May 2016 - Rum

This month's Spirits feature is Rum & South Americann Spirits
Rum Reviews
214795
Havana Club
Unión Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214756
Panama-Pacific
23 year Aged Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215319
Old New Orleans
20th Anniversary Blend "King Creole" Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214979
Damoiseau
Rhum Agricole
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215040
Ron Duran
12 Year Aged Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214996
Mount Gay
XO Reserve Cask Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214984
Clément
6 Year Old Très Vieux Rhum Agricole
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214981
Damoiseau
XO Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214942
Bacardi
Gran Reserva Limitada Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214832
896
8 Year Aged Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214941
Bacardi
Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214940
Bacardi
Gran Reserva Ocho Años Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214985
Clément
Canne Bleue Rhum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215342
Eight Bells
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214949
Ron Diplomatico
Reserva Exclusiva Rum
Copper color. Delicate, fruity, buttery aromas and flavors of frosted banana cake, waxy honeycomb and dried cherries, and pistachio brittle with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long vanilla cola, spiced nuts, honeyed dried tropical fruits, and sandalwood finish. A fruity aged rum pleaser; try as an after dinner treat.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214977
Charboneau Distillery
Gold Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214983
Rhum J.M
XO Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215055
Malecon
Rare Proof 20 Year Old Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214831
896
5 Year Aged Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214936
J. Wray
Gold Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214755
Panama-Pacific
9 Year Aged Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214982
Rhum J.M
VO Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214776
Caña Brava
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214881
Mezan
Rum Panama 2006
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215053
Malteco
Selección "1987" 28 Year Old Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214758
Saint James
Heritage Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214759
Saint James
Reserve Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214935
Baron Samedi
Spiced Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214757
Taildragger
After Dark Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214883
Mezan
Rum Jamaica 2000
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215085
Allaire
Crystal Reserve Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215050
Florida Old Reserve
5 Year Old Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214937
J. Wray
Silver Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214730
Gosling’s
Gold Seal Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215115
Monkey
Rum with Toasted Coconut
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215046
Club Caribe
Gold Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215047
Club Caribe
Silver Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214855
Tremols
Ron XO Dominicano Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215051
Florida Old Reserve
Small Batch Sherry Cask Aged 2 Year Old Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215339
Flag Hill
Spiced Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214980
Damoiseau
Cane Rhum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214769
Grander
8 Year Old Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214882
Mezan
Rum Guyana 2005
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214801
Rum Jumbie
Splash Coconut Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214856
Tremols
1960 Añejo XO Aniversario Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214366
Chic Choc
Spiced Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214948
Breckenridge
Spiced Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215629
Afrohead
XO Premium Aged Dark Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214854
Tremols
1960 Añejo Reserva Aniversario Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215024
Blue Marlin
Silver Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214741
Ron Cartavio
Superior Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215049
Club Caribe
Lemon Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215054
Malecon
Licor de Ron
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215116
Monkey
Spiced Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215628
Afrohead
Briland 07 Premium Aged Dark Rum
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214777
Caña Brava
Rum Reserva Aneja
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215233
Rogue Spirits
Hazelnut Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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