July 2013 - All Rum

This month's Spirits feature is All Rum
All Rum Reviews
202830
Rhum Clément
10 Year Old Rhum Agricole
Deep amber bronze color. Aromas of sandalwood, incense, polished wood, and caramelized nuts with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming and well meshed finish of peppery and baking spices, whole nuts, straw, cigar wrapper, dried flowers, and minerals. A superbly sophisticated, dry sipping rum that will appeal to single malt Scotch drinkers and will be a revelation to rum drinkers.
95 points $75.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202753
Ron Santa Teresa
Ron Antiguo de Solera Santa Teresa 1796
Deep amber color with an olive cast. Elegant aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, coffee gelato, dried tropical fruits and pepper with a satiny, medium-to-full body and lots of toffee, vanilla bean, and sweet tobacco notes of the long finish. A delicious, smooth, and artfully balanced aged rum for sipping, cigars, or world-class cocktails.
94 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202650
English Harbour
Reserve 10 Year Old Rum
Rich amber color. Alluring aromas of buttery toffee, mocha, leather and brown spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, nuanced finish with notes of tobacco, cane, cocoa, pepper and minerals. A very elegant, dry and stylish sipping rum. Try with cigars.
94 points $94.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202676
R.L. Seale
Finest 10 Year Old Barbados Rum
Beautiful pale amber color. Lush aromas and aromas of fresh toffee, banana creme brulee and brown spices with a silky, fruit-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, complex, beautifully integrated finish of spicy wood tones, minerals, and sweet spices. A masterfully made sipping rum.
93 points $23.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202633
Diplomatico
Reserva Rum
Copper color. Aromas of waxy honeycomb, mocha gelato, and chocolate graham crackers with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a smooth, creamy latte, toffee, mineral, and banana gelatin candy finish. Very smooth and tasty.
93 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202795
The Wild Geese
Premium Rum
Lustrous golden color. Aromas of buttercream, roasted nuts, and tobacco with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet cream and mineral ore driven finish. Very elegant, intriguing, and subtle. Ideally balanced for sipping or cocktails.
92 points $32.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202702
Pampero
Ron Añejo Aniversario
Dark copper brown color. Aromas of roasted nuts, caramel, tobacco, and spices with a supple dryish medium and a tobacco, pepper and mineral finish. Nicely aged and artfully balanced.
92 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202987
Gosling’s
Family Reserve Old Rum
Deep reddish mahogany color. Complex confectionary aromas and flavors of cherry cola, root beer float, banana cake, saddle soap on leather, buttery kettlecorn, mint and bourbon candy with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, spicy finish. Distinctively fruity and flavorful.
92 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202832
Damoiseau
Rhum VSOP
Amber color. Aromas of sweet chocolate toffee, mocha buttercream, fig, rubber sap,and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a gentle, warming oak and earth accented finish. A richly flavorful dark rum with a lot of complexity and style. Will make great artisan cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202751
Ron Santa Teresa
Claro Rum
Very faint straw silver color. Aromas of dried banana, lightly polished wood, and faint fuel-like minerals with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a earthy, stalky sugar cane, creamy custard, and chalk accented finish. Nice complexity and punch for cocktails.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202701
Brinley Gold
SHIPWRECK Coconut Rum
Clear. Rich coconut frosted angel food cake and dried pineapple aroma with a glycerous sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, wax pepper, and hot pepper finish. A vibrant coconut rum that will cut through in cocktails.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202703
Old New Orleans
Crystal Rum
Clear with a silver cast. Attractive aromas and flavors of sweet cream cheese, coconut macaroon, banana cake and praline with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lightly peppery, straw accented finish. A vibrant, flavorful white rum for creamy cocktails.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202792
Brugal
Papá Andrés Rum
Deep copper color. Layered aromas of dark caramel, roasted nuts, banana, yams and cork with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a leafy cigar wrapper, nutshell, sweet cream, and mossy earthy, cane stalk notes on the graceful finish. A very nice sipper.
91 points $1200
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202707
Blue Chair Bay
Coconut Spiced Rum
Clear. Aromas of spicy eggnog, coconut frosting,and carrot-pepper cake with a supple, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a lively, chili pepper, coconut-vanilla ice cream finish. Very clean and tasty, will be great to mix or sip on the rocks.
90 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202794
The Wild Geese
Golden Rum
Pale golden yellow color. Layered aromas of vanilla soufflé, marzipan, copper, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honeycomb, oak and mineral accented finish. Excellent pot still complexity and balance for artisan cocktails.
90 points $22.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202608
Caliche
Rum
Clear with a silvery cast. Aromas of powdered sugar, white cake, custard and a hint of grass with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, warming, plantain, coconut cream, mineral and peppery spice finish. A very good balance of refinement and gusto that will shine in cocktails.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202708
Blue Chair Bay
White Rum
Clear with a silver cast. Delicate aromas and flavors suggest nougat, sweet cream, and white chocolate with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and pleasant hints of dried coconut, minerals, and warming pepper on the finish. A rock solid white rum for all applications.
89 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202988
Gosling’s
Black Seal Rum
Dark copper mahogany color. Aromas of rocky road ice cream, toasted banana bread, sassafras, licorice, and caramel latte with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy, toasty graham cracker, fennel and chocolate espresso bean accented finish. A confected, but tasty dark rum for tiki cocktails.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202752
Ron Santa Teresa
Ron Añejo Santa Teresa Gran Reserva
Rich golden amber color. Aromas of creamy latte and nougat with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a mocha gelato, banana, pepper and straw accented finish. A rock solid dark rum for all applications.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202705
Old New Orleans
Cajun Spice Rum
Pretty orange amber color. Aromas and flavors of spicy frosted carrot cake, egg nog ice milk, and chili pepper bran muffin with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and nice warming creamy pepper and spiced latte finish.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202764
Trigger
Rum Aged 12 Years
Pale amber color. Aromas of caramel buttercream, butter roasted nuts, latte, and varnished wood with a dryish medium-to-full body and a salted caramel, pepper dust, and grassy earth accented finish. A nicely styled sipping rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202673
Doorly’s
X.O. Fine Old Barbados Rum
Copper color. Aromas of caramel and mocha with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried fruits, cocoa, limestone, and brown and peppery spice finish. Solid.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202706
Blue Chair Bay
Coconut Rum
Clear. Very dimension coconut flake frosting and gelatin aromas with a sweet, silky light-to-medium body and a delicate coconut cream and waxy white chocolate finish. A tasty coconut rum for cocktails.
88 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202700
Brinley Gold
SHIPWRECK Spiced Rum
Pale amber color. Fruity and spicy aromas of honeyed cherries and citrus peels and vanilla with a zesty, off-dry medium body and a praline and peppery spice finish. An attractive and well flavored spice rum.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202748
Montanya
Oro Rum
Rich golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of root beer float, honeyed fruit cake, blossoms, exotic tropical fruits, and cola with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a cologne like herb, spice, and grass driven finish. A uniquely flavorful gold (almost spiced) rum that will be fun to mix with.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202655
Taildragger
Amber Rum
Golden color. Aromas and flavors of nut brittle, baked banana, wax, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and cane stalk, banana leaf, cleanser, and creme brulee accented finish.
88 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202772
RON VIRGIN
Bold Coconut Rum
Clear. Coconut candle aroma with a slightly syrup and sweet light-to-medium body and a canned coconut cream, wax paper and pepper finish.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202704
Old New Orleans
3 Year Old Rum
Bright orange amber color. Robust aromas of Bananas Foster, roasted nuts, polished wood, ink, and dried cherry custard with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a leather, hay, mineral and pepper accented finish. Lots of oak character.
87 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202654
Taildragger
White Rum
Clear with a platinum cast. Brash, earthy aromas and flavors of grass, vanilla yogurt nuts, beeswax candle, and Coleman’s fuel with a soft, dry light body and an anise rice candy, cream, mineral and molasses accented finish. Sort of a cross between an agricole and a Jamaican potstill rum. Will stand out well in cocktails.
87 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202649
The Pink Pigeon
Original Rum
Bright golden yellow color. Delicate spicy aromas of toasted meringue, peppercorns, and orange dreamsicle and orange children’s aspirin with a a pleasantly sweet light-to-medium body and a toasted marshmallow finish. A fun mixing rum.
87 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202680
Bardenay
Small Batch Rum
Pale straw silver color. Aromas of toasty pound cake, ironed cloth, and nut brittle with an off-dry medium body and a yeasty pastry, custard, and pepper finish. A pleasant mixing rum.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202766
Trigger
Rum Aged 3 Years
Pale amber color. Mild aromas of coffee candy and chocolate mousse with a sleek, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, nutty toffee and spice accented finish. A pleasant all-purpose dark rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202765
Trigger
Rum Aged 9 Years
Medium amber color. Aromas of creme brulee and lightly spiced roasted nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a drying and somewhat austere cedar, straw, candle wax, mineral and pepper accented finish. A sturdy aged rum for sophisticated cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202754
New England Distilling
Eight Bells Rum
Pale straw yellow color (this is not a dark rum). Yeasty raisin vanilla cake, honeysuckle, caramel, and dusty spice aromas and flavors with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a sweet custard, peppercorn, and nut accented finish. A pleasant mixing rum that could use more time in the barrel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202672
Stroh
"80" Rum
Deep copper red color. Bold aromas of vanilla taffy, banana pudding, white pepper and rubber cement with a tongue numbing, moderately sweet medium-full body and a hot butterscotch pudding and mineral finish. Intense, butterscotch like overproof rum for mixing tiki drinks and punches. Calms down nicely with water.
85 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202773
RON VIRGIN
Coconut Rum
Clear. Toasty coconut macaroon and sunflower seed aromas with a soft, sweet light body and a slightly watery and brisk, yeasty coconut nut cake, rice candy, and yogurt finish.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202315
Kane Family Rum Company
Cayrum
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey cough lozenge and crystallized ginger with a silky, sweet medium body and a green peppercorn and mocha candy wrapper finish. An interesting mixer.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202629
Local Choice
Pixie Spiced Rum
Dark amber color. Aromas of spicy mincemeat pie with a soft, somewhat limp dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery cola, orange tea, and clove driven finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202681
Powder
White Rum
Clear. Bold aromas of meringue, rubber cement, and nougat with a supple, dryish medium body and straw, Coleman’s fuel, yogurt, and overripe banana peel accented finish. Quite rustic and somewhat rough; very cachaça like.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202755
Jav’s
Rum Aged 7 Years
Pale golden amber color. Unusual aromas of cajeta, vanilla salt water taffy, grilled peppers, herb cheese and yams has a very agave-like añejo tequila-like quality with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, grilled citrus, agave nectar, white pepper and ash finish. Very different, try in avant-garde cocktails.
84 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202774
RON VIRGIN
Spiced Rum
Old gold color. Mild aromas of banana marshmallow and yogurt, toasted nuts, and horse blanket with a soft, off-dry light body and a peppery, vanilla pudding and cotton candy finish. Pretty bland for a spiced rum.
83 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202674
La Caña Grande
Gold Rum
Golden color. Mild aromas of caramel cream with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy brown sugar and pepper finish.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202675
La Caña Grande
Silver Rum
Clear. Delicate aromas of anise candy, whipped cream, and faint dried banana with a glycerous, dryish medium-to-full body and a nougat, cellophane and pepper finish.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202763
Trigger
Silver Rum
Clear. Aromas of used cheesecloth, gelatin, and composted grass with a soft dry light-to-medium body an a nut oil, plantain, mineral and pepper finish. A bit uneven but serviceable in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202677
Tapping House
Grand Reserve Dark Rum
Amber color with an olive rim. Aromas of toasted marshmallow and flan with a flat, glycerous light body and caramel taffy and wax paper finish.
83 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202756
Jav’s
Rum Aged 12 Years
Pale bronze color. Aromas of coffee buttercream, leather, and waxy honeycomb with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a sweet maple sap, cedar bark, and warming white peppercorn and ash accented finish. Quite confected, liqueur-like, and somewhat tilted.
83 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202771
RON VIRGIN
Black Spiced Rum
Dark brown color. Aromas of black licorice, brown sugar, and flan with a silky fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a vanilla taffy, mineral, peppery spice accented finish. A decent mixer.
82 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202653
Taildragger
Coffee Flavored Rum
Dark chestnut brown color. Aromas and flavors of coffee grounds and wax with a dryish light body and a bone-dry and somewhat acrid, char-roasted nut, burnt sugar, tobacco ash, and parchment finish.
81 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202198
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Gold Rum 3 Year Old
Deep old gold color. Jumbled aromas of copper kettle, rubber sap, model glue, menthol drop, mossy forest floor, and grilled plantain with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a rather sour and hot yogurt, Coleman’s fuel and barn hay finish. Very rustic and wooly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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