Bumbu XO Rum is the second release in Sovereign Brand’s Bumbu range. The first release was the Bumbu Original, their ever popular rum with natural flavours (not technically a rum as bottled under 37.5% abv) which was once described to me as tasting of “banana crumble and custard”. By way of contrast, the Bumbo XO Rum is a natural, unflavoured rum from Panama.
Unlike the the Bumbu Original, which is blended and bottled in Barbados, Bumbo XO Rum is distilled and aged at an over 120 year old Panamanian distillery and is made using local sugar cane and pure spring water. The Panamanian distillery was established in 1890 (I am sure a quick web search would bring up the name) and the still itself that is used to distil this rum dates back to 1912. It is a smooth, rich and complex handcrafted rum created from scratch by Bumbu’s master distiller. It is aged for up to up to 18 years through a Solera System in bourbon barrels and it is then finished in Spanish white oak sherry casks from Andalucia to achieve a beautifully balanced, endlessly sippable rum. No artificial colours or flavours are added.
It is presented in Bumbu’s trademark bottle, this time in matte black glass bottle, adorned with a tarnished metal ‘X’ and a map of the Caribbean in silver across the back all sealed with a rustic, Bumbu cork.
Bottled at 40% ABV.