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
$39.99
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
$21.99
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
Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum
92 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cinnamon-pumpkin loaf, pecan pie, castelvetrano olive, ginseng, mace, thyme, and violet with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of Manzanilla sherry and grass clippings finish. A complex and lengthy rum with a unique style and spicy-salty allure.
92 points $49.99
Bacardi Reserva Limitada Aged Rum
92 points
$100
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 Añejo Rum
90 points
$21.99
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
$12.99
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
Bacardi Superior White Rum
88 points
$12.99
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
$59.99
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
$21.99
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
Bacardi Black Rum
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Medium copper color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted fruits, lacquered wood, praline, and conditioned leather and rubber with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with notes of creme brulee crust, pink pepper, coffee and pistachio gelatos, and metal ore and tobacco leaves finish. A toasty, spirity dark rum that will pop in cocktails.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy