About Bajan Spirits

About Bajan Spirits
Rum - of many different styles and flavors - is the major spirit of Barbados. You can buy spiced rum, coconut rum, silver rum, gold rum, vanilla rum and several other types from this Caribbean island; all of them are well made and work beautifully in mixed drinks.

There are some examples of aged rums, some matured for as long as ten years, that have greater complexity, with notes of creme brulee, toffee and brown spices that are very elegant; these are ideal sipped on their own.

In general, rums from Barbados are value-priced, from $12 to $25 on US retail shelves.

Top Picks for Barbados

Plantation Original Dark Double Aged Rum
95 points
$21
Best Buy
Clear amber color. Creamy, fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of marzipan, pear, nutmeg, and banana with a syrupy, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with accents of chocolate cherries, baking spices and vanilla. A great Rum to sip on while having enough spice and complexity to stand up in a cocktail.
95 points $21 Best Buy
Plantation 20th Anniversary XO Extra Old Aged Rum
95 points
$59
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of frosted fruit nut cake, frosted cardamom coffee cake, and sarsaparilla float with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long finish with notes of vanilla meringue, macadamia gelato, and sweet spices. A wonderfully flavorful and inviting aged Rum that is a pleasure to sip and savor.
Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend Rum
94 points
$65
Amber color. Aromas of caramelized nuts, dried tropical fruits, leather-bound wood, and lit beeswax candle with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long cherry cola, dark roasted nuts, and toasted oak finish. A delicious, densely flavored, dry aged rum with great versatility as a sipper or in elevated cocktails.
Stade’s Rum Bond No. 8 Rum
93 points
$24
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried passionfruit and guava, mango-pineapple cake, mocha nut bar, and spumoni gelato with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish evoking elements of coconut molasses cookie, honeycomb, hints grass and straw, and cajeta and brunost. A rock solid dark Rum for all manner of cocktails.
93 points $24 Best Buy
Bombarda Rum Formidable 18 year old Rum Limited Edition Ship of the Line
93 points
$109
Golden yellow color. Complex, earthy aromas and flavors of hot copper pot on a wood campfire, plantains foster, incense, and propolis with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, elaborate, very long finish with impressions of spiced nougat, carob cream, vanilla pod, and tobacco leaf. A fantastically rich and exotic aged pot still rum bursting with flavor; this will be triumphant as a sipper with cigars or in the very finest of top shelf cocktails.
Mount Gay Eclipse Heritage Blend Rum
92 points
$22
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of brown sugar and hints of lychee with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a breezy hints of vanilla, caramel pudding, and Bananas Foster finish. A simple but rock solid rum for most any cocktail.
Awards: 2021 Best Aged Rum (Aged 3 years or less)
92 points $22 Best Buy
Mount Gay Black Barrel Double Cask Blend Rum
92 points
$45
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, bananas foster, and coffee gelato with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of Spanish coffee, orange peel, and glazed nuts. A pure and delicious rum that will be very wide-appealing.
Neptune Gold Rum
92 points
$34.95
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of mango, pineapple, peach yogurt, and cane with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of caramel-drizzled peaches and banana leaf finish. A rock solid gold rum with lots of tropical character for all manner of cocktails; authentic aromas and balanced flavor.
92 points $34.95
Plantation 5 Year Aged Rum
89 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas of roasted chestnuts, terra cotta and clay, roasted bananas and sultanas, and painted pencil and rubber mat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long vanilla pudding, honey roasted walnuts, and lacquered wood finish. A fruity-yet-earthy Rum that will pop in cocktails.
The Equiano Rum Co Light Rum
89 points
$35
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted pecans and sesame, mocha, chocolate cream wafer cookie, and vinyl and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long finish that presents shades of roasted coconut, hazelnut milk, salted chocolate with dates, and chestnut honeycomb. A tightly focused, warm and penetrating lightly aged Rum with a lot of character for sipping on the rocks or in cocktails.