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

The Real McCoy Limited Edition 14 Year Aged Rum
95 points
Amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of wet oak, Palo Santo, molasses cookie, tobacco, and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, complex, long finish manifesting nuances of Champurrado, dried mango, creme brulee, hickory, and flamed orange finish. An elegantly dry rum with layers and layers of flavor; time has been very good to this spirit.
95 points $69.99
The Real McCoy 12 Year Aged Rum
94 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of hazelnut spread, cherry jam, pecan praline, and grilled peach and pineapple with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, long espresso, smoked vanilla, brown sugar, leather, island spices, and toffee finish. A decadent, complex rum ideal for sipping.
94 points $49.99
The Real McCoy Limited Edition Virgin Oak 10 Year Aged Rum
94 points
Brilliant amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized roasted nuts, cedar cigar box, spiced plantains and raisins, and artisanal chocolate toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, very long finish that exhibits elements of coffee cake and rich brown spices finish. A fantastically complex, pure, and flavorful aged rum with intricately meshed flavors and a long, warming, satisfying finish.
94 points $59.99
The Real McCoy 3 Year Aged White Rum
93 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut water, fondant, and tiramisu with a satiny, bright, fruity light body and a hot, fast finish. A super-solid, spicy white rum great for daiquiris and Cuba Libres.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
The Real McCoy 5 Year Aged Dark Rum
93 points
Amber color. Aromas of artisan cola, bananas foster, nutmeg, and candied walnut with a round, bright, off-dry medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length caramel-coconut sundae, toasted marshmallow, and chocolate-cherry almond bark finish. A silky, caramelly rum that is delicious sipped neat and will make flavorful cocktails.
93 points $29.99
Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old Aged Rum
93 points
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of ripe bananas, orgeat, steel cut oats and cream, cinnamon, and honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length creamy caramel, latte, creme brulee, toasted hardough bread, and honey roasted nuts finish. A soft and approachable rum with tons of cocktail possibilities.
93 points $49.99
Neptune Gold Rum
92 points
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 Old Rum
91 points
Best Buy
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of brown sugar caramelized plantain, sweet tobacco, vanilla bean, and hazelnut with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length caramelized mango, milk chocolate, rich caramel, and tack room finish. A sweet and nutty rum with for crowd-pleasing cocktails and effortless sipping.
91 points $21.99 Best Buy
Kaniche Reserve Rum
89 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Sweet aromas of vanilla flan, orange caramel sauce, polished wood, blonde tobacco, and lemon verbena with a velvety, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length praline, caramelized banana, and buttered brioche finish. A sweet and friendly dark rum for all manner of tropical cocktails.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Kaniche XO Rum
89 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized black walnuts and bananas, toasty raisin bran muffin top, spicy honey, and bison grass with a velvety, off-dry medium body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with nuances of maple and Neapolitan gelatos, root beer float, melange of brown spices, and hint of pink pepper finish. A delicious and vibrant dark rum loaded with attractive flavors.
89 points $29.99