About Dark Rum

About Dark Rum
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

Malecon Selección Esplendida 1985
95 points
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.
Bacoo 5 Year Old Rum
94 points
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Dark Rum
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Barceló Imperial 30 Aniversario
93 points
Bright amber color. Oaky, attractive aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and wood, chocolate espresso bean, banana maple buttercream, turmeric, and smoked paprika and tobacco in a wood pipe with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, long caramel buttercream, pencil shavings, and sweet and peppery spiced finish. A superbly supple and complex sipping -style dark rum that is sure to please.
Awards: 2018 Top 5 Dark Rum
Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
93 points
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
Marauda Steelpan Rum
93 points
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.
Marauda Steel Pan Rum
93 points
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.
Beenleigh 5 Year Old Double Barrel Rum
93 points
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.
Amrut Two Indies Rum
92 points
Gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of fruity Brach’s caramel, pickled plantain and olives, varnished cedar, and pistachio nougat with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long spumoni gelato with nuts, brown spices, hay and raffia, and mineral ore finish. A wonderfully vibrant and exotic dark rum with great interplay of sweet, spicy, and savory tones.
92 points $25.99
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
Plantation Original Dark Rum
92 points
Best Buy
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of mace, cinnamon, rum-raisin, orange blossom, patent leather, and tropical pineapple with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and an even, breezy spice cake, caramel coated apricot, vanilla-cola, and licorice finish. A spicy, serious rum with a great copper-pot character.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy