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
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Confected aromas of amaretto, cocktail cherry, butterscotch sauce, banana pudding, and creme brulee with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length pineapple cake, coconut frosting, and root beer float finish. A flavorful gold rum that delivers lots of roasted, sweet notes of almond.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Tanduay Asian Silver Rum
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Slivery straw color. Aromas of coconut macaroon, pastry crust, and vanilla sugar with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, easy cream soda finish. A coconuty rum that will make craveable daiquiris and flavorful Cuba Libres.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Tanduay White Rum
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of raw coconut, spritz of lime, white pepper, and cumin with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, brisk sweet cream finish. A clean Cuban-style rum with endless cocktail possibilities.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Emperador Brandy
89 points
$14.99
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 finish that shows overtones of 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
$19.99
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, breezy 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 finish with nuances of whipped cream, pepper, and hint of nut skin finish. A solid tropical rum that will be fun in punches and pina coladas.
Tanduay Dark Rum
84 points
$12.99
Dark amber color. Aroma of amaretti cookies with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length butterscotch, frozen custard, cola, and caramel apple finish. A sweet rum that will work in a variety of mixed drinks.
84 points $12.99
Emperador Light Brandy
83 points
$15.99
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 finish with notes of 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