About Puerto Rican Spirits

About Puerto Rican Spirits
Spirits in Puerto Rico are dominated by rum. It is the national beverage of the island; moreover, through clever marketing, the producers have done an outstanding job of capturing export business, as 70% of the rum consumed in the USA is from Puerto Rico.

As with rums from other Caribbean nations, there are several versions (aged, unaged, añejo, aged 8 years, etc); however, quality while excellent for a few top examples, tends to be regarded as less than other rums from lands such as Haiti, Dominican Republic and Barbados.

There are some aged Puerto Rican rums meant for sipping, but most are used for mixing in cocktails.

Top Picks for Puerto Rico

Don Q Signature Release 2007 Single Barrel Rum
94 points
Golden amber color. Confected, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate orange, cinnamon honey, maple french toast, and coconut flakes with a tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, massive, very long finish with notes of muddy buddies, passion fruit gummies, brown sugar oatmeal liquado, and allspice berries finish. Big, complex and honest; drink this rum with good friends.
94 points $39.99
Don Q 151 Rum
93 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of crispy wafer cookies,molasses, caramel flan, cedar, and clove with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long marshmallow, roasted peanuts, coriander, and chocolate gelato finish. A delicious overproof rum that will add complexity and spice to a range of tiki cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Overproof Rum
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
Bacardi Reserva Limitada Aged Rum
92 points
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of watermelon candies, lemon verbena, caramel, cream soda, and apricots in syrup with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, easy pineapple confection, banana syrup, and pink peppercorns finish. A sweet and fruity rum that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
Don Q Double Aged Sherry Cask Finish Rum
91 points
Amber color. Aromas of cedar, creamy caramel, cacao nibs, clove, and macadamia cookie with a lightly tannic, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long almond-studded toffee, roasted mango, hint of espresso, and olive oil finish. A sturdy and warming rum best with cigars; try in stirred rum cocktails too!
91 points $49.99
Don Q Añejo Rum
90 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Sweet aromas of maple, vanilla-honey, beignets, and Belgian waffle with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long cherry stone, dark chocolate, cola, toffee, and dates finish. A satisfying and flavor-packed aged rum that will be a nice go-to for tropical drinks.
Awards: 2018 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Dark Rum
90 points $21.99 Best Buy
Bacardi Gold Rum
90 points
Best Buy
Straw color. Green, grassy aromas and flavors of banana peels and leaves, candle wax and starched linen, bananas foster in a cast iron skillet, and cappuccino with mace with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish imparting accents of caramel ice milk in a pewter bowl, wet stones, pepper, and bamboo finish. A excellent gold rum with a mellow finish.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum
89 points
Amber color. Creamy aromas of nutmeg-dusted flan, orange-caramel, creme anglaise on spice cake, and cocoa powder with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long hazelnut cream, toasted croissant, leather, and white pepper finish. A decadent, smooth and creamy rum that’s a pleasure to sip on its own or in warming cocktails.
89 points $49.99
Bacardi Superior White Rum
88 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Interesting aromas of vanilla rice cake, flax raisin bread, and dusty cane with a velvety, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length vanilla cream, candy corn, pepper, and steel finish. A solid, well balanced white rum for cocktails.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Don Q Gran Anejo Rum
88 points
Light copper color. Exotic, fresh aromas and flavors of rainforest, chocolate glazed nuts, and passion fruit creme caramel with a thick, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with shades of caramelized banana, maple creme and peanut brittle, fresh orange peel, and coriander seeds finish. An honest aged rum that will be a versatile crowd pleaser with plenty of bourbon barrel character.
88 points $59.99
Alto Grande 5 Year Rum
86 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of leather, nutmeg, caramel latte, flan, and bananas foster with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a peppery, brisk finish that exhibits shades of brown sugar and candied orange finish. An easy-to-mix rum with warming brown sugar flavors.
86 points $21.99