Brett and Brian Berish are the Midases of Spirits: whatever they start, it turns into gold. Luc Belaire sparkling wines, McQueen and the Violet Fog Brazilian Gin, and now Bumbu Rum. Following their successful Bumbu Original, they released a divine small-batch offering: Bumbu XO. The Rum was distilled and matured at an 120-year-old distillery in Panama, using local sugarcane and spring water. After that, the precious potion spent up to 18 years in ex-Bourbon barrels and received a lovely finish in white oak Sherry barrels imported from Andalusia.
The smooth and opulent Rum is a balanced sipping piece of art. It pampers your nose with aromas of toasted oak, vanilla and toffee, while your palate enjoys orange zest, spicy pepper and a touch of coffee. Even the bottle is a masterpiece. It's hefty and black, with a golden metal X in front, and a map of the Caribbean in the back. The best way to enjoy Bumbu XO is, naturally, neat, but it will work fantastically on rocks or in the Black Beard cocktail (add Cola, Angostura and Arrack).
Delicious, smooth dry rum with fruit and Carmel notes. Very satisfying
Nice, mellow sipping rum. Slightly sweet, with a full round body and terrific nose. I would NEVER adulterate this with any mixers. Great just the way it is!
Love it! Kind of reminds me of a sweet Makers Mark? Super enjoyable to sip!
I'm more of a whiskey drinker, but the reason I gave it the full amount of stars is it is the best rum I have ever had. I've never drank rum neat, so I thought I would try it the way they suggested. Very smooth and easy to drink. Putting it up to my nose, I thought it was going to be really harsh. But it had no after burn.
Sorry, not mine favorite taste of rum!
Very good especially if you mix a little grape raspberry mix to it.
A LOT less sweet than the original (which is more like a liqueur I used it to cook/bake with). I digress... This is a well balanced rum, not really complex nor has any kind of uniqueness IMO, making it a decent mixer or sipper.
Absolutely fantastic RUM. I use to be a big RUM drinker but have switched to Bourbon and this is a great combination with flavorful traditional and rich RUM flavors and a nice Bourbon-like oak finish. Let some of my RUM friends try it as well and they could not believe the price of $40 for the quality they received. I've even had some people tell me that this is the best RUM they've ever had. Overall, absolutely outstanding RUM. The bottle is heavy and beautiful. I'm very impressed. Well done indeed.
Nice and smooth. Great taste, no burn.. I take it both neat or with ice. Nice after dinner drink.
Great rum neat or with chill cubes. Very bold and rich flavors that really make you have a nostalgic moment. The appearance of the bottle and the taste of the Rum is like a great marriage.
The bottle is the best and only thing about rum. Coolest bottle ever. Our shipment literally tasted like it came out of a moldy barrel. Like actual mold flavor. Pouring it down the drain. yep - that bad.
A very weak tasting rum. I was expecting a heavier dose of caramel and vanilla considering the lengthy aging. Its good, but not quite at the level of a good sipping rum.
I’m really new to drinking rum neat, or even on the rocks (i.e.. not in a tropical mixed drink). I enjoy the vanilla nose, and toffee and coffee are two of the more enjoyable flavors I can pick out along with the oak, which surprised me. And like some others have said, the bottle is pretty cool.
Really enjoyed this bottle. Has a nice spiciness and rich flavors. Felt like there wasn’t truly 750ml in it because it disappeared so fast.
Great Rum to drink straight on the rocks. Warms the stomach and tastes great. Also comes in a really cool bottle. Two thumbs up 👍👍
Very good sweet rum...either straight up or in a cocktail.
So tasty and smooth to drink. Perfect sipping rum. Must try original bumbu to compare.
Excellent rum, really enjoyed this!
I really liked the regular Bumbu because of it's strong banana and caramel flavor, but the XO was better. It's smoother and less sickly than the regular Bumbu. It made for a better sipping rum.
Definitely good Rum. Not as smooth or as easy to drink as the regular Bumbu. It is worth the money if you do want it, but I would save the few extra dollars and get the regular Bumbu.
Delicious and smooth. Perfect for sipping over ice. Nice notes of toffee, vanilla, Carmel with a little spice. This is what a bourbon drinker drinks on vacation.
Fantastic! Great sweet to boozy mix with the sugar and carmel you want in a rum, yet the smoothness you want to sip it on ice. well played!
Definitely one of the best runs I’ve had
Very enjoyable, has that sweetness that I want sometimes. Smooth
love it. One of the best. Banana funk, smooth, drink any style (straight, rocks, or cocktail).
Delicious. On the sweet side but very enjoyable.
Smooth and flavorful, but have had better at a cheaper price.
One of the smoothest Rums that has ever hit my palate. Smooth with the right amount of kick. One square cube and a nice glass = paradise.
I prefer the original lighter Bumbu
Really prominent lemon notes on the nose with some caramel coming through too.
Initial citrus hit on the palate but toffee and oak notes come through as well.
Good rum, but I wouldn't consider it a sipping rum like others I have tried
Not as good as the original
Definite flavor of coffee. Hints of vanilla. Little more spice than I enjoyed, but very flavorful drink.
We absolutely love this rum. It goes well by itself, on the rocks, or mixed with a cola. The XO is just a bit more smooth than the regular version. We have people that call themselves “Non-rum” types try it and each time they love it. Highly recommended.
Spice at first. Sweeter as is goes down
Definitely too sweet to mix, but great for sipping when a sweeter liquor is what you want.
The rum was great, Both Bumbus mix well with anything. This one was is better hust on the rock.
Great sipping rum! Very tasty and smooth. Vanilla notes, allspice, and nutmeg. Original and XO very delicious and highly recommended.
WOW just as good as the other one.
The flavor on this rum is fantastic but not quite as smooth and enjoyable as the original of the same brand. Still a fantastic rum and was very worth trying. IF i had not tried the other flavor first i may not have as this really is still very amazing.
Smooth, very yummy. Mixes well with pineapple juice.
An excellent sipping rum. We love it as a dessert after a good meal. Even my friends who don't drink hard liquor like sipping on this one
Tasty and love the bottle
Nice sipping rum, but not the best ever. Very good, but not in my top 3.
Great smooth rum.
A great sipping rum. On the initial sip, you feel the vanilla. You catch the hints of toffee in your mouth as the warmth increases. It finishes with a great roasted sweetness. I'll be sure to keep this one stocked.
Very smooth sipping rum. I enjoy with ice.
This is a great rum. Toffee combined with sticky syrup, some vanilla and allspices. A great drink