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June 2021 - Rum

June 2021 - Rum
This month's Spirits feature is Rum

Rum Reviews

APPLETON ESTATE 21 Year Old Rum
96 points
$149
Copper color. Aromas of chocolate-covered caramels, sweet cigarillo, and copper pot with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a peppery, brisk caramelized banana, rye crisps, caramel cake, raisin bread pudding, and clove finish. A robust, spicy and caramelly Rum with great intensity; drink in Technicolor.
Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez Rum
94 points
$40
Amber color. Aromas of maraschino cherry, grilled mango, tonka bean, and espresso with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length cold brew coffee, dark caramel, and maple finish. A rich and slightly roasty Aged Rum; sip this superbly balanced spirit slowly or try in cocktails!
APPLETON ESTATE 15 Year Old Rum
94 points
$64
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of petrol, carob, Seville orange, halvah, and fruit cake with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, elegant, long finish displaying notes of tangerine zest, dark chocolate, grilled artichoke, marcona almonds, black pepper, cinnamon, and aniseed biscotti. A full-flavor, spicy Rum that rewards the patient sipper; also delicious for Rum-centric cocktails.
Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum
93 points
$29
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel on nougat, vanilla bean, guanabana liquado, and earl grey latte with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long grilled pineapple, cola, lime leaf, and tobacco finish. A silky smooth and round Aged Rum with nice complexity and an easy-drinking style.
APPLETON ESTATE 12 Year Old Rum
93 points
$41
Dark amber color. Interesting aromas of grilled romaine, candied pecan, sweet and salty vinaigrette, mace, and cloves with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long brown sugar cream pie, spiced graham cracker, glazed nuts, and roasted coconut flakes finish. A unique, character-rich Rum that delivers caramelly, nutty flavors alongside unexpected funky vegetal notes; great balance, highly pleasurable, and plenty of charm.
Rhum Barbancourt 15 Year Estate Réserve Rum
93 points
$45
Amber color. Aromas of caramel corn, cedar, roasted cashews, spiced raisin bread pudding, and toasted marshmallow with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, long cafe au lait, gingerbread, and hints of leather finish. A chewy, caramelly and satisfying Aged Rum with a memorable finish.
Ron Colón Salvadoreño High Proof Rum
92 points
$36
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple, caramelized mango, banana leaf, copper pot, and fresh coconut with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, involved, long finish. A attractive and funky Overproof Rum to jazz up tropical cocktails.
Bombarda Rum Falconet Dark Rum
92 points
$49
Gold color. Aromas of kiwi, green plantain, sarsaparilla, and cinnamint with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long roasted pineapple, tamarind, allspice, and toasted brioche with cinnamon and sugar finish. A rock solid, twangy Rum that’s perfect for most any occasion; sip, cocktail and share this delicious and flavorful spirit.
Bacardi 16 Year Old Gran Reserva Especial Rum
92 points
$97
Dark gold color. Aromas of cedar, crushed coriander, nutmeg, flan, and bay with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long toasted marshmallow, maple, pecan praline, and spiced banana finish. A Rum with distinctive spice and wood character that offers a mellow and satisfying experience.
Pitú Vitoriosa Wood Aged Cachaça
92 points
$120
Dark amber color. Aromas of cherries jubilee, rick house, root beer, straw, black tea, and orange sorbet with a satiny, bright, light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length cedar, incense, raisin bread, and cardamom finish. A wood-centric Cachaça with sweet vanilla notes; try in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan style cocktail.
Kiss Detroit Rock Rum
91 points
$45
Dark copper color. Aromas of allspice, black peppercorns, jamon iberico, brown sugar, candied ginger, and roasted chestnuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, complex, very long chess pie, bananas foster, quince, and green leaves finish. An estery, character-rich Rum that tingles on the tongue with complex spice, fruit and funk notes.
Tanduay Gold Asian Rum
90 points
$19
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Confected aromas of fruit stripes gum, orange creamsicle, rainbow sherbet, and butterscotch with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length cherry cola and marzipan finish. A fruity, candied Gold Rum that drinks effortlessly; try in Bourbon Street style cocktails.
90 points $19 Best Buy
New Medford Overproof Rum
90 points
$30
Clear color. Grassy aromas and flavors of grilled veggies, buttered popcorn jelly bean, toasted marshmallow, black pepper, and coconut macaroon with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish that presents nuances of sweet banana chips. A high-octane but well-balanced Rum with a grassy and buttery vibe.
Medford Rum
90 points
$35
Rum
Golden amber color. Aromas of candied cherry, fruit salad, hints of Dr.Pepper, and burnt sugar with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length candied nuts, buttery caramel corn, sweet custard, and whisky barrel finish. A robust Rum with hints of whiskey barrel; packed with the caramelly, nutty flavors you love.
Boukman Botanical Rhum Flavored Fresh Cane Juice Rum
90 points
$48
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of grilled corn, banana leaf, orange zest, roast peach, and bubblegum with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long finish imparting nuances of grilled root vegetables, sourdough banana bread, caramel, oregano, and cardoons. A nuanced spirit with creamy flavors, great complexity, and balance.
Kuleana Rum Works Hawaiian Rum "Agricole"
90 points
$59
Clear color. Aromas of ripe mango, tangerine, grilled vegetables, grass, ginger, and banana leaf with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long passion fruit tart, butter poached apples, marinated artichokes, and hints of lychee finish. A fresh and fruity Fresh Cane Juice Rum with great balance and length.
Chesapeake Bay Distillery Chicks Beach Rum
89 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear color. Grassy aromas and flavors of butterscotch-drizzled green apples, banana, banana leaf, black pepper, and bread pudding with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish that presents shades of hot peppers. A spunky, full-flavor White Rum for cocktails with character.
89 points $19 Best Buy
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
89 points
$21
Dark brown color. Aromas of cola, brown sugar, coconut cream, sassafras, maple, and nut brittle with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length horehound candy finish. A rich, spicy and robust Spiced Rum for bold cocktails.
Pitú Gold Cachaça
89 points
$24
Gold color. Savory aromas of hoisin, mustard seed, grilled sweet plantain, sesame candies, honey, and cardamom with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long dressed bok choy, pineapple preserves, and pound cake finish. A savory and satisfying Wood Aged Cachaça for sipping and mixing.
Kiss Black Diamond Premium Dark Rum
89 points
$25
Dark copper color. Inviting aromas of caramelized starfruit, date cake, allspice, clove, vanilla, and fine leather with a slightly chewy, crisp, medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, long cherries jubilee, salted caramel latte, and glazed nuts finish. A complex but mellow sipper with style.
Bacardi Coconut Flavored Rum
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of shredded coconut, incense, and horchata with a round, bright, sweet medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of white chocolate and cotton candy. A rich coconut Rum that adds a tropical touch to any warm-weather cocktail.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Dr. Stoner’s Island Bush Herb Flavored Rum
88 points
$24
Clear color. Aromas of greenies, sixty-dollar eighth, Cypress Hill concert, and spruce tips with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length mild ginger and lemon peel finish. A wake and bake hair of the dog solution.
Hamilton Ministry of Rum Collection "White Stache" Rum
88 points
$24
Clear color. Herbal aromas of juniper berries, nopales, mango, and hops with a satiny, bright, dry light body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long violet, honey, and wintergreen finish. A distinctively herbaceous Rum with a wild-and-free style.
Star Union Spirits Gold Rum
88 points
$36
Golden amber color. Oaky aromas and flavors of spice cookies, blistered berries, caramel flan, and honey-roasted nuts with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a delightful, medium-length finish that presents accents of mocha and toffee. A dry, oaky Gold Rum for flavorful Dark and Stormies.
Bumbu XO Rum
88 points
$39.99
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of molasses cookies, caramelized lime, toffee, and cherry cola with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with shades of allspice and cardamom. A spicy Rum that’s lovely for sipping and even more enticing in classic cocktails.
88 points $39.99
The Demon’s Share La Recompensa del Tiempo-12 Year Old Rum
88 points
$49
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of rich caramel buttercream, espresso bean, spice cookies, dried mint, and coconut-cashew brittle with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that shows impressions of caramelized starfruit, sassafras, and sweet tobacco. A tasty, unctuous Rum packed with palate-pleasing flavors.
Tanduay Silver Asian Rum
87 points
$19
Light gold color. Aromas of hints of coconut, cream soda, and pineapple candies with a lean, crisp, fruity light body and a seamless, medium-length candied lime finish. A mild, Daiquiri-friendly Rum with subtle hints of tropical style.
Star Union Spirits Silver Rum
87 points
$30
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of banana leaf, green plantain, and sweet yogurt with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, carefree finish manifesting elements of brazil nut and hints of raisin. A bold and full-bodied White Rum with lush green character and hints of minerally funk.
Yolo 10 Year Old Gold Rum
87 points
$34
Bronze color. Aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and clove with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, rapid polished wood and herbal tea finish. A distinctive woody Rum in a dry style.
Bumbu Original Rum
87 points
$34.99
Brilliant amber color. Sweet aromas of banana cream pie and cola with a round, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length frosted spice cake and caramelized fruit finish. A rich, bold Spiced Rum with vivid banana cake flavors.
87 points $34.99
Owney’s New York City Rum
87 points
$40
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of powdered sugar, lemon zest, and hints of brown sugar with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a polished, quick finish. A clean and smooth White Rum for easy-drinking.
Santa Teresa 1796 Rum
87 points
$41
Amber color. Confected aromas of cola, frosted spice cake, dark caramel, and toasted sesame with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length vanilla cream pie, spiced nuts, and toffee-mocha latte finish. Rich spices and sweets play on the palate in this crowd-pleasing Aged Rum.
Star Union Spirits Reserve Rum
87 points
$60
Gold color. Aromas of honey graham crackers, dried cherries, caramel flan, and taro custard with a supple, vibrant, dry medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-long molasses cookie, dried mango, dried grasses, and calvados finish. A grassy, oaky Rum with interesting balance and complexity.
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
Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum
86 points
$20
Dark gold color. Aromas of pickled mango, root beer, allspice, and hazelnut praline with a lean, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, medium-length cacao nibs and sandalwood finish. A cocktail-ready Rum with layers of spicy flavors.
Animal Love Tahiti Dark Rum
86 points
$22
Gold color. Confected aromas of baked pineapple, shaved coconut, fruit punch, and vanilla with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, fast cracked pepper and Nilla wafer finish. A friendly Rum with big aromas of coconut.
Yolo Rum Silver
86 points
$24
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of powdered sugar, graphite, and hints of fresh coconut with a soft, bright, dry light body and a polished, brisk finish with accents of melon rind and flan. A clean, mild and mixable Rum with great cocktail versatility.
Bombarda Rum Culverin Dark Rare B Rum
86 points
$39
Golden straw color. Aromas of caramel gelato and sandalwood with a lean, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, brisk baking spices and cracked pepper finish. An easy-going Rum that will be very versatile in the home bar.
Member’s Mark Spiced Rum
85 points
$13
Gold color. Aromas of candied peanut, frosted spice cake, and rice pudding with a round, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy caramel glaze, shortbread cookies, and vanilla soft serve finish. A sweet and spicy Rum treat for mixed drinks.
Dented Brick Rum
85 points
$15
Rum
Clear color. Aromas of marshmallow and powdered sugar with a round, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, relaxed whipped cream, hints of fluffy coconut, and tropical foliage finish. A mild and creamy White Rum that will shine in classic Mojitos and Daiquiris.
Animal Love Tahiti Vanilla Rum
85 points
$22
Dark amber color. Aromas of berry popsicle and sangria with a supple, crisp, sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dulce de leche gelato, sassafras, creme brulée, mixed berry jam, and nutty pancakes finish. A sweet, fruity and spicy Flavored Rum to kick up your cola.
Antelope Island Red Rum
85 points
$22
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey, Irish whisky, buttered cinnamon raisin toast, and malt with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish that shows notes of grilled brioche with molasses and marmalade. A Whisky-like Rum with a chewy, toasty style.
Selvarey Owners Reserve Rum
85 points
$149
Copper color. Aromas of cola, caramel corn, candied nuts, and brown sugar with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length creamy caramels and sweet fritters finish. A solid Aged Rum for sipping, cocktails and beyond.
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.
Mezan Chiriquí Rum
84 points
$24
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of marigold and hints of light caramel with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, easy finish with impressions of tea and dried orange. A fairly neutral Gold Rum that will nestle nicely in a wide range of cocktails and punches.
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
84 points
$25
Mahogany color. Aroma and flavors of cherry cola with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of molasses cookies and burnt caramel. Big cola and cherry flavors shine in this crowd-pleasing Spiced Rum.
Marama Origins Spiced Rum Spirit
84 points
$26
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of fruit stripes gum, banana candies, fruit punch, cream soda, pistachio confection, and amaretto with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish with touches of Orange Julius. A fruity, creamy spirit for tropical cocktail lovers.
Kirk And Sweeney Reserva Rum
84 points
$39
Amber color. Aromas of Cracker Jacks, sponge cake, almond icing, and green banana with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree tea with honey finish. A mild and approachable Rum to tuck into tropical cocktails.
Tanduay Double Rum
84 points
$49
Bronze color. Aromas of cola, fresh mint, and coconut confection with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a sleek, brisk candied banana finish. A sweet and candied Rum that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
Bacardi Spiced Rum
83 points
$12
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of sweet mango tea, fruit stripes gum, cream soda, concord grape, and rainbow sherbet with a syrupy, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish. A sweet and confected Spiced Rum with a wide-appealing style.
Antelope Island Rum
83 points
$22
Rum
Clear color. Vaporous aromas and flavors of corn masa, geranium, fennel, and diesel with a supple, bright, dry light body and a hot, medium-length finish. A dry and spunky Aguardiente-like Rum for cocktail play.
Admiral Nelson’s Spiced Rum
82 points
$9
Gold color. Confected aromas of Smarties candies and Kit Kat bar with a satiny, off-dry light body and a sleek, brisk caramel yogurt and Sixlets candy finish. A chocolatey Spiced Rum for your cola.
Blackheart Spiced Rum
81 points
$14
Amber color. Confected aromas of spiced coconut cream, pineapple syrup, fruit punch, and cream soda with a supple, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, agreeable cherry Jell-O and pepper finish. A high-octane yet fruity Spiced Rum to liven up mixed drinks.
Star Union Spirits Overproof Navy Strength Dark Rum
80 points
$45
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of cajeta, butterscotch, and banana pudding with a thick, shy, fruity fat body and a tingling, breezy finish. A curvy, butterscotch-laden Rum with a punch.
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