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July 2018 - Rum & South American Spirits

July 2018 - Rum & South American Spirits
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Rum & South American Spirits Reviews

Malecon Seleccion Esplendida 1979
97 points
$299.99
Amber color. Toasty, sweet aromas of mocha latte, amarena cherry, mahogany, leather, and caramel-coated nuts with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long fresh grated cinnamon, black peppercorns, and molasses cookies finish. A decadent and roasty aged rum in the most serious class; sip respectfully.
Awards: 2018 Best Aged Rum
97 points $299.99
Jan Stephenson Pineapple Rum
94 points
$34.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of burnt sugar and coffee bean, lit candle, singed fruit cake, and fennel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and an interesting, long iron grilled pineapple with mesquite honey, cream and fruit punch sodas, and hint of licorice finish. A fantastic pineapple rum with rich, complex flavors that perfectly bridges the fun and the serious.
Awards: 2018 Best Flavored Rum
94 points $34.99
Belmont Farm Kopper Kettle Dark Chai Spiced Rum
93 points
$24.99
Gold color. Exotic, spicy aromas and flavors of cardamom custard, turkish rose water dessert, orange marmalade on cinnamon rye toast, and dried mushrooms with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, elegant, long finish that shows notes of sweet chai tea, caramel gelato in cola, and crystallized ginger finish. A delicious exotically spicy rum with lots of fun and creative cocktail applications.
93 points $24.99
Rum Fire Jamaican White Overproof Rum
93 points
$28
Clear color. Funky aromas of green plantain, green tomato, flint, freshly ground black pepper, and key lime with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and a searing, interesting, long arugula, sweet fondant, hazelnut candy, and cream finish. A funky overproof rum to kick up the night.
FACUNDO Paraiso XA Rum
93 points
$250
Pale dark amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of baking spices, cherry handpie, root beer, wet oak, menthol mint, and vanilla bean with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with touches of bananas foster and custard finish. An attractive and warmingly spicy aged rum that is excellent for sipping.
Amrut Two Indies Rum
92 points
$25.99
Gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of fruity brach’s caramel, pickled plantain and olives, varnished cedar, and pistachio nougat with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish displaying notes of spumoni gelato with nuts, brown spices, hay and raffia, and mineral ore finish. A wonderfully vibrant and exotic dark rum with great interplay of sweet, spicy, and savory tones.
92 points $25.99
Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum
92 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cinnamon-pumpkin loaf, pecan pie, castelvetrano olive, ginseng, mace, thyme, and violet with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish revealing notes of Manzanilla sherry and grass clippings finish. A complex and lengthy rum with a unique style and spicy-salty allure.
92 points $49.99
Bacardi Reserva Limitada Aged Rum
92 points
$100
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of watermelon candies, lemon verbena, caramel, cream soda, and apricots in syrup with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, easy pineapple confection, banana syrup, and pink peppercorns finish. A sweet and fruity rum that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
FACUNDO Exquisito Aged Rum
92 points
$150
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey butter on dark toast, polished cedar, and rickhouse with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish revealing touches of chocolate caramel bar, spiced nuts, coconut creme brulee, and dried tobacco leaves finish. A very smooth and attractive sipping rum.
Charbay Double Distilled Double Aged Rum
92 points
$425
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of salted dark chocolate, toasty oak, chocolate covered cherry cordials, and dried peach with a satiny, lively, moderately sweet medium body and a searing, medium-length finish with suggestions of caramel truffle finish. A potent overproof rum that packs a flavorful punch.
Eastside Distilling Below Deck Silver Rum
91 points
$15.95
Best Buy
Clear silver color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cane, corn husk, sweet gum tree, candied lime peel and pineapple, cumin, and charcoal with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish conveying shades of fondant, coconut milk, and cola finish.
91 points $15.95 Best Buy
Black Magic Black Spiced Rum
91 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Dull bronze color. Attractive, candied aromas and flavors of spumoni gelato with almond whipped cream, spiced chocolate toffee, and vanilla caramel frosted rum raisin cake with an oily, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying nuances of cherry cola float with Neapolitan ice cream, frosted gingerbread and carrot cakes, vanilla nut fudge, and pink peppercorns finish. A fun and engaging spiced rum that will make tasty cocktails.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Amrut Deluxe Old Port Rum
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Brilliant copper color. Spicy, fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of rum fruit nut cake, chocolate rum cherry bonbons, and black strap molasses with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length finish with overtones of spumoni and butter pecan ice creams in a root beer float, mace and asian spices, and clove and oak finish. An exotically spicy dark rum that will be fun to experiment with.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Bounty Premium Dark Rum
91 points
$20.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted dark nougat, mocha creme brulee, white pepper, and hint of corsage and swimming pool with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish that shows nuances of caramel creme Anglaise, grilled molasses fruitcake, tobacco in a cedar box, and chicory and black garlic finish. A flavorful and nuanced dark rum that will elevate cocktails.
91 points $20.99 Best Buy
Zíami Ruby Rush Flavored Rum
91 points
$35
Pale slivery straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of honeyed ruby grapefruit and orange powder drink and gelatin candy with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, captivating, long finish with impressions of grapefruit dreamsicle, Italian ice, and grapefruit soda finish. A very flavorful grapefruit flavored rum that will add zingy citrus notes to cocktails.
Antigua Porteno 21 Year Aged  Rum
91 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, brown spice, spiced mocha, and polished wood with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish conveying notes of coconut creme brulee, tropical fruit gelato, and leather and cedar finish. A very tasty and nicely balanced aged rum.
91 points $39.99
Kaniche Perfeccion Rum
91 points
$39.99
Brilliant amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of buttery nut brittle, polished wood, caramelized fruits and cheese, and sandalwood soap with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, elegant, long finish with notes of mocha gelato, chocolate cherries and oranges, and sassafras float finish. A deliciously fruity and satisfying aged rum that is sure to please.
91 points $39.99
Bacardi Gold Rum
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Green, grassy aromas and flavors of banana peels and leaves, candle wax and starched linen, bananas foster in a cast iron skillet, and cappuccino with mace with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish imparting accents of caramel ice milk in a pewter bowl, wet stones, pepper, and bamboo finish. A excellent gold rum with a mellow finish.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bounty Premium White Rum
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Creamy, elegant aromas and flavors of coconut custard, candy corn, vanilla latte, and toasty nut brittle with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, very long finish that presents suggestions of melon in sweet vanilla cream, frosted white cake with dried fruit, and brown and peppery spices. finish. A clean and pure white rum with lovely creamy and tropical notes that will make this an ideal sipper or cocktail launch pad.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Savannah Spirits Amber Rum
90 points
$22
Best Buy
Brilliant light gold color. Spicy, interesting aromas and flavors of durian and papaya, spicy egg pastry, and antique wood with a glycerous, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish displaying notes of mesquite honey cream, caramelized bananas and coconuts in custard, light molasses butter, and banana leaf finish. A interesting and slightly funky honeyed golden rum for exotic tiki cocktails.
90 points $22 Best Buy
Dos Ron 8 Años Solera Aged Rum
90 points
$34.99
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of sassafras float with mocha ice cream, cashew brittle, chocolate-coconut soufflé, and dried stone fruit and alfalfa with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, long finish displaying accents of vanilla custard on tropical fruits, hint of caramelized fennel, and orange cola finish. A soft and elegantly styled sipping rum.
90 points $34.99
Lost Spirits Jamaica Rum
89 points
Dark mahogany color. Aromas of burnt sugar, molasses, charcoal, charred nuts, sharpie, and curry with a round, bright, off-dry full body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length dark chocolate coated toffee, graphite, dark tobacco, clove cigarettes, and black tea finish. A rich and spicy rum with a smoky character; try in stirred and boozy cocktails or cocktail floats.
Kaniche Reserve Rum
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Sweet aromas of vanilla flan, orange caramel sauce, polished wood, blonde tobacco, and lemon verbena with a velvety, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length praline, caramelized banana, and buttered brioche finish. A sweet and friendly dark rum for all manner of tropical cocktails.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Skipper Demerara Rum
89 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant mahogany color. Roasted aromas and flavors of black strap molasses, baking chocolate, instant coffee crystals, and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of coffee ice cream finish. A classically styled old school dark rum that will shine in cocktails.
89 points $20 Best Buy
Kaniche XO Rum
89 points
$29.99
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized black walnuts and bananas, toasty raisin bran muffin top, spicy honey, and bison grass with a velvety, off-dry medium body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with nuances of maple and Neapolitan gelatos, root beer float, melange of brown spices, and hint of pink pepper finish. A delicious and vibrant dark rum loaded with attractive flavors.
89 points $29.99
Antigua Porteno 15 Year Aged Rum
89 points
$32.99
Light golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of brazil and cashew toffee, chocolate granola with corn puff, coffee cheesecake, and bourbon barrel and fine shaving soap with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with suggestions of peach creme brulee, chai, corn pudding, and pink pepper finish. A mellow and tasty sipping rum that will appeal to bourbon drinkers.
89 points $32.99
Bully Boy Distillers Boston Rum
89 points
$32.99
Brilliant clear color. Curious aromas of almond frosting, elmer’s glue, maraschino cherry and candied apricot, and pistachio nougat with a silky, off-dry medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long spumoni gelato, coconut custard dessert, vanilla salt water taffy, and grape creamsicle finish. A fun fruity flavor ride of a rum.
89 points $32.99
Ron Diplomatico Distillery Collection No. 1 Batch Kettle Rum
89 points
$79
Medium amber color. Creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized banana, creme brulee, and roasted nuts in a cedar bowl with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that exhibits touches of toffee, sweet and peppery spices, cola float, and minerals finish. A silky and artfully balanced dark with deep flavors and superb versatility.
Bacardi Superior White Rum
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Interesting aromas of vanilla rice cake, flax raisin bread, and dusty cane with a velvety, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length vanilla cream, candy corn, pepper, and steel finish. A solid, well balanced white rum for cocktails.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bounty Premium Gold Rum
88 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Attractive aromas and flavors of egg whites, mocha kefir, and green peanuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish evoking impressions of caramel-vanilla fudge, mocha latte with whipped cream, and vanilla soufflé finish. A pleasant easy going gold rum that will be fun to mix with.
88 points $17.99 Best Buy
Ron Columbus Blanco Rum
88 points
$18
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of nougat, creamy meringue, overripe plantain skin, and yeasty white cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-long finish that shows impressions of vanilla-coconut custard, pepper, and wet stone finish. A pleasant creamy, lightly sweet rum that will mix well.
88 points $18 Best Buy
Lemon Hart Original 1804 Rum
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Rich brown color. Aromas and flavors of brown butter, dark burnt sugar, molasses coffee cake, and leather with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a peppery, cheery finish that shows notes of coffee grounds, bark, and charred nuts with honey finish. A very dry, dark, and austere dark rum for cocktails.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Bully Boy Distillers White Rum
88 points
$28.99
Clear color. Aromas of roasted sugar cane and papaya, praline, yeasty fruit pastry dough, and overripe pear and pineapple wrapped in gauze with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length caramelized fruits and nuts, mocha milkshake, orange gelatin, and mineral and pepper dust finish. A very nice dry, nuanced, and funky rum for artisan cocktails.
88 points $28.99
Antigua Porteno 8 Year Aged  Rum
88 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of light caramel, green plantain, black licorice, cantaloupe, cinnamon gum, and chamomile with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of dried leaves, toffee, and orange zest finish. A delicate aged rum that will serve as a great sipper or craft cocktail base.
88 points $29.99
Dictador Ultra Premium Reserve 12 Year Old Rum
88 points
$39.99
Clear golden amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of caramel coated peanuts, pecan pie, nutmeg, orange liqueur, orange flower water, and fruit stripes gum with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, brisk finish with notes of raisin bread, brown sugar, and toasted coconut finish. A luscious rum for tropical cocktail escapes.
88 points $39.99
The Naked Turtle White Rum
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Confected aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, coconut custard, tapioca pudding, and vanilla frosting with a silky, soft, off-dry medium body and a peppery, brisk finish with notes of candy corn, cotton candy, and whipped cream finish. A sweet, tingly white rum for cocktails.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Dictador Distillery Icon Reserve 20 Year Old Rum
87 points
$59.99
Dark amber color. Confected aromas and flavors of nutella, caramel layer cake, milk chocolate covered espresso beans, german chocolate cake with coconut frosting, and maple syrup with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying accents of maraschino cherry and sesame finish. A not-too-sweet sipping rum with heaps of chocolatey, nutty flavor.
87 points $59.99
Ron Diplomatico Distillery Collection No. 2 Barbet Rum
87 points
$79
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of tobacco, candied mango, banana cream puff, butterscotch, animal crackers, and cinnamon with a glycerous, lively, off-dry medium body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length allspice, jerk seasoning, lime leaf, and marzipan finish. A spicy dark rum for sipping and cocktails; perfect for a dark and stormy!
Bacardi Black Rum
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Medium copper color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted fruits, lacquered wood, praline, and conditioned leather and rubber with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with notes of creme brulee crust, pink pepper, coffee and pistachio gelatos, and metal ore and tobacco leaves finish. A toasty, spirity dark rum that will pop in cocktails.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Eastside Distilling Hue-Hue Coffee Rum
86 points
$19.95
Dark bronze color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted nuts, and grilled yams with a velvety, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium finish with notes of burnt cappuccino, lit cigar wrapper, and pepper finish. A decidedly smoky coffee driven rum for cocktails.
86 points $19.95
Roaring Dan’s Maple Flavored Rum
86 points
$30
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of toasted panettone, mixed nuts with mesquite honey, sesame and malted milk candy, and maple syrup in a new barrel with a medium body and a peppery, medium-long oak wood and bark, peppery spices, and dried fennel and banana chips finish. A brash woody flavored rum for cocktails.
Jan Stephenson Mango Rum
86 points
$34.99
Dull dark amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dark roasted alphonso mango and peach, spiced toffee, and hint of cough syrup and ink with a glycerous, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium finish with suggestions of fruit punch, honey butted fruit cake, dried fried mango sorbet, and cola and ice tea finish. A rich and distinctive exotic mango rum with a fun herbal medicinal streak that will appeal to amaro fans.
86 points $34.99
Dos Ron 16 Años Solera Aged Rum
86 points
$49.99
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanished wood, roasted plantain, peach and nuts, hint of tobacco, and molasses fig cookie with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish that exhibits nuances of dark roasted nuts, dried apricot and banana in vanilla yogurt, mixed peppercorns, and tea finish. A pleasant, lighter styled sipping rum.
86 points $49.99
Ron Columbus Añejo Rum
85 points
$18
Golden amber color. Yeasty, odd aromas and flavors of yeasty soda bread, waxy caramel candy wrapper, overripe cherries, and banana and coconut with a glycerous, soft, fruity medium body and a hot, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of pancakes with syrup on a pewter plate, coffee milkshake, pepper, and lit scented candle finish. A young and feisty rum for punches and the like.
Jan Stephenson Passion Fruit Rum
85 points
$34.99
Dull copper color. Interesting, inviting aromas of honey roasted passion fruit, soy-soaked herbs and banana leaves, black licorice and molasses, and hint of matchbook and magic smoke with a satiny, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, intricate, long passionfruit and guava sorbets, smoked toffee, tropical fruit chutney, and pink peppercorn finish. A very distinctive and florid tropical flavored rum that will be fun to experiment with in cocktails.
85 points $34.99
Zíami Platinum Rum
85 points
$40
Clear color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dried papaya, coconut butter, praline, and meringue with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, nuanced, long finish evoking impressions of vanilla and caramel cream, sweet and peppery spices, and hint of cola and vermouth finish. A delightfully creamy and attractive white rum with a snappy finish.
Antelope Island White Rum
84 points
$26.99
Clear color. Toasty aromas and flavors of candy corn, dark honey roasted nuts and stalks, latte, and hint of paint with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, long finish with notes of vanilla cream, sweet and peppery spices, copper twang, and minerals and wet straw finish. A nice, spicy and warming white rum that will pop in cocktails.
84 points $26.99
Antelope Island Red
84 points
$34.99
Red
Copper color. Interesting, musty, yeasty aromas and flavors of yeasty fruitcake, caramelized nuts, and green tobacco in a damp basement with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of black licorice and craisins in cream, oak, and pomegranate molasses and vinaigrette finish. An intriguing, funky, barrel-finished rum for adventurous cocktails.
84 points $34.99
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