Banks 5 Island Blend Rum

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (2 ratings)

alc./vol: 43%

Proof: 86°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of Netherlands Netherlands

Banks 5 Island is a white rum inspired by the travels of 18th-century English botanist, naturalist and explorer Joseph Banks. In 1786, the intrepid explorer rounded the Pacific Ocean from Cape Horn to the Cape of Good Hope alongside the great navigator Captain Cook.

5 Island consists of a blend of 21 different pot and column distilled rums from six distilleries from five countries.

The bulk of the rum used in the blend is column distilled and is we believe sourced from the Angostura Distillery in Trinidad. This is blended with rums from two distilleries in Barbados as well as pot still rums from Jamaica and Guyana. Lastly, and perhaps most notably, the Indonesian island of Java provides a particularly pungent style of rum known as arrack, more usually the key ingredient in Swedish punch. These rums from five countries (four islands plus Guyana which isn't an island) are blended, charcoal filtered to remove colour and bottled in Amsterdam.

Originally formulated by master blender, Arnaud de Trabuc working with US bartender, Jim Meeham, Banks 5 Island Rum launched in August 2010. Banks was acquired by Bacardi in 2015.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 10/10/2016


Crystal clear.


The pungent aroma of arrack is immediately apparent on the nose, which along with Jamaican pot still rum gives 5 Island a spicy fruity aroma reminiscent of freshly cut passion fruit.


Tropical fruit continues into the medium-bodied spicy palate with Matcha green tea, grassy, herbal and fresh parsley.


Dry, grassy and white pepper lingering spicy finish.


The arrack in this rum makes it too pungent for lighter rum drinks such as the Daiquiri but is excellent in a rum punches - after all, punch bowls were originally made with arrack.

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 3182361009216
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

More about Banks 5 Island Rum

Produced by: E&A Scheer
Owned by: Bacardi Limited
UK distribution by: Bacardi UK
UK consumer PR by: Publicasity
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