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July 2013 - All Rum

July 2013 - All Rum
This month's Spirits feature is All Rum

All Rum Reviews

Ron Santa Teresa Ron Antiguo de Solera Santa Teresa 1796
94 points
$39.99
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
English Harbour Reserve 10 Year Old Rum
94 points
$94.99
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
R.L. Seale Finest 10 Year Old Barbados Rum
93 points
$23.99
Best Buy
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
Diplomatico Reserva Rum
93 points
$24.99
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
The Wild Geese Premium Rum
92 points
$32.90
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
Pampero Ron Añejo Aniversario
92 points
$32.99
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
Gosling’s Family Reserve Old Rum
92 points
$79.99
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
Damoiseau Rhum VSOP
91 points
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.
Ron Santa Teresa Claro Rum
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Brinley Gold SHIPWRECK Coconut Rum
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Old New Orleans Crystal Rum
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Brugal Papá Andrés Rum
91 points
$1200
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
Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum
90 points
$18.99
Best Buy
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
The Wild Geese Golden Rum
90 points
$22.90
Best Buy
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
Blue Chair Bay White Rum
89 points
$18.99
Best Buy
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
Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Ron Santa Teresa Ron Añejo Santa Teresa Gran Reserva
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum
89 points
$24.99
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
Trigger Rum Aged 12 Years
89 points
$31
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.
Doorly’s X.O. Fine Old Barbados Rum
88 points
$16.99
Best Buy
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
Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
88 points
$18.99
Best Buy
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
Brinley Gold SHIPWRECK Spiced Rum
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Montanya Oro Rum
88 points
$34.99
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
Taildragger Amber Rum
88 points
$34.99
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
RON VIRGIN Bold Coconut Rum
87 points
$18.99
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
Old New Orleans 3 Year Old Rum
87 points
$22.99
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
Taildragger White Rum
87 points
$28.99
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
The Pink Pigeon Original Rum
87 points
$39.99
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
Bardenay Small Batch Rum
86 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Trigger Rum Aged 3 Years
86 points
$16
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.
Trigger Rum Aged 9 Years
86 points
$22
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.
New England Distilling Eight Bells Rum
86 points
$45
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.
Stroh "80" Rum
85 points
$34.99
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
RON VIRGIN Coconut Rum
84 points
$10.99
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
Kane Family Rum Company Cayrum
84 points
$24.99
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
Local Choice Pixie Spiced Rum
84 points
$25
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.
Powder White Rum
84 points
$28
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.
Jav’s Rum Aged 7 Years
84 points
$29.99
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
RON VIRGIN Spiced Rum
83 points
$10.99
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
La Caña Grande Gold Rum
83 points
$11.99
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
La Caña Grande Silver Rum
83 points
$11.99
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
Trigger Silver Rum
83 points
$14
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.
Tapping House Grand Reserve Dark Rum
83 points
$18.99
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
Jav’s Rum Aged 12 Years
83 points
$34.99
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
RON VIRGIN Black Spiced Rum
82 points
$18.99
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
Taildragger Coffee Flavored Rum
81 points
$28.99
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
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Gold Rum 3 Year Old
81 points
$50
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.
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