About Dark Rum

Serve in a Rocks Glass
Dark Rums are traditionally full-bodied, rich, caramel-dominated Rums. The best are produced mostly from pot stills and frequently aged in oak casks for extended periods. The richest of these Rums are consumed straight up.
Top Picks for Dark Rum
211104
Malecon
Selección Esplendida 1985
Dark amber color. Rich, attractive, toasty aromas of coffee candy, maple cherry fudge, buttery praline, and sherry with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a peppery, distinctive, long hazelnut latte, brown spices, raisins, and cream finish. A robust flavor ride of a dark rum that will appeal to any coffee fans.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218924
Bacoo
5 Year Old Rum
Light copper color. Candied, funky aromas and flavors of caramel, soft papaya, hearts of palm, and banana with an oily, soft, off-dry full body and a warming, interesting, long nut butter, toffee, and pineapple cake finish. A rich mouthfeel and desert-like flavors shine in this aged rum.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219749
Mount Gay
Black Barrel Rum
Golden amber color. Fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, Jamaica drink, hearts of palm, and crystallized ginger with a glycerous, fruity sweet full body and a tingling, thought-provoking, long marshmallow, chocolate fudge ice cream, roasted nuts, and leather finish. A rich and satisfying sipper.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218923
Marauda
Steelpan Rum
Dark gold color. Sweet aromas of chocolate taffy, beeswax, smoky coffee bean, and malted milk with a thick, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length candied apricot and cherry, caramel fudge, pistachio butter, and orange blossom honey in tea finish. A balanced, rich yet delicate rum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210923
Marauda
Steel Pan Rum
Gold color. Faint, elegant, earthy aromas of caramelized nuts, roasted bananas, and brown spices with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, fast creme brulee, banana flan, copper ore, and fuel-like minerals finish. A superb potstill rum with great complexity and finesse.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211231
Beenleigh
5 Year Old Double Barrel Rum
Bright amber color. Rich, attractive, fruity aromas of bananas foster, chocolate cherry and nuts, and mocha buttercream with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cream brulee, white toffee, cherry cola, and peppermint finish. A nicely confected dark rum for mixing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206781
Florida Old Reserve
Sherry Cask Rum
Amber color. Pleasant aromas of toffee, raisins, and coconut cream pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hint of licorice, cherry, and warming brown spices on the finish. A very tasty and cleverly made dark rum for all applications.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206137
Pusser’s
British Navy Rum
Copper color. Pot still like aromas of bananas and leaves, coconut cream, praline, and copper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, tropical citrus, spice, molasses, horchata, caramel, and mineral finish. A superbly flavorful and balanced dark rum that will instantly elevate cocktails.
93 points $23 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219248
Ron Cartavio
Selecto Rum
Pale copper color. Fruity aromas and flavors of stewed pineapple and brownie batter with a lean, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length graham cracker, roasted caramelized nuts, and tiramisu finish. A charming rum for the masses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219011
APPLETON ESTATE
Reserve Blend Rum
Copper color. Funky, hot aromas of pollo lollipop, dried mango, wet cedar, and Iberico Jamon with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium body and a peppery, medium-length burnt sugar, dried mango with salt and chile, raisin cake, and honeycomb cereal finish. A slightly savory rum for punches.
92 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab