April 2017 - Rum & South American Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is Rum & South American Spirits
Rum & South American Spirits Reviews
219247
Ron Cartavio
XO Rum
Brilliant mahogany color. Woody, elegant aromas of fine furniture, soft tropical fruit, leather wallet, and warm cinnamon roll with a lightly tannic, crisp, off-dry full body and a tingling, nuanced, long caramelized nut tart, mango flan, orange caramel sauce, and vanilla bean and nutmeg finish. A rich aged rum for sweet palates.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219310
Banks
5 Island Rum
Clear color. Grassy aromas and flavors of sugared dried pineapple, mint chutney, coriander seeds, and rendered fat with a satiny, lively, dryish light body and a peppery, complex, long allspice dram, banana peel, licorice candy, and spiced cake finish. Put this rich flavor bomb in tiki cocktails to add tremendous depth.
96 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218855
Saint James
Rhum Imperial Blanc Agricole
Clear color. Grassy, herbal, complex aromas of potting soil, cigarette, cascara, and fresh starfruit with a supple, vibrant, dryish thin body and a peppery, elegant, very long bone marrow, whole apricot, fine china, and sugar snap pea and pimento finish. A slow-developing Agricole that rewards the drinker with a flavor journey.
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219014
APPLETON ESTATE
21 Year Old Rum
Dark amber color. Sweet, candied, complex aromas and flavors of vanilla creme Anglaise, caramel pudding, dates, and dried pineapple with a tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, long tropical trail mix, candied orange peel, orange blossom water, and leather finish. An intriguing and satisfying sipping rum.
95 points $134.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218987
Havana Club
Añejo 3 Años Rum
Pale clear color. Fresh aromas of light honey covered grapefruit pith, dried cane stalk, jerky, and tropical spice with a velvety, lively, dry light body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length salted honey, Biscoff cookies, mineral, and toasted almond finish. A shining rum with an understated sense of sophistication.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218924
Bacoo
5 Year Old Rum
Light copper color. Candied, funky aromas and flavors of caramel, soft papaya, hearts of palm, and banana with an oily, soft, off-dry full body and a warming, interesting, long nut butter, toffee, and pineapple cake finish. A rich mouthfeel and desert-like flavors shine in this aged rum.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218857
Saint James
Rhum Paille Agricole
Brilliant gold color. Rubbery aromas of packaged ground coffee and matcha, plantain chips, charred vanilla bean, and dry earth with a crisp, medium body and a peppery, thought-provoking, medium-long bone marrow, charred artichoke, dried oregano and anise, and wilted arugula finish. An earthy Agricole for contemplative sipping.
94 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219128
Ron Diplomatico
Mantuano Rum
Dark amber color. Baked, complex aromas and flavors of banana bread, walnut skin, Mr. Pibb, and desert wine with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish full body and a tingling, elaborate, medium-long hazelnut spread, cherries in dark chocolate, leather jacket, and spicy oak finish. A great special occasion rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218925
Bacoo
8 Year Old Rum
Copper color. Mature, toasty, inviting aromas of banana chip, hard caramel candy, dried orange, and geraniol with a round, lively, dryish full body and a peppery, very complex, endless caramelized starfruit, roasted nuts, toasty cedar, and raisin toast finish. A superb and seamless rum with ample barrel character for sipping.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219127
Ron Diplomatico
Planas Rum
Clear color. Clean, tropical aromas of coconut shell and sweet cream with an oily, lively, dryish light body and a medium-length banana bread, Thai chile, eclair, and crushed gravel finish. A clean and supple rum with a toasty center.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219495
Don Q
Signature Release 2007 Single Barrel Rum
Golden amber color. Confected, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate orange, cinnamon honey, maple French toast, and coconut flakes with a tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, massive, very long muddy buddies, passion fruit gummies, brown sugar oatmeal liquado, and allspice berries finish. Big, complex and honest; drink this rum with good friends.
94 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218851
Dubar Imperial
Premium Blend Rum
Light dark amber color. Aromas of apple skin and salted toasty nuts with a round, lively, medium-to-full body and a peppery, intricate, long candied apricot, rice pudding, vanilla custard, and hot peppers finish. A super mellow and complex rum to desire.
94 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218916
Chairman’s Reserve
The Forgotten Casks Aged Rum
Copper color. Inviting, fruity aromas of fresh banana and dried cherry, cedar pencil and eraser, cinnamon stick, and fire pit with a round, soft, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-length caramel, cola, and licorice finish. A superb, woody aged sipping rum that will be fun to try in classic whisky cocktails too.
94 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218912
Clément
X.O. Rhum Agricole
Medium golden amber color. Complex, elegant aromas of caramelized peach, fruit punch, fruit cake, and leather with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, nuanced, long chocolate biscotti, almond croissant, ginger snap, and menthol mint finish. An exciting sipping rum with oscillating notes of fruits, nuts, and herbs.
94 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218814
Ron Abuelo
15 Years Aged Tawny Port Cask Finish Rum
Dark bronze color. Interesting, fruity, smoky, woody aromas and flavors of caramelized mango, spiced bitter orange, polished wood, and smoked maple syrup with a round, bright, fruity sweet full body and a warming, very complex, medium-long dried cherries and peaches, cola, and clove finish. A great all purpose aged rum with a smoky edge.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218812
Ron Abuelo
15 Years Aged Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Rum
Brilliant copper color. Complex aromas and flavors of polished wood, leather, sherry raisin cake, and dark roasted nuts with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, long honeyed toasted fruit cake, exotic spiced prunes and figs, and tea and tobacco finish. A rich complex sipping rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219017
APPLETON ESTATE
JOY Anniversary Blend Rum
Medium dark amber color. Fruity, candied aromas and flavors of dried mango, grilled peach, Italian leather, and caramel gelato with an dryish full body and a peppery, epic, endless rose petals, milk chocolate, chipotle peppers, and mole finish. A flavor journey to write home about.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219047
Endless Summer
Silver Rum
Opaque clear color. Fresh aromas and flavors of banana leaf, coconut water, tapioca, and lilac with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length fresh coconut pulp, aloe vera, tomatillo juice, and Thai chile finish. A fresh, clean and refined rum that offers gentle tropical notes.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219670
Tanduay
Asian Silver Rum
Silver Straw color. Clean, herbal aromas of greenhouse, cream, talc, and citra hops with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, medium-length coconut cream, mixed peppercorns, and dried papaya finish. A solid all-purpose white rum.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219671
Tanduay
Asian Gold Rum
Light amber color. Nutty, fresh aromas and flavors of almond extract, cherry blossom, caramelized pistachios, and prune with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy almond paste, panettone, cola, and white pepper finish. An almond bomb for craft cocktails.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218914
Chairman’s Reserve
Spiced Rum
Amber color. Spicy, citrusy aromas and flavors of citrus peels, nutmeg, vanilla bean, and caramel with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long finish. A great spiced rum with natural flavor and a lasting finish.
93 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219749
Mount Gay
Black Barrel Rum
Golden amber color. Fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, Jamaica drink, hearts of palm, and crystallized ginger with a glycerous, fruity sweet full body and a tingling, thought-provoking, long marshmallow, chocolate fudge ice cream, roasted nuts, and leather finish. A rich and satisfying sipper.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218923
Marauda
Steelpan Rum
Dark gold color. Sweet aromas of chocolate taffy, beeswax, smoky coffee bean, and malted milk with a thick, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length candied apricot and cherry, caramel fudge, pistachio butter, and orange blossom honey in tea finish. A balanced, rich yet delicate rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219696
Ron Cartavio
12 Year Old Solera Rum
Bright copper color. Sweet, tropical aromas of vanilla, champagne cola, bananas and cream, and cigar box with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length honeyed fruit salad, Hawaiian rolls, and saffron finish. A silky, elegant dark rum with sexy, enticing wood spice flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219138
El Pasador de Oro
Rum XO
Brilliant dark amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of rose petals, chocolate caramel, cigar box, and pecan pie with a thick, lively, off-dry full body and a warming, very complex, endless caramelized oranges, English toffee, candied mango and lychee, and moist tobacco finish. Give your guests some "wow factor" with this elegantly brawny rum.
93 points $46.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218940
Malecon
Rare Proof 13 Year Old Rum
Bright copper color. Complex, fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of fruitcake, butterscotch candy, pineapple and mango yogurt, and leather with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long coriander, allspice, worn wood, and pecan pie finish. A surprisingly easy-going overproof rum full of character and elegance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218938
Malteco
Reserva del Fundadore 20 Year Old Rum
Dark copper color. Sweet, exotic aromas of hibiscus and vanilla cola, sweet caramel sauce, powdered sugar, and raisins in dulce de leche with a thick, soft, off-dry fat body and a smooth, gigantic, endless marshmallow creme, candied nuts, sweet hardough, and coconut curry with peanuts finish. A giant rum for sipping with cigars or rich cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219312
FACUNDO
Paraiso XA Rum
Mahogany color. Tropical, nutty aromas of soursop and dried figs and dates, dried mango and papaya, mixed chopped roasted nuts, and smoky oak with a thick, lively, off-dry full body and a peppery, compelling, easy passion fruit glaze, saffron and cola, conditioned leather wallet, and peppercorn sauce finish. A tropical trail mix of a rum for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218988
Havana Club
Añejo 7 Años Rum
Bright amber color. Sweet aromas of cinnamon honey, cherry nut bar, mahogany, and salt water taffy with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, very complex, very long ground peanuts in caramel, violets, ground ginger, and sweet potato finish. Layers of persistent flavor make this a knockout rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219248
Ron Cartavio
Selecto Rum
Pale copper color. Fruity aromas and flavors of stewed pineapple and brownie batter with a lean, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length graham cracker, roasted caramelized nuts, and tiramisu finish. A charming rum for the masses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219238
Kid Curry
Small Batch Silver Rum
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of spiced plantain and vanilla salt water taffy with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, long coconut mint meringue, sweet and peppery spices, and ground quartz finish. A round, nicely expressive dry rum with attractive creaminess and minerality.
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219011
APPLETON ESTATE
Reserve Blend Rum
Copper color. Funky, hot aromas of pollo lollipop, dried mango, wet cedar, and Iberico Jamon with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium body and a peppery, medium-length burnt sugar, dried mango with salt and chile, raisin cake, and honeycomb cereal finish. A slightly savory rum for punches.
92 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218915
Chairman’s Reserve
Dark Rum
Light copper color. Sweet, attractive aromas of fresh beets, dill, and melted butterscotch with a creamy, lively, dryish full body and a warming, medium-length honey comb cereal, chopped almond in chocolate, caramel bar, and leather finish. A pretty rum that will add complexity to craft cocktails.
92 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219093
Bayou
Select Barrel Reserve Rum
Copper color. Fruity aromas of Jamaican sweet plantains, coconut cooking oil, luxury cigarette shop, and chocolate fudge with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long caramelized mango, leather strap, cigarillo, and dried pineapple and vanilla finish. Delicious and elegant flavors and a lingering finish make this a natural choice for stirred rum cocktails.
92 points $33.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218918
A&G
Michigan Reserve Rum
Bronze color. Oaky aromas of Brach’s candy, pecan praline, fruit punch, and vanilla maple syrup on oatmeal with a glycerous, dryish full body and a smooth, complex, long pecan brittle, English toffee, dark chocolate with crushed coffee beans, and blackberry caramel finish. An ultra-rich sipping rum that stimulates every part of the palate.
92 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218913
Clément
10 Year Grande Reserve Rhum Agricole
Medium amber color. Inviting aromas of apple cinnamon caramel, fresh tobacco leaf, dulce de leche pastry, and suede with a lightly tannic, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, long burnt sugar, grilled orange, bergamot, and tea leaf finish. A light-on-its-feet Agricole rum that will blend well with late nights and cigars.
91 points $74.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218939
Malecon
Seleccion Esplendida 1987 Rum
Bright golden amber color. Tropical, fruity aromas and flavors of guava paste, passion fruit icing, allspice, and pineapple cake with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, huge, medium-long cigar wrapper, tropical white flowers, leather chair, and sandalwood finish. A balanced rum that is somehow both rich and light.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219695
Ron Cartavio
Black Barrel Rum
Dark copper color. Aromas of dried mango, nut skins, caramel sauce, and coriander with an oily, soft, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-length suede, spiced apple cider, prunes, and Chinese 5 spice finish. A savory rum for sipping or craft cocktails.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219493
Don Q
Anejo Rum
Dark gold color. Confected, fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of conversation hearts, caramelized banana, and underripe mango with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length sweet herbs and vanilla cream finish. An easy drinking and nuanced rum for summer cocktails.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219095
Bayou
Spiced Rum
Bright golden amber color. Fruity, nutty, sweet aromas of bananas foster, mango puree, and clove with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long banana bread, dried cherries, chocolate coating, and fennel finish. Super pleasant and natural flavor make this rum one to seek out.
90 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219013
APPLETON ESTATE
Rare Blend 12 Year Old Rum
Medium copper color. Interesting aromas of raw cane, chocolate covered cherries, smoky roasted chestnut, and chamomile with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, massive, medium-long sliced ripe bananas with caramel sauce and peanut, crystallized geranium, black tea, and menthol finish. A sophisticated, mature rum with plenty of refined character.
90 points $37.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218813
Ron Abuelo
15 Years Aged Napoloeon Cognac Cask Finish Rum
Bronze color. Mature, exotic aromas and flavors of coffee beans, Madeira, eucalyptus, and dried tropical fruits and nuts with a thick, lively, off-dry medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long smoked butterscotch and bread and butter pickle finish. A savory and smoky aged rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218989
Havana Club
Selección de Maestros Rum
Brilliant copper color. Spicy aroma of baking spices with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length bitter orange, root beer, ginger snap, and cedar pencil and eraser finish. A straightforward rum for punches.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218623
Ron Caribe
Silver Premium Rum
Opaque clear color. Aromas of dried coconut flakes, peanut brittle, crushed chocolate wafer cookies, and vanilla creme with an soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length coconut Oreo cookies finish. A unique white rum with a chocolate kick.
89 points $19.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218926
Bacoo
12 Year Old Rum
Brilliant bronze color. Aromas and flavors of toasted fig bread, spiced chocolate pistachio toffee, tres leche cake, and creme brulee with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long sarsaparilla with spumoni gelato, pink peppercorn, hint of bitter bark and roots, and honeyed espazote finish. An interesting, lightly herbal aged rum that will be fun in creative cocktails like an amaro daiquiri.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219311
FACUNDO
Neo Rum
Opaque clear color. Aromas of fresh cane juice, pineapple upside down cake, and distant passion fruit with a round, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long pineapple rind and taro root custard finish. A lightly fruity rum with just the right amount of funk.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219249
Ron Cartavio
Silver Rum
Clear color. Clean aromas of coconut powder, fresh laundry, and toasted nuts with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a breezy coconut powder, dried starfruit, and light caramel finish. A soft rum for daytime daiquiris.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219134
Warship
Reserved Black Strap Rum
Clear color. Rustic, vegetal, funky aromas and flavors of wet green meadow, singed coconut shell, charred veggies, and banana leaf and raw brazil nut with a glycerous, bright, dry light body and a hot, medium-length sea salt, banana rice pudding, and limestone finish. A white rum that will add big flavor to your cocktails with a pleasant earthy funk.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218929
Club Caribe
Banana Rum
Clear color. Fruity, candied aroma and flavors of banana taffy with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length marshmallow and dried pineapple finish. Banana daiquiris, anyone?.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218837
Cane Run
Number 12 Blend
Opaque clear color. Clean aromas and flavors of nougat, spumoni, and coconut pulp with a satiny, crisp, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a breezy finish. A clean white rum that offers a blank slate for cocktail creation.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219094
Bayou
Silver Rum
Clear color. Aromas of fresh sugar cane, pecan, soft papaya, and cream with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, involved, medium-length mango, lime zest, and Maria cookies finish. A super smooth and fantastically round rum for sipping or craft cocktails.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218962
Belmont Farm
Kopper Kettle Dark Chai Spiced Rum
Dull bronze color. Funky, smoky aromas and flavors of thyme, sage, grilled apple, and eucalyptus with an oily, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length zucchini bread, lavender, and honey finish. A powerful and overtly herbal rum.
88 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219110
Three Sheets
Rum
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of browned banana bread crusts, walnuts, green coconut shell, and glycerin with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-length banana muffin, lemon zest compound butter, sea salt, and cracked peppercorns finish. A fruity white rum that delivers intense banana flavors.
88 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219200
Bones
Aged Dark Rum
Dark golden amber color. Sweet, nutty aromas and flavors of caramel, cinnamon honey, apple cider, and fresh marzipan with a round, soft, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, long melted spumoni and wintergreen finish. A bold rum with piles of almond flavor.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219494
Don Q
Gran Anejo Rum
Light copper color. Exotic, fresh aromas and flavors of rainforest, chocolate glazed nuts, and passion fruit creme caramel with a thick, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long caramelized banana, maple creme and peanut brittle, fresh orange peel, and coriander seeds finish. An honest aged rum that will be a versatile crowd pleaser with plenty of bourbon barrel character.
88 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219078
The Naked Turtle
White Rum
Clear color. Confected, vegetal aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, fiddlehead fern, and peanut brittle with a glycerous, bright, dryish light body and a warming, medium-length banana candle finish. An ultra-soft introductory creamy rum for everyday use.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219694
Ron Cartavio
Black Rum
Golden amber color. Nutty aromas of almond shells, cinnamon sugar, fluffy nougat, and greenhouse plants with a supple, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, snappy caramelized pineapple and coconut bar finish. An easy-going dark rum.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219010
APPLETON ESTATE
Signature Blend Rum
Light amber color. Candied, fruity, funky aromas of caramelized banana slices, overripe pineapple, ripe plantains, and singed banana leaf with a round, prickly, fruity medium body and a hot, interesting, medium-length fallen pineapple, sake, caramelized apple pie, and black walnut wood finish. A funky rum for punch.
87 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219144
Rum Fire
Jamaican White Overproof Rum
Clear color. Rustic aromas of cane, black mint, and persimmon with a satiny, racy, dry light-to-medium body and a searing, breezy fallen mango, baiju, and leather finish. A scorching overproof rum for flaming cocktails and tiki punches.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218624
Ron Caribe
Añejo Superior Ocho Años Rum
Amber color. Candied aromas and flavors of chocolate covered caramel, butterscotch chips, vanilla custard, and barbecue sauce with a round, lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, long Indian rice pudding and orange blossom water finish. A sweet, caramelly rum with tons of vanilla character.
87 points $32.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218654
Ron Cihuatan
Rum Aged 8 Years in Bourbon Casks
Golden amber color. Candied aromas of peanut confection, rice cake, malted milk, and root beer with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish full body and a warming, epic, very long nut milk, eucalyptus, lime leaf, and cedar hanger finish. A robust and masculine rum with great chewy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219116
Noxx & Dunn
2-4-5 Rum
Brilliant golden amber color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy banana custard, chocolate coconut macaroon, roasted nuts, and treated lumber and hair spray with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long caramelized banana bread crust, sarsaparilla, tobacco and hay, and pepper and pine finish. A young and woody dark rum for mixing.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218933
Dry County Distillery
Cinnamon Toast Rum
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey, cinnamon French toast, maple syrup, and buttered popcorn with a lean, shrill, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, instant burned coffee, lemon juice, and sour cherries finish. A crazy rum for shooting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219652
Bumbu
Rum
Dark copper color. Confected, sweet aromas and flavors of green apple jolly rancher, chewy spree candy, strawberry vanilla milk, and banana taffy with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length caramel apples, dried tropical fruit, and cream soda finish. A fun flavored rum for shooting or festive mixed drinks.
86 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219090
Twenty Boat
White Rum
Clear color. Creamy aromas of marshmallow, Mexican milk candy, whole green almond, and lily pad with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a hot, medium-length coconut sugar, green plantains, and Thai chile finish. A solid coconut-y rum for rustic cocktails.
86 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219111
Three Sheets
2 Year Old Barrel Aged Rum
Brilliant golden amber color. Inviting, complex aromas and flavors of caramelized roasted nuts, tea and tobacco leaves, dried tropical fruits, and leather and cedar saw dust with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long coconut creme brulee and sweet spices finish. A robust, oak forward dark rum with rambunctious complexity that will appeal to bourbon and rye drinkers.
86 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218930
Club Caribe
Pineapple Rum
Clear color. Aromas of fallen stone fruit with a syrupy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length fruit cocktail syrup and coconut cream finish. A fun flavored rum for shooting.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219171
Papagayo
Platino Organic and Fair Rum
Clear color. Funky aromas of yeasty soda bread, orchard floor kiwi, wet banana leaf, and fresh fennel with a thick, bright, dryish thin body and a hot, breezy wheat grass and died coconut shell finish. A light rum with an interesting anise note.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218931
Club Caribe
Raspberry Rum
Clear color. Aromas of violet candies, children’s play make up, and grape popsicle with an oily, soft, moderately sweet light body and an effortless, medium-length pineapple life saver, violet gum, and coconut finish. A fun and floral flavored rum for shooting or mixing.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219725
Eastside Distilling
Below Deck Coffee Rum
Dark brown color. Roasted aromas of dark roasted coffee grounds, burned paper, and dark chocolate with a glycerous, bright, sweet medium-full body and a breezy coffee syrup, vanilla taffy, and ground peppercorns finish. A straightforward coffee rum for hot cocktails.
84 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219112
Three Sheets
Spiced Rum
Amber color. Spicy, medicinal aromas and flavors of vinyl, chocolate mint cookies, cough drops, and cinnamon and mace with a satiny, shrill, dryish medium body and a hot, snappy finish. A brash rum for shooting.
84 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218844
Buzzard Point
Rum
Brilliant clear color. Rustic aromas of green banana, cinnamon graham, dried starfruit, and candle with a round, soft, dry thin body and a peppery, snappy sautéed spicy peppers, cherry pits, raw hazelnut with baking spices, and cream finish. A basic rum for mixing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219091
Twenty Boat
Spiced Rum
Bright amber color. Minty, spicy aromas and flavors of mouthwash, cinnamon potpourri, anise, and clove with a syrupy, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length toothpaste finish. You can’t miss the mint in this flavored rum.
84 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218928
Club Caribe
Mango Rum
Clear color. Candied aromas of passion fruit puree, Kaffir lime, honeydew melon body spray, and cucumber with a thick, shy, moderately sweet fat body and a smooth, medium-length peach gum and mint candy finish. A sweet flavored rum to use as a cocktail modifier or a shooter.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218574
Antelope Island Rum
Single Batch Rum
Brilliant clear color. Tropical aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and coconut with a satiny, bright, dry medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length white toffee, latte, banana leaf, and pepper finish. A nice robust, toasty rum for cocktails.
83 points $26.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219496
Don Q
Oak Barrel Spiced Rum
Golden amber color. Aroma of brown sugar with a glycerous, moderately sweet watery body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length chicory, vanilla caramel, coffee bean, and dried pineapple finish. A hot and spicy rum for winter cocktails.
81 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219092
Twenty Boat
Amber Rum
Medium gold color. Aromas and flavors of charred tropical fruits and stainless steel with a rough, shrill, dryish light body and a searing, buoyant tomato leaf finish. A rough-around-the-edges rum for rustic cocktails.
80 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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