Pros: Great in tropical drinks; Reasonably priced
Cons: Not as versatile as ordinary rum; Some will find it too sweet
Specialty liquors are not the type of beverage I normally drink. Most people know me as a beer man, born and bred, who rarely strays from his malt beverage roots. But there are a few occasions when a brand or flavor of liquor will catch my attention and convince me to give it a try. One newer product I recently tried for the first time is Malibu Mango Rum, an alcoholic beverage from the same company that produces world famous Malibu Coconut Rum.
Basic Characteristics of This Liqueur:
Malibu Mango Rum is clear in color with a very fruity bouquet that immediately makes me think of a tropical mixed drink. The consistency of this liquor is a little thicker than other spirits and it leaves legs on the side of a glass as you swirl.
The taste of this liquor is on the sweet side, as expected, with the flavors of mangos, apricots, and a small amount of citrus dominating. Underneath the fruity exterior, I could detect the taste of the rum itself. It is a taste that is similar to most light rums- a little bit buttery, a little bit caramelized, etc. This taste of rum is present in the finish and it lingers for a short time before changing back to a fruity flavor in the aftertaste.
Malibu Mango Rum contains 21 percent alcohol by volume (42 proof), a level equal to Malibu Coconut Rum and about half as much as most ordinary full- strength liquor. A serving size of one ounce (30 ml) has 69 calories with no fat, carbohydrates, or protein.
Drinks Made with This Liquor:
Malibu Mango Rum can be used in a few drinks, with most of them being tropical. Here are few examples:
1 oz. Malibu Mango Rum
1 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
1 oz. Banana Schnapps
1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients (except grenadine) with ice and shake. Strain into a hurricane glass and float a dash of grenadine on the top.
1 oz. Malibu Mango Rum
4 oz. Cola
Combine the two ingredients over ice in a highball glass and stir.
1.75 oz. Malibu Mango Rum
1 oz. Citrus Vodka
.5 oz. Triple Sec
1.5 oz. Lime Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a tall glass. Add a lime for garnish.
Malibu Mango Rum is a product I had never sampled until a few days ago when I decided to give this product a try for the first time. I normally dont go for flavored liquors but this product was being offered at a local liquor store in small, 50 ml bottles for only 59 cents! For a low price like that, it made sense to give this product a try and see if it had anything unique to offer.
I wasnt very surprised when I sampled Malibu Mango Rum. It tasted very much the way I expected. I knew the alcohol content was lower than the standard 40 percent found in most distilled spirits so I knew the alcoholic kick would be softer. I was also correct in predicting the flavor of this product. It tastes like mangos and citrus fruits with the taste of actual rum as a secondary flavor. But just because Malibu Mango Rum turned out to be predictable doesnt mean it wasnt good. To the contrary, I found this rum very tasty, both straight up and served in a tropical drink.
With a taste like that found in Malibu Mango Rum, there are only a few things this product will mix with. This is one of the downfalls of a flavored rum like this one. It lacks the versatility of a standard light or dark rum and its taste doesnt match up at all with many different drinks. On the other hand, Malibu Mango Rum goes very well with fruity, tropical drinks. In many ways, it can make these and other drinks like them taste even better than they would if made from light or dark rum.
I wasnt surprised by the taste of this flavored rum but one thing that did surprise me was the price. It costs only about $12 per 750 ml bottle. Part of the reason it costs only this much is because the alcohol level is lower but Malibu has still priced this product lower than expected. The company could probably grab a few more dollars per bottle than this but decided to give consumers a break. I can think of several other specialty liquors that cost anywhere from thirty to sixty percent more than Malibu Mango Rum.
Overall, I can say that Malibu Mango Rum is a satisfying product and I am happy that I took the time to give this product a try- a product I would ordinarily shun in favor of beer. I like it just as much as Malibu Coconut Rum and it tastes good on the rocks, in mixed drinks, and even straight up. The overall flavor is on the sweet side (again, no surprise for a Malibu product to taste sweet) but it makes for a nice alternative from regular rum and its a great choice for those who love the fruity taste of fresh mangos.
Be Sure to Click the Links Below to Read Reviews of Other Malibu Products:
Malibu Passion Fruit Rum
Malibu Pineapple Rum
Malibu Coconut Rum