About Philippine Spirits

Rum is the principal alcoholic spirit produced in the Philippines; there are white and gold versions and most are well made, elegant rums meant for cocktails. These are priced along the lines of competing rums from the Caribbean.

Small amounts of blended whiskey, vodka and brandy (this last, made in various levels of aging and quality) that are produced by a few large distillers.
Top Picks for Philippines
220605
Tanduay
Asian Gold Rum
Bright gold color. Exotic, fruity aromas of creme of coconut, caramelized pineapple, hibiscus, and spearmint jelly candy with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dried fig and red licorice, cashew trail mix, marshmallow fluff, and Thai spice finish. A coconuty gold rum begging for piña coladas.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219670
Tanduay
Asian Silver Rum
Silver Straw color. Clean, herbal aromas of greenhouse, cream, talc, and citra hops with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, medium-length coconut cream, mixed peppercorns, and dried papaya finish. A solid all-purpose white rum.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219671
Tanduay
Asian Gold Rum
Light amber color. Nutty, fresh aromas and flavors of almond extract, cherry blossom, caramelized pistachios, and prune with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy almond paste, panettone, cola, and white pepper finish. An almond bomb for craft cocktails.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220604
Tanduay
Asian Silver Rum
Pale straw color. Fruity aromas of coconut shell, sweet cornbread, vanilla bean, and graphite pencil with a round, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, swift fresh ginger, caramelized mango, and grilled banana finish. An all-purpose rum for tropical cocktails.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217845
Emperador
Brandy
Medium amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, tiramisu, honey butter, and mocha with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length latte and tres leche cake, milk chocolate, delicate spices, and cola finish. A very tasty and inviting brandy that is sure to please.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210920
Very Old Captain
Artisan Crafted Dark Rum
Gold color. Bright, interesting, meaty aromas of bbq pork, Worcestershire sauce, and melted toffee with a glycerous, bright, fruity sweet medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length buttercream, sassafras, powdered sugar, and ground almonds finish. A fun, flavorful rum to mix with.
89 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218694
Green Palm
Vodka
Clear color. Citrusy, perfumed aromas of citrus oil, green grass, sea spray, and young men’s cologne with a soft, crisp, bone-dry thin body and a sleek, compelling, crisp finish. A fresh and green vacation-worthy vodka.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217368
Emperador
Light Brandy
Clear golden amber color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of raisin bread dough, nut skin and oil, and brown sugar with a silky, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk caramel cream, honeyed dried fruits, touch of pepper and honeydew, and balsa finish. A nice fruity sweet brandy that will mix well.
83 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab