the real mccoy review


A Rum Runner isn’t just a delicious cocktail you sip on the beach; it’s the name of the brave badass who sold rum during Prohibition. According to legend, Captain Bill McCoy was America’s first rum runner, illegally delivering rum to thirsty patrons. His rum became known as The Real McCoy and we got to taste it. Here’s what we thought.


The Real McCoy bottle has legend written all over it so naturally we were intrigued. When we first opened the bottle, the classic dark rum scent came through, spicy with hints of caramel and toffee. The rum had a sweet but subtle flavor filled with spice, caramel and molasses. We could tell immediately that the flavors in The Real McCoy were not artificial or syrupy which made the rum easy to sip on the rocks. There was a slight burn in the finish but it was one of those that warms you up and keeps you coming back for more.


Though we sipped The Real McCoy straight, we usually enjoy our dark rum in a cocktail. We suggest making a rum punch or hot buttered rum with this – you won’t regret it. At $28.99 it’s a steep price to pay for cocktails but it’s worth investing in a bottle if you’re a true rum lover – especially when you’re planning on entertaining.


Have you tried The Real McCoy? Tell us what you thought of the dark rum.