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
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
Ron Abuelo 15 Years Aged Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Rum
94 points
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 finish with accents of 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
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 finish displaying accents of 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
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 finish that shows notes of 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
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 finish with overtones of coriander, allspice, worn wood, and pecan pie finish. A surprisingly easy-going overproof rum full of character and elegance.
Burl & Sprig Migration 23-Year-Old Rum
92 points
Bronze color. Aromas of madeira cake, caramelized almonds, maple-walnut frosting, and raisins with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length clove, cigar wrapper, sesame, and brown butter finish. A rich and leathery aged rum for sipping and savoring.
92 points $89.99
Kaniche Perfeccion Rum
91 points
Brilliant amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of buttery nut brittle, polished wood, caramelized fruits and cheese, and sandalwood soap with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, elegant, long finish with notes of mocha gelato, chocolate cherries and oranges, and sassafras float finish. A deliciously fruity and satisfying aged rum that is sure to please.
91 points $39.99
Malecon Seleccion Esplendida 1987 Rum
91 points
Bright golden amber color. Tropical, fruity aromas and flavors of guava paste, passion fruit icing, allspice, and pineapple cake with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, huge, medium-long finish conveying accents of cigar wrapper, tropical white flowers, leather chair, and sandalwood finish. A balanced rum that is somehow both rich and light.
Selvarey Cacao Rum
90 points
Brilliant dark amber color. Aromas of chocolate fondant, cocoa rice crispies, and malt-o-meal with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree Chocolate Pop Tart finish. A toasty, chocolatey spirit that should work well in after-dinner cocktails.
90 points $34.99
Ron Abuelo 15 Years Aged Napoloeon Cognac Cask Finish Rum
90 points
Bronze color. Mature, exotic aromas and flavors of coffee beans, madeira, eucalyptus, and dried tropical fruits and nuts with a thick, lively, off-dry medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long finish with overtones of smoked butterscotch and bread and butter pickle finish. A savory and smoky aged rum.