About Bajan Spirits

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

Mount Gay XO Reserve Cask Rum
95 points
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 finish with notes of whole nuts, toasted cedar and oak, limestone, and pepper finish. A dry, nicely poised, well-oaked sipping rum that will be great with cigars.
The Real McCoy Limited Edition Virgin Oak 10 Year Aged Rum
94 points
Brilliant amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized roasted nuts, cedar cigar box, spiced plantains and raisins, and artisanal chocolate toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, very long finish that exhibits elements of coffee cake and rich brown spices finish. A fantastically complex, pure, and flavorful aged rum with intricately meshed flavors and a long, warming, satisfying finish.
94 points $59.99
Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old Aged Rum
93 points
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of ripe bananas, orgeat, steel cut oats and cream, cinnamon, and honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length creamy caramel, latte, creme brulee, toasted hardough bread, and honey roasted nuts finish. A soft and approachable rum with tons of cocktail possibilities.
93 points $49.99
Endless Summer Silver Rum
93 points
Best Buy
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 finish that shows accents of 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
Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
93 points
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 finish displaying impressions of marshmallow, chocolate fudge ice cream, roasted nuts, and leather finish. A rich and satisfying sipper.
93 points $29.99
896 8 Year Aged Rum
93 points
Best Buy
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 finish that shows elements of 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
Neptune Gold Rum
92 points
Brilliant gold color. Artificial aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts coconut bar, toasted hawaiian bread with mango-peach marmalade, chocolate with cacao nibs and espresso beans, and fine polished wood with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, prodigious, very long finish conveying notes of praline and cola, spiced nuts, minerals, and leather finish. A superb brilliantly aged gold rum oozing with flavor and class.
896 5 Year Aged Rum
92 points
Best Buy
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 finish manifesting shades of 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
Plantation 5 Year Old Rum
91 points
Best Buy
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of brown sugar caramelized plantain, sweet tobacco, vanilla bean, and hazelnut with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length caramelized mango, milk chocolate, rich caramel, and tack room finish. A sweet and nutty rum with for crowd-pleasing cocktails and effortless sipping.
91 points $21.99 Best Buy
Allaire Crystal Reserve Rum
90 points
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 finish imparting nuances of coconut and almond milk, dried fruit, honeyed nougat, and hint of pepper finish. A lovely, very smooth and nicely layered sipping styled white rum.