About Jamaican Spirits

About Jamaican Spirits
There are some very good lighter rums from Jamaica today, but the versions that get all the attention are those aged in whiskey or sherry barrels for anywhere from 10 to 21 years. Copper or golden colored with appealing flavors such as banana, roasted coconut and praline, these are smashing examples of rums with complexity and intensity as well as finesse and elegance. These are meant for sipping or for artisan cocktails. Inexpensive rums, such as spiced versions, are fine for use in most summer cocktails.

Top Picks for Jamaica

Hampden Estate HLCF Classic Single Jamaican Rum
97 points
The proof and the dundery high ester funk assure that this is not for the faint of heart or amateur imbiber, but hot damn is this delicious and complex; would happily sit with a bottle all day and reflect on what cigar pairings or cocktails would be best and then discover that the whole bottle accidentally disappeared.
Rest & Be Thankful 23 Year Aged Longpond Single Cask #10245 Rum
97 points
Intensely, exquisitely full of flavor; if you like old and funky on George Clinton levels, this is the Rum you are looking for.
Bhakta Spirits Armagnac Cask Finished Jamaican Rum
96 points
Don't let the ABV fool you, this is as approachable and delightful as any high proof Rum can be; a classy spirit that will only continue to evolve from a little water.
Rest & Be Thankful 21 Year Aged Monymusk Single Cask #13916 Rum
96 points
Like distilled raspberry goat cheese with a caramel and apricot drizzle; an incredibly expressive Rum that is totally delicious.
Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum
96 points
Best Buy
A rich and flavorful overproof Rum that opens up beautifully with dilution.
96 points $25 Best Buy
APPLETON ESTATE Nassau Valley Casks 21 Year Old Rum
95 points
Delicious with an excellent depth of flavor, sit down and enjoy this with a cigar and a great book; a classic for the classics.
APPLETON ESTATE Rare Casks 12 Year Old Rum
94 points
With a funky, fruity, and rich mouth feel, this is just yummy and a classic benchmark Jamaican Rum.
APPLETON ESTATE Black River Casks 15 Year Old Rum
93 points
You have to like funky Jamaican Rums with all of that estery funk, but if you do, this is a lovely aged example.
Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve Rum
93 points
Complex layers of fruit flavors with some subtle earthy funk make up this benchmark, consumer friendly Jamaican Rum.
Myers’s Reserve Dark Rum
93 points
A very well made Rum for the back bar that is versatile and will play nicely in any standard Rum application.