FOR a lot of rum drinkers, having unopened bottles of Bundy around the house would be a daily exercise in resisting temptation.
But for Emerald local Tami Smith, collecting - and keeping - the prized bottles in mint condition paid off when she was one of just 30 rum drinkers across Australia to sample and review the world famous distillery's latest offering.
The 50ml sample bottle of Master Distillers' Collection - Port Barrel rum was sent to Mrs Smith ahead of its national release, and she said it was every bit as distinctive as her favourite spirit.
"It was a very smooth flavour, and you can definitely taste the hint of port," Mrs Smith said.
"It's very smooth, and very unique to the Bundaberg taste."
Mrs Smith said the Port Barrel sample, which she tried simply with cola, was smooth enough to be added to her growing collection of Bundaberg products.
That meant she would buy four bottles, which she has done for each of the products offered including Founding Fathers, Master Distillers Collection - 10 Year Old Rum, 101, Racing Rum and Bundaberg 5.
"It's simply the best tasting drink and its Australian-made, which I love and think is very important," Mrs Smith said.
"(The port) has the original Bundaberg Rum flavours, no doubt about that, but it has an even richer flavour. It also has quite a rich, sweet aroma."
To create the new rum the Bundaberg Master Distillers' Collective hand-picked some of the best rum from the distillery's limited aged stocks and finished it in selected oak port barrels from South Australia's Barossa region.
These special reserves were then added to a balanced blend of six-year-old rums, giving the finished liquid a soft, rounded finish.
And all it took to win a sample was to fill out a questionnaire.
"Overall, I rated it nine out of 10," Mrs Smith said.
"It's very smooth, and very unique to the Bundaberg taste." Tami Smith
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