Tasting Notes for Bumbu : The Original
Nose: Caramel, vanilla and a hint of oak.
Taste: Decadent with notes of chocolate, banana, and baking spices such as cinnamon on a background of sweetness.
Finish: Smooth with light, sweet notes.
Bumbu: The Original is a spiced rum based on an original recipe created by 16th and 17th century sailors of the West Indies, who blended native Caribbean ingredients into their rum and called it “Bumbu” or “Bumbo”. The 16th century original would have used rum, then added sugar, water and whatever available spices were at hand. The modern version, Bumbu: The Original has refined this recipe and we can definitely detect some added banana, vanilla and cinnamon along with a sugar addition, and some water to bring it down to 35%.
Bumbu is distilled and bottled at the 123-year old West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados from first class sugarcane selected from eight countries across the West Indies. The finished blend is aged up to 15 years in once-used, grade-A bourbon barrels. These barrels have a medium dark colour, which gives Bumbu its rich colour and enhances the vanilla notes in its taste profile.
The West Indies Rum Distillery is situated in Brighton, Black Rock in the southern parish of St. Michael on the island of Barbados. Its origins date back to 1893 when George Stade and his brother realized their dream of crafting Barbados rum of epic quality and exporting it back to their German homeland.
The West Indies Rum Distillery uses several methods of distillation, from the modern four column continuous still to their old traditional pot stills, as well as the only remaining Vulcan triple chamber still in the world.
These varied stills allow for slight variations in the quality of Rums. The West Indies Rum Distillery produces for all of the bottlers in Barbados, excluding Mount Gay, Foursquare (our favourite!) and a handful of other foreign entities.
There are several traditional Rums that they produce that are wholeheartedly Barbados from distillation to bottling: Malibu, Gilbey's, and Popov. The facility can crank out a maximum capacity of nine million liters every year and boasts a storage capacity of over one and a half million liters.
In 2017 the distillery entered a partnership with Maison Ferrand via Ferrand's owner and Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel, a long-time fan of the operation. This means that a lot of Plantation Rum is now produced right there.
In 2020, a new visitor center has opened on the premises with guided tours and tastings of the various Rums produced at the facility, as well as educating and providing visitors with insight into the rich Rum-making history of Barbados.
Producer West Indies Rum Distillery for Sovereign Brands Style Spiced Rum Age No age statement Volume 70CL ABV 35%