About Rum and Cane Spirits from Mexico

About Rum  and  Cane Spirits from Mexico
Mexican spirits are all about beverages made from the agave plant, with the two most famous products being tequila and Mezcal. These products range from rustic and rough to polished and world-class; they are enjoyed by the common man as well as celebrities and they are consumed throughout Mexico as well as in the United States and many other countries. While both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, mezcal can be produced from many varieties from several area, while tequila can only be made from the blue agave and only from the Jalisco district. There are several types of tequila, from the most basic, clear examples that can be sipped or serve as the base of numerous cocktails, all the way up to aged (añejo) versions that have gold or amber colors, smoky, caramel and honeyed aromas and a long, elegant finish that are meant for after dinner enjoyment on their own or with a cigar. Tequila had become an enormous industry in Mexico and today the product is made by small family-owned companies as well as large multimillion dollar beverage giants. There is also a small amount of liqueurs made in Mexico, such as those made from honey, coconut and even local flowers such as the Xtabentun; production is limited, but quality is quite high.

Top Picks for Mexico

Rum and Cane Spirits

Puerto Angel Organic Blanco Rum
93 points
$26.99
Pale slivery straw color. Bright, creamy, earthy aromas of plantain custard, rubber leaf, and coconut water and husk with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length Coleman’s fuel, white pepper, and green tobacco leaf finish. A rustic, somewhat fiery, cachaça like white rum that will add a lot of character to craft cocktails.
93 points $26.99
Puerto Angel Organic Amber Rum
92 points
$29.99
Hazy straw color. Delicate, creamy, nutty toasty yeasty aromas of almond nougat, creme brulee, and spice bread with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length pepper, mocha cream, toasted marshmallow, and fuel-like minerals finish. A flavor packed gold rum that will stand out well in cocktails.
92 points $29.99
Ron Caribe Silver Premium Rum
89 points
$19.95
Best Buy
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
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
Ron Caribe Añejo Superior Ocho Años Rum
87 points
$32.95
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
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
Bacardi 1873 Ron Solera Rum
81 points
$22.99
Bronze color with an olive cast. Aromas of molten plastic and shellacked wood with a soft, dryish medium body and a burnt sugar, pesticide, and charred nut finish. Weird.
81 points $22.99