About Philippine Spirits

About Philippine Spirits
Rum is the principal alcoholic spirit produced in the Philippines; there are white and gold versions and most are well made, elegant rums meant for cocktails. These are priced along the lines of competing rums from the Caribbean.

Small amounts of blended whiskey, vodka and brandy (this last, made in various levels of aging and quality) that are produced by a few large distillers.

Top Picks for Philippines

Archipelago Lava Rock Vodka
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of soft white bread and sweet corn with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk hints of sweet stone fruit and lemon pepper finish. A round and undulating vodka that’s perfect for martinis.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Tanduay Gold Asian Rum
90 points
$19
Best Buy
Gold color. Confected aromas of ginger ale, tropical fruit candies, cherry slushie, and frozen coke with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length roasted nuts and caramel cream candies finish. A flavorful, candied rum that will work in lots of tropical cocktails.
90 points $19 Best Buy
Tanduay 16 Year Aged and 5 Year Aged Double Rum
89 points
$49
Clear dark amber color. Jammy, inviting, baked, spicy, candied aromas and flavors of marzipan, cola, allspice and candied banana with a creamy, shy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish displaying notes of butter pecan ice cream with passionfruit sauce and cola sorbet. A bold Rum that warms you from the inside.
Especia Pilipinas Spiced Rum
87 points
$19
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cola, horchata, melted vanilla candle, and cellophane with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of cinnamon nutmeg cookies and candied spiced nuts. A solid spiced Rum that will amp up a Rum and Coke.
Tanduay Silver Asian Rum
87 points
$19
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of cream soda, lemon-lime candies, tropical fruit slushie, and lemon balm with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish with elements of pineapple candies. A fruity, tropical rum that will blend well in warm weather cocktails.
Boracay Cappuccino Flavored Rum
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, tiramisu, and cappuccino shake with a round, crisp, moderately sweet light body and a polished, medium-length finish. A plush, creamy Flavored Rum for dessert cocktails.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Boracay Coconut Flavored Rum
84 points
$14
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream and buttercream frosting with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and an effortless, agreeable finish. A sweet, coconut-y Rum for tropical drinks in a flash.