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
219495
Don Q
Signature Release 2007 Single Barrel Rum
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214942
Bacardi
Gran Reserva Limitada Rum
Clear golden amber color. Mild, roasted, nutty aromas and flavors of dark nut brittle, mocha latte, chocolate covered cherries and bananas, and cigar tobacco with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long fruit cake, cedar spice rack, cane, and grassy earth finish. A rich, hedonistic, well-aged sipping rum.
94 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214941
Bacardi
Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
Pale slivery straw color. Mild aromas of soda raisin bread pudding, powdered sugar, and pink pepper with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length almond and coconut milk, white chocolate nuts and dried fruits, spiced plantains, and wet stone finish. A smooth, refined, and nicely balanced white rum.
93 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206719
Bacardi
Ron 8 Años Rum
Copper color. Aromas of polished wood, butter roasted nuts, and caramel with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full and a long, sweet spice and vanilla finish. A tasty, well aged rum that is sure to please.
91 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220589
Don Q
Añejo Rum
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of animal crackers and caramelized banana with a soft, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, short almond biscotti, orange icing, and warm spices finish. A nice aged rum with subtle richness.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219493
Don Q
Anejo Rum
Dark gold color. Confected, fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of conversation hearts, caramelized banana, and underripe mango with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length sweet herbs and vanilla cream finish. An easy drinking and nuanced rum for summer cocktails.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220590
Don Q
151 Rum
Golden amber color. Tropical aromas of vanilla, caramelized mango, rose water and candied orange peel, and candied hibiscus and char grilled vegetables with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, elegant, long butterscotch and almond nougat, maple syrup and pineapple husk, allspice, and peach preserve finish. A terrific nuanced overproof rum that is a welcome addition to any tropical cocktail.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204870
Bacardi
Select Rum
Dark chestnut color with an olive cast. Aromas and flavors of polished wood, caramelized nuts, and pepper spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pleasantly warming baking spices, vanilla extract, and chocolate accented finish. Very tasty and nicely nuanced flavors for mixing.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220593
Caliche
Rum
Slivery straw color. Tropical aromas of coconut flesh, dried pineapple, fresh sugar cane, and wet plantain with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, breezy coconut confection, cracked black pepper, lime cordial, and banana leaf finish. A pleasing white rum for classic daiquiris or shots.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219494
Don Q
Gran Anejo Rum
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 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab