Spirit of the Month: April 2019

We choose our Spirit of the Month to highlight some of the greatest spirits in the world. Some of them are age-old classics, some of them are great new releases, but whatever it is, you can be sure that it's something we love. This month we've chosen:

Bumbu The Original – The Whisky Exchange Spirit of the Month
Bumbu The Original – The Whisky Exchange Spirit of the Month
Bumbu The Original

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Following a recipe created by sailors in the West Indies during the 16th century, Bumbu The Original is a rum-based spirit drink infused with native Caribbean spices for sweet and spicy flavours. Made using sugar cane from across the Caribbean and South America, it has layers of toffee, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and toasted oak. Bumbu The Original is presented in a specially-made heavyweight glass bottle, complete with a gilded map of the Caribbean islands on the back and a tarnished pewter ‘X’ on the front.



    About Bumbu

    Bumbu The Original


    Inspired by the rum made by sailors in the West Indies during the 16th century, and using one of the original recipes, Bumbu The Original is a real Caribbean legend. Hand-crafted in small batches at the West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados, Bumbu is made with some of the purest water in the world, which is naturally filtered through layers of the island’s coral-limestone. Bumbu uses sugar cane from all over the world – selecting it from places such as Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica and Honduras – where the different terroirs can be expressed in the spirit’s flavour.

    43 Customer Reviews

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    • 5
      20 February

      Super smooth with a butterscotch flavour. It's the best rum I’ve ever had.

    • 5
      20 January


    • 4
      5 January

      Very good!

    • 1
      25 December 2018

      Is this rum or a butterscotch liqueur? Sorry, but based on the flavor I can't tell unless I read the label that says rum, and even then, I think they're lying. Proof is in the flavor and this stuff tastes about as much like rum as a bottle of butterscotch schnapps. If you hate rum, you may like this...otherwise, avoid at all costs.

    • 5
      16 December 2018

      Best aroma of any rum I’ve ever had - pop the cork and smell - it only gets better from there.

    • 5
      9 December 2018

      Treat your self to Bumbu and you’ll never go back again. This was the best rum I’ve ever had. Smoothest cold/room temperature, it doesn’t matter. DO NOT WASTE ON RUM AND COKES OR WATER DOWN ON THE ROCKS. JUST SIP IT STRAIGHT. Smooth, sweet flavour. Flavours of caramel and banana from what I could grasp from it.

    • 5
      30 November 2018

      Great sipping rum, hints of vanilla caramel, with notes of banana and molasses, not overly sweet. Super smooth on ice. My all time favorite as far as spiced rums go! Highly recommend, great around the holidays especially Christmas!

    • 4
      17 November 2018

      Good & smooth

    • 5
      24 October 2018

      Love the taste, smooth and great all by itself

    • 5
      5 October 2018

      I have tried a lot of rums now but Bumbu is the best spiced rum I've had. I try now to buy often because it go's so quick but I get one for all special occasions.

    • 5
      27 September 2018

      Amazing rum extremely smooth

    • 5
      27 August 2018

      Always thought that rum had to be mixed with something so when I first had my first taste of Bumbu as a neat 'sipping rum' I was pleasantly surprised. Strong vanilla smell and taste coupled with a smooth rum are a lovely combination.

    • 5
      23 July 2018

      I bought this for the boat, it lasted two minutes, between five crew, soft delicate flavour, the second bottle is no longer on display

    • 5
      16 July 2018

      This one is simply amazing and I am not the only one having that opinion. My friends and I are all in love with (spiced) rum and this one is loved by all of us. I was extremely surprised by how smooth it ends.

    • 5
      3 July 2018

      I have tried a lot of rums over the years, but this is by far the best yet. I now find it hard to drink anything else... best served neat over ice, or with a little splash of cola. Gives it a taste like American Cream Soda! Try it and see!!

    • 5
      22 May 2018

      I love rum & this is exceptional. Very different than my usual spiced sipping rum (Cart Morg Private Stock). It borderlines too sweet but so delicious its hard not to have a 2nd pour neat or on rocks. Mix with a just a splash of cola for an instant vanilla cream soda that will bring smiles.

    • 5
      18 May 2018

      Up until now Diplimatico Exclusiva Reserva was my "go to" rum followed closely by Plantation 20 Yr XO. This will now be my go to rum - incredibly smooth, unique banana flavours with a slight hint of coffee at the finish. I've not yet tried with ice as it's so good neat. Pour a BIG glass, kick back and think of the caribbean!

    • 3
      15 May 2018

      I found the banana and vanilla hints a bit overpowering. However, this rum was a big winner with the circle of friends I enjoyed it with. Its sweet, but has a nice after taste. Not inexpensive though. Nice product packaging, attractive bottle.

    • 5
      3 May 2018

      I think it is absolutely amazing. Smooth and aromatic on the front and tapers off to fruity and spicy on the tail. Great for sipping or with cola.

    • 5
      29 April 2018

      incredible taste very unusual.

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