Lamb’s White Rum
Review: Lamb’s White Rum 76.5/100
a review by Chip Dykstra(AKA Arctic Wolf)
Published May 2014
In my part of Canada, Lamb’s is one of the most popular rum brands, and I thought it was time that I should visit their popular white rum on my website. For those who do not know, Lamb’s is a Corby Brand who trace the rum’s history all the way to 1849 when Alfred Lamb who opened his wine and spirits business in London. His method of aging rum in his cellars under the Thames river was supposed to be one of the secrets behind the unexpectedly smooth taste of his rum brand. Of course the rum no longer is aged in Britain but it does maintain its Caribbean heritage as the blend is sourced from a variety of Caribbean rums which have been aged for a minimum of one year in oak casks. The final rum is filtered clear and bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume and sold as Lamb’s Genuine White Rum
In the Bottle 4/5
As you can see, the tall hexagonal Lamb’s bottle is attractive as is the professional label with the strong fonts and colors which are easy to read and reflect the spirit’s character as a white rum. The bottle holds true to the bartender’s creed being easy to store on the bar shelf, easy to grab and hold, and most importantly easy to pour. All in all the presentation is quite satisfactory. The plastic screw cap is much preferred over those pressed on metal caps I still see, but a nice satisfying cork would have been grand.
In the Glass 7.5/10
When I poured the rum into my glass and examined it, I was surprised to find a hint of colour. It is not obvious, but when I held my glass next to a glass of water I confirmed that there was an ever so light amber tinge to the rum. The initial nose surprised me too as there was an ever so light mustiness rising the from the glass. The mustiness evaporated quickly and the breezes above the glass brought forwards the light scents and smells of a very mild butterscotch, green banana, a mild citrus zest, some light sandalwood spice, and a light cotton candy aroma. Allowing the glass to breathe resulted in the identification of a vague sort of ‘grassiness’ and the return of that impression of mustiness. However there was no undue harshness, and I am encouraged to go further.
In the Mouth 46/60
The rum enters the mouth with more overt spiciness and a stronger butterscotch flavour than the aroma from the glass implied. The initial flavour is slightly astringent perhaps bordering on being harsh. I taste a soft touch of vanilla and impressions of green banana, orange peel and peppery citrus zest. Rounding out the profile of the rum are hints of minty candies, a touch of anise, and a few dabs of must. The Lamb’s White Rum is definitely not a sipper; but it shows promise as a mixer.
I decided to build a few cocktails to see what worked and what didn’t. I began with a simple rum and cola by adding a small splash of cola to my glass. Increasing the ratio of cola to rum slowly, I found that at a ratio of 1 part rum to 2 parts cola the mixture tasted nice. It was even better with a dash of lime juice and a few ice-cubes added (a Cuba Libre’). Next, I made a daiquiri with lime and simple syrup, and this time the cocktail made with Lamb’s White Rum tasted even better. I will have to experiment a little more, but I can say with confidence that a daiquiri made with Lamb’s will hold its own against stiff competition.
My conclusion is that the white rum is what it is supposed to be, a solid mixing rum suitable for both the Cuba Libre’ and the Daiquiri.
In the Throat 11.5/15
When sipped neat, the lamb’s White rum leaves a vague Tequila-like aftertaste in the mouth with hot spicy pepper and a vegetal grassiness which lingers for just long enough to be noticed. There is also a bit of unfortunate burn as the spirit goes down. However, when the rum is mixed in a typical cocktail such as a daiquiri or Cuba Libre, these unpleasant attributes disappear. Because this is a mixing spirit I did not allow the light burn to punish the score severely)
The Afterburn 7.5/10
My understanding is that Lamb’s White Rum is an economy brand found at the lower end of the price range for white spirits. As such I did not have high expectations as I went through the paces of my review methodology. What I found was that the rum is pretty much what it is advertised to be, a white rum which can be found at a good price which will make good cocktails. If you are looking for a sipper, then you probably aren’t looking at the white rum category very closely anyway. If you are looking for a solid mixer, the Lamb’s Rum fits the bill.
If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.
I find grapefruit is underutilized by cocktail enthusiasts. Here is a simple daiquiri recipe using grapefruit instead of lime juice.
2 oz Lamb’s Rum
1/2 Grapefruit Freshly Squeezed
5 Large Ice-Cubes
1/4 oz simple syrup (or to taste)
Add all the ingredients into a metal shaker
Shake until the outside frosts
Pour into a cocktail glass
Garnish with some grapefruit zest.
And please remember to enjoy responsibly; my aim is to help you choose better drinks not to help you choose more drinks!!
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!
You may (loosely) interpret the scores 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)