About Puerto Rican Spirits

About Puerto Rican Spirits
Spirits in Puerto Rico are dominated by rum. It is the national beverage of the island; moreover, through clever marketing, the producers have done an outstanding job of capturing export business, as 70% of the rum consumed in the USA is from Puerto Rico.

As with rums from other Caribbean nations, there are several versions (aged, unaged, añejo, aged 8 years, etc); however, quality while excellent for a few top examples, tends to be regarded as less than other rums from lands such as Haiti, Dominican Republic and Barbados.

There are some aged Puerto Rican rums meant for sipping, but most are used for mixing in cocktails.

Top Picks for Puerto Rico

Don Q Gran Reserva Anejo XO Rum
96 points
$50
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of fresh roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts and apples with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with overtones of brown spices and roasted coconut and tropical fruits. A delicious and dry, pure crafted aged Rum that will be great for sipping or artisan cocktails.
Ron Del Barrilito Hacienda Santa Ana Cask Strength Rum
95 points
$29
Light gold color. Boozy, roasted, sweet, toasty aromas and flavors of honey, raisin, dates and baking spices with a velvety, shy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length finish with notes of creme brulee and mint and baking spices. A vibrant, well balanced overproof rum that will punch up punches perfectly.
Don Q Reserva de la Familia Serralles 20 Year Old Rum
95 points
$1865
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark butter roasted nuts and fruits, frosted caramel cake, and rich brown spices with a velvety, bright, dryish fat body and a smooth, intricate, very long finish with accents of spice cake, dried fruits, cherry cola, and creme brulee. A superb, long-aged Rum with cascading waves of evolving flavors.
95 points $1865
Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum
94 points
$19
Best Buy
Pale gold color. Candied, nutty, woody aromas and flavors of polished wood and cola with a supple, soft, dryish thin body and a tingling, short finish imparting overtones of walnut, cola and pineapple cake. A supple and balanced copper pot still rum with excellent tropical fruit and creamy oak flavors; will be great in tiki drinks.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Bacardi Sherry Cask Finish Reserva Ocho Rum
94 points
$32
Dark amber color. Smoky, woody, baked, chemical aromas and flavors of raisin, chocolate, smoke, maple, and tobacco with a soft, shy, dryish thin body and a warming, momentary finish that exhibits overtones of coffee and pecan pie. A rich and satisfying aged Rum that will excel in any application.
Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez Rum
94 points
$40
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean and pecan, pistachio gelato, lemon waxed wood, and leather with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, very long finish with notes of spiced dried fruits, cola nut, and pepper. A silky, well-aged sipping Rum that is sure to please.
Ron Del Barrilito 3 Stars Rum
94 points
$44
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of brown butter, salty dark roasted nuts, putty, and figs with a supple, dryish full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish that shows accents of toasted oak and tropical fruit trail mix. A buttery, wood-forward aged Rum with great sipability.
Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum
93 points
$29
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of lacquered wood, dried fruits, caramelized nuts and plums, and lit cigar and leather with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of flan, brown and pepper spices, and butter pecan gelato. A spicy, round and warming aged Rum that will be quite versatile.
Bacardi Bahama Mama
93 points
Bright coral peach color. Aromas and flavors of peach candies, sweet guava smoothie, banana, and fruit stripes gum with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long finish displaying shades of cherry liqueur, pineapple candies, and hints of aromatic bitters. A juicy and instantly pleasing tropical cocktail with a friendly fizz.
Bacardi Mojito
93 points
Hazy pale golden green color. Aroma and flavors of sweet limeade with a round, lively, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish that presents notes of hints of cane sugar and mint. A solid, sparkling Daiquiri-like cocktail with balanced citrus flavors