About Bajan Spirits

Rum - of many different styles and flavors - is the major spirit of Barbados. You can buy spiced rum, coconut rum, silver rum, gold rum, vanilla rum and several other types from this Caribbean island; all of them are well made and work beautifully in mixed drinks.

There are some examples of aged rums, some matured for as long as ten years, that have greater complexity, with notes of creme brulee, toffee and brown spices that are very elegant; these are ideal sipped on their own.

In general, rums from Barbados are value-priced, from $12 to $25 on US retail shelves.
Top Picks for Barbados
214996
Mount Gay
XO Reserve Cask Rum
Copper color. Bright, buttery, toasty aromas and flavors of buttery roasted nuts, caramelized peaches and bananas, bourbon barrel, and delicate baking spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long whole nuts, toasted cedar and oak, limestone, and pepper finish. A dry, nicely poised, well-oaked sipping rum that will be great with cigars.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210952
The Real McCoy
12 Year Aged Rum
Brilliant amber color. Bright, buttery aromas of caramelized nuts, dried banana and coconut, and polished wood with a supple, crisp, off-dry medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long vanilla cream, nougat, and delicate spice finish. A delicious and finely balanced sipping rum; give your cigar a dip.
94 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219047
Endless Summer
Silver Rum
Opaque clear color. Fresh aromas and flavors of banana leaf, coconut water, tapioca, and lilac with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length fresh coconut pulp, aloe vera, tomatillo juice, and Thai chile finish. A fresh, clean and refined rum that offers gentle tropical notes.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219749
Mount Gay
Black Barrel Rum
Golden amber color. Fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, Jamaica drink, hearts of palm, and crystallized ginger with a glycerous, fruity sweet full body and a tingling, thought-provoking, long marshmallow, chocolate fudge ice cream, roasted nuts, and leather finish. A rich and satisfying sipper.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214832
896
8 Year Aged Rum
Dark brilliant copper color. Lively, smoky, roasted savory aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and bananas, toffee, and leather with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long cedar, molasses cake, delicate spices, and tobacco finish. A fine dry sipping rum that will appeal to whisky drinkers and will be great with cigars.
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208827
The Real McCoy
Aged 3 Years Rum
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut flesh, whipped cream, pepper, and copper with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-length finish with notes of nougat, vanilla, and limestone. A delicious, well-made white rum with lots of complexity and character.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214831
896
5 Year Aged Rum
Amber color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of dark caramelized nuts, cedar, mocha, and polished wood with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, involved, long brown spices, dark roasted nuts, coconut and bananas, and hint of latex finish. A rich, woody, dry dark rum with lots of flavor.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210951
The Real McCoy
5 Year Aged Rum
Golden amber color. Muted, toasty aromas of coconut creme, toffee, and brown spices with a glycerous, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long nougat and root beer float finish. A delicious and satisfying dark rum with great balance and style.
92 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215085
Allaire
Crystal Reserve Rum
Brilliant silver color. Delicate, floral aromas and flavors of roasted nut, geranium, clay, and latte with an even, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, short coconut and almond milk, dried fruit, honeyed nougat, and hint of pepper finish. A lovely, very smooth and nicely layered sipping styled white rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210688
Cayman Reef
Spiced Rum
Clear golden amber color. Delicate, candied aromas of vanilla cola and caramel-banana taffy with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length tropical citrus fruit punch and baking spices finish. A well balanced and tasty spiced rum that will mix great.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab