About Guyanese Spirits

About Guyanese Spirits
While there are a few spirits produced in Guyana, including cream liqueur, the country's spirit industry is all about rum, rum and more rum. There are the usual styles, from white to "navy" or "sailor's" rum as well as añejo, aged for up to five years. There is even a vatted rum that is blended from the best sugar cane stock and exported to Scotland. These are creamy with flavors of chocolate and toffee and are wonderful sipping rums.

Top Picks for Guyana

El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve Rum
98 points
$99.99
Dark amber color. Sweet aromas and flavors of butterscotch, burnt sugar, blackstrap molasses, cooked pineapple, and dark roasted pecan with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish revealing notes of orange zest and black plum finish. A deluxe aged rum that grows more ambrosial with each sip.
98 points $99.99
El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve Rum
97 points
$49.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of mocha latte, copper pot, bruleed orange, and toasted pine nuts with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, medium-long ripe cherry, sassafras, salted caramel, pink grapefruit, port, coriander, and raisin finish. A delicious rum that marries flavors of fruit, still, and spice into a harmonious and craveable spirit.
97 points $49.99
El Dorado 12 Year Old Rum
93 points
$35.99
Bronze color. Aromas of maple glaze, oatmeal-molasses cookies, prune, dried mango, bananas foster, and douglas fir with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length alfajores, shortbread, vanilla bean, and cinnamon dusted cherries in syrup finish. A silky-smooth aged rum inflected with a maple sweetness and super sippable character.
93 points $35.99
Lemon Hart Blackpool Spiced Rum
93 points
$24.99
Dark mahogany color. Attractive, confected aromas of cherry, butter pecan, and egg nog ice creams, mocha coconut macaroon, vanilla wafer cookie, and tiramisu with brandied orange peel with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long vanilla buttercream, maple syrup and whipped cream on belgian waffles, spiced nuts and dried fruits, and root beer float finish. A delicious, well balanced, flavored rum with unique and attractive flavors; try after dinner and as a modifier in craft cocktails.
93 points $24.99
Skipper Demerara Rum
89 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant mahogany color. Roasted aromas and flavors of black strap molasses, baking chocolate, instant coffee crystals, and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of coffee ice cream finish. A classically styled old school dark rum that will shine in cocktails.
89 points $20 Best Buy
El Dorado 8 Year Old Rum
88 points
$27.99
Amber color. Aromas of caramel coated nougat, circus peanut, and maduro cigar with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length salted butterscotch, prosciutto, burnt sugar, parmesan, flamed orange, clove, and candied peanuts finish. A cognac-like rum with lots of sultry rancio notes.
88 points $27.99
Lemon Hart Original 1804 Rum
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Rich brown color. Aromas and flavors of brown butter, dark burnt sugar, molasses coffee cake, and leather with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a peppery, cheery finish that shows notes of coffee grounds, bark, and charred nuts with honey finish. A very dry, dark, and austere dark rum for cocktails.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Mezan Rum Guyana 2005
88 points
$53.99
Pale golden straw color. Mild, spicy aromas and flavors of fuel-like minerals, honeyed carrot cake, nougat, and saddle soap and suede with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish manifesting nuances of nuts, straw and leather, coconut water, and green tobacco finish. A mineral-laden, lighter styled aged rum that will be good with cigars.
88 points $53.99
El Dorado 3 Year Old White Rum
86 points
$16.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of powdered sugar, sliced plantain, cashew brittle, and caramel icing with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish that shows notes of sweet yogurt finish. A mild white rum that fit for Cuba Libres and flavored Daiquiris.
86 points $16.99
El Dorado 5 Year Old Demerara Rum
86 points
$19.99
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas of mocha buttercream, tiramisu, herbs on parmesan rind, and graham cracker with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long brown sugar, chess pie, marzipan, and bananas foster finish. A dark rum that will be welcomed in any number of cocktails.
86 points $19.99