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

Cane Run Rum
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Rum
Clear color. Complex aromas and flavors of ripe plantain, allspice, creme caramel, zucchini blossom, lime cordial, and copper pot with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish imparting notes of white chocolate covered cashews, raisin, dried apricot, roasted pineapple, and sandalwood finish. A downright delicious rum with toasty, fruity notes that mix and mingle on the tongue.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
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 Signature Release Single Batch 2009 Rum
92 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted coconut, roasted pineapple, pimento, and melon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length bananas foster, caramel, and baklava finish. A silky-smooth rum with classic caramel flavors.
92 points $39.99
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 Double Aged Sherry Cask Finish Rum
91 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of dulce de leche on shortbread, raisin toast, leather, and dried herbs and spices with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length cedar, orange sherbet, and vanilla extract finish. A piquant rum for punches and parties.
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
Don Q Cristal Rum
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut shell, ripe tropical fruit, and seven-layer bar with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with impressions of powdered sugar, lime zest, and spice cake finish. A rock solid white rum for classic cocktails.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum
89 points
$49.99
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
$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