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Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum

Review: Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum   84/100
Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka The Rum Howler)
Published April 23, 2015

Fishbowl Spirits Llc. is a company wholly owned by Kenny Chesney, the well-known Country Music Singer from Knoxville, Tennessee. In May, 2013 Fishbowl Spirits launched Blue Chair Bay Rum, which features an assortment of rums which were apparently inspired by the relaxed island lifestyle of the country music star. The line-up includes an assortment of flavoured rums (a Coconut Rum, a Coconut Spiced Rum, a Banana Rum and a limited time only Coconut Spiced Rum Cream, as well as a standard White Rum. Although Blue Bay Chair Rum is based in Nashville, the assortment of rums they produce are distilled in Barbados and then bottled in Rochester NY by LiDestri Food & Beverage.

Three of these spirits, the Coconut and Coconut Spiced rums, as well as the White Rum have been brought into Alberta by Glazer’s Of Canada Llc, and they arranged for me to receive all three rums to review here on my website.

This is the review for the Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum:

BLUE Chair bay Coconut SAM_1351In the Bottle 4.5/5

I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of his White Rum bottle complete with the Blue Chair Bay neck ringer on my snow-covered picnic table sitting upon my back deck. The medium-tall rum bottle (despite the snow) looks nice with its smoked blue glass which runs from Caribbean Sea blue at the to clear glass at the bottom. I like the solid synthetic corked topper which is used to seal the bottle as well as the slight taper through the body of the bottle which makes it easier to grip. I also like the splashy neck ringer which features Kenny Chesney lounging on a blue chair in the island sun.

The Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum is bottled at 24.5 % abv.

In the Glass 8.5/10

The rum is clear in the glass with slightly thickened appearance. The initial aroma is very nice with firm coconut scents mingling with cane and vanilla accents. I like that the aroma appears laid back, clean and natural. I served the rum to my Rum Chums a few weeks ago, and they all seemed to quite like the natural aroma and felt the spirit (on the nose at least) was a step up from other coconut flavoured rums they had tried in the past. My feelings were similar although there was perhaps just a touch more sweetness in the breezes than I would personally prefer.

In the Mouth 50.5/60

The slightly thickened consistency of the coconut flavoured rum coats the palate allowing the flavour to linger as you sip. This flavour is well represented by the nose and consists of a firm natural coconut taste which is complimented by some mildly sweet caramel and sugar, as well as a gentle sweep of vanilla. The flavoured rum is sweet enough to be pleasant, and neither the coconut flavour nor the sweetness become cloying.

I mixed a nice tall deck drink for myself mixing the coconut rum with a bit of lemon juice and some blue Curacao (see recipe below) and sat in the afternoon sun enjoying the mingling flavours of my cocktail. The Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum promises to be a nice addition to my growing staple of summertime mixing spirits.

In the Throat 12/15

At 24.5 % alcohol by volume, we would expect this spirit to be very smooth, and indeed it is. I appreciate that the sweetness and the intensity of the coconut rum are not ramped up which keeps the exit from being cloying and allows the rum to maintain its laid back nature.

The Afterburn 8.5/10

The Blue Chair Bay Coconut is a thoroughly enjoyable flavoured rum. It is laid back and easy to sip, and when I had my Rum Chums over to try some, they all seemed to like it even more than I did.

You may read some of my other reviews of Liqueurs and Flavoured Spirits (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.


Suggested Recipes

When my wife and I traveled to Tobago many years ago we took a trip to a local hideaway the locals called the Nylon Pool (because the colour of the water resembled the colour of blue nylon fishing line). The vivid blue colour of the ocean water is reflected in my recommended cocktail.

Nylon Pool SAM_1511Nylon Pool

1 oz Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
1 oz Bols Blue Curacao
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Build in a fancy glass over ice
Serve sans garnish
and of course

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret that score 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)

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