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Reviews for 2018

April 2018 - Special Rum Tasting

April 2018 - Special Rum Tasting
This month's special Spirit feature is Rum

Special Rum Tasting Reviews

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
Lemon Hart Blackpool Spiced Rum
93 points
Dark mahogany color. Attractive, confected aromas of cherry, butter pecan, and egg nog ice creams, mocha coconut macaroon, vanilla wafer cookie, and tiramisu with brandied orange peel with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long vanilla buttercream, maple syrup and whipped cream on belgian waffles, spiced nuts and dried fruits, and root beer float finish. A delicious, well balanced, flavored rum with unique and attractive flavors; try after dinner and as a modifier in craft cocktails.
93 points $24.99
Ron Diplomatico Planas Rum
93 points
Pale slivery straw color. Aromas of coconut confection, sweet corn, banana cream, vanilla taffy, and citrusy tonic water with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long saline, lime blossom, and allspice finish. A tidy rum well-suited to Cuba Libres.
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
Barceló Imperial 30 Aniversario
93 points
Bright amber color. Oaky, attractive aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and wood, chocolate espresso bean, banana maple buttercream, turmeric, and smoked paprika and tobacco in a wood pipe with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, long finish that exhibits notes of caramel buttercream, pencil shavings, and sweet and peppery spiced finish. A superbly supple and complex sipping -style dark rum that is sure to please.
Awards: 2018 Top 5 Dark Rum
Plantation Original Dark Rum
92 points
Best Buy
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of mace, cinnamon, rum-raisin, orange blossom, patent leather, and tropical pineapple with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and an even, breezy spice cake, caramel coated apricot, vanilla-cola, and licorice finish. A spicy, serious rum with a great copper-pot character.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
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
Ron Diplomatico Mantuano Rum
90 points
Pale dark amber color. Attractive aromas of caramelized banana and pineapple, plantain matcha soufflé, circus peanut and rice pudding, and ’corrected’ coffee with grappa with a soft, medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long coffee gelato, polished wood and leather shoes, fig nut bread, and wrapped pencils finish. A light, dry aged rum that will add dimension to cocktails.
Selvarey Cacao Rum
90 points
Brilliant dark amber color. Aromas of chocolate fondant, cocoa rice crispies, and malt-o-meal with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree Chocolate Pop Tart finish. A toasty, chocolatey spirit that should work well in after-dinner cocktails.
90 points $34.99
Plantation 3 Stars Silver Rum
89 points
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Funky aromas of honey, fertile earth, molasses, tomato paste, sandalwood, and overripe banana with a silky, bright, fruity light body and a tingling, relaxed sweet tea and hostess Snoball cake finish. A distinctive white rum that toes the line between fruity and earthy.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Selvarey White Rum
88 points
Clear slivery straw color. Aromas of guyabana, salted butterscotch, grilled summer veggies, and sweetened condensed milk with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long fresh pineapple, sugar cane, sweet mint, and mocha buttercream finish. A hint of cane funk makes this a fun rum for bartenders.
88 points $29.99
Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
88 points
Clear dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of mango papaya chutney, cashew nougat, mocha chai milkshake, and pimento with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish evoking accents of banana coconut custard, candied spiced nuts, sassafras float, and conditioned wood finish. A decadently fruity and attractive aged rum that will be very versatile.
Taildragger Torched Coconut Rum
87 points
Clear slivery straw color. Confected aromas and flavors of coconut, angel food cake, lemon zest, and rubber with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents overtones of salted caramel pretzel finish. A sweet flavored rum with big coconut cake flavors; shoot or mix.
87 points $33.99
Deadhead Dark Chocolate Flavored Rum
87 points
Medium apricot amber color. Confected aromas and flavors of brownie batter, chocolate-cherry layer bar, toasted coconut flakes, and boston cream pie with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, brisk finish evoking nuances of dried pineapple finish. A fun chocolatey rum for shaking up classic cocktails.
87 points $39.99
Tanduay Rhum Dark
86 points
Electric amber orange color. Candied aromas and flavors of coconut custard pie, banana milk shake, and nut oil with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of whipped cream, pepper, and hint of nut skin finish. A solid tropical rum that will be fun in punches and pina coladas.
Deadhead Cask Aged Rum
85 points
Medium copper color. Roasted aromas of molasses chews, hazelnut brittle, leather, latex, and cherry liqueur with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long oloroso sherry, cacao nibs, espresso, and root beer candies finish. A rich and nutty dark rum that will be great on the rocks or as a roasty addition to tiki cocktails.
85 points $34.99
Ron Cihuatan 12 Year Aged Rum
81 points
Clear gold color. Curious aromas of pickled cucumber and green papaya, coconut maple fudge, latex putty and caulk, and crystallized ginger-ginseng relish with an watery body and a tingling, odd, crisp flat cherry cola, berry pancake syrup, and cedar mulch finish. A curious amalgamation of tropical, candy, and wood flavors.
81 points $37.99