About Colombian Spirits

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

Antigua Porteno 21 Year Aged  Rum
91 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, brown spice, spiced mocha, and polished wood with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long coconut creme brulee, tropical fruit gelato, and leather and cedar finish. A very tasty and nicely balanced aged rum.
91 points $39.99
Antigua Porteno 15 Year Aged Rum
89 points
$32.99
Light golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of brazil and cashew toffee, chocolate granola with corn puff, coffee cheesecake, and bourbon barrel and fine shaving soap with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, long peach creme brulee, chai, corn pudding, and pink pepper finish. A mellow and tasty sipping rum that will appeal to bourbon drinkers.
89 points $32.99
Coloma Licor de Cafe Gran Reserva
89 points
$19.50
Best Buy
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
Antigua Porteno 8 Year Aged  Rum
88 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of light caramel, green plantain, black licorice, cantaloupe, cinnamon gum, and chamomile with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length dried leaves, toffee, and orange zest finish. A delicate aged rum that will serve as a great sipper or craft cocktail base.
88 points $29.99
Dictador Ultra Premium Reserve 12 Year Old Rum
88 points
$39.99
Clear golden amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of caramel coated peanuts, pecan pie, nutmeg, orange liqueur, orange flower water, and fruit stripes gum with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, brisk raisin bread, brown sugar, and toasted coconut finish. A luscious rum for tropical cocktail escapes.
88 points $39.99
Dictador Distillery Icon Reserve 20 Year Old Rum
87 points
$59.99
Dark amber color. Confected aromas and flavors of nutella, caramel layer cake, milk chocolate covered espresso beans, German chocolate cake with coconut frosting, and maple syrup with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length maraschino cherry and sesame finish. A not-too-sweet sipping rum with heaps of chocolatey, nutty flavor.
87 points $59.99
Coloma Crema de Whisky
84 points
$9.50
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