Rum Review: Koloa Coconut
Kōloa Kaua’i Coconut Rum Review
As of this writing, I think I still hold the curious distinction as one of the world’s foremost coconut rum experts. Some thought me crazy when I wrote the Coconut Rum Challenge, but as I said there, I have long enjoyed coconut rum in a variety of tropical drinks.
Since writing that article, I have received coconut rums from a few smaller distilleries. One of those distilleries is Koloa from the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Unlike many of the other coconut rums out there, this one comes in at a relatively full strength 40% ABV. Let’s take a look at this new player in the coconut rum game and see if it can beat the reigning champion.
Like the rest of Koloa’s rum line, the coconut is bottled in clear glass with a plastic screw cap. The label design is simple and classic, featuring a fine line drawing of their tasting room at the Kilohana plantation on Kauai.
In the glass, the rum is perfectly clear, and a swirl in my snifter produces a number of droplets that eventually yield and fall downward. As I move in for a nosing, there is a fair bit of astringency that reminds me this is not one of those 21% ABV coconut rum liqueurs (I’m looking at you, Malibu). The aromas are of fresh but mature coconut meat, supported by a foundation of crème brulee and molasses. Beyond the initial aromas is a medley of faint hard candy notes: cherry and grape among them. Let’s taste…
As the rum enters, the astringency and sweetness balance each other, and many of the initial aromas are translated into flavors. The mature coconut flavors soon mingle with the candy, and the result is nothing short of delightful. There is the slightest hint of saccharin bitterness as the coconut flavor fades out, but it’s not enough to ruin my enjoyment, rather, it inspires me to replace it with a fresh sip.
Granted, this is definitely a mixing rum, but I could easily imagine folks enjoying Koloa Coconut Rum over ice, or with a just splash of cold coconut water. Move over Bacardi Coco (which scored a 5/10 in our previous taste test) we have a new leader in the coconut rum game.
On to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 2/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 3/4
- Aftertaste: 1/2
- Total Score: 8/10
Have you tried Koloa Kauai Coconut? Please share your thoughts below!
Disclosure: This bottle was provided by the distiller for review purposes.