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July 2019 - Rum & Cane Spirits

July 2019 - Rum & Cane Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Rum & Cane Spirits

Rum & Cane Spirits Reviews

Chairman’s Reserve 1931 Rum
98 points
$99.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of brown butter, mulling spices, bay, and copper pot with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, very long charred banana leaf, strawberry, lychee, soy-glazed nuts, and tobacco finish. A hypnotic, pairable rum packed with layers of graceful agricole-like flavors topped off with notes of East Asian fruit on the finish; will be stupendous in cocktails and also deserving of a slow sipping session.
98 points $99.99
Denizen Merchants Reserve 8 Year Old Rum
96 points
$34.99
Golden amber color. Grassy aromas of pineapple husk, banana leaf, dried peach, toasted coconut, green mango, and rooibos tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a very long lime curd, parmesan, minerals, creme caramel, and cascara finish. A complex rum that offers layers and layers of grassy, funky flavors; prepare yourself for a stupendous cocktail or a neat pour to write home about.
96 points $34.99
Rhum J.M Rhum Agricole Blanc
96 points
$36.99
Clear color. Aromas of underripe guava, grilled artichoke, water chestnuts, and marjoram with a round, lively, dry medium body and a peppery, complex, very long coconut flesh, lime spritz, white pepper, cinnamon, star anise, and teriyaki finish. Excellent body and length star in this Rhum Agricole that features a pop of tantalizing acidity and powerful flavors on the finish.
96 points $36.99
Denizen 3 Year Old White Rum
95 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of roasted coconut with mar, cherries in vanilla extract, magic marker, and carob almond bar with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish with nuances of minerals, copper, peppered figs, and egg nog finish. A lightly funky, cane-y, pot still influenced rum that will be great for tiki cocktails and daiquiris.
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
Kuleana Rum Works Huihui Rum
94 points
$32.99
Clear color. Aromas of fresh cane, pineapple leaf, hint of grilled artichoke, and pea flower with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long green plantain, cream of wheat, sugar in the raw, and lime peel finish. A delicious white rum with a grassy, cane-driven style; make excellent daiquiris with this!
94 points $32.99
Puerto Angel White Rum
93 points
$23.99
Clear color. Aromas of banana leaf, rice pudding with bananas, date syrup, copper pot, and coconut shell with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long frosted spice cake, hazelnut, apricot stone, savory spices, and candied ginger finish. A flavor-packed white rum with pounds of funky tropical character woven into each delicious sip; a cocktail favorite.
93 points $23.99
Ghost Coast Tiki Spiced Rum
93 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Spicy aromas of cardamom, spicy cinnamon tea, fresh orange zest, nutmeg, dill, bay, and vanilla with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length allspice, spiced apples, chai latte, pumpkin pie, and caramel finish. A rich spiced rum with true-to-life flavors and all natural appeal; delicious and honest.
93 points $24.99
Flor de Caña 12 Year Old Rum
93 points
$39.99
Copper color. Aromas of dried mango, prune, leather, and black tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, long dark chocolate covered espresso bean, chicory coffee, pineapple upside down cake, and tamarind finish. A dry, robust, flavor-building rum that will be best with cigars sipped on a warm night.
93 points $39.99
Samanau Cachaça Envelhecida
92 points
$30
Golden amber color. Toasty, sweet aromas and flavors of cinnamon pastry, cardamom, tonka beam, maple creme, shortbread, and dulce de leche with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish evoking notes of vanilla custard, lavender, coconut cream, and cashew finish. A creamy aged cachaça packed a spice cabinet of flavor; a great sipper with endless cocktail possibilities.
Neptune Gold Rum
92 points
$34.95
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of mango, pineapple, peach yogurt, and cane with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of caramel-drizzled peaches and banana leaf finish. A rock solid gold rum with lots of tropical character for all manner of cocktails; authentic aromas and balanced flavor.
92 points $34.95
Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum
92 points
$41
Dark amber color. Aromas of toffee, vanilla, candied pecan, and anise biscotti with a velvety, crisp, off-dry medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length allspice, milk chocolate, chai latte, and mesquite barbecue finish. A silky smooth rum with pecan pie sweetness; craveable.
Barnacles Gran Reserva 12 Years Aged Rum
91 points
$39.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of butterscotch, chocolate-dipped banana, canelé, roasted mango, and copper pot with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, long orange marmalade, cedar smoke, allspice, and pickled apricot finish. A slightly funky, copper-pot-kissed rum with sultry fruit and and outgoing personality.
91 points $39.99
Dubar Imperial Rum
91 points
$39.99
Rum
Copper color. Attractive aromas of caramel, honey roasted macadamia nuts, sesame candy, and cider apple with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length leather, almond paste, tobacco, and caramel-cheesecake finish. A silky rum with kisses of caramel sweetness; rich and nutty.
91 points $39.99
Pitú Vitoriosa Cachaça
91 points
$120
Bright amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of brandied cherries, tangerine, dried banana, vanilla, espresso bean, zucchini blossom, and jasmine with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, subtle, long finish with touches of milk chocolate, buttercream, tobacco, black olives, and leather finish. Alluring cherry-vanilla aromas open up to a slightly savory palate filled with bourbon-like character balanced with savory nuance; a smooth and dreamy aged cachaça with great length.
J. Wray Gold Rum
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of butterscotch and copper pot with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, relaxed bananas foster, caramelized pineapple, sea salt, and lime peel finish. A zesty gold rum with hints of pot-still character; round and robust.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Bacoo Natural Cafe Rum
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Deep mahogany color. Sweet aromas and flavors of coffee gelato, vanilla-caramel, and sourdough crust with a glycerous, soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of toasted pound cake, leather, and cappuccino finish. A sweet and creamy coffee-flavored rum for after dinner cocktails.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
WRAY & NEPHEW White Overproof Rum
90 points
$23.99
Clear color. Aromas of banana leaf, tamarind, cocoa powder, rubber, and breadfruit with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, engaging, medium-length peach and hints of spice finish. A wild ride of an overproof rum that offers much more than heat; tropical fruits, hints of smoke and spice will certainly add nuance to your next cocktail creation.
90 points $23.99
Flor de Caña 18 Year Old Rum
90 points
$49.99
Amber color. Aromas of cherries, chocolate-covered toffee, leather, and praline with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length coriander, nutmeg, acacia, and tiramisu finish. A smooth-sipping aged rum with a remarkably silky character; attractively dry and great for cigar pairings or classic cocktails.
90 points $49.99
Admiral Rodney Princessa Rum
89 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of polished furniture, pecan praline, herbal tea, and candied ginger with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long dark chocolate, chicory, toffee, and peppered nuts finish. A decadent, nutty rum to share; a fantastic choice for complex cocktails and contemplative sipping.
89 points $59.99
Arôme 28 Year-Old Rum
89 points
$595
Amber color. Oaky aromas of refined exotic woods, polished furniture, cedar dust, bananas foster, and circus peanuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length spumoni and caramel syrup finish. A solid, aromatic rum with big oak presence.
Kirkland Signature Spiced Rum
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Spicy aromas and flavors of clove, allspice, mocha latte, pumpkin pie, and cinnamon pastry with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, quick finish that exhibits shades of cafe latte and molasses cookie finish. A spicy, never-too-sweet spiced rum that will play very well in cocktails.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Bacoo 3 Year Old White Rum
88 points
$18.99
Slivery straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of coconut cream, caramelized bananas, ripe mango, clove, and spumoni with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with nuances of candied lime finish. A sweet and slightly candied rum that will make tasty daiquiris and friendly mixed drinks.
88 points $18.99
Bogart’s White Rum
88 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of roasted pecans drizzled with molasses, grilled figs and brioche, banana leaves and bark, and fuel with a satiny, bright, medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, long finish with impressions of green coconut, flint, and pepper finish. A spirity, agricole-like white rum for punches and tiki drinks.
88 points $29.99
Kuleana Rum Works Nanea Rum
88 points
$39.99
Gold color. Aromas of caramel, cinnamon-sugar toast, marzipan, and vanilla with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long olorosso sherry, peppered cured meats, dried mango, and clove finish. A distinctive aged rum that is elevated once hitting the mid-palate with a meaty, sherry-like note; highly recommended.
88 points $39.99
Kuleana Rum Works Hawaiian "Agricole" Unaged Fresh Cane Juice Rum
88 points
$54.99
Clear color. Aromas of green banana, green olives, green papaya, guava bread pudding, starfruit, and apple with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length green peppercorns, pimento, and dill finish. A funky agricole-style rum with a lush, tropical green character perfect for cocktail play.
88 points $54.99
Baha White Rum
87 points
$7.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh whipped meringue on plantain, cappuccino, toasted coconut flakes, and praline with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish revealing notes of flan, sweet cream, limestone, and pepper finish. A super clean and creamy white rum with a nice sense of place.
87 points $7.99
Flor de Caña 7 Year Old Rum
87 points
$24.99
Amber color. Aromas of toffee, chocolate, and golden raisin with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, fast toasted nuts and cream soda finish. A mild rum with subtle flavors for easy-sipping.
87 points $24.99
The Rum Cooperative Aged Rum
87 points
$34.99
Dark amber color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, salted nuts, baked apples, cedar, allspice, and peppercorns with a velvety, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and an even, compelling, medium-long pimento, sweet tamarind paste, vanilla-caramel sauce, and silky nougat finish. A rich, silky-smooth rum with layers of spicy Caribbean flavors; a great choice.
87 points $34.99
Martí Dorado Rum
86 points
$18.95
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spicy cinnamon, caramel sauce, toast, and dried pineapple with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, cheery finish. A solid gold rum that will work in a wide range of mixed drinks.
86 points $18.95
Bounty Spiced Rum
86 points
$20.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio gelato, cola, coffee creamer, waffles, and marmalade with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light body and a seamless, amusing, medium finish with overtones of spumoni and toasted coconut finish. A fruity-sweet spiced rum that will liven up mixed drinks.
86 points $20.99
Pitú Gold Cachaça
86 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas of honeycrisp apples, nougat, butterscotch, and fresh herbs with a supple, bright, dry light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length green wood, wheat grass, toffee, and peppercorns finish. A piquant cachaça to add a spicy grassiness to craft cocktails.
Puerto Angel Gold Rum
86 points
$26.99
Pale gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of butterscotch, nutmeg, and cinnamon smoke with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk finish with notes of charred nuts, molasses, and banana bread finish. A potent Gold rum with big spicy flavor.
86 points $26.99
Barnacles Signature Blend 8 Years Aged Rum
86 points
$33.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark caramel, vanilla cola, toasted pecan, and gingerbread with a glycerous, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of black tea finish. A dessert-like, silky-smooth rum with big notes of warming vanilla; excellent for winter-month cocktails or spicy ginger beer highballs.
86 points $33.99
Columbus Blanco Rum
85 points
$12
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of coconut cream pie, waxy candy wrapper, vanilla buttercream, and pine nuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish revealing notes of nougat, peppery spice, tres leche cake, and plastic wrap finish. A very tasty, creamy and versatile white rum for sipping or mixing.
Martí Estate Strength Rum
85 points
$23.95
Old gold color. Aromas of ground pepper, coconut shell, and pound cake with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, carefree char, burnt sugar, and burnt cinnamon finish. A fiery gold rum to amp up mixed drinks.
85 points $23.95
Faraday West Indies Rum
85 points
$34.99
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted oats, buttered bran muffin, dried peach, and cream with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, cheery finish with notes of milk and honey and maple finish. A distinctive rum that will play well in craft cocktails; get creative.
85 points $34.99
Flor de Caña 25 Year Old Rum
85 points
$144.99
Copper color. Aromas of popcorn, wool, and berry leaves with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a sleek, interesting, swift pecan and gingersnap cookie finish. A soft-spoken rum.
85 points $144.99
Columbus Añejo Rum
84 points
$12
Golden amber color. Aromas of snickerdoodle cookies, green apple, butterscotch, plantain, and roasted pineapple with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, cheery apple pastry and spice cake finish. An easy-drinking aged rum for tropical cocktails.
Member’s Mark Spiced Rum
84 points
$14.98
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple-cinnamon tisane, cola, and vanilla wafer with a soft, bright, dryish thin body and a tingling, brisk finish displaying accents of whipped cream and cafe latte finish. A restrained and well-mannered spiced rum for all manner of mixing.
84 points $14.98
Martí Plata Rum
84 points
$18.95
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla-sugar, tapioca, and coconut flakes with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, brisk finish displaying nuances of minerals and buttercream finish. A mild, easy-to-mix rum that will be a natural choice for Cuba Libres.
84 points $18.95
Tiburón 8 Year Old Rum
84 points
$32.99
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of nougat, butterscotch, banana moon pie, and spice cake with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy tobacco, maple, crisp belgian waffle, and aluminum finish. A chewy rum to add texture and body to creative cocktails.
84 points $32.99
Obahoshe Inland Style Gold Rum
84 points
$35
Pale light gold color. Aromas of toasted corn cakes, powdered sugar, and coconut with a lean, crisp, fruity thin body and a hot, brief candy corn and rock candy finish. A snappy rum for potent mixed drinks.
Bumbu XO Rum
84 points
$45
Amber color. Aromas of roasted peanuts, buttered popcorn, caramel, and cola-nut with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length vanilla-caramel sauce, salted nuts, and marmalade finish. A luscious bourbon barrel-influenced rum with a silky mouthfeel and cocktail-ready style.
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