, closer to what you'd expect from a house spirit.
Look, we probably wouldn't take shots of this - it just isn't very pleasant. It does go quite nicely with coke if you are looking to drink rum on a budget, but we could probably think of better options. The best part about this is the sugary feeling and taste it leaves on your lips, reminiscent of that you get after eating a jam donut. One big plus for this is it seems to mix with other things well and would be a great cocktail white rum mixer.
- The colour becomes completely golden brown and almost amber. If you gave this to someone, unless they looked really closely to see the few tiny little bubbles that exist, they would think it was a scotch. Got 'em. Smells exactly the same as the shot. Ew, not great. Starts as coke, finishes sweet and oaky softened by vanilla. Actually very easy to drink and tastes quite nice. Definitely recommend giving this one a go, it's great!
- Looks a little darker than the one shot version and smells a lot more coke-y with a soft vanilla after tone to the scent. Already starting to taste like the bar test as the coke takes control, but the rum hits a lot harder in the aftertaste. Still very nice, but not as beautiful as the one shot version.
- Looks the same as the two shot, but now pretty much just smells like coke. Tastes like flat coke with a vanilla aftertaste that you can just tell is a form of rum.
- Looks and smells like flat coke. Tastes mostly like bitter coke with a nip of vanilla at the end. Not really worthwhile mixing it this intensely.
$31.99 per 700ml bottle
Standard price at Dan Murphy's Australia, prices may vary.