About Panamanian Spirits

About Panamanian Spirits
The leading spirit in Panama, as one might imagine, is rum. While there are entry level examples made here - including some fruit and honey-flavored versions - there are also some outstanding examples, some aged for fifteen years or longer. Displaying flavors of caramel and praline, these are fabulous sipping rums.

There are also rum liqueurs made in Panama as well as numerous examples of excellent aguardiente.

Top Picks for Panama

Malecon Seleccion Esplendida 1979
97 points
$299.99
Amber color. Toasty, sweet aromas of mocha latte, amarena cherry, mahogany, leather, and caramel-coated nuts with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long fresh grated cinnamon, black peppercorns, and molasses cookies finish. A decadent and roasty aged rum in the most serious class; sip respectfully.
Awards: 2018 Best Aged Rum
97 points $299.99
Panama-Pacific 23 year Aged Rum
96 points
$54.99
Golden amber color. Bold, spicy, creamy complex aromas of cherry cola float, spiced peaches and mangos, orange spice cake, and creme brulee with a soft, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long chocolate cherry bon bons, honeyed spiced nuts, suede, and cedar finish. A seamless and delicious aged rum that is sure to satisfy.
96 points $54.99
Ron Duran 12 Year Aged Rum
95 points
$40
Golden amber color. Rich, attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, banana bread pudding, cherry cola, and polished wood with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long mocha gelato, chocolate toffee, pepper, and cedar finish. A delicious and vivacious aged rum for all applications.
Malecon Selección Esplendida 1985
95 points
$90
Dark amber color. Rich, attractive, toasty aromas of coffee candy, maple cherry fudge, buttery praline, and sherry with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a peppery, distinctive, long hazelnut latte, brown spices, raisins, and cream finish. A robust flavor ride of a dark rum that will appeal to any coffee fans.
Ron Abuelo 15 Years Aged Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Rum
94 points
$79
Brilliant copper color. Complex aromas and flavors of polished wood, leather, sherry raisin cake, and dark roasted nuts with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, long honeyed toasted fruit cake, exotic spiced prunes and figs, and tea and tobacco finish. A rich complex sipping rum.
Ron Abuelo 15 Years Aged Tawny Port Cask Finish Rum
94 points
$79
Dark bronze color. Interesting, fruity, smoky, woody aromas and flavors of caramelized mango, spiced bitter orange, polished wood, and smoked maple syrup with a round, bright, fruity sweet full body and a warming, very complex, medium-long dried cherries and peaches, cola, and clove finish. A great all purpose aged rum with a smoky edge.
Belmont Farm Kopper Kettle Dark Chai Spiced Rum
93 points
$24.99
Gold color. Exotic, spicy aromas and flavors of cardamom custard, turkish rose water dessert, orange marmalade on cinnamon rye toast, and dried mushrooms with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, elegant, long sweet chai tea, caramel gelato in cola, and crystallized ginger finish. A delicious exotically spicy rum with lots of fun and creative cocktail applications.
93 points $24.99
Malecon Rare Proof 13 Year Old Rum
93 points
$52
Bright copper color. Complex, fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of fruitcake, butterscotch candy, pineapple and mango yogurt, and leather with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long coriander, allspice, worn wood, and pecan pie finish. A surprisingly easy-going overproof rum full of character and elegance.
Malecon Rare Proof 20 Year Old Rum
93 points
$99
Brilliant bronze color. Aromas and flavors of molasses, spiced raisins, and chocolate nuts with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet fat body and a warming, complex, long cane stalk, minerals, and copper finish. A sweet and layered sipping rum that is sure to please.
Malecon 10 Year Old Rum
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Bright, creamy aromas of creme brulee, banana pie, and lemon polished wood with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length chocolate cream, cola, copper, and rubber finish. A very nice sipping rum.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy