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April 2020 - Rum & Cane Spirits

April 2020 - Rum & Cane Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Rum & Cane Spirits

Rum & Cane Spirits Reviews

Motörhead Premium Dark Rum
96 points
$35
Bronze color. Aromas of madeira cake, chicory, nuts in molasses, cappuccino, and toffee with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, elegant, very long roasted coffee bean, sweet tea, cacao nib, roasted mango on molasses cookie, carob, and melange of baking spices. finish. A rich, flavor-packed rum brimming with a delicious combination of power and grace; drink this.
Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça
95 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of black olive tapenade, dried grasses, grilled tomato, raisin toast, and ripe papaya with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, intricate, long finish conveying elements of salty pao de queijo, black bean spread, and grilled pineapple finish. A round and supple Cachaca with extroverted vegetal notes and exceptional texture; for spirits connoisseurs and fine cocktails.
95 points $29.99
Cane Run Rum
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Rum
Clear color. Complex aromas and flavors of ripe plantain, allspice, creme caramel, zucchini blossom, lime cordial, and copper pot with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish imparting notes of white chocolate covered cashews, raisin, dried apricot, roasted pineapple, and sandalwood finish. A downright delicious rum with toasty, fruity notes that mix and mingle on the tongue.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Denizen Vatted Dark Rum
93 points
$30
Golden amber color. Earthy aromas of toasted oak, banana leaf, candied orange peel, leather patina, and copper pot twang with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, subtle, long butterscotch, grilled vegetables, raisins, figs, and spiced rice pudding finish. A complex, funky rum packed with character; maintains a great balance between its rustic personality and sophisticated integration.
Malecon Rare Proof 17-Year-Old Rum
93 points
$73
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of cannabis, nut brittle, tobacco, orange zest, and clove with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long almond biscotti, mango coulis, allspice, bay leaf, and bananas in caramel finish. A dense and flavorful rum that’s delicious for sipping; plenty of body and flavor to stand up in tropical cocktails.
Club Caribe Silver Rum
92 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fruity, funky aromas and flavors of key lime tart, ripe banana with fresh cheese, sweet guava, soy-glazed crackers, and tropical spices with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of candied ginger, passion fruit, and cacao nibs finish. An extroverted white rum with lots of tropical flavors; this will surely make a tasty daiquiri or tropical punch; highly recommended.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Don Q Signature Release Single Batch 2009 Rum
92 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted coconut, roasted pineapple, pimento, and melon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length bananas foster, caramel, and baklava finish. A silky-smooth rum with classic caramel flavors.
92 points $39.99
Pitú Vitoriosa Cachaça
92 points
$120
Dark amber color. Aromas of Kentucky bourbon, toffee, glazed nuts, dried figs, leather, and sarsaparilla with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, elaborate, very long dried grasses, grilled veggies, pressed flowers, honey, apricot chutney, and hot cinnamon candies finish. A bold, traveling journey of a Cachaca that offers a powerful and energetic flavor experience; the bourbon-lover’s cane spirit.
Don Q Double Aged Sherry Cask Finish Rum
91 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of dulce de leche on shortbread, raisin toast, leather, and dried herbs and spices with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length cedar, orange sherbet, and vanilla extract finish. A piquant rum for punches and parties.
Jan Stephenson Pineapple-Flavored Rum
91 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Murky golden amber color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of dried mango, allspice, nutmeg, and fine caramels with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long finish that exhibits notes of fresh mango, sweet ripe pineapple, spiced honey, and leather finish. A true-to-life pineapple rum that competes with the best of ’em; sip, shoot, or make a stellar pineapple daiquiri.
91 points $21.99 Best Buy
APPLETON ESTATE 8 Year Old Reserve Rum
91 points
$28.99
Dark amber color. Minerally aromas and flavors of hot copper, nutmeg cream, spiced rice pudding, toast, and raisins with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a sleek, involved, medium-long finish evoking accents of molasses cake, leather, limestone, walnuts, licorice, and dried pineapple and mango. A bone dry, spicy, mineral-rich Rum that will pique the interest of curious Rum purists; sip and cocktail away with this distinctive, recondite British-style Rum.
91 points $28.99
Tanduay Asian Gold Rum
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of brown sugar, cola, flamed orange peel, almond oil, and candied mango with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish with elements of nut brittle. A richly flavored gold Rum with nice concentration of flavor.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Bayou Select Barrel Reserve
90 points
$29.99
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of buttered popcorn, candied banana, roasted peanuts, copper pot, barley tea, and spice cake with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that shows nuances of sticky toffee pudding, roasted mango, tobacco, and gingersnap finish. Lots of fruity, chewy flavors develop on the palate; this is a delicious, complex sipping rum for all types of aged spirits lovers.
90 points $29.99
Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cachaça
90 points
$34.99
Bright gold color. Aromas of poached pear, cinnamon-vanilla, green apple, brown butter, honey-roasted sunflower seeds, and sprouted grain biscuits with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long bruleed tangerine and paprika finish. A toasty Cachaca with well-balanced oak; bright, craveable flavors will keep you coming back for another sip.
90 points $34.99
Boukman Botanical Rhum
90 points
$46
Gold color. Interesting aromas of warm corn bread, sweet plantains, cola nut, toffee cookies, and caramelized vegetables with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long tahini, wintergreen, alpine herbs, and lemon verbena finish. A distinctively flavored rum with bright spices and herbaceous cane notes; a one-of-a-kind ingredient for cocktails with a sophisticated vibe.
A.H. Riise Royal Danish Navy Strength Rum
89 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of gingerbread, cola nut, molasses, citrus peels, spiced bananas, white chocolate, and lime leaf with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long mango, orange jellies, papaya custard, tropical fruit smoothie, and toasted pound cake finish. An engaging rum with just the right amount of funk; this offers endless cocktail possibilities and will be a great standby overproof rum.
Don Q Cristal Rum
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut shell, ripe tropical fruit, and seven-layer bar with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with impressions of powdered sugar, lime zest, and spice cake finish. A rock solid white rum for classic cocktails.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Bayou Spiced Rum
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Light amber color. Spicy aromas of spiced orange, spumoni, almond nougat, vanilla bean, and sarsaparilla with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length orange creamsicle and circus peanuts finish. A smooth and creamy spiced rum with big pops of fruity flavor.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Pitú Gold Cachaça
89 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas of bison grass, fresh tarragon, honey, caramelized plantains, black olives, lavender, and toasty biscuit with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long hot cinnamon candies, golden apple, spiced peach chutney, and maple glazed bacon finish. A smooth and spicy Wood Aged Cachaca best for sipping neat or in stirred cocktails; distinctive and conversation-worthy.
Matusalem Gran Reserva 23-Year-Old Rum
89 points
$56.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of seasoned oak, dark caramel, candy corn, and charred pineapple with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long cacao nibs, almond nougat, nutmeg, dried cherries, leather, and creme brulée finish. A smooth and forgiving rum with decadent, creamy flavor that’s pleasingly dry and sippable.
89 points $56.99
Boracay Cappuccino Flavored Rum
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Roasted aromas and flavors of cafe au lait, tiramisu, and Kit-Kat bar with a silky, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish that presents accents of coffee gelato and orange zest. A sweet, creamy coffee-flavored Rum for winter warmer cocktails.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Bayou White Rum
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of butterscotch cheesecake, tapioca, and coconut sago pudding with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a swift tarragon and pineapple finish. Sweet notes of butterscotch and tropical fruits mesh with an herbaceousness that make this a unique take on craft rum.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Tanduay Asian Silver Rum
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream, pineapple confection, vanilla candle, and toasted marshmallow with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish that presents accents of toasted coconut and banana candies. A creamy and mild Rum with lots of coconut flavors; classic daiquiris and Cuba Libres are calling.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Bayou Single Barrel Rum
88 points
$49.99
Bright amber color. Aromas of cooked mango, saffron, cola, cracked allspice, and black tea with a satiny, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length graham cracker, speculoos cookie, custard, and nut brittle finish. A dry and smooth-sipping rum with a toasty oak presence.
88 points $49.99
Don Q Piña Rum
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity aromas of coconut cream, crushed pineapple, and cream soda with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk coconut shell, tres leches cake, and sweet stone fruits finish. A fun Rum that will be a pleasure to mix with.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Alto Grande 5 Year Old Rum
86 points
$21.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of bananas in caramel, spice cake, and nut shells with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy spiced nuts and toffee, vanilla cream wafer, and chocolate bon bon finish. A silky and mild aged rum with creamy character; try in winter holiday cocktails.
86 points $21.99
Twelv 31 Silk Sugarcane Spirit
86 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of ripe lime, coconut water, and rose confection with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a hot, brisk finish. A neutral sugarcane spirit with silky texture; ideal for the discerning vodka drinker.
86 points $29.99
Bespoken Spirits Rum
86 points
$30
Rum
Amber color. Aromas of charred banana leaf, almond biscotti, grilled apple, caramel candle, bananas foster, and cinnamon with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long dark toasted gingerbread finish. A fun craft rum with lots of spicy and darkly toasted flavors; this is a distillery to watch.
A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra Very Rare Rum
85 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of cherry glaze, beeswax, pistachio gelato, Dr. Pepper, and cedar candle with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length peach liqueur, pecan pie, and candied cherries finish. A sweet, fruity rum for tropical drinks.
RumHaven Coconut Flavored Rum
85 points
$11.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of slivered almonds, coconut bar, and milk chocolate with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk finish. A sweet coconut rum that won’t let you down.
85 points $11.99
Member’s Mark Silver Rum
85 points
$13.98
Clear color. Aromas of hints of coconut with a soft, dryish light body and a sleek, scant powdered sugar finish. A mild whisper of a rum for mixed drinks.
85 points $13.98
Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
85 points
$18.99
Clear color. Aromas of vanilla fudge with shredded coconut, cheesecake, and Froot Loops cereal with a supple, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk coconut oil, macadamia nut, and dulce de leche finish. A high-octane, pervasive coconut rum that will turn up the tropical volume with just a drop.
85 points $18.99
Matusalem Gran Reserva 15-Year-Old Rum
85 points
$28.99
Amber color. Aromas of toasted cinnamon roll, black tea, orange zest, vanilla-caramel, and cedar with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted pineapple, marcona almond, spiced fig, and pencil shavings finish. A solid rum that will suit most any classic rum cocktail.
85 points $28.99
A.H. Riise Copenhagen Gold Medal Rum
84 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of ripe mango, sweet banana, coconut liqueur, and green apple with a round, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long gingerbread, peach liqueur, fruit cake, circus peanuts, and spumoni finish. A confected rum with big fruity flavors; try in dessert cocktails.
A.H. Riise Royal Danish Navy Rum
84 points
Dark amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, mint, grapefruit peel, caramel, and turmeric with a syrupy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long finish imparting overtones of ripe pineapple and tangerine finish. A fruity-sweet rum layered with spice flavors; accessible and a good alternative to spiced rum.
Boracay Coconut Flavored Rum
84 points
$14.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, toasted marshmallow, white chocolate-macadamia nut cookie, and butterscotch chips with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, carefree finish. A sweet coconut Rum that keeps it simple.
84 points $14.99
The Demon’s Share Reserva del Diablo 6-Year-Old Rum
84 points
$25
Pale copper color. Aromas and flavors of Skittles, spumoni, sun tanning oil, spice cake, almond extract, and cream soda float with a supple, bright, off-dry light body and a smooth, breezy finish imparting accents of butterscotch and peach jam finish. An outgoing and fruity rum for Bourbon Street style drinks.
Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
84 points
$45
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of underripe banana, crepes, slivered almonds with honey, and whole grain toast with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish that shows accents of creme fraiche finish. An angular rum that would play well in cocktails.
Tanduay Double Rum
84 points
$49.99
Copper color. Confected aromas of marzipan, tinned cherries, and s’mores with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, breezy brown sugar cookies and cherry cordials finish. A fruity and outgoing Rum for Bourbon Street style cocktails and desserts.
84 points $49.99
Antelope Island Barrel Rested
83 points
$21.99
Bright copper peach color. Aromas and flavors of cola candies, cinnamon red hots, marzipan, spumoni, and caramel syrup with a lean, soft, fruity light body and a hot, short finish that presents shades of root beer float and wood shavings finish. A serviceable rum for mixed drinks.
83 points $21.99
Seven Jars Frank Ratcliffes Rum
82 points
$19.95
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of whipped cream, frosting, fruit gummies, char-roasted coconut and pecan, and ink with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish evoking accents of citrus pith and cane finish. An angular and astringent rum with sweet fruity flavors atop.
82 points $19.95
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