Rum Review: Siesta Key Coconut
Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum Review
If you read my review of Siesta Key Spiced Rum, you’re already aware that these guys know how to make fantastic flavored rums. Well, now Troy Roberts and his crew are back with another winner: Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum. In contrast to most coconut rum formulas, Siesta Key eschews liquid flavor agents in favor of (now stay with me here) actual coconut. Shredded toasted coconut is simply steeped in the rum for a few weeks along with a few freshly ground spices and then filtered (the most painfully laborious part of the process). The filtered rum is then sweetened ever so slightly with honey and bottled at 35% ABV so “you know you’re drinking rum” says Troy. It’s currently available at the distillery, and sometimes at Total Wine. At Total Wine, the Toasted Coconut retails for $22.
The bottle itself is the same as the others in the Siesta Key line: tall and upright with a hefty bit of glass at the base and ample space at the neck to form a sure grasp. The stopper is a synthetic cork topped with a plastic cap. Each bottle has the batch number hand-written in permanent marker; my bottle is from batch No. 1, and was provided by the distillery for review. If you look closely, you can see a few specks of colloidal coconut material floating in the bottle, which is a good sign of authenticity as far as I’m concerned.
In the glass, the rum is a bright straw color, and a swirl produces a nice ring around the snifter. The aromas wafting up and out of the glass nearly fill the room with a tantalizing mix of toasted coconut, melted butter, and Chantilly cream.
As the rum enters, my palate is rapidly and thoroughly coated with toasted coconut goodness. There is also a strong suggestion of sweet vanilla cream here as we noted on nosing. There is just the right amount of sweetness present to balance the bit of heat from the rum and amplify the coconut flavor. The combination is not terribly complex, but it is certainly delightful, evoking visions of my wife’s famous coconut macaroons. Subsequent sips yield more coconut, vanilla cream and brown butter. The medium length finish is smooth and pleasant, and I’m pleased to find none of the saccharin bitterness we taste in so many mass market flavored rums.
As the world’s only commercially available (at least to my knowledge) toasted coconut rum, this Siesta Key offering is truly unique. Can you use it in place of another coconut rum in mixed drinks? I don’t know; I’ll need to do some research on that and get back to you. Frankly, I’m enjoying it too much on its own to give it much thought at the moment. What I can tell you is that it doesn’t taste anything like Malibu, and that’s a good thing.
On to the scores:
- Appearance: 1/1
- Nose: 2/2
- Mouth feel: 1/1
- Taste: 3.5/4
- Aftertaste: 1.5/2
- Total Score: 9/10
Want to read more about coconut rum? Check out this article in which I blind tasted a dozen different coconut rums.
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