Old Hopking dark rum promises to be a rich and mellow blend of rum for under £10. It sounds almost too good to be true, but for the price, I assure you you can’t go wrong.
My husband got me into drinking rum. He picks ups hobbies and interests along the way, which I become interested in and end up sampling. He’s currently a rum enthusiast, which has led me to discover I’m partial to a little bit of dark rum too.
While while Old Hopking dark rum is good for the price, it still is a little on the harsh side if you’re planning to drink it straight. I had a little nip, but don’t generally enjoy any brand of rum neat, and this was no exception. Instead I topped it up with coconut water, which made for a smooth and sweet treat.
If you like your rum with a mixer, Old Hopking is a smart buy. I still can’t believe it’s only £9.99! The only trouble is, it’s almost too good with mixers. Once I’d added the coconut water, it slid down a little too well and I might have consumed a little more than I intended!
I liked vanilla and caramel tones, but my husband found it a little on the sweet side. I’d definitely buy it again, especially as the price is so favourable! Some of the more expensive rums from my husband’s collection taste quite similar with mixers, so if you’re not planning on drinking it neat, there’s not much point paying double the price for a similar end result.
All in all I’d probably give this rum a 4/5. It’s a great stocking-filler type price and if the recipient enjoys various mixers, this rum would make a lovely gift. Again, I have to mention it’s a little sharp if you try to drink it neat (although someone who is more used to drinking straight rum might disagree). The price is a winner for me, and the fact it’s so easy to drink how I take it (with coconut water) makes it a real bonus. £9.99’s a steal, it’s definitely worth trying, so if you’re in Aldi, I definitely recommend you grab a bottle and pick up some coconut water too.
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