Best Inexpensive Rum & Cane Spirits

218855
Saint James
Rhum Imperial Blanc Agricole
Clear color. Grassy, herbal, complex aromas of potting soil, cigarette, cascara, and fresh starfruit with a supple, vibrant, dryish thin body and a peppery, elegant, very long bone marrow, whole apricot, fine china, and sugar snap pea and pimento finish. A slow-developing Agricole that rewards the drinker with a flavor journey.
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
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
218857
Saint James
Rhum Paille Agricole
Brilliant gold color. Rubbery aromas of packaged ground coffee and matcha, plantain chips, charred vanilla bean, and dry earth with a crisp, medium body and a peppery, thought-provoking, medium-long bone marrow, charred artichoke, dried oregano and anise, and wilted arugula finish. An earthy Agricole for contemplative sipping.
94 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219047
Endless Summer
Silver Rum
Opaque clear color. Fresh aromas and flavors of banana leaf, coconut water, tapioca, and lilac with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length fresh coconut pulp, aloe vera, tomatillo juice, and Thai chile finish. A fresh, clean and refined rum that offers gentle tropical notes.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210912
Rum Haven
Coconut Rum
Opaque clear color. Lively, pure, tropical aromas of coconut cream and oil with a soft, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length coconut macaroon and buttercream finish. Nice purity and depth of coconut flavor that will work well in fruity cocktails or after dinner.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220605
Tanduay
Asian Gold Rum
Bright gold color. Exotic, fruity aromas of creme of coconut, caramelized pineapple, hibiscus, and spearmint jelly candy with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dried fig and red licorice, cashew trail mix, marshmallow fluff, and Thai spice finish. A coconuty gold rum begging for piña coladas.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219671
Tanduay
Asian Gold Rum
Light amber color. Nutty, fresh aromas and flavors of almond extract, cherry blossom, caramelized pistachios, and prune with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy almond paste, panettone, cola, and white pepper finish. An almond bomb for craft cocktails.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219670
Tanduay
Asian Silver Rum
Silver Straw color. Clean, herbal aromas of greenhouse, cream, talc, and citra hops with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, medium-length coconut cream, mixed peppercorns, and dried papaya finish. A solid all-purpose white rum.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211105
Malecon
10 Year Old Rum
Amber color. Bright, creamy aromas of creme brulee, banana pie, and lemon polished wood with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length chocolate cream, cola, copper, and rubber finish. A very nice sipping rum.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208827
The Real McCoy
Aged 3 Years Rum
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut flesh, whipped cream, pepper, and copper with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-length finish with notes of nougat, vanilla, and limestone. A delicious, well-made white rum with lots of complexity and character.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab