April 2018 - Special Rum Tasting

April 2018 - Special Rum Tasting
This month's special Spirit feature is Rum

Special Rum Tasting Reviews

The Real McCoy Limited Edition Virgin Oak 10 Year Aged Rum
94 points
$59.99
Brilliant amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized roasted nuts, cedar cigar box, spiced plantains and raisins, and artisanal chocolate toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, very long coffee cake and rich brown spices finish. A fantastically complex, pure, and flavorful aged rum with intricately meshed flavors and a long, warming, satisfying finish.
94 points $59.99
Tanduay Asian Gold Rum
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas of bright red maraschino cherries, hint of nail polish remover, golden raisin, and toasted oak with a supple, prickly, fruity light body and a hot, brisk sawdust, toasted coconut, and grenadine finish. A zesty gold rum for mixed drinks.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Lemon Hart Blackpool Spiced Rum
93 points
$24.99
Dark mahogany color. Attractive, confected aromas of cherry, butter pecan, and eggnog ice creams, mocha coconut macaroon, vanilla wafer, and tiramisu with brandied orange peel with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-long vanilla buttercream, maple syrup on Belgian waffles, spiced nuts, and root beer float finish. A delicious, well-balanced, flavored rum with unique and attractive flavors; try after dinner and as a modifier in craft cocktails.
93 points $24.99
Ron Diplomatico Planas Rum
93 points
$29
Pale slivery straw color. Aromas of coconut confection, sweet corn, banana cream, vanilla taffy, and citrusy tonic water with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long saline, lime blossom, and allspice finish. A tidy rum well-suited to Cuba Libres.
Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old Aged Rum
93 points
$49.99
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of ripe bananas, orgeat, steel cut oats and cream, cinnamon, and honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length creamy caramel, latte, creme brulee, toasted hardough bread, and honey roasted nuts finish. A soft and approachable rum with tons of cocktail possibilities.
93 points $49.99
Barceló Imperial 30 Aniversario
93 points
$125
Bright amber color. Oaky, attractive aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and wood, chocolate espresso bean, banana maple buttercream, turmeric, and smoked paprika and tobacco in a wood pipe with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, long caramel buttercream, pencil shavings, and sweet and peppery spiced finish. A superbly supple and complex sipping -style dark rum that is sure to please.
Plantation Original Dark Rum
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of mace, cinnamon, rum-raisin, orange blossom, patent leather, and tropical pineapple with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and an even, breezy spice cake, caramel coated apricot, vanilla-cola, and licorice finish. A spicy, serious rum with a great copper-pot character.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Plantation 5 Year Old Rum
91 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of brown sugar caramelized plantain, sweet tobacco, vanilla bean, and hazelnut with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length caramelized mango, milk chocolate, rich caramel, and tack room finish. A sweet and nutty rum with for crowd-pleasing cocktails and effortless sipping.
91 points $21.99 Best Buy
Tanduay Asian Silver Rum
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Pale light gold color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate dipped macaroons, starfruit, graham cracker crust, sweet butter, and brown sugar with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy Maria cookies with honey, caramelized apricot, and clove finish. A flavorful white rum with substantial body for a variety of cocktails.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Ron Diplomatico Mantuano Rum
90 points
$24
Pale dark amber color. Attractive aromas of caramelized banana and pineapple, plantain matcha soufflé, circus peanut and rice pudding, and ’corrected’ coffee with grappa with a soft, medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long coffee gelato, polished wood and leather shoes, fig nut bread, and wrapped pencils finish. A light, dry aged rum that will add dimension to cocktails.
Selvarey Cacao Rum
90 points
$34.99
Brilliant dark amber color. Aromas of chocolate fondant, cocoa rice crispies, and malt-o-meal with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree Chocolate Pop Tart finish. A toasty, chocolatey spirit that should work well in after-dinner cocktails.
90 points $34.99
Plantation 3 Stars Silver Rum
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Funky aromas of honey, fertile earth, molasses, tomato paste, sandalwood, and overripe banana with a silky, bright, fruity light body and a tingling, relaxed sweet tea and hostess Snoball cake finish. A distinctive white rum that toes the line between fruity and earthy.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Selvarey White Rum
88 points
$29.99
Clear slivery straw color. Aromas of guyabana, salted butterscotch, grilled summer veggies, and sweetened condensed milk with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long fresh pineapple, sugar cane, sweet mint, and mocha buttercream finish. A hint of cane funk makes this a fun rum for bartenders.
88 points $29.99
Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
88 points
$40
Clear dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of mango papaya chutney, cashew nougat, mocha chai milkshake, and pimento with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length banana coconut custard, candied spiced nuts, sassafras float, and conditioned wood finish. A decadently fruity and attractive aged rum that will be very versatile.
Taildragger Torched Coconut Rum
87 points
$33.99
Clear slivery straw color. Confected aromas and flavors of coconut, angel food cake, lemon zest, and rubber with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length salted caramel pretzel finish. A sweet flavored rum with big coconut cake flavors; shoot or mix.
87 points $33.99
Deadhead Dark Chocolate Flavored Rum
87 points
$39.99
Medium apricot amber color. Confected aromas and flavors of brownie batter, chocolate-cherry layer bar, toasted coconut flakes, and Boston cream pie with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, brisk dried pineapple finish. A fun chocolatey rum for shaking up classic cocktails.
87 points $39.99
Deadhead Cask Aged Rum
85 points
$34.99
Medium copper color. Roasted aromas of molasses chews, hazelnut brittle, leather, latex, and cherry liqueur with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long oloroso sherry, cacao nibs, espresso, and root beer candies finish. A rich and nutty dark rum that will be great on the rocks or as a roasty addition to tiki cocktails.
85 points $34.99
Ron Cihuatan 12 Year Aged Rum
81 points
$37.99
Clear gold color. Curious aromas of pickled cucumber and green papaya, coconut maple fudge, latex putty and caulk, and crystallized ginger-ginseng relish with an watery body and a tingling, odd, crisp flat cherry cola, berry pancake syrup, and cedar mulch finish. A curious amalgamation of tropical, candy, and wood flavors.
81 points $37.99
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