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

Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez Aged Rum
94 points
Golden amber color. Fruity aromas of caramelized banana, dark chocolate dipped dried mango, salted caramels, summer artichoke, and roasted almonds with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long Madeira cake, apricots in syrup, lush cane fields, and mission fig finish. An exceptionally smooth rum that maintains balance and poise just the right amount of twang.
94 points $39.99
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 Reserva Ocho Aged Rum
93 points
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coffee bean and coconut chips, varnished wood, dried bananas and mangos, and hint gauze and iodine with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, layered, long spiced nut brittle, caramel creme Anglaise, minerals, and cigar tobacco finish. A very tasty, dryish Cuban style aged rum perfect for cigars or high end cocktails.
93 points $29.99
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
Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum
92 points
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 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
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.
Bacardi Gold Rum
90 points
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 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
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