About Philippine Spirits

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

Tanduay Asian Gold Rum
93 points
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas of bright red maraschino cherries, dark honey, golden raisin, and toasted oak with a supple, prickly, fruity light body and a peppery, cheery graham cracker, toasted coconut, and grenadine finish. A zesty gold rum for mixed drinks.
Awards: 2018 Best Gold Rum
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Tanduay Asian Silver Rum
90 points
Best Buy
Pale light gold color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate dipped macaroons, starfruit, graham cracker crust, sweet butter, and brown sugar with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy Maria cookies with honey, caramelized apricot, and clove finish. A flavorful white rum with substantial body for a variety of cocktails.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Emperador Brandy
89 points
Best Buy
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
Green Palm Vodka
88 points
Best Buy
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
Tanduay Rhum Dark
86 points
Electric amber orange color. Candied aromas and flavors of coconut custard pie, banana milk shake, and nut oil with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-long whipped cream, pepper, and hint of nut skin finish. A solid tropical rum that will be fun in punches and pina coladas.
Emperador Light Brandy
83 points
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