RumChata (Horchata Con Ron)
Review: RumChata (Horchata Con Ron) Cream Liqueur (89/100)
Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka The Rum Howler)
Published November 21, 2014
RumChata (Horchata Con Ron) is a new cream based liqueur created by Tom Maas (former marketing executive for Beam Distillers). Apparently about ten years or so ago, while Tom was still working for Beam, he was trying to help the company penetrate into the Latin American market looking for ways to make bourbon a more popular spirit. During this time, he was introduced to a non-alcoholic beverage called horchata which was popular in Central America. The beverage must have made an impression on him, because a few years later when he retired, Tom decided to create a his own alcoholic beverage based upon the creamy horchata he remembered (which was apparently made from coconut milk, crushed rice, nuts, cinnamon and other spices).
After some experimentation with a variety of ingredients and popular spirits, Tom created his own cinnamon forward recipe based upon Real Dairy Cream and Caribbean Rum.
This year at the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival, I ran into Lisa Cunningham who works for Glazer’s Of Canada Llc, the company responsible for bringing RumChata (Horchata Con Ron) into the Alberta market. I was offered a sample bottle of RumChata and asked to share my thoughts about this relatively new cream liqueur here on my website.
In the Bottle 5/5
RumChata arrives in the decidedly sexy (and very feminine) bottle shown to the left. The label is kept very simple and looks very elegant with gold lettering and attractive fonts against the background of an ivory white bottle.
The front label tells us that this liqueur is made from real dairy cream, Caribbean rum, as well as natural and artificial flavours. The resulting spirit is bottled at 13.75 % alcohol by volume which is just a little higher than other cream liqueurs in my market.
In the Glass 8.5/10
When I pour a little RumChata into my glass, I note that the milky liquid seems to have perhaps a sprinkling of cinnamon colour giving the spirit a beige hue. As I nose the RumChata, I am reminded strongly of rice pudding. Maybe I am imagining the smell of steamed rice, but the scents of cinnamon, rum-like brown sugar, vanilla and dairy cream are all very apparent in the breezes above my glass. As I examine the glass further, I seem to also sense some mild indications of crushed almonds as well as perhaps a hint of chocolate in the air above my glass as well.
In the Mouth 53/60
The impression I had (on the nose) of rice pudding is confirmed when I take my first sip. When I make rice pudding, I like a strong cinnamon presence out in front of the flavours of rice, brown sugar, and vanilla. This is exactly what I taste here. There is perhaps also a suggestion of almonds, chocolate, and a few other spices within the RumChata, but only suggestions. The overall result is a flavour profile within this cream liqueur which is balanced towards the cinnamon, and absolutely yummy!
In the Throat 13.5/15
As you would expect from a cream liqueur which is bottled at 13.75 % alcohol by volume, the spirit has no sharpness or blunt edges going down. There is an afterglow of cinnamon and brown sugar which lingers, and which (of course) tastes fantastic!
The Afterburn 9/10
RumChata (Horchata Con Ron) is simply delicious! I love the soft cinnamon forward flavour profile which seems to me to be perfectly tempered by a rum-like brown sugar sweetness. For me it is an ideal after dinner treat.
You may read some of my other Cream Liqueur Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews of some of the other Creme Liqueurs I have reviewed.
My Scores are out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret them as follows:
0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing spirit. Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails.)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.
Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal scale as follows:
70 – 79.5 Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5 Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95 Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+ Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)
I am about to embark on a lengthy Cognac exploration here on the website, and one of the themes which I wish to explore is the suitability of Cognac for cocktails.
1 1/2 oz RumChata (Horchata Con Ron)
3/4 oz Cognac XO
Add RumChata, Cognac and ice into a metal shaker
Strain into a cocktail glass