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Review: 7 Malibu Rum Expressions (2022)

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As soon as synonymous with coconut rum — and solely coconut rum — the Malibu Rum empire now spans 9 completely different flavored rums, ready-to-drink canned cocktails, and even punch-in-a-bag ideas. The catch? In the present day, little or no of this has coconut flavoring in it.

What’s Malibu product of? You could be shocked to know for starters that it’s made not within the Caribbean however in Canada. How is it flavored? Properly, Malibu will get round the entire pure/synthetic taste concern by flavoring its rums with numerous fruit-flavored liqueurs, so there’s actually no telling what’s within the combine.

Surprisingly we’ve reviewed solely one of many six under expressions previously — Malibu Black, in 2011. Numerous different Malibu releases we’ve lined had been all particular or restricted editions and are not accessible — in some circumstances, mercifully.

So, with all that prologue out of the best way, let’s dig into 7 of the 9 Malibu Rum choices at present accessible (apologies to Strawberry and Tropical Banana).

Malibu Unique – The coconut expression you recognize and love. Crystal clear, with a nostril of recent suntan lotion and a touch of industriality. Much less candy than you assume on the palate, with ample coconut and an fringe of toasted biscotti. It’s all very mild and surprisingly recent, not cloying nor syrupy within the slightest. Actually, at instances Malibu can come throughout as a bit watery, a facet impact of its mere 21% abv, however when whipped right into a cocktail, nobody ever notices. As innocent because it will get. 42 proof. B / $18 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Malibu Mango – Very sharp on the nostril, with a pungent industrial notice and a harsh notice of citric acid. I wouldn’t decide mango out of a lineup tasting this blind. The palate once more evades fruit components pretty deftly, providing notes nearer to toasted marshmallow and graham cracker — fairly candy however not overblown. What’s lacking alas is the tropical mango, although perhaps there’s a notice of candied (if a bit acrid) pineapple on the end. Shut sufficient? There’s simpler/higher methods to get mango taste into your glass than this. 42 proof. C- / $18 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Malibu Pineapple – Sharp, however fruitier, with that candied pineapple character clearer on each nostril and palate. Far much less industrial than the Mango expression, with ample sweetness. Very easy, which makes it reasonably unsurprising — save for a notice of vanilla that lingers on the end. Completely acceptable stuff. 42 proof. B / $18 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Malibu Lime – Sort of an odd outlier on this tropical-heavy lineup, however maybe extra versatile for these 11 months of the yr you’re not on the seashore. This rides the road between candy and bitter pretty effectively, providing a recent however punchy notice of lime leaf, calmly dusted with white sugar. A bit aggressive when sipped by itself, it’s most likely finest reserved for emergency use for these instances once you forgot to select up precise limes on the retailer however you completely must make mojitos. 42 proof. B- / $18 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Malibu Watermelon – Traditional watermelon character of the Jolly Rancher selection, this rum is ultra-sweet from nostril to palate, with no nuance to talk of. You possibly can thank that intense “watermelon liqueur” essence, you recognize, not sweet that melted in somebody’s pocket. In all probability your finest guess for garbage can punch, or nickel shot night time. 42 proof. B- / $18 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Malibu Ardour Fruit– Ardour fruit is certainly one of my favourite tropical drink elements, and in Malibu’s expression it really works as a helpful cheat to the actual — or real-ish — stuff if you happen to’re in a pinch. Surprisingly tough on the nostril, issues calm down on the palate to showcase the floral fruit of the fervour fruit (liqueur), although there’s minimal sweetness to chop by way of the entire funk of the rum. To be truthful, the flavors are delicate: For those who thought this was mango, you most likely wouldn’t be alone. It’s a bit robust by itself, but it surely mixes effectively sufficient to work as a quickie shortcut in froufrou cocktails. 42 proof. B / $18 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Malibu Black (2022) – The darker, (a lot) higher-proof model of Malibu is actually boozier, although the coconut character stays restrained. The additional alcohol offers Malibu Black some wanted chunk, but it surely comes together with some unlucky harshness that the coconutty sweetness simply can’t wipe away. There’s a slight berry notice on the end; again in 2011 I known as it tropical and orange in notice, however as we speak it feels extra like cherry. Surprisingly, it’s the identical value as common Malibu, which perhaps says one thing about how low-cost rum is vs. coconut flavoring. 70 proof. B / $18 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Malibu Unique Coconut Rum (2022)




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