Traveller’s White Rum
Review: Traveller’s White Rum 78/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on December 22, 2011
Traveller’s White Rum is a product of Belize, the northern-most mainland country of Central America. A former British Colony, Belize lies just south of Mexico with the Caribbean Sea to the east and Guatemala to the west and south. Traveller’s Liquors Limited has been involved in the production of rum in Belize since the early 1960s originally working with independent distillers. In 1989 Travellers acquired full control of their own distillery and has remained in full control of their own brands ever since.
I was given a bottle of Traveller’s White Rum by Blake Christensson of Traveller’s Liquor Canada for the purpose of this review:
In the Bottle 4/5
The Traveller’s White Rum is presented in the 750 ml bottle pictured to the left. The label features a sailing schooner, but on the whole the presentation is a little understated. This reminds me of the style of bottle and label you find on the spirits at the back of a bartenders shelf in that bar where you go for a reasonably priced drink with no frills.
The bottle and the label could use some sprucing up, maybe with frosting on the bottle or perhaps a bit more bright colours on the label to to give it some ‘pop’ on the store shelf.
(I see from the label that the rum is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.)
In the Glass 8/10
As far as I can tell the rum is clear and shows no hint of colour and no cloudiness. The aroma from the glass carries a punky, soft, rummy caramel scent which is tempered by some mild citrus scents. Like the previously reviewed Cristal Parrot Lite, the smell is lightly vegetal. If you give the glass a little time to decant the aroma turns slightly earthy and it kind of reminds me of a very mild blanco tequila. I do not mean this in a bad way, its just that the aroma has that fresh earthy scent.
In the Mouth 46/60
The Traveller’s White Rum has a clean mouth-feel with a light softness in the mouth. The caramel/butterscotch flavour of the rum is mild, and to be honest the first sip of rum continues to give me a tequila-like impression. (Don’t worry rum drinkers, there is none of that hot pepper that tequila is famous for.) The flavour impression I do receive on the palate is lightly earthy and somewhat grassy, with the rum carrying very light dollops of citrus flavour and lime zest. What we have is a nice mixer. In fact, the addition of only a splash of cola completely dissipates the slightly sharp alcohol bite and provides a nice smooth flavour.
I ran the rum through the gauntlet of quintessential rum cocktails, the daiquiri, the mojito, and the Cuba Libre, The Traveller’s White Rum tasted just fine when mixed, however I found it perhaps a little more suited to my palate when I added soda. In particular I like the mojito as the rum seemed to make friends easily with the sparkling water added to that particular drink.
In the Throat 12/15
When sipped straight, the Traveller’s White Rum has a bit of a Tequila like feel in both the delivery and in the exit. A lightly spicy citrus is left in the mouth and an earthy/grassy vegetal taste is left in the throat. But when the rum is mixed in a cocktail such as a mojito, these tequila like impressions are completely absent. Since the rum is a mixing rum I chose to put more weight on the finish displayed in the cocktail than in the finish displayed neat.
The Afterburn 8/10
Like the previously review Parrot Cristal White Rum, the Traveller’s White Rum is a mixing rum. In this forum it performs well especially with drinks which include sparkling water or soda. I have a couple of nice cocktail suggestions below.
If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.
I am going to start my recommendations with a nice Mojito!
1 1/2 oz Traveller’s White Rum
Large Ice Cubes
1/2 Lime cut into wedges
1 Tsp Simple Syrup (Dissolve a sugar cube in 1 Tsp hot water then let it cool)
4 oz sparkling water (or Club soda)
3 sprigs of mint
Add the Traveller’s White Rum to a highball glass over ice
Add Simple Sugar
Squeeze half of the lime juice into the glass
Place the rest of the lime wedges into the glass
Add sparkling water.
Gently bruise the mint between the fingers and add it to the glass
Garnish with a second sprig of mint
Rum and Tonic
Tonic water contains a substance called quinine which complements the piny notes of gin, and hence the famous Gin and Tonic is a very popular bar drink. I believe that the quinine in tonic water is also a nice complement to the grassy vegetal tones I detect in the Traveller’s White Rum.
1 1/2 oz Traveller’s White Rum
1/2 oz Tonic Water
Slice of Lime quartered
Place a quarter of Lime into an Old Fashioned Glass
Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the Rum and Tonic.
My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret the score 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 rum or whisky. 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)