About Aged Rum

About Aged Rum
Añejo and Age-Dated Rums are aged Rums from different vintages or batches that are mixed together to insure a continuity of flavor in brands of Rum from year to year. Some aged Rums will give age statements stating the youngest Rum in the blend (e.g., 10-year-old Rum contains a blend of Rums that are at least 10 years old). A small number of French island Rums are Vintage Dated.

Top Picks for Aged Rum

Malecon Seleccion Esplendida 1979
97 points
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
Denizen Merchants Reserve 8 Year Old Rum
96 points
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced baked bananas, molasses raisin cake, lit scented candle, and rubber leaf and sap with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-long vanilla cola float, sweet and peppery spices wrapped in banana and tobacco leaves, latte with coconut milk, and copper finish. A vivacious, pot still aged rum with boatloads of character and finesse.
96 points $29.99
Ron Cartavio XO Rum
96 points
Brilliant mahogany color. Woody, elegant aromas of fine furniture, soft tropical fruit, leather wallet, and warm cinnamon roll with a lightly tannic, crisp, off-dry full body and a tingling, nuanced, long caramelized nut tart, mango flan, orange caramel sauce, and vanilla bean and nutmeg finish. A rich aged rum for sweet palates.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Rum, 2017 Best Aged Rum
Havana Club Unión Rum
96 points
Dark amber color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted nut brittle, sweet and pickling spices, geranium patch, and sarsaparilla with a velvety, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pencil shavings, sweet cream, wet limestone, and blonde tobacco finish. A very smooth, elegant, and mellow sipping rum.
Panama-Pacific 23 year Aged Rum
96 points
Golden amber color. Bold, spicy, creamy complex aromas of cherry cola float, spiced peaches and mangos, orange spice cake, and creme brulee with a soft, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long chocolate cherry bon bons, honeyed spiced nuts, suede, and cedar finish. A seamless and delicious aged rum that is sure to satisfy.
96 points $54.99
Old New Orleans 20th Anniversary Blend "King Creole" Rum
96 points
Brilliant gold color. Creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate maple nut fudge, spicy fruit chutney, honey vanilla bean gelato, and copper with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, long vanilla buttercream and cola, tiramisu, pink pepper, and minerals finish. A superbly spicy and intricate sipping rum that will cover all bases.
96 points $84.99
95 points
Dark amber color. Sweet, candied, complex aromas and flavors of vanilla creme Anglaise, caramel pudding, dates, and dried pineapple with a tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, long tropical trail mix, candied orange peel, orange blossom water, and leather finish. An intriguing and satisfying sipping rum.
95 points $134.99
Ron Duran 12 Year Aged Rum
95 points
Golden amber color. Rich, attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, banana bread pudding, cherry cola, and polished wood with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long mocha gelato, chocolate toffee, pepper, and cedar finish. A delicious and vivacious aged rum for all applications.
Mount Gay XO Reserve Cask Rum
95 points
Copper color. Bright, buttery, toasty aromas and flavors of buttery roasted nuts, caramelized peaches and bananas, bourbon barrel, and delicate baking spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long whole nuts, toasted cedar and oak, limestone, and pepper finish. A dry, nicely poised, well-oaked sipping rum that will be great with cigars.
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