Malibu Black Rum: A Review

The Perfect Coconut-Flavored Rum

Malibu Black Rum - Coconut Flavored Caribbean Rum
If you enjoy coconut rum in your cocktails, then you will find that Malibu Black is one of the best available. Pernod-Ricard

Rum is a distilled alcoholic drink created out of sugarcane by-products like molasses and honey. Distilled rum has origins in the 17th century of the sugar plantations in the Caribbean and is suggested to be first created on the island of Barbados. Light rums have sweet and subtle flavors, while dark rums (typically aged longer) have a more rich and pronounced flavor.

Flavored rum comes in many variations, with coconut being a popular choice. However, coconut flavored rums have a strong artificial flavor or lack a true undertone of good quality rum. Luckily, Malibu Black rectified that with a taste that appeals to both coconut flavored rum enthusiasts and true rum purists.

About Malibu Black Rum

This coconut-flavored liqueur has a Caribbean rum base and is produced in Barbados using natural flavor and pure sugar cane. Imported by Pernod-Ricard, Malibu Black retails for around $20 per 750ml bottle and has 35% alcohol per volume (70 proof). With higher proof rum and less sweetness, the flavor of Malibu Black satisfies those seeking a deep and tropical taste.

Malibu Black is extremely versatile and an easy mixer to create amazing coconut cocktails with. For example, consider using Malibu Black to make mixed drinks like a Frozen Strawberry Beach, Malibu Black, and Ginger, or Caribbean Sour. To make a signature cocktail, consider the Malibu Black Storm which is a simple variation of the famous Dark and Stormy, pairing Malibu Black with cola instead of ginger beer.

Tasting Notes

Malibu Black features an aroma of freshly cracked coconuts with undertones of Caribbean rum, Madagascar vanilla, and warm caramel. Nosing Malibu Black is reminiscent of relaxing on a white sand Caribbean beach with a Malibu Black Storm cocktail in hand while watching the sea. The experience of Malibu Black is nearly a mini-Caribbean vacation in a glass.

The beverage offers a rich and warm mouthfeel without being cloyingly sweet, as many rums can be. This unique twist on Caribbean rum has a pleasingly dry coconut taste, like freshly made macaroons with rich rum notes of vanilla, caramel, and a hint of cinnamon. Its refreshingly dry finish simply slips off the palate leaving just a hint of coconut lingering, enticing you back for more. This is a great choice for those wanting a coconut rum that doesn't coat the mouth with sugar, as many flavored rums do.

Enjoy Malibu Black

Malibu Black is one of the best-flavored rums on the market, and a top choice for an authentic coconut flavored rum. At 70 proof, Malibu Black will mix well into your favorite rum drink, or you can try it on its own. For a simple taste, put it on the rocks with a squeeze of lime.

Be mindful that Malibu Black will add a darker side to any cocktail that calls for coconut rum. It can easily take the place of the flagship bottle of Malibu Rum and can also add a dark coconut flavor to rum cocktail staples, like the infamous Pina Colada.