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
$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 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
$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 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 12 Year Aged Rum
94 points
$44.99
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
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 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 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 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
The Real McCoy Aged 3 Years Rum
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value White Rum under $20
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
896 5 Year Aged Rum
92 points
$16.99
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 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
The Real McCoy 5 Year Aged Rum
92 points
$28.99
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