Laidback Gourmet: Rum Chata

Greetings, salutations and welcome back to another fine, fun edition of the Laidback Gourmet. As you might remember from last week I am spending the month of November trying to get into the spirit of the season by reviewing a whole host of wacky spirits. If a few weeks of this doesn’t make me ho ho holly I don’t know what will.

You know when people say “Pick your Poison” many might choose wine or beer, but my go to drink of choice is often rum based drinks. (Though I wouldn’t say no to Amaretto over ice as well). So needless to say that means I have to review some kind of rum type drink. Oh sure I could go with something normal like a typical rum and coke. However, rum and coke, while being delicious, just isn’t wacky enough. So I had to listen to my sister Kathi who suggested I try this stuff: Rum Chata.

Wait for it loyal readers, the obvious joke is coming…

Rum Chata, I’m pretty sure I know what that translates to:

A joke who’s quality is only matched by the Photoshop job of that picture

What exactly is Rum Chata you might ask? Well, according to the bottle it’s horchata, which I think means its like regular chata but more promiscuous.

As far as I can tell there are a few different drinks called horchata, and all of them come in a multitude of variety. Some calling for rice, some calling for sesame seed, and other calling for milk or cream. I’m going to take a guess, mostly because its’ written on the bottle, that this particular kind of horchata is a mixture of Rum, cream, and spices. Well, let’s pour out a measure and take a look:

“Give me three fingers of milk, Ma”

Well right off the bat I can tell that one of those spices is cinnamon. It has a very strong, but pleasant smell of the stuff. There’s also a mild alcoholic smell which is probably to be expected with a 14% alcohol volume. Well, over the mouth, past the gums, look out liver here it comes.

glup glup glup

Hmm, now thats both very tasty and interesting. It’s definitely cream based and it lingers on your tongue slightly. The alcohol doesn’t so much as burn as it does ‘tingle’. You know it’s there but I don’t think its very strong in flavor. There’s a definite Cinnamon taste which goes very well with both the creaminess and the before mentioned ‘tingle’. The really interesting thing is what the flavor reminds me of. This:

Who knew that guy ran a speakeasy?

I am totally serious about this. You know when you pour yourself a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and after you’re done eating it you’re left with the milk at the bottom of the bowl? This stuff totally tastes like that milk! If an alcohol that tastes like a children’s breakfast cereal isn’t wacky, I don’t know what is! It’d be like finding out that Lucky the Leprechaun secretly runs a meth lab. Final Score:

Well that concludes this week’s Laidback Gourmet. Thank you as always for reading and please send all feedback to my personal email address at Until Next time, I’m Ed DiFolco, your Laidback Gourmet, and I have to say, after two weeks of this, I’m starting feel a bit jollier!

Fided Castroi: “I’m Fided Castroi and I approve of this review.”

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