New Label Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum

Supplies of Corbuba Dark rum have been constrained over the past months, leading some to worry if the product would be discontinued. Instead, it has been a process of clearing the inventory of bottles with an older style label.

Behold the new Coruba labels! Interesting, this style basically matches an older label design. A few years ago, Campari made a whole line of Coruba rums; in addition to the classic Dark, there was Coconut and Mango and Pineapple etc. A few of these flavored rums are still available on dusty shelves in independent liquor stores, but why bother with flavored rums. Meanwhile, the workhorse Dark Jamaican rum that most people favor over brand leader Myers’s has dropped the “Dark” moniker and is now simply Coruba Jamaican Rum. Sure would be nice if Campari pushed this product a little harder, like they do with the Appleton and Wray & Nephew brands.

I love this rum (though I do slightly prefer Blackwell Gold, a sister brand also under the Appleton/Wray & Nephew umbrella), and it’s quite coveted by fans of tropical cocktails. At Hale Pele in Portland the Mai Tai rum is 3 parts Coruba and 1 part Wray & Nephew Overproof and that is a fabulous Mai Tai.

Looking at the new Coruba next to a pour of the previous edition, it seems like the rum is a hint or two darker and there is a slightly different taste that maybe be related to slightly more caramel coloring. That said, the differences are very small, so if you’ve liked Coruba rest assured this is still the rum you want to obtain.

I got my bottles at K&L Wines in the SF Bay Area. Look for these new labels coming to a fine liquor store near you.

9 Replies to “New Label Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum”

  1. Not sure where in Australia. In California, Coruba is available at good/upscale liquor stores that orient to craft cocktail enthusiasts (Hi-Time, K&L, Bitters & Bottles).

  2. and still a year later, supply is hard to come by – I’ve picked up a bottle of Blackwell, which is a decent sub, but for sentimental reasons, Coruba will always be my personal gold standard.

    Any Updates??

  3. Denis,
    I think Coruba will be hit or miss at retail for the foreseeable future, until such time as Campari / Appleton decide they want to compete with Myers’s. They release shipments, stores get a big stock of bottles, and then those bottles get sold out over time.

    Another factor in the short supply the last couple years is related to supply chain issues Appleton has been having getting bottles (they only have one supplier who previously used raw materials obtained in Ukraine, so that may be a factor too).

  4. My goodness, I’ve been ardently searching for Coruba Dark Rum for 2 1/2 years in Tassie, and it’s gut wrenching. The crap I’ve tried in the meantime makes me want to give up rum. Never ever had a hangover on that “Good Stuff”!!!!!

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