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Kuknat Coconut Rum

Review: Kuknat Coconut Rum  80/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on May 22, 2012

Travellers Liquors Limited has been involved in the production of  Rum in Belize since the early 1960s originally working with independent distillers. However, in 1989, Tavellers acquired full control of their own distillery and has remained in control of their own brands ever since. Kuknat Coconut Rum is a flavoured rum based upon the blending of the flavours and aromas of Coconut palm with the sweet flavour of molasses rum and represents over fifty years of experience in the art of rum blending by the Perdomo family which owns and controls Travellers Liquors limited..

Recently, I was given a bottle of Kuknat Rum by a representative of Travellers Liquor Canada for the purpose of this review:

In the Bottle 4/5

To the left is a J-peg picture of Kuknat Rum. A you can see the bottle style is of a typical bar room bottle which is easy to store on the bar shelf, easy to hold (the frosted finished actually helps you grip the bottle as well), and most importantly, the bottle is easy to pour. The colour did not come out quite right in the photo as my bottle is not grey as shown to the left rather my bottle is a frosted white bottle. However the labeling is the same. I find the presentation quite satisfactory.

In the Glass 8/10

The Coconut Rum is clear in the glass with a slightly thickened consistency similar to what one finds in a sweet liqueur. The aroma from the glass matches this appearance, as sweet sugary molasses notes rise into the air beside a firm coconut scent. If your give the glass a little time you can begin to sense some underlying notes of orange peel and oak, although these are easily lost in the sweet coconut aroma above the glass.

In the Mouth 48/60

The thickened consistency of the flavoured rum coats the palate allowing the flavours to linger as you sip. This is a sweet liqueur-like spirit with the flavour of coconut clearly on display. The flavours of rum and molasses wind in and out with impressions of butterscotch and oak spice lying under the coconut.

The Kuknat Rum seems to be designed more as a sipper, than as a mixer, and I have served the Kuknat Flavoured Rum as an aperitif to my friends before tasting sessions to good effect. It is, however, quite sweet. The first glass (about 3/4 ounce) is always very nice, but the second glass can become cloying. I recommend serving in moderation before or after dinner.

In the Throat 12/15

The finish, driven by sugary molasses and intense coconut flavours is long and sweet. Like all sweet liqueurs this can become heavy and intense rather quickly, but if the spirit is indulged in moderation I find it to be a pleasant diversion.

The Afterburn 8/10

Traveller’s liquors have created a nice spirit with their Kuknat Flavoured Rum. As an aperitif, or as an after dinner drink, I find the product has a strong appeal. Having said that, I would like to see perhaps a little stronger rum flavour which would make the spirit more appealing for me personally. However, I understand that this product has a different demographic appeal than a traditional sipping rum. My friends love it, and I rather think you will too.

You may read some of my other reviews of Liqueurs and Flavoured Spirits (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.

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My Scores are out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret them as follows:

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing spirit.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails.)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

 
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