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Ron Pelicano, Jamaican Rum, 40%

I was Lidl shopping for the Sunday lunch & as usual checked out the spirit shelves.

A couple of colourful new rums greeted me!

Both labelled up as Ron Pelicano the blue one hailed from Barbados while the yellow is Jamaican.

I couldn’t resist!

The Jamaican bottle sports the coordinates for Jamaica – along with some information about the island itself plus an outline on the logo – but nothing about the rum inside.

An internet search for Ron Pelicano revealed they have a collection of 6 rums from varying countries & islands all bearing a similar style – just different primary colours.

I must admit to finding them visually attractive & would like to try all 6 – if only to discern the taste difference between each region’s rums.

As it is I’ll start with Jamaica – I’m expecting some fruity funkiness – so what did I find?

Well I don’t know if the vivid yellow bottle is influencing me but I’m getting over-ripe sweet banana of this one – along with a serious dollop of funk too!

The funk follows through with a pleasing mouthfeel replete with juicy fruitiness, a touch of lingering spice & a satisfyingly long finish.

Nice introduction to this latest line of rums from Lidl!

While digging out some background information on this brand I discovered it’s sold in Germany as Ron Bengalo!

& weirder still a thief in Devon made off with a few bottles.

Article from Devon Live Court Reports

I just hope the Venezuelan tasted as good as this Jamaican!

Sláinte

Ron Pelicano webpage here.

Ron Bengalo Lidl page here.

All photos authors own.

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Coop Smooth White Caribbean Rum, 37.5%

I do love trying out these entry level own brand offerings.

There’s no pretence, airs & graces or big price tag.

Smooth Rum c/othewhiskeynut

Just plain & simple no nonsense spirit.

There’s a smidgen of information with this one.

Info c/othewhiskeynut

Blended in the Netherlands using Caribbean Rum & bottled in the UK for the Co-op.

A fairly soft & subtle nose with a faint kiss of funk.

Nice mouthfeel.

Growing heat on the finish with a soupçon of spice to keep it entertaining.

A pleasant easy drinker.

Sláinte

Asda, Superior White Rum, 37.5%

It’s funny how much the world has changed.

Instead of physically going down to the shops & picking our whiskey off the shelves – it’s computer clicks & courier calls.

That’s why I got excited about Aldi’s Púca Whiskey.

Not in Athlone! c/oAldi

Alas there was no show in my local store!

Usually I’d turn the quest to find a bottle into a blockbuster of The Hunt For Red October proportions – RIP Sean Connery – but due to COVID restrictions – travel beyond 5km was out.

Sean drinking whiskey. c/oSuntory

So on to Plan B.

Supermarket Rum.

Asda Superior White Rum c/othewhiskeynut

Purchased traveling South through the North during the heady days of summer when we were free to roam around the Emerald Isle.

A relatively plain & simple yet pleasing bottle.

A very attractive price – £11 – yet on tasting – superb!

This is everything I expect from a white rum.

Pleasing aromas of sweet funk on the nose.

A deliciously oily mouthfeel that coats the palate with sweet, heavy funky fruit.

All wrapped up with a characterful prickly peppery spice.

Tried it, Loved it! c/othewhiskeynut

The Púca may have alluded me – but Asda’s White Rum is seriously pukka!

Sláinte