This is a nice rum. There is a tartness about it upon swallowing that I don't like. Everything else is good in the rum world but not great. For a 18 yr solera it just does not have the fullness and complexity I would expect. A pleasant drink and very nice finish. But not a truly great rum.
Nice sipping rum, but not as great as others. Was hoping for a more cocoa undertone, but didn't quite find it. Also lacked the buttery richness of some other rums I've tasted. The flavors on both end were very subtle.
Very sweet, with a bit of spicy but mostly vanilla flavour. Full flavour, rather heavy. Perhaps a bit too artificial vanilla flavour but overall a good fit for cravings for a sweet spicy glass of a beverage. Will buy again.
Further down the bottle - maybe too artificial flavouring?
This is one of my absolute favorite Rums. I was on a tour of Old San Juan and the guide who was a local younger woman probably in her late 20's. We were going by the Bicardi plant and she said "If you like Bicardi that's good but trust me get a bottle of 3 star. 3 star and coconut water on ice... That's all you need." She was right. Sweet, Caramel, Toffee, soft feel.
In 1978 I met a student from Puerto Rico in college, and prior to spring break gave him $10 to bring me some rum back from his visit home. Of the three bottles he brought, one was Ron Del Barrilito, and I found it delicious. I've been looking for it ever since! Found it on Flaviar and had to have it. It is still delicious, one of the best rums in my bar.
This doesn't meet the standard for rum by definition, I think.
Bumbu has an intense sugary taste like a liqueur. Strong notes of banana and toffee/caramel and other sweet things will assault your nose and mouth upon drinking. The aftertaste is a sweet and vanilla-y experience.
All in all, Bumbu is acceptable. It's nothing mind blowing, but if you like sweets you'll probably enjoy this flavor-added drink. This seems like a drink you serve to someone new to drinking, as the character falls flat after it's initial burst. Personally, I'd rather invest $15 more and get one of the many fantastic drinks in that price range.
It's not bad per se, but it's nowhere remotely near good. It's cheap and it falls a little on the quick-and-dirty drink side. Sometimes you have to tolerate a few 4s to really appreciate a 9, right?
Just don't try that same line of thought with your partner. ;)
This is definitely a unique rum with a unique backstory. I could see why they gave it to sailors for such a long time. It packs a punch and helps you relax after a strenuous day. I wouldn't make it as a sailor because I can't do it as a sipping rum, but it is ideal for a rum and coke for me.