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

Bacoo 5 Year Old Rum
94 points
$19.99
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
$125
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
$29.99
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
$35
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.
Amrut Two Indies Rum
92 points
$25.99
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
$49.99
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
$17.99
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
Ron Cartavio Selecto Rum
92 points
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.
APPLETON ESTATE Reserve Blend Rum
92 points
$26.99
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
Chairman’s Reserve Dark Rum
92 points
$27.99
Light copper color. Sweet, attractive aromas of fresh beets, dill, and melted butterscotch with a creamy, lively, dryish full body and a warming, medium-length honey comb cereal, chopped almond in chocolate, caramel bar, and leather finish. A pretty rum that will add complexity to craft cocktails.
92 points $27.99