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Reviews for 2022

May 2022 - Rum

May 2022 - Rum
This month's Spirits feature is Rum

Rum Reviews

Pitú Vitoriosa Cachaça
97 points
$120
An intriguingly rustic, rich, and warming aged cachaça that invites another sip.
Awards: 2022 Best Wood Aged Cachaca
Blackadder 14 Year Aged Cask Strength Rum
97 points
$239
A brawny, velvet brick of an overproof Rum that will elevate punches and high-proof cocktails ad infinitum.
Awards: 2022 Best Overproof Rum
Plantation Isle Of Fiji Rum
96 points
$24
Best Buy
A fantastic, flavor-packed pot still Rum that instantly teleports you to a tiki bar on an exotic island; pack your bags with this one and stay a while.
Awards: 2022 Best Rum (Aged 3 years or less)
96 points $24 Best Buy
Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum
96 points
$25
Best Buy
A rich and flavorful overproof Rum that opens up beautifully with dilution.
96 points $25 Best Buy
Germana Soul Cachaça
96 points
$37
A graceful and complex Cachaça with nuanced layers of flavor for sipping or thoughtful cocktails.
Don Q Gran Reserva Anejo XO Rum
96 points
$50
A delicious and dry, pure crafted aged Rum that will be great for sipping or artisan cocktails.
Awards: 2022 Top 2 Rum (Aged more than 3 Years)
Kiss Monstrum Grand Reserve 14 Year Aged Rum
96 points
$175
A savory, artisanal Rum with a nice sense of place; rock with sophisticated cocktails or cigars.
Awards: 2022 Top 2 Rum (Aged more than 3 Years)
359 Spirit Purveyors Rhumb Runner Limited Release 16 Year Aged Single Cask Strength Venezuelan Cadc Sa Rum
96 points
$181
A rich and flavor-packed, long-aged overproof Rum with gusto.
Matusalem Gran Reserva 23 Year Aged Rum
95 points
A round and poised very-long-aged Rum with lovely integration of fruity cane and spicy barrel flavors; this is an easy choice for a fine sipping Rum.
Plantation Original Dark Double Aged Rum
95 points
$21
Best Buy
A great Rum to sip on while having enough spice and complexity to stand up in a cocktail.
95 points $21 Best Buy
Rhum Barbancourt 8 Yr Reserve Special 5 Star Aged Fresh Cane Juice Rum
95 points
$27
A spicy and wonderfully balanced aged Rum with great versatility for rich cocktails, sipping, and cigar pairings.
Awards: 2022 Top 2 Aged Fresh Cane Juice Rum
Ron Del Barrilito Hacienda Santa Ana Cask Strength Rum
95 points
$29
A vibrant, well balanced overproof rum that will punch up punches perfectly.
Barceló Imperial Rum
95 points
$31
A nice spicy and sweet well-balanced Rum destined to make a great daiquiri.
Ron Malteco 11 Anos Overproof Rum
95 points
$37
A superb overproof/cask strength Rum with a great balance of pristine fruit, spice, and wood flavors wrapped in a long, warming, and comforting finish.
Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum
95 points
$41
A superbly versatile and complex Rum for sipping or crafting elevated cocktails.
Germana Cachaça Da Palha
95 points
$54
A pure and well rounded Cachaça with flavors that glide across the palate to a warm satisfying finish.
Plantation 20th Anniversary XO Extra Old Aged Rum
95 points
$59
A wonderfully flavorful and inviting aged Rum that is a pleasure to sip and savor.
Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva XO Especial Rum
95 points
$99
A rich and satisfying aged Rum that we be equally versatile neat, in cocktails or with cigars.
Awards: 2022 Top 2 Aged Fresh Cane Juice Rum
Charbay 2005 Unfiltered Barrel Strength Rum
95 points
$499
A clean, rich, well-aged overproof Rum for powerhouse punches and the like.
Don Q Reserva de la Familia Serralles 20 Year Old Rum
95 points
$1865
A superb, long-aged Rum with cascading waves of evolving flavors.
95 points $1865
Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum
94 points
$19
Best Buy
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
Puerto Angel Blanco Rum
94 points
$24
Best Buy
A vibrantly flavorful yet subtle fresh cane juice Rum with great cocktail potential.
Awards: 2022 Best Unaged Fresh Cane Juice Rum
94 points $24 Best Buy
Bacardi Sherry Cask Finish Reserva Ocho Rum
94 points
$32
A rich and satisfying aged Rum that will excel in any application.
Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum
94 points
$34
A wonderfully layered and vivacious pineapple flavored Rum that will be a blast to create cocktails with.
Awards: 2022 Best Flavored Rum
Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez Rum
94 points
$40
A silky, well-aged sipping Rum that is sure to please.
Ron Del Barrilito 3 Stars Rum
94 points
$44
A buttery, wood-forward aged Rum with great sipability.
Ron Botran No.18 Reserva De La Familia Rum
94 points
$45
A soft, peppery Rum with nice coffee notes for toddies and bourbon cocktails.
Kuleana Rum Works Hokulei Rum
94 points
$59
A delicious and well balanced aged Rum with pure satisfying flavors and style for all applications.
Bonampak 12 Year Aged Gran Reserva Rum
94 points
$70
A long-aged Rum that will be a stellar sipper or high-end cocktail choice.
Bonampak White Rum
93 points
$14
Best Buy
A silky and mild white Rum with a creamy center that will play nicely in cocktails.
Awards: 2022 Best White Rum
93 points $14 Best Buy
Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum
93 points
$24
Best Buy
A bold, penetrating golden Rum that will add a classy kick to cocktails.
93 points $24 Best Buy
Stade’s Rum Bond No. 8 Rum
93 points
$24
Best Buy
A rock solid dark Rum for all manner of cocktails.
93 points $24 Best Buy
Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum
93 points
$29
A spicy, round and warming aged Rum that will be quite versatile.
Trois Rivières Cuvée De L’Océan Rhum Blanc Agricole
93 points
$34
A very balanced and character-rich Rhum Agricole that will be a great introduction to the category and its cocktailability.
Bonampak 5 Year Aged Dark Rum
93 points
$35
A soft and toasty dark Rum for sipping neat or in Rum or Whisky cocktails.
Germana Caetanos Cachaça
93 points
$37
A rich, wood-aged Cachaça with an interesting range of savory and sweet flavors.
Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva Edición Negra Rum
93 points
$75.99
A silky, appetizing aged Rum with great versatility.
93 points $75.99
Bacardi Coconut Rum
92 points
$12
Best Buy
A solid coconut Rum for parties and punches.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Don Q Reserva 7 Year Aged Rum
92 points
$24
Best Buy
A dry and silky, wood-aged Rum that will be very versatile.
92 points $24 Best Buy
Pitú Gold Cachaça
92 points
$24
Best Buy
A buoyant and bountiful wood-aged cachaça that will be extremely versatile.
92 points $24 Best Buy
Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva No. 23 Rum
92 points
$45
A rich and poised well-aged Rum for sipping or cigars.
Papa’s Pilar Spanish Sherry Cask Finished Rum
92 points
$49
A very fruity and flavor-packed aged Rum with an instant, crowd-pleasing appeal as a sipper.
Trois Rivières Cuvée Du Moulin Rhum Vieux Agricole
92 points
$54
A round and warming aged Rum with lots of intricacies of flavor for sipping.
Awards: 2022 Best Rhum Agricole Vieux AOC
Bacardi Gran Reserva Especial Rum Aged 16 Years
92 points
$99
A complex and nuanced sipping Rum.
Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 Year Aged Rum
91 points
A dry, light and gentle long-aged Rum for sipping and whisky cocktails.
Trois Rivières Millésime 1999 Grande Reserve 15 Year Old Rhum Vieux Agricole
91 points
$169
A dry, solid wood-forward Agricole Rum for sipping or cocktails.
Don Q Cristal Rum
90 points
$13
Best Buy
A zesty, mouthwatering white rum that will add pop to cocktails.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
90 points
$44
A very attractive, if a bit confected, crowd pleasing fruity Rum for carefree sipping and cocktails.
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
89 points
A toasty and spicy Rum that you want to get cozy with by a fire.
Appleton Estate Signature Gold Rum
89 points
$21
A soft, lighter-styled pot still Rum that will play nicely in cocktails.
Plantation 5 Year Aged Rum
89 points
$24
A fruity-yet-earthy Rum that will pop in cocktails.
Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum
89 points
$30
A lovely spiced Rum for Rum and Cokes.
Ron Del Barrilito 2 Stars Rum
89 points
$32
A bold, oak-forward dark Rum that will play nicely in cocktails and with cigars.
The Equiano Rum Co Light Rum
89 points
$35
A tightly focused, warm and penetrating lightly aged Rum with a lot of character for sipping on the rocks or in cocktails.
Barnacles Gran Reserva 12 Year Aged Rum
89 points
$39
A very well balanced aged Rum sipper, or enjoy in an elevated Rum cocktail.
Tanduay 16 Year Aged and 5 Year Aged Double Rum
89 points
$49
A bold Rum that warms you from the inside.
Trois Rivières Réserve Spéciale Rhum Vieux Agricole
89 points
$69
An elegant, vibrant and delicious aged Rhum Agricole that evolves in the glass.
Coruba Dark Rum
88 points
$19
Best Buy
A bone-dry, mineral-laden dark Rum for serious cocktails.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Puerto Angel Añejo Rum
88 points
$28
A bright and creamy fresh cane juice aged Rum with nice layers of minerality and spice that will pop in cocktails.
Quintana White Rum
88 points
$33
A tinge of vanilla sweetness makes this a very good base spirit for cocktails.
The Kraken Black Roast Coffee Rum
87 points
A sweet Rum that would work well with winter cocktails.
Admiral Nelson’s Coconut Rum
87 points
$9
Best Buy
A pleasant coconut Rum to kickstart a Piña Colada session.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Disco-Nut Coconut Rum
87 points
$19
A rock solid coconut flavored Rum for sweet cocktails and shots.
Especia Pilipinas Spiced Rum
87 points
$19
A solid spiced Rum that will amp up a Rum and Coke.
Sugarlands Shine Mark & Diggers Hazlenut Rum
87 points
$25
A distinctively chocolatey flavored Rum that will be fun to mix with.
Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum
87 points
$31
A flavorful and appealing gold Rum with a lot of fruit contrasted by a drying, warming finish.
Ron Botran No.15 Gran Reserva Especial Rum
87 points
$32
A good sipping or mixing Rum with a nice balance of fruit, spices, vanilla, and nuts.
Barnacles Signature Blend 8 Year Aged Rum
87 points
$34
A sweet and fruity Rum that will make a great cocktail and has the depth to be enjoyed neat.
PYRAT XO Reserve Rum
87 points
$34
A sweet and fruity aged Rum that will mix nicely.
Dark Door Spirits Smoked Rum
87 points
$35
A light bodied flavored Rum for layered cocktails.
Deadhead 5 Year Aged Dark Chocolate Flavored Rum
87 points
$41
A solid chocolate flavored Rum that will pop well in all sorts of cocktails.
E. Leon Jimenes La Aurora 110 Aniversario Rum
87 points
$110
A soft, fruity aged Rum for mixing.
Antelope Island White Rum
86 points
$21
A delightful mixer that shows the base character of Rum.
Admiral Nelson’s Spiced Rum
85 points
$9
A nice vanilla flavored Rum for Rum and Cokes.
Rhum Barbancourt White Rum
85 points
$18
A round and warming, and slightly funky white Rum with lovely layers of tantalizing flavors.
The Demon’s Share El Oro Del Diablo Rum
85 points
$18
A really light and fun Rum that is great on its own.
Antelope Island Red Barrel Rested Rum
85 points
$21
A fiery, wooly dark Rum for funky cocktails.
Deadhead 6 Year Aged Rum
85 points
$35
A dry, lightly spicy and reserved aged Rum for cocktails or cigars.
The Equiano Rum Co Original Limited Batch 01 Rum
85 points
$49
A dry, earthy aged Rum for spirit-forward cocktails.
Admiral Nelson’s Pineapple Rum
84 points
$9
A nice candied pineapple Rum for shots and such.
Blackheart Spiced Rum
84 points
$14
A pleasantly peppery spiced Rum for Rum and Cokes, shots, and whatnot.
Blackheart Toasted Coconut Spiced Rum
84 points
$14
A rich and syrupy coconut Rum for amping up your Piña Colada.
Bonampak Coffee Infused Rum
84 points
$29
A mild, delicately flavored coffee Rum for artisan cocktails.
Bonampak Basil and Ginger Infused Botanical Rum
84 points
$29
A curious herbal ginger Rum for creative cocktail play.
Canerock Spiced Rum
84 points
$29
A vanilla-centric spiced Rum that screams for a Coke.
StilL630 Expedition Pot Still Rum
84 points
$33
A dry, serious aged Rum for a serious good time.
Spirit Hound Distillers Mountain Bum Rum
84 points
$35
A whiskey drinkers Rum.
Quintana 5 Year Aged Rum
84 points
$38
A mild, creamy aged Rum for cocktails.
Bacardi Spiced Rum
83 points
$12
A sturdy spiced Rum for Rum and cokes.
7 Isles Caribbean Spiced Rum
81 points
$24
A low spice, low impact 'spiced' Rum for punches and such.
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