About Rum and Cane Spirits from Puerto Rico

About Rum  and  Cane Spirits from Puerto Rico
Spirits in Puerto Rico are dominated by rum. It is the national beverage of the island; moreover, through clever marketing, the producers have done an outstanding job of capturing export business, as 70% of the rum consumed in the USA is from Puerto Rico. As with rums from other Caribbean nations, there are several versions (aged, unaged, añejo, aged 8 years, etc); however, quality while excellent for a few top examples, tends to be regarded as less than other rums from lands such as Haiti, Dominican Republic and Barbados. There are some aged Puerto Rican rums meant for sipping, but most are used for mixing in cocktails.

Top Picks for Puerto Rico

Rum and Cane Spirits

Don Q Signature Release 2007 Single Barrel Rum
94 points
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
Bacardi Gran Reserva Limitada Rum
94 points
Clear golden amber color. Mild, roasted, nutty aromas and flavors of dark nut brittle, mocha latte, chocolate covered cherries and bananas, and cigar tobacco with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long fruit cake, cedar spice rack, cane, and grassy earth finish. A rich, hedonistic, well-aged sipping rum.
94 points $99.99
Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
93 points
Pale slivery straw color. Mild aromas of soda raisin bread pudding, powdered sugar, and pink pepper with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length almond and coconut milk, white chocolate nuts and dried fruits, spiced plantains, and wet stone finish. A smooth, refined, and nicely balanced white rum.
93 points $24.99
Bacardi Ron 8 Años Rum
91 points
Best Buy
Copper color. Aromas of polished wood, butter roasted nuts, and caramel with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full and a long, sweet spice and vanilla finish. A tasty, well aged rum that is sure to please.
91 points $22.99 Best Buy
Don Q Añejo Rum
90 points
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of animal crackers and caramelized banana with a soft, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, short almond biscotti, orange icing, and warm spices finish. A nice aged rum with subtle richness.
Awards: 2017 Best Buy Bar Winning Aged Rum
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Don Q 151 Rum
89 points
Golden amber color. Tropical aromas of vanilla, caramelized mango, rose water and candied orange peel, and candied hibiscus and char grilled vegetables with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, elegant, long butterscotch and almond nougat, maple syrup and pineapple husk, allspice, and peach preserve finish. A terrific nuanced overproof rum that is a welcome addition to any tropical cocktail.
89 points $24.99
Caliche Rum
88 points
Slivery straw color. Tropical aromas of coconut flesh, dried pineapple, fresh sugar cane, and wet plantain with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, breezy coconut confection, cracked black pepper, lime cordial, and banana leaf finish. A pleasing white rum for classic daiquiris or shots.
88 points $24.99
Don Q Gran Anejo Rum
88 points
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
Club Caribe Gold Rum
88 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Mild, creamy aromas and flavors of caramel yogurt and buttery nut brittle with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, buoyant almond milk, sweet and peppery spices, cedar, and turmeric tea finish. A mellow, well-balanced, easy drinking rum that is sure to please.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Club Caribe Silver Rum
88 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Delicate, creamy aromas and flavors of coconut frosting, panettone, and butter roasted nuts with a supple, soft, fruity light body and a tingling, delightful, buoyant cream and hint of pink pepper and dried lime finish. A nice mixing rum.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy