Review: RumChata

Posted on February 19th, 2010 in Rum

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.


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

    Doc Potions

    19 Feb 10 at 7:27 pm

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


    20 Feb 10 at 4:51 pm

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

    Nick Hoffman

    17 Apr 10 at 11:32 pm

  4. 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.


    9 Aug 10 at 9:23 pm

  5. 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!

    Capt Milkbone

    19 Aug 10 at 3:03 pm

  6. It is amazing in pancakes!


    15 Mar 11 at 9:23 pm

  7. 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. :)


    26 Mar 11 at 6:08 pm

  8. 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.


    11 Feb 12 at 1:01 pm

  9. 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


    29 Aug 12 at 3:19 pm

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


    1 Oct 12 at 7:42 pm

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


    22 Dec 12 at 2:12 am

  12. 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


    24 Dec 12 at 1:25 pm

  13. RumChata and Fireball Whiskey shots. O M G!


    9 Aug 13 at 10:18 pm

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


    2 Apr 14 at 7:36 pm

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