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
Best Buy
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
A wonderfully flavorful and inviting aged Rum that is a pleasure to sip and savor.
Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend Rum
94 points
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
Best Buy
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
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
Best Buy
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
A pure and delicious rum that will be very wide-appealing.
Plantation 5 Year Aged Rum
89 points
A fruity-yet-earthy Rum that will pop in cocktails.
The Equiano Rum Co Light Rum
89 points
A tightly focused, warm and penetrating lightly aged Rum with a lot of character for sipping on the rocks or in cocktails.
Bumbu Original Rum
87 points
A rich, bold spiced rum with vivid banana cake flavors.
87 points $34.99