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

The Real McCoy Limited Edition 14 Year Aged Rum
95 points
$69.99
Amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of wet oak, Palo Santo, molasses cookie, tobacco, and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, complex, long finish manifesting nuances of Champurrado, dried mango, creme brulee, hickory, and flamed orange finish. An elegantly dry rum with layers and layers of flavor; time has been very good to this spirit.
95 points $69.99
Mount Gay XO Reserve Cask Rum
95 points
$45
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 12 Year Aged Rum
94 points
$49.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of hazelnut spread, cherry jam, pecan praline, and grilled peach and pineapple with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, long espresso, smoked vanilla, brown sugar, leather, island spices, and toffee finish. A decadent, complex rum ideal for sipping.
94 points $49.99
The Real McCoy Limited Edition Virgin Oak 10 Year Aged Rum
94 points
$59.99
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
The Real McCoy 3 Year Aged White Rum
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut water, fondant, and tiramisu with a satiny, bright, fruity light body and a hot, fast finish. A super-solid, spicy white rum great for daiquiris and Cuba Libres.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
The Real McCoy 5 Year Aged Dark Rum
93 points
$29.99
Amber color. Aromas of artisan cola, bananas foster, nutmeg, and candied walnut with a round, bright, off-dry medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length caramel-coconut sundae, toasted marshmallow, and chocolate-cherry almond bark finish. A silky, caramelly rum that is delicious sipped neat and will make flavorful cocktails.
93 points $29.99
Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old Aged Rum
93 points
$49.99
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
$14.99
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
$29.99
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
$21.99
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