Tanduay Taste Test – Rhum ron, rum.

November 10, 2008 - Filed under Drinks

Well, what else is there to do on a Sunday? Here’s our review of the locally produced Filipino rums. Well, everything that was available… Except for the white rum, which doesn’t count because its invisible. ;)

** Note, this taste test is amateur at best. There was no rinsing of glasses. No spitting. No extended pinky fingers… and no monocles.

Tanduay Distillers was founded by three Spanish immigrants in 1854 and won it’s first international award for rum excellence in 1876. Winning over 100 awards since, it’s Premium 1854 blend has alone won over 50 international honours.

Tanduay Gold Seal
5 Year Old Dark Rhum
45 pesos

Smells and tastes like gasolina. It’s an odd pink colour and numbs the tongue on contact. Due to the horrendous hangover and stomach aches the next day after doing only one or two ounces, its only good for removing paint. At 45P per bottle ($1.10 CDN), likely cheaper than paint remover.

**Hangover noted from extensive previous testing…

The label reads: “This Rhum is guaranteed to be oak aged and bottled under government supervision.” Phew! At least we know who’s trying to poison us.

Tanduay Primiero
Ocho Anos Ron (8 Year Old Rum) Reserva Especial
68 pesos

According to the label it’s ‘The Brandy of Rums’… Whatever the hell that means…? Also, this is the only bottle with a Spanish influence on the label with rum spelled “ron” and the age also indicated in Spanish. Still on the pinkish side. Smoother and smokier than the five year old… but still a touch harsh. At least I can feel my tongue again.



Tanduay Superior
12 Year Old Rum
145 pesos

Smells and tastes like a good sugar cane rum should, smooth and slightly sweet. Brownish gold in colour. Oak barrel aged. Smokey with slightly nutty overtones without tasting woody. A bargain for the price and puts most rums commercial available in North American to shame.



Tanduay Premium 1854
15 Year Old Rum
265 pesos

Golden in colour. Rich caramel overtones. Smells and tastes like gold. Second only to my favourite rum of all time, Flor de Caña – 7 year, from Nicaragua. At 265P per bottle ($7 CDN)… we have a winner.




More info about Tanduay rums available here: http://www.rum.cz/galery/sas/ph/tanduay/ and here: http://www.tanduay.com/

Arr Mateys. It’s a pirates life for me. Yarr.

Posted by: Shim

10 Comments so far

  1. jay November 11, 2008 9:37 pm

    paradise, rum……..next september might be too far away for me.

  2. jay November 11, 2008 9:38 pm

    15 year old rum for $7……
    I’m living on the wrong island.

  3. Shim November 16, 2008 5:06 am

    Haha Jay. I’m saving a bottle of good stuff for ya. Well, ‘saving’ might be the wrong word. ‘Replacing frequently’ might be more accurate. Cheers!

  4. paul March 1, 2009 12:31 am

    I live in Virginia, US. Can I get the Tanduay Rum 1854 here? I had it before and it was one of the best rums i ever had.

  5. Shim March 2, 2009 6:18 am

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for the comment. Having never been to Virginia, I can’t say. But Tanduay does have a distributor in the USA. Perhaps they could direct you to someone local? http://www.tanduay.com/distributor.htm


  6. gillbates March 31, 2009 10:11 am

    Thanks for writing this review, Shim. I didn’t know there were any other variants besides Tanduay 5 years.

    The reason liquor is expensive in Canada is because of the tax, isn’t it?

  7. Shim April 14, 2009 11:32 pm

    Glad to help Gill. ;)

    Yes, the tax is the price killer in Canada. We’ve been known to make border runs to the States to pick up a cheap bottle now and again. Importing it into Canada isn’t much cheaper as the duty on a bottle is usually around 100% of the purchase price.

  8. Jay November 18, 2009 8:46 am

    Thanks for the review–will be in the Phils in a few weeks and I’ll pick up a bottle or three to take home with me. :)


  9. Ruminsky van Drunkenburg November 30, 2010 4:31 pm

    Actually, I find liquor prices about the same as in the US when one takes exchange rate differences and state taxes into account. In Alberta, where I live, deregulation has made us a pretty cheap province to buy rums in, compared to our neighbours.

    Anyway, I recently got a bottle of the Superior 12 year old to taste and review (here’s a shameless plug for my website http://www.liquorature.com), and after reading the comments here, I’m looking forward to it.

  10. Ruminsky Van Drunkenburg December 6, 2010 8:23 pm

    …and here’s the review – let me say right out: this stuff is excellent.

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