Review: RumChata

Rating: ★★★★★

Never, in all my years of reviewing rum, have I ever described a product as “thicker than milk, but thinner than a shake.” But then, I’ve never reviewed a rum cream before. Truth be told, there’s not that many of them on the market – only two or three to my knowledge. And of those I’d tried, they were good and all, but they were pretty much akin to Bailey’s Irish Cream, but made with rum.

Not so with RumChata – this is as different from Bailey’s as rum is from vodka. Yes it’s white, and yes it’s creamy. But RumChata boasts an assortment of smells and flavors that I’ve never before encountered in a rum (or booze-cream) product. The key here is the “chata,” being derived from Horchata. Horchata, for those that don’t know (I didn’t know) is a Mexican/Central American treat made from rice, and this connection is immediately apparent when you poor yourself a glass of RumChata. The smell of rice – think rice pudding, not that stuff you mix with Chinese takeout – is by far the most prominent flavor, both to the nose and the tongue alike. But there is more – rum, vanilla, and cinnamon are also apparent, as is a hint of coconut (which actually isn’t present at all, but it’s just a trick of the rice.)

The limits to RumChata are pretty much boundless. I love it chilled on its own, but it’s also killer in coffee. I hear it can also be used to make a fantastic French Toast, which I heartily believe. And if anyone ever concocted a means of thickening it up to drizzle over rum cake, a single bite just might launch you into orbit. So wear a helmet.

If rum is the devil’s brew, then RumChata is clearly the vice of the angels.

Comments (16)

  1. Doc Potions

    Bilge drinking shots of something white and creamy………Not going there, not going there.

  2. VooDoo

    The only problem with Rumchata is that when you take a bottle to a party, you come home with an empty bottle.

  3. Nick Hoffman

    I just had my first glass of this… and yum. It’s really yummy.

  4. Macbeth

    This oddly enough reminds me of a treat I had as a kid. Rice with milk and cinnamon and sugar on it. It was my favorite treat. To be able to find something like this as an adult with alcohol added is beyond my wildest dreams. Unfortunately my liquor store only had one bottle. If you can find this I highly recommend it.

  5. Capt Milkbone

    HA HAR!!! Grand stuff says I, drinkn it room temp straight out of the bottle and I can bearly believe how good this is. Never would have tryed it if not fer ye 5 star rating. Yer review is spot on mate!

  6. Sue

    It is amazing in pancakes!

  7. Monty2451

    To thicken it up you could try adding either powered sugar or a corn starch slurry (corn starch and water). The powdered sugar might be a bit much in terms of making it too sweet, but it would just be for drizzle on the cake, so it may be ok. As for the slurry, I’m not sure how it would affect the flavor (the RumChata may be too subtly flavored) and the corn starch may come through, but it won’t take much slurry to thicken it ( it’s a very powerful thickening agent) so it may work well. If you try it, let me know how it works out. 🙂

  8. Linda

    This is the worst! – meaning that I have NEVER been so close to having a drinking problem as with this product – I CRAVE the flavor and taste of RumChata. It’s made in Wisconsin, I live in Minnesota and our state is the largest purchaser of RumChata. Rather than our wonderful LAtino/Hispanic citizens – I am tending to blame us Scnadinavians who love their WHITE foods….lefse, lutefisk, and yep – rice pudding – – that sublte undertone that RumChata graciously imparts. I buy it two bottles at a time – and have started alternating between 3 stores – -to avoid the questioning looks as I carry out my precious bottles AND because the 3 stores seem to run out of it in no particular order.

  9. JulsOfParadise

    This stuff is D E L I S H !!!

    My daughter’s boyfriend treated us to a bottle when we were in Madison, Wisconsin.

    I can’t wait to introduce my friends to RUMCHATA when I get back to Sarasota!

    I just might get a little bit hooked on this yummy treat! ;-p

  10. Carmen

    Just lovely you must try it with a little kaluha over ice what a treat……

  11. Gunny

    If you want a real treat, try replacing milk with RumChata in a White Russian. That’s right! All alcohol, all deliciousness!

  12. Rouzil

    Id like to buy a bottle for new year
    I live in France and i dont know where can i finde it
    help me please

  13. Jen

    RumChata and Fireball Whiskey shots. O M G!

  14. Harley

    Costco sells rum chata at a better price, always in stock! same price for a small bottle but you get wholesale size…..yummy

  15. .Ellen

    Used RumChata today to make chocolate frosting for a Valentine’s Day chocolate cake I’d just baked. Used a basic chocolate buttercream recipe made with Dutch processed chocolate, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla which I whipped up with an electric mixer. Then I added four cap fulls of RumChata and beat it until smooth and creamy. Then added a bit more powdered sugar and butter and whipped it again until the frosting was fluffy and easily spreadable. Wonderful!

  16. Lady Julianna

    It is awesome in Highlander Grog Coffee. Had a cream rum from Jamaica, but can’t get it up here in Wisconsin. This is near perfect to Sangtas (sp) but Rum Chata is is awesome even when it isn’t in coffee.

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