July 2012 - All Rum

This month's Spirits feature is All Rum
All Rum Reviews
198703
English Harbour
5 Year Old Antigua Rum
Amber color. Aromas and flavors chocolate covered coconut, spicy Bananas Foster, honeycomb, and mocha gelato with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, effortless finish. Very elegant, smooth, and delicious.
95 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198585
Rhum J.M
Rhum Vieux Agricole Millésimé
Rich amber bronze color. Layered aromas of toffee, mincemeat pie, creme brulee, leather, olive, and baking spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a cola, nut, mineral, cedar, and pepper dust finish. An elegant stylish sipping rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198630
Quorhum
30 Aniversario Rum
Deep copper amber color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, melted toffee, honey and spice with a silky fruity medium body and a pepper, mineral, nut, cedar and cherry. Richly flavorful and highly polished.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199088
Opthimus
25 Años Solera Malt Whisky Cask Rum
Pale copper color. Aromas of vanilla cream, peppered chocolate, and caramelized roasted nuts with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, cascading wave of spices, dried fruits, cola, granola, minerals, and polished wood on the finish. An attractive, complex, and robustly flavorful aged rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198583
Denizen
Aged White Rum
Clear with a nickel cast. Mild aromas of toasted nuts and coconuts, dried citrus and faint lacquered wood with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery spice, vanilla and grilled tropical fruit and coppery, mineral tang on the finish. Tasty and complex; will "pop" well in cocktails.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198632
Ophyum
22 Años Solera Rum
Luminous copper color. Intriguingly complex aromas of garlic dill pickle, pistachio praline, sandalwood, chewy caramel and vanilla nougat with a silky fruity medium-full body and a cola, tropical fruit, peppercorn, cedar, and exotic warming spice finish. Complex and undeniably delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198633
Puntacana Club
XOX Rum
Deep copper mahogany color. Aromas of butter roasted spiced nuts, sarsaparilla, honeycomb, and vanilla cherry fudge with a supple, fruity medium-full body and a cola, Asian spice, chocolate cherry, polished wood and black pepper finish. Nice complexity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198637
Rhum Clément
Homére Rhum Agricole Hors d'Age
Amber color. Earthy aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, coffee bean, caramel, and cola soda with a silky, fruity medium body and a fruit cake, dried berry, peppercorn, cola, and spice accented finish. A very subtle and elegant sipper.
93 points $99.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198595
Fortuna
Ron Reserva Exclusiva 8 Year Añejo
Pretty orange amber color. Chocolate covered nuts, bananas, cherries and espresso beans and waxy honeycomb with a fruity medium-to-full body and a warming peppery and baking spices, toasted nut, dried fruit, coffee, and mineral accented finish. Attractive rum for lively cocktails.
92 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198232
Alma De Bohemio
Ron Gran Reserva 15 Años Rum
Amber color. Aromas of nut brittle, vanilla buttercream, raisin cake, and delicate spices with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth mocha gelato and praline finish. A delicious and balanced aged rum.
92 points $30.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198586
Rhum J.M
Rhum Agricole Blanc
Clear with a platinum cast. Bright aromas and flavors of fresh meringue, powdered sugar, cucumber and cane stalk with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, tingling pepper, sweet cream, talc, and wet stone accented finish. A spot on white agricole rum that will be great in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198636
Rhum Clément
V.S.O.P. Rhum Agricole Vieux
Deep amber color. Bold roasted almond, suede, and salted brown butter aromas and flavors with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and dried fruit, spice, pepper, tobacco leaf, and mineral accents on the long, resonant finish. A very nutty and attractive oak-driven sipping rum.
92 points $37.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198879
Clarke’s Court
Special Dark Rum
Bright golden yellow color. Attractive aromas of buttercream frosted banana cake and light sandalwood with a soft, dryish medium body and a rounded salty spiced nut, dried fruit, fennel, herb, and polished wood accented finish. Tasty and beautifully composed that will be superb in cocktails.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198675
Cayman Reef
Aged Rum
Deep amber color with olive rim. Very inviting aromas of caramelized roasted nuts, chocolate, and brown spices with a dry medium body and notes of dried tropical fruits, vanilla raisin cake, tobacco, cedar, and warming spices on the long finish. Sensational flavorful and balanced; will be superb in cocktails.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198738
Rhum Barbancourt
Réserve Spéciale 8 Year Old Rhum
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted almonds, honeycomb, and dark chocolate caramels with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a lingering, warming peppery and baking spice, cane, rubber leaf, and mineral layered finish. Elegant, stylish, and deeply flavorful.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198664
Ron Santa Teresa
Selecto Extra Premium Añejo Rum
Amber copper color. Nicely meshed aromas of nutty buttery toffee, cola, and delicate spices with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, mocha gelato, praline, and dried fruit accented finish. A pleasure to sip and a delight to mix.
91 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198588
Rhum J.M
Rhum Agricole V.S.O.P.
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, cola, and delicate spices with a smooth, satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, warming sassafras, cane, cedar, anise, and peppery spice finish. An excellent aged agricole for sipping or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198802
Ron Barceló
Imperial Rum
Bright copper color. Rich caramelized roasted pecan, chocolate gelato, and spicy chutney aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a vanilla, melon sorbet, praline, and mineral finish. A great cocktail rum.
90 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198880
Clarke’s Court
Rum Lémon
Clear. Rich, honeyed lime, yogurt, and coconut milk aromas with a satiny, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a creamy, toasted coconut, lime, nougat, and pepper finish. Pure, tasty and sure to liven up cocktails.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198671
Dominican Club
Añejo Reserve Rum
Amber color. Faint mocha, caramelized banana and buttermilk aromas and flavors with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a round, smooth, delicate spice and praline accented finish. Solid.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198721
Old New Orleans
Amber Rum
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of banana taffy, jackfruit, and mango gelato with a silky, off-dry medium body and a pleasing medley of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and pistachio nougat on the polished finish. A nicely composed dark rum.
89 points $19 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198897
Privateer
Silver Reserve Rum
Clear. Mild aromas of Good and Plenty candy, jackfruit, and pineapple yogurt with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, dusty mineral, nut, dried fruit and delicate spice finish. A well-crafted highly polished dry white rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198635
Rhum Clément
Premiére Canne Rhum Agricole Blanc
Clear with a silvery cast. Interesting aromas of wet cement, meringue, nettles, grapefruit rind, and ironed linen with a soft, dryish medium body and a pillowy, peppery bamboo shoot, banana leaf, sweet cream, and sand accented finish. Will shine in cocktails.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198831
Castro
Oro de Indias Extra Añejo Rum
Complex aromas of spumoni ice cream, maraschino cherry, marzipan, and buttery almond brittle with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a buttercream, leather, sea salted nut, cedar, and cherry cola accented finish with clinging tannins. A very sweet and spicy rum for sipping or for tiki cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198617
Diplomatico
Ambassador Selection Cask Strength Rum
Deep copper color. Dense aromas of roasted bananas, caramel nut fudge, chocolate cherries and grapes, and sandalwood incense with a tannic, fruity sweet medium-full body and a woody, coffee sorbet, peppery spice, molasses and roasted nut finish. A boisterous, over-the top fruity, very wood driven aged rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198720
Old New Orleans
Crystal Rum
Clear. Aromas of coconut fudge, macadamia cookies, and faint wax with a silky off-dry medium body and a soft, dried fruit and peppery spice finish. A nice smooth mixing rum.
88 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198602
Cacique
Ron Añejo
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, dried fruits and honey with a silky dryish medium body and a mineral, creme Anglaise and pepper accented finish. A dry cerebral dark rum.
88 points $19.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198814
Treaty Oak
Platinum Rum
Clear. Aromas of vanilla-cherry taffy, mocha, and yogurt covered nuts with a soft, dryish medium body and a toasty nougat, spice, date and fig accented finish. Uniquely flavorful and fun. Will be very good in crafty daiquiri.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198634
Puntacana Club
Espléndido Rum
Aromas of mocha shake, cookie dough ice cream, nougat bar, and baking spices with a glycerous, fruit sweet medium-to-full body and a warming pepper, coffee syrup, toasted marshmallow, oak and mineral driven finish. A fruity sexy rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198587
Rhum J.M
Rhum Argicole Paille
Pale golden color. Aromas of burnt sugar, praline and coconut husk with a supple, off-dry medium-to-full body and a toasty nougat, banana leaf, and warming alcohol finish. A solid agricole for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198803
Ron Barceló
Gran Añejo Rum
Amber color. Yeasty raisin scone and white toffee aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a black walnut ice cream, mineral, straw and delicate spice finish. Tasty and very mixable.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198693
Spirits of St. Louis
Island Time Amber Rum
Golden yellow color. Aromas of vanilla cream soda, coconut spread, prickly pear jam with a supple, off-dry medium-to-full body and a vanilla milk, cane stalk, powered sugar, and pepper finish. An interesting amalgamation of flavors. Try for a kick in crafty cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198898
Privateer
True American Rum
Bright golden color. Aromas of raisin compote, green banana, and rubber eraser with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tannic burnt sugar, anise mint candy, pepper dust, and chalk accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198672
South Sea
Rum
Bright spiced cherry-mango cake and pistachio ice cream aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a drying mocha buttercream, brown spice, oak, and wet stone accented finish.
86 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199089
Puntacana Club
Black Rum
Mahogany color. Aromas of dried tropical fruits, herbs, roots, honey and lacquered wood with a sweet, syrupy medium body and a cherry cola and sassafras finish. A sweet, almost spiced rum; will be great in rum and cokes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198628
Montego Bay
Coconut Rum
Very lactic, warm coconut milk and powdered milk aromas with a soft, sweet light body and a fresh whipped cream and coconut macaroon finish. Good choice for pina coladas.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198695
Smugglers’ Notch
Single Barrel Aged Amber Rum
Golden color. Interesting subtle aromas of vanilla maple nut fudge, dried pineapple, and dilute cola with a soft, dryish medium body and a fruity Brach’s caramel, nutty praline, and pepper finish.
85 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198656
RON VIRGIN
Full Bodied Rum
Deep copper mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of mocha gelato and buttery caramelized nuts with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery spice and nutskin driven finish.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198467
Geronimo’s Treasure Island
Premium Spiced Rum
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of bananas Foster and vanilla fudge with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a pistachio praline and peppery spice finish.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198625
Original Bartenders
Premium Selection "I'm Coconuts Over You"
Clear with a faint nickel gray cast. Aromas of vanilla and coconut ice creams and custard doughnuts with a soft, very sweet light body and a toasty coconut macaroon and cream pie finish.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198580
Rum Jumbie
Wild Passion Fruit Splash Rum
Clear. Aromas and flavors of guava, passionfruit and mango punch with a soft, lightly syrupy medium body and a zesty citrus oil, fruit gum, and potpourri accented finish. Attractively confected for fruity cocktails.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198644
Charlie Noble
White Rum
Clear. Neutral grain spirit like nose. Dryish light body with a glycerous, simple syrup, cane leaf, mossy river stone and warming pepper finish.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198658
Silver Root
Rum
Clear. Complex aromas and flavors of coconut candy, cream, playdoh and rubber cement with a round dryish medium body and a caulk, conditioned suede, and caramelized nut accented finish. A vibrant rustic rum for daredevil cocktails.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198885
Grand Dutch
ChocoRumba Rum
Beautiful lustrous copper color. Aromas of vanilla tapioca, powdered honey, Dutch milk chocolate, and praline with a lightly syrupy sweet medium-to-full body and a banana pudding, chocolate shake, rubber and Demerara sugar finish. A tasty liqueur-like rum for cocktails.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198621
Stroh
"40" Rum
Deep amber color. Bright aromas of fruit cake, root beer spumoni ice cream float, and banana taffy with a sweet, almost syrupy medium body and a fruity Brach’s caramel, praline, and rubber accented finish. Very confected, but serviceable in fruity cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198552
Calypso
Coconut Rum
Clear. Aromas of coconut sorbet and taffy with a hint of vanilla taffy wrapper and dried pineapple. Soft and fruity sweet with a light body with a sugary, coconut frosting finish.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198804
Ron Barceló
Añejo Rum
Golden amber color. Aromas of creamy mocha and nut brittle with a silky dryish light-to-medium body and a birch bark and nutshell accented finish.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198643
Charlie Noble
Spiced Rum
Mild canned vanilla frosting and faint pepper aromas with a dilute, dryish light-to-medium body and a whipped cream, cherry cola, and mineral finish.
83 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198687
Bacardi
Big Apple Rum
Clear. Aromas and flavors of green apple candy with a tannic, sweet light body and a gritty, chalk and apple gum and granita finish. Bomb-able.
82 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198692
Bacardi
Black Razz Rum
Clear. Aromas of raspberry ice cream and whipped cream with a lightly tannic, sweet and fruity medium body and a tingling raspberry popsicle and pepper finish.
82 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198686
Bacardi
Torched Cherry
Clear. Bold maraschino and almond extract aromas and flavors with a soft, tannic sweet medium body and a chalk, pepper, and cherry cough drop finish.
81 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198690
Bacardi
Dragon Berry Rum
Clear. Aromas of strawberry milk and watermelon ice with a soft, tannic, very sweet light body and a dusty mineral, gum and pepper finish.
81 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198684
Bacardi
Arctic Grape Rum
Clear. Bold grape soda and gum aromas and flavors with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a chalk and diet grape soda finish.
81 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198659
Spiced Root
Rum
Golden amber color. Cinnamon red hot candy, rum cake, pepper, melted wax, and mace aromas and flavors with a dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, butter roasted nut and copper accented finish. Strong pot still character is interesting, but may be off-putting for some.
81 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198629
Whistling Andy
Hibiscus-Coconut Rum
Electric crimson color. Aromas of geranium, sorrel, and pepper jelly with a supple fruity medium body and a rather random berry, cane stalk, coconut husk, and cherry pit finish. Unusual.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198551
Calypso
Spiced Rum
Aromas and flavors of vanilla taffy, toasted praline, and banana leaf with a off-dry light body and a corky, papery, peppery spice finish.
80 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198685
Bacardi
Rock Coconut Rum
Aromas of cream and citrus sodas and coconut sorbet with tannic, very sweet light-to-medium body and a angular, tingling pepper, fruit gum wrapper and watered down, diet lemon lime soda finish.
80 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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