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May 2016 - Rum

May 2016 - Rum
This month's Spirits feature is Rum & South Americann Spirits

Rum Reviews

Havana Club Unión Rum
96 points
Dark amber color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted nut brittle, sweet and pickling spices, geranium patch, and sarsaparilla with a velvety, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pencil shavings, sweet cream, wet limestone, and blonde tobacco finish. A very smooth, elegant, and mellow sipping rum.
Panama-Pacific 23 year Aged Rum
96 points
$54.99
Golden amber color. Bold, spicy, creamy complex aromas of cherry cola float, spiced peaches and mangos, orange spice cake, and creme brulee with a soft, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long chocolate cherry bon bons, honeyed spiced nuts, suede, and cedar finish. A seamless and delicious aged rum that is sure to satisfy.
96 points $54.99
Old New Orleans 20th Anniversary Blend "King Creole" Rum
96 points
$84.99
Brilliant gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate maple nut fudge, spicy fruit chutney, honey vanilla bean gelato, and copper with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, long vanilla buttercream and cola, tiramisu, pink pepper, and minerals finish. A superbly spicy and intricate sipping rum that will cover all bases.
96 points $84.99
Damoiseau Rhum Agricole
95 points
$36.95
Clear color. Lively, creamy, earthy aromas and flavors of warm goat’s milk custard, cane, coconut husk, and green pineapple and papaya with an oily, shy, fruity full body and a peppery, complex, long white toffee, dried tropical fruits, peppery spices, and wet limestone finish. A robust roller coaster of earthy mineral and cane flavors with a peppery finish.
95 points $36.95
Ron Duran 12 Year Aged Rum
95 points
$40
Golden amber color. Rich, attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, banana bread pudding, cherry cola, and polished wood with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long mocha gelato, chocolate toffee, pepper, and cedar finish. A delicious and vivacious aged rum for all applications.
Mount Gay XO Reserve Cask Rum
95 points
$45
Copper color. Bright, buttery, toasty aromas and flavors of buttery roasted nuts, caramelized peaches and bananas, bourbon barrel, and delicate baking spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long whole nuts, toasted cedar and oak, limestone, and pepper finish. A dry, nicely poised, well-oaked sipping rum that will be great with cigars.
Clément 6 Year Old Très Vieux Rhum Agricole
95 points
$59.95
Amber color. Delicate, complex aromas and flavors of sandalwood, chocolate tropical fruits, cedar cigar box, and creme brulee with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long oak spice, minerals, pink peppered nuts, and tobacco finish. A great cigar rum with lots of oak character.
95 points $59.95
Damoiseau XO Rum
94 points
$72.95
Golden amber color. Rich, complex, oaky aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, chocolate, dried banana and mango, and delicate spices with a glycerous, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-length coconut water, minerals, and vanilla cream finish. A very smooth and elegant sipping rum.
94 points $72.95
Bacardi Gran Reserva Limitada Rum
94 points
$99.99
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
896 8 Year Aged Rum
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Dark brilliant copper color. Lively, smoky, roasted savory aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and bananas, toffee, and leather with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long cedar, molasses cake, delicate spices, and tobacco finish. A fine dry sipping rum that will appeal to whisky drinkers and will be great with cigars.
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
93 points
$24.99
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
Bacardi Gran Reserva Ocho Años Rum
93 points
$29.99
Brilliant amber color. Delicate, roasted aromas and flavors of pecan pie, tobacco leaves, dark caramel, and minerals with a soft, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length mocha cream, sweet spices, dried fruits, and pepper finish. A delicious, very appealing aged rum that will be very versatile.
93 points $29.99
Clément Canne Bleue Rhum
93 points
$34.95
Clear color. Lively, earthy, grassy aromas of fresh cut cane stalk, fresh meringue, nougat, and hint of pickled papaya with a soft, shy, dryish full body and a warming, nuanced, long coconut milk, minerals, powdered sugar and pepper, and grass finish. A rich, creamy white rum with lots of earthy minerality and cane notes that will be sensational in cocktails.
93 points $34.95
Eight Bells Rum
93 points
$39.99
Rum
Bright gold color. Lively, pungent aromas and flavors of overripe pineapple and kiwi, honeyed cherry toast, hint of Coleman’s fuel, and copper with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length Neapolitan ice milk, roasted plantain and nuts, hazelnut milk, and cedar and pepper dust finish. A complex and vibrant gold rum that will pop beautifully in cocktails.
93 points $39.99
Charboneau Distillery Gold Rum
93 points
$40
Brilliant golden straw color. Lively, complex, earthy aromas and flavors of exotic honeycomb, lemon-orange spice cake, baked banana, and rubber leaf with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long coconut water, fuel-like minerals, caramel pudding, and bbq rub and grass finish. A complex, multifaceted gold rum with waves of savory cane and spice character.
Rhum J.M XO Rum
93 points
$74.95
Golden amber color. Rich, complex, spicy aromas and flavors of pickling spices, honeyed dried tropical fruits, toffee, and creme brulee with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long cola, sandalwood, peppercorns, and leather finish. A superb, complex, aged sipping rum with cascading waves of flavor.
93 points $74.95
Malecon Rare Proof 20 Year Old Rum
93 points
$99
Brilliant bronze color. Aromas and flavors of molasses, spiced raisins, and chocolate nuts with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet fat body and a warming, complex, long cane stalk, minerals, and copper finish. A sweet and layered sipping rum that is sure to please.
896 5 Year Aged Rum
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of dark caramelized nuts, cedar, mocha, and polished wood with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, involved, long brown spices, dark roasted nuts, coconut and bananas, and hint of latex finish. A rich, woody, dry dark rum with lots of flavor.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
J. Wray Gold Rum
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant gold color. Delicate, boozy, curious fruity floral aromas and flavors of banana cream pie, nougat, delicate brown spices, and dried tropical fruits with a velvety, soft, fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length toasty praline and caramel, vanilla cream, wet stone, and cedar finish. An elegant and rich gold rum that sets a benchmark for the category.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Panama-Pacific 9 Year Aged Rum
92 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Delicate, roasted aromas of dark nut brittle, geranium patch, caramelized plantains, and warm vinyl with a soft, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, medium-length dulce du leche, dried fruits, coconut cream, and rubber leaf finish. A lively aged rum with lots of sweet spice and earth notes.
92 points $29.99
Rhum J.M VO Rum
92 points
$39.95
Brilliant golden amber color. Delicate, toasty, complex aromas and flavors of fresh praline, vanilla cola float, chocolate covered fruits, and delicate brown spices and tropical blossoms with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length cedar, spiced nuts, minerals, and sassafras finish. A rich and spicy ambre agricole rum with fine balance and length.
92 points $39.95
Caña Brava Rum
91 points
$27.99
Rum
Clear color. Lively, grassy, sweet aromas and flavors of yeasty fruit cake, coconut cream pie, sugar cane stalk, and banana leaves with a satiny, bright, fruity light body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length dried fruits, delicate spices, and white toffee finish. A clean, lively rum with lots of subtlety for cocktail applications.
91 points $27.99
Mezan Rum Panama 2006
91 points
$44.99
Bright golden amber color. Lively, interesting, spicy aromas of bbq sweet potato chip, caramelized tropical fruits, mixed peppercorns, and carrot cake with a velvety, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length coconut milk, cream vanilla, delicate spices, and cedar finish. A vivacious and toothsome aged rum that will be very versatile.
91 points $44.99
Malteco Selección "1987" 28 Year Old Rum
91 points
$149
Bright copper color. Delicate, toasty, baked curious grainy aromas and flavors of honey toasted nuts, peach granola, and fruit cake with a soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long cherry caramel custard, sweet baking spices, coffee, and oak finish. A rich, fruity aged rum that is sure to please.
Saint James Heritage Rum
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Lively, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, spiced green bananas, vanilla custard, and minerals with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, cheery dried tropical fruits, pepper, banana leaf, and cane stalk finish. A silky, gold rum with a nicely balanced range of cane, still, and barrel flavors.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Saint James Reserve Rum
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Brilliant amber color. Bright, woody, rubbery aromas of lacquered wood, dark roasted nuts and bananas, rubber leaf and sap, and toasted meringue with a supple, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long dried fruits and grass, pink pepper, mocha cream, and fuel-like minerality and copper ore finish. A dimensional dark rum with lots of fun agricole and potstill character.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Baron Samedi Spiced Rum
90 points
$21.99
Brilliant dark amber color. Bright, creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of vanilla, chocolate covered tropical fruits, butter pecan ice cream, and mocha with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length egg nog, pepper spices, minerals, and latte finish. A very pleasant mocha nuanced creamy, spiced rum.
90 points $21.99
Taildragger After Dark Rum
90 points
$37
Dark copper color. Aromas of molasses covered raisins, burnt sugar, dark roasted nuts, and coffee with a supple, lively, fruity medium-full body and a hot, captivating, long mocha gelato, white pepper, creme brulee, and fuel-like minerals finish. A rock solid overproof rum with lots of caramel character for punches.
Mezan Rum Jamaica 2000
90 points
$59.99
Bright light gold color. Delicate, hot, floral aromas and flavors of orange spice cake, nougat, and vanilla-honey gelato with an even, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length sweet spices, dried fruits, cedar, and minerals finish. A vibrant aged rum with a nice range of cane pot still notes that will be great in tiki cocktails.
90 points $59.99
Allaire Crystal Reserve Rum
90 points
$150
Brilliant silver color. Delicate, floral aromas and flavors of roasted nut, geranium, clay, and latte with an even, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, short coconut and almond milk, dried fruit, honeyed nougat, and hint of pepper finish. A lovely, very smooth and nicely layered sipping styled white rum.
Florida Old Reserve 5 Year Old Rum
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Light gold color. Delicate aromas of bananas foster, pencil shavings, honey roasted nuts, and pepper with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length iced horchata, coconut milk, cedar, and tobacco leaf finish. A lively gold rum with spicy wood character.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
J. Wray Silver Rum
89 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted coconut, mocha latte, and banana nut muffin with a glycerous, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy nut and mineral oils, hint of spumoni gelato, melon rind, and chalk finish. A very smooth and mild, chameleon-like rum that will be very versatile.
89 points $20 Best Buy
Gosling’s Gold Seal Rum
89 points
$23.99
Pale light gold color. Muted, clean, vegetal aromas and flavors of spumoni ice cream, honeyed cherries, maple caramel nut fudge, and mocha latte with an even, soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length vanilla bean and banana milkshake, white toffee, and sweet spices finish. A deliciously fruity and appealing gold rum that is sure to please.
89 points $23.99
Monkey Rum with Toasted Coconut
89 points
$24.99
Clear color. Curious, toasty aromas and flavors of toasted coconut granita, cashew nougat, horchata, and vanilla candle and cream soda with a velvety, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length coconut yogurt and doughnut, pistachio gelato, and pepper finish. A nicely layered and nuanced coconut rum.
89 points $24.99
Club Caribe Gold Rum
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Mild, creamy aromas and flavors of caramel yogurt and buttery nut brittle with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, buoyant almond milk, sweet and peppery spices, cedar, and turmeric tea finish. A mellow, well-balanced, easy drinking rum that is sure to please.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Club Caribe Silver Rum
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Delicate, creamy aromas and flavors of coconut frosting, panettone, and butter roasted nuts with a supple, soft, fruity light body and a tingling, delightful, buoyant cream and hint of pink pepper and dried lime finish. A nice mixing rum.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Tremols Ron XO Dominicano Rum
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark amber color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dark caramel, and dried tropical fruits with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy mocha gelato, chocolate cherries, root beer float, and cedar finish. A fruity dark rum that is sure to please.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Florida Old Reserve Small Batch Sherry Cask Aged 2 Year Old Rum
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Bright, toasty, sweet aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, pencil shavings, dried fruit compote, and spicy custard with a supple, soft, dryish medium body and a smooth, brisk spiced cherries and papayas, roasted nuts, and rubber leaf finish. A very mellow, nutty, oak accented gold rum with a pleasing spiciness.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Flag Hill Spiced Rum
88 points
$26.95
Golden amber color. Bright, spicy aromas of vanilla buttercream, bbq rub, and banana spice cake with a velvety, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, crisp sweet and peppery Mexican spices and herbs and root beer float finish. A fun, very expressive spiced rum that should work well for creative cocktailing.
88 points $26.95
Damoiseau Cane Rhum
88 points
$32.95
Clear color. Mild, earthy, creamy aromas of coconut soufflé, cane stalk, macadamia nougat, and yeasty pastry with a silky, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk nut oil, powdered sugar, chalk, and straw finish. A solid white rum with good texture and smoothness.
88 points $32.95
Grander 8 Year Old Rum
88 points
$36
Gold color. Rich, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, spicy fruit compote, sarsaparilla float, and mocha with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, brisk sweet cream, spiced nuts, latte, and charcoal finish. A rich and nuanced aged rum, packed with flavor.
Mezan Rum Guyana 2005
88 points
$53.99
Pale golden straw color. Mild, spicy aromas and flavors of fuel-like minerals, honeyed carrot cake, nougat, and saddle soap and suede with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length nuts, straw and leather, coconut water, and green tobacco finish. A mineral-laden, lighter styled aged rum that will be good with cigars.
88 points $53.99
Rum Jumbie Splash Coconut Rum
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Sweet, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut cream and sorbet with a soft, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-long dried pineapple, nougat, and coconut oil finish. A rock solid coconut rum for mixing.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Tremols 1960 Añejo XO Aniversario Rum
87 points
$19
Bronze color. Fruity, sweet aromas of Brach’s caramel and tropical fruit punch candy with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length cherry cola float, toffee, and berry mocha frosting finish. A sweet and somewhat candied dark rum that borders on flavored rum, but is a pleasant sipper nonetheless.
Chic Choc Spiced Rum
87 points
$30
Brilliant copper color. Mild, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy chocolate cherry bar, peach tea, and peppercorns with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, compelling, brisk sweet bbq rub, ginger, chili pepper, and chocolate cola finish. A pleasant rather chocolatey spiced rum.
Breckenridge Spiced Rum
87 points
$44
Brilliant amber color. Bright, spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon bark, raisin spice cake, and mace with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk cocoa powder, sassafras, and nut oil finish. A dry, mild, spiced rum with nice subtlety.
Afrohead XO Premium Aged Dark Rum
87 points
$44.99
Medium bright amber color. Delicate, creamy aromas and flavors of macadamia gelato, spiced nuts, cola with lime, and white pepper with a soft, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length charred nuts, dried fruits, and bbq rubbed meat finish. An interesting sweet and savory rum with a spicy snap.
87 points $44.99
Tremols 1960 Añejo Reserva Aniversario Rum
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Amber color. Bright, curious, meaty smoky aromas and flavors of honey baked ham, roasted pecans, caramel yogurt, and pencil shavings with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk toasted cedar and nuts finish. An interesting savory dark rum.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Blue Marlin Silver Rum
86 points
$19.99
Clear color. Lively, fruity, chemical aromas of honeyed pear and green apple, baklava, and acetone with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, easy spumoni ice milk, mineral ore, nutskins, and grass finish. A rustic, moonshiny, almost agricole-like white rum.
86 points $19.99
Ron Cartavio Superior Rum
84 points
$8
Bright gold color. Mild, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, fruity caramel, and pistachio nougat with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length mocha fudge, spiced nuts, banana creme brulee, and oak finish. A good gold rum with a robust, well balanced flavor profile.
Club Caribe Lemon Rum
84 points
$11.99
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, attractive aromas and flavors of lemon meringue pie with graham cracker crust with an even, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk lemon sherbet and seltzer finish. A clean, creamy lemon rum for mixing.
84 points $11.99
Malecon Licor de Ron
84 points
$29
Bright golden amber color. Delicate, curious aromas of spiced jerky and nuts, dried bananas, dark honeycomb and molasses, and hint of paint with a soft, moderately sweet light body and a seamless, quick cola sorbet and honey syrup finish. A liqueur-like honey rum for cocktails.
Monkey Spiced Rum
83 points
$24.99
Gold color. Baked, spicy aromas of coconut oil and yogurt, chamomile, spicy banana cake, and vanilla candle with a soft, shy, moderately sweet thin body and a tingling, brisk egg nog and coconut sherbet finish. A spiced rum for mixing.
83 points $24.99
Afrohead Briland 07 Premium Aged Dark Rum
83 points
$29.99
Medium gold color. Rich, curious aromas and flavors of lime powder candy, caramel cherry yogurt, and chalk with a soft, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, breezy lime leaves and lemongrass, cola, peppered nuts, and mocha custard finish. A curiously citric and leafy aged rum.
83 points $29.99
Caña Brava Rum Reserva Aneja
83 points
$44.99
Bright gold color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of honeyed spices and fresh herbs, dark roasted nuts, grilled citrus and bark, and hot metal with a satiny, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, creme brulee, straw, and spiced dried fruits finish.
83 points $44.99
Rogue Spirits Hazelnut Rum
80 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Bright, interesting, nutty savory aromas of roasted hazelnuts and pecans, nut oil, hint of chicken matzoh ball soup, and almond biscotti with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, short brown spices, nutskins, and straw finish. An curious nutty lightly spiced rum.
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