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
214756
Panama-Pacific
23 year Aged Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215040
Ron Duran
12 Year Aged Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211104
Malecon
Selección Esplendida 1985
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218812
Ron Abuelo
15 Years Aged Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218814
Ron Abuelo
15 Years Aged Tawny Port Cask Finish Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205726
Rum Malecon
Seleccion Esplendida 1982
Deep amber color. Aroma of caramelized bananas and blueberries, sweet dill, honeycomb, and toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried fruit, praline, pepper, tobacco, and mineral finish. A very tasty and nicely balanced aged rum that will cover many bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218940
Malecon
Rare Proof 13 Year Old Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215055
Malecon
Rare Proof 20 Year Old Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211105
Malecon
10 Year Old Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214755
Panama-Pacific
9 Year Aged Rum
Golden amber color. Delicate, roasted aromas of dark nut brittle, geranium patch, caramelized plantains, and warm vinyl with a soft, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length dulce du leche, dried fruits, coconut cream, and rubber leaf finish. A lively aged rum with lots of sweet spice and earth notes.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab