Thanks so much for submitting a report. It has been emailed to the Rum Captain and will be actioned shortly.
Normal Bundis tend to be mixer drink at best. This is more caribbean in its flavours.
I got it discounted from VintageCellars, and at that price point it was the best option on the shelf.
It's quite far from the MDC rums though, which is a shame.
When I started drinking rum I liked the good old classic bundaberg, but as I moved forward experiencing carribean rum I felt the difference and the rest of the classic bundaberg would only be used for some mix cocktails. As I saw this bottle I gave bundaberg another chance and really wasn't disappointed. A nice, dark and sweet rum for easy straight up drinking.
Nice nose , sugarcane honey smell , sweetish tasting and pretty smooth.Has a bit of an alcohol burn at the finish but all in all not a bad offering from Bundaberg. Struggled to sip straight after a couple of mouth fulls but does make an excellent mixer with their own brand of Ginger ale and a slice of lime with ice.For the price though there are several i would prefer...
Its smooth and full flavored. ..goes really well mixed strong with cascade ginger ale mixer....its in my top two along with the Double Barrel
This I have on special drink days. Nice drop as a dark and stormy (rum mixed with ginger ale). Still have some left in bottle in fridge but for not much longer b
Easy quaffable rum. More than a few times I have drank a bottle before I knew it and was off chops.
Small Batch is a mid-range Bundaberg Rum at around $50. It's above their standard range of UP/OP products ($35), but below the Master Distiller Collection (MDC) range at $90.
Not as oaky as a lot of their rums. Which is a bonus. A lot sweeter than a lot of the Bundy range as well. Also not as hot on the throat with the alcohol burn.
Beautiful golden colour. You can do 1 or 2 shots neat, but I'd draw the line there.
Because of its sweetness and distinct lack of oakyness this will mix with a lot of other drinks other than Coke.
But for what it's worth, lots of ice, 2 shots of Small Batch, few shakes of Coke Zero (no sugar) and we are in business here.
For your buck there are better options out there. Its drinkable on the rocks or neat in a pinch, if you like a bit of warmth in your throat. The unfortunate part is this is meant to be a cut above this distiller and unfortunately it is well short of some of their other offerings at similar or lower prices (Distiller's NO.3, Bundy Red and Select Vat).
I wouldn't call it a sipper, not the worst I have tried, but not comparable with others in the same price range.
There also seemed to be a definite flavour difference between Batch 1 and batch 2, with batch 1 being far more mellow.