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. 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
Tanduay Asian Silver Rum
90 points
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Buy Bar Winning White Rum
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
Very Old Captain Artisan Crafted Dark Rum
89 points
Best Buy
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
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
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