About Colombian Spirits

Rum is an important spirit in Colombia; aged rums range from three years maturation to almost ten; a number of these aged rums are value priced. The lighter, non-aged rums are made for mixing with fruit juice in cocktails.

The most important spirit in Colombia, however is aguardiente. This is a clear spirit distilled from sugar cane molasses and anise seed; it is similar in many ways to grappa from Italy. It is served in small shot glasses after dinner or sometimes used as the base for an aguardiente sour, which is mixed with orange and lime juice.
Top Picks for Colombia
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Licor de Cafe Gran Reserva
Dark brown color. Lively, attractive, inviting aromas of fresh roasted coffee, toasty nut brittle, and dark chocolate with a velvety, bright, dryish medium-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-length charred nuts and dark toast finish. A rock solid coffee liqueur.
89 points $19.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202764
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Rum Aged 12 Years
Pale amber color. Aromas of caramel buttercream, butter roasted nuts, latte, and varnished wood with a dryish medium-to-full body and a salted caramel, pepper dust, and grassy earth accented finish. A nicely styled sipping rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202766
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Rum Aged 3 Years
Pale amber color. Mild aromas of coffee candy and chocolate mousse with a sleek, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, nutty toffee and spice accented finish. A pleasant all-purpose dark rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202765
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Rum Aged 9 Years
Medium amber color. Aromas of creme brulee and lightly spiced roasted nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a drying and somewhat austere cedar, straw, candle wax, mineral and pepper accented finish. A sturdy aged rum for sophisticated cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210297
Coloma
Crema de Whisky
Creamy copper color. Delicate, creamy aromas of fruity caramel candies and butterscotch with a soft, sweet medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long flan, thick whipped cream, and pancake syrup finish. A thick, super creamy liqueur.
84 points $9.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202763
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Silver Rum
Clear. Aromas of used cheesecloth, gelatin, and composted grass with a soft dry light-to-medium body an a nut oil, plantain, mineral and pepper finish. A bit uneven but serviceable in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab