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Captain Morgan Loconut

Review: Captain Morgan Loconut (Flavoured Rum)  87/100
Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka The Rum Howler)
Published June 30, 2017

Earlier this Spring I was sent a bottle of Captain Morgan’s newest flavoured rum, Captain Morgan Loconut. The product was described to me as a gluten-free blend of Caribbean Rum, Coconut Liqueur, Spice and Natural Flavours, and it arrived in a nifty scratch and sniff coconut shaped (and apparently scented) round rum bottle similar to the bottle used for the previously released Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast Pumpkin Spiced and Captain Morgan Cannon Blast  Rums.A

According to the Captain Morgan Press Release:

After blasting into the shots category with CAPTAIN MORGAN Cannon Blast, CAPTAIN MORGAN LocoNut is shaking things up with its new coconut-flavored shot which comes in a coconut-shaped bottle, smells like a coconut and yeah, you guessed it, tastes like a coconut. It’s the perfect shot to enjoy responsibly with friends, co-workers, bro-conuts, fun in-laws, very friendly strangers and of course, coconut lovers …

The spirit is bottled at 20 % alcohol by volume and I was told to serve the spirit chilled in the form of a ‘Coconut Shot’.

In the Bottle 5/5

The new Captain Morgan Pumpkin Spiced Rum is pictured to the left. The bottle has the size, shape and colour (and apparently the scent) of a real coconut. That Coconut has apparently cracked in several places and you can see the white coconut milk (actually the white coconut rum) inside.

The iconic Captain Morgan figure has his left leg is perched upon a small cannon and beside the cannon is written, “AN EXPLOSIVE COCONUT SHOT“.

The flavoured rum is bottled at 20 % alcohol by volume, so I am not really sure how explosive this shot can be, but I like the bottle and the label which is sure to attract attention in a retail setting.

In the Glass 8.5/10

I poured the Captain Morgan Loconut into my glencairn glass and saw that the flavoured rum is thickened and looks milky white similar to real coconut milk. but these were vague and hard to separate from the light aroma of the underlying rum.

I then tried to see if I could pick up any scents which seemed contrived or artificial. I am happy to say that I came up empty on that account. Things are off to very good start.

In the Mouth 52/60

I sampled the Loconut both neat and with ice to simulate the effect of chilling the spirit in my refrigerator. Perhaps it is a touch sweet when served at room temperature which is why the recommendation to chill the flavoured rum makes a lot of sense. When chilled it is very easy to enjoy. The flavour is pretty much as we would expect. A firm coconut flavour with a light sweetness and hints of underlying rum flavour.

Although the folks at Captain Morgan recommend serving the spirit chilled and in a shot-style format, I am going to make the additional recommendation that you try some of your favourite coconut rum flavoured cocktails. With that mindset, I decided to get a little Loco and mixed the rum with Banana, Milk and Chocolate Ice-cream. The resulting Chocolate Covered Banana was delicious! (see recipe below).

In the Throat 13/15

At 20 % alcohol by volume, we would expect this flavoured spirit to be smooth and easy to drink. I appreciate that the sweetness was not so firm such that the spirit would be cloying. Pleasant and laid back would be good exit descriptors.

The Afterburn 8.5/10

Captain Morgan Loconut was certainly a pleasant surprise. The highlights are a firm coconut flavour, a pleasant light sweetness and an absence of any sense of artificial flavouring. It was so good that I think I will have another Chocolate Covered Banana, Yumm!

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.

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Suggested Recipe

Chocolate Covered Banana

2 oz  Coconut Rum
1  Banana
1/2  cup Chocolate Ice Cream
1/4 cup milk

Pour rum into blender
Add 1/2 banana, chocolate ice cream and milk
Blend until smooth
Pour into a glass
Garnish with the other half of the banana

Delicious!!

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

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My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret the 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 rum or whisky. 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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