About Jamaican Spirits

About Jamaican Spirits
There are some very good lighter rums from Jamaica today, but it’s the dark heavy, potstill versions that get all the attention, those aged in whiskey or sherry barrels for anywhere from 10 to 21 years. Copper or golden colored with appealing flavors such as banana, roasted coconut and praline, these are smashing examples of rums with complexity and intensity as well as finesse and elegance. These are meant for sipping or for artisan cocktails. Inexpensive rums, such as spiced versions, are fine for use in most summer cocktails.

Top Picks for Jamaica

Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum
93 points
$24.99
Gold color. Aromas of hot copper pot, dried tropical fruit, whole allspice, and burnt toffee with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a medium-long plantain, dried pineapple, and brown butter finish. A minerally, Jamaican-style rum to keep on hand for any number of occasions.
93 points $24.99
Monymusk Plantation White Overproof Rum
93 points
$27.25
Clear color. Aromas of ripe papaya, plantains in yogurt, cream of wheat with raisins, and grilled palm leaf with a glycerous, fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long sweet cane sugar, icing, cherry stone, and ripe pear finish. A surprisingly smooth and flavorful overproof rum that will be perfect for boozy cocktail creations.
93 points $27.25
Rum Fire Jamaican White Overproof Rum
93 points
$28
Clear color. Funky aromas of green plantain, green tomato, flint, freshly ground black pepper, and key lime with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and a searing, interesting, long arugula, sweet fondant, hazelnut candy, and cream finish. A funky overproof rum to kick up the night.
J. Wray Gold Rum
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of butterscotch and copper pot with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, relaxed bananas foster, caramelized pineapple, sea salt, and lime peel finish. A zesty gold rum with hints of pot-still character; round and robust.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
WRAY & NEPHEW White Overproof Rum
90 points
$23.99
Clear color. Aromas of banana leaf, tamarind, cocoa powder, rubber, and breadfruit with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, engaging, medium-length peach and hints of spice finish. A wild ride of an overproof rum that offers much more than heat; tropical fruits, hints of smoke and spice will certainly add nuance to your next cocktail creation.
90 points $23.99
Monymusk Plantation Special Gold Rum
86 points
$24.99
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Funky aromas and flavors of warm blackstrap molasses, copper pot, dried grasses, gingerbread, and allspice with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-length finish revealing nuances of mustard seed and butter finish. A spicy rum with copper-pot character and a rich molasses sweetness.
86 points $24.99
Monymusk Plantation Classic Gold Rum
86 points
$34.99
Amber color. Aromas of warm cedar, blackened banana bread toast, tiramisu, and roasted almonds with a slightly chewy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy cinnamon raisin toast, tobacco, and dried mint finish. An oak-focused rum for toasty cocktails and or a lighter-bodied sipper.
86 points $34.99