May 2022 - Rum

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

Rum Reviews

Pitú Vitoriosa Cachaça
97 points
$120
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of spicy raisin bran, elephant cage straw, dried bananas, and butter roasted brazil nuts with a glycerous, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, very long finish with overtones of fennel, sweet and peppery spices, bee pollen and propolis, and plantain. An intriguingly rustic, rich, and warming aged cachaça that invites another sip.
Blackadder 14 Year Aged Cask Strength Rum
97 points
$239
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate pistachio toffee, spiced raisin rum cake, cola in a pewter mug, and mineral ore with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity fat body and a warming, interesting, long finish with elements of chocolate orange peels, spiced nuts, caramel mocha latte, and peppercorns. A brawny, velvet brick of an overproof Rum that will elevate punches and high-proof cocktails ad infinitum.
Plantation Isle Of Fiji Rum
96 points
$24
Best Buy
Brilliant light amber color. Attractive, inviting aromas and flavors of waffle iron, bananas foster in a copper pot, and fresh praline with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long finish with notes of cane stalk and leaves, tres leche cake with a drizzle of molasses, butter pecan sundae with real maraschino cherries, and tobacco ash and rubber sap. 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.
96 points $24 Best Buy
Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum
96 points
$25
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of plantain pepper bread, roasted nuts, wet grass and straw, and saltines with a supple, medium-full body and a hot, long polenta with caramelized tropical fruits, cane stalk, and charcoal and minerals finish. A rich and flavorful overproof Rum that opens up beautifully with dilution.
96 points $25 Best Buy
Germana Soul Cachaça
96 points
$37
Clear color. Attractive aromas of fresh meringue, albumen and egg shell, roasted plantain, papaya and apples, and hint of diesel and wax polish with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, delightful, long coconut water, spiced brazil nut brittle, hint of white banana leaf ash, and tea finish. 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
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.
Kiss Monstrum Grand Reserve 14 Year Aged Rum
96 points
$175
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of grilled bananas, chocolate nuts and citrus peels, pumice, and artichoke heart with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with impressions of mango chutney, pepper, and hint of diesel. A savory, artisanal Rum with a nice sense of place; rock with sophisticated cocktails or cigars.
359 Spirit Purveyors Rhumb Runner Limited Release 16 Year Aged Single Cask Strength Venezuelan Cadc Sa Rum
96 points
$181
Amber color. Aromas of dark caramelized nuts, nougat, sweet and peppery spices, and cola nut with a fat body and a very long finish. A rich and flavor-packed, long-aged overproof Rum with gusto.
Matusalem Gran Reserva 23 Year Aged Rum
95 points
Brilliant bronze color. Aromas and flavors of book-pressed flowers, ripe banana tree, cocoa-dusted dark roasted nuts and oranges, and creme brulee with tropical fruit compote with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long finish with accents of roasted coconut milk in a copper mug, waffles with peach-pepper jam, sweet and peppery spices, and sandalwood. 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
Clear amber color. Creamy, fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of marzipan, pear, nutmeg, and banana with a syrupy, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with accents of chocolate cherries, baking spices and vanilla. 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
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate espresso bean, toffee with molasses soaked figs, hint of sarsaparilla, and rubber sap and leather boot with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with touches of almond milk latte, dried tropical fruits, and sweet and peppery spices. A spicy and wonderfully balanced aged Rum with great versatility for rich cocktails, sipping, and cigar pairings.
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.
Barceló Imperial Rum
95 points
$31
Clear dark amber color. Baked, roasted, attractive, tropical, toasty aromas of raisin, butter pecan, apricot, and oak with a soft, dry fat body and a tingling, fleeting molasses, tree bark and bitter chocolate finish. A nice spicy and sweet well-balanced Rum destined to make a great daiquiri.
Ron Malteco 11 Anos Overproof Rum
95 points
$37
Light golden amber color. Attractive, exotic, perfumed, toasty, baked aromas and flavors of mocha latte, cola, marzipan, nougat, and honeycrisp apple with a satiny, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of rich brown spices, fruit cake, ginger cookies, rubber, and petrol. 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
Copper color. Grassy, green, dusty, mature, nutty aromas and flavors of dark molasses, leather, tinge "musty" or just old, old leather books and parchment, bananas foster, and dried fruits with a glycerous, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish with accents of caramel with a bit of burned sugar (quinine), milk chocolate, dates, chocolate coverage blueberry, and herbal. A superbly versatile and complex Rum for sipping or crafting elevated cocktails.
Germana Cachaça Da Palha
95 points
$54
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of malted chocolate balls, banana cream pie, cola float with mint, and cashew maple toffee with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish manifesting accents of coconut and mineral waters, horchata, and delicately spiced papaya and plantain chips. 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
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of frosted fruit nut cake, frosted cardamom coffee cake, and sarsaparilla float with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long finish with notes of vanilla meringue, macadamia gelato, and sweet spices. 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
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate toffee, root beer float, mocha gelato, and banana bread with a satiny, bright, medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish evoking notes of spicy tropical fruit and cherry compote, baking spices, pepper, and maple. A rich and satisfying aged Rum that we be equally versatile neat, in cocktails or with cigars.
Charbay 2005 Unfiltered Barrel Strength Rum
95 points
$499
Bronze color. Aromas and flavors of rising pastry dough, caramelized nuts, bourbon barrel, and rocky road ice cream with a lightly tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, long finish that shows overtones of spiced toffee, black licorice, chai, and pepper. 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
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
Puerto Angel Blanco Rum
94 points
$24
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla-banana souffle, rice flour and candies, coconut milk in a granite cup, and cashew nougat and wheat grass with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish that presents accents of vanilla turkish taffy, banana meringue in a bamboo bowl, whipped cream, wax, and minerals and pepper. A vibrantly flavorful yet subtle fresh cane juice Rum with great cocktail potential.
94 points $24 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.
Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum
94 points
$34
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of spicy caramelized pineapples, peaches and cherries, chocolate toffee, and pistachio nougat with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that exhibits notes of pineapple creme brulee and sweet spices. A wonderfully layered and vivacious pineapple flavored Rum that will be a blast to create cocktails with.
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.
Ron Botran No.18 Reserva De La Familia Rum
94 points
$45
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of fresh coffee, butter roasted pecans, and overstepped tea with a soft, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish with elements of almond latte, pepper, and minerals. A soft, peppery Rum with nice coffee notes for toddies and bourbon cocktails.
Kuleana Rum Works Hokulei Rum
94 points
$59
Pale gold color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, chocolate waffle cone with orange sorbet, baked banana, and tobacco with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long finish with suggestions of pineapple chutney, spiced peaches and pears, and minerals. 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
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of buttery caramel corn with peanuts and hazelnuts, sassafras, spumoni with pepitas, and polished wood with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long finish revealing notes of cedar, sweet and peppery spices, and paprika. A long-aged Rum that will be a stellar sipper or high-end cocktail choice.
Bonampak White Rum
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of baked banana and coconut husk and sugar cookie with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish displaying impressions of vanilla cream and nougat. A silky and mild white Rum with a creamy center that will play nicely in cocktails.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum
93 points
$24
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of warm pencil eraser and shavings, burnt sugar and mace, and hint of rubber cement with a supple, dryish full body and a warming, interesting, long finish with notes of salted butter roasted nuts, grass and herbs, green plantain, and pepper. 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
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried passionfruit and guava, mango-pineapple cake, mocha nut bar, and spumoni gelato with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish evoking elements of coconut molasses cookie, honeycomb, hints grass and straw, and cajeta and brunost. A rock solid dark Rum for all manner of cocktails.
93 points $24 Best Buy
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.
Trois Rivières Cuvée De L’Océan Rhum Blanc Agricole
93 points
$34
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of plantain souffle, dried papaya and banana leaves, pepper, and grass with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of coconut water with dragonfruit, vanilla almond milk, touch of flint and fuel, and mineral ore. 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
Bronze color. Aromas and flavors of waxed wood, mocha meringue, dried banana, and sappy tree bark with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of caramelized nut, soy latte, char, and pepper. A soft and toasty dark Rum for sipping neat or in Rum or Whisky cocktails.
Germana Caetanos Cachaça
93 points
$37
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of roasted coconuts and nuts, beeswax, rubber leaf, and vaseline and lip balm with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a silky, compelling, medium-long finish that presents accents of toasted polenta with honeycomb, coconut custard with raisin bran, plantain cake, and spiced nuts. 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
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, dried tropical fruits, and cappuccino gelato with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying accents of delicate spices. A silky, appetizing aged Rum with great versatility.
93 points $75.99
Bacardi Coconut Rum
92 points
$12
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut flour, fig newtons on a straw mat, coconut sorbet, and cream soda with a round, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, agreeable finish with shades of frosted coconut cake, coconut scented candle, and coconut husk. 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
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and tropical fruits, chocolate buttercream pastry, lacquered wood, and chicory coffee and buttery caramel corn with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of creme brulee with pepper jelly, strawberry short cake, salt water taffy, and white clay and tobacco. 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
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of polished wood and wood putty, salted roasted cashews and bananas, spicy tropical fruit chutney, and horse blanket with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, long finish displaying shades of roasted coconut water, anise, sage, and cola nut, gingerbread and carrot cake, and exotic woods. 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
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dill pickle, chocolate toffee and espresso bean, and toasted panettone with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that exhibits notes of molasses roasted nuts, sweet baking spices, cola and sassafras floats, and blonde tobacco and minerals. A rich and poised well-aged Rum for sipping or cigars.
Papa’s Pilar Spanish Sherry Cask Finished Rum
92 points
$49
Copper color. Confected aromas and flavors of neapolitan ice cream sundae, chocolate strawberries and cherries, orange marmalade, and waffles with syrup and honey butter with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long finish with notes of chocolate orange peels, grand marnier, and pink pepper. 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
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla candle drippings, macadamia brittle, and tropical fruit compote in an iron skillet with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish with shades of toasted nuts and banana, roasted coconut milk, sweet grass, ginger and herbs, and cola and tobacco. A round and warming aged Rum with lots of intricacies of flavor for sipping.
Bacardi Gran Reserva Especial Rum Aged 16 Years
92 points
$99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana laffy taffy, cotton candy, caramel, cedar chips, latex, and duct tape with a glycerous, fruity medium body and an intricate, long finish with accents of caramelized plantains, cinnamon, nutmeg, mint, anise, tobacco dried herbs, and charred nuts. A complex and nuanced sipping Rum.
Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 Year Aged Rum
91 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark butter roasted mixed nuts, dark chocolates in leather purse, whole and dried plantains with leaves, and candle wax and wick with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of honeyed grilled bananas, cedar and sandalwood, cherry cola, and tobacco. 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
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of pickle brine, caramelized cherries and stone fruits, butter toasted rye nut bread, and wet latex paint on cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish that exhibits overtones of roasted citrus and coconut, cedar, pistachio brittle, and cola. A dry, solid wood-forward Agricole Rum for sipping or cocktails.
Don Q Cristal Rum
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh grass and wet soil, vanilla sweetness, and nail polish with a silky, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, breezy finish that shows elements of mild white florals, coconut cake, and dried tropical. A zesty, mouthwatering white rum that will add pop to cocktails.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
90 points
$44
Bronze color. Confected aromas and flavors of brach’s caramel cherry, fruit cake, buttercream frosted banana cake, and orange marmalade with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting accents of spumoni gelato and vanilla almond milk. A very attractive, if a bit confected, crowd pleasing fruity Rum for carefree sipping and cocktails.
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
89 points
Dark brown black color. Citrusy, toasty, spicy, inviting, baked aromas and flavors of root beer candy, almond, cinnamon, dates, vanilla extract, and brown banana with a supple, shy, dryish light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of vanilla cola float, butterscotch, brown sugar, and coffee. A toasty and spicy Rum that you want to get cozy with by a fire.
Appleton Estate Signature Gold Rum
89 points
$21
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of bananas foster in a copper pot, dried papaya, grass, and spices with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and an even, carefree finish that exhibits accents of coconut water, roasted nut skin, pencil shavings, and minerals. A soft, lighter-styled pot still Rum that will play nicely in cocktails.
Plantation 5 Year Aged Rum
89 points
$24
Gold color. Aromas of roasted chestnuts, terra cotta and clay, roasted bananas and sultanas, and painted pencil and rubber mat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long vanilla pudding, honey roasted walnuts, and lacquered wood finish. A fruity-yet-earthy Rum that will pop in cocktails.
Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum
89 points
$30
Light golden amber color. Candied, toasty, baked, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate, banana bread, nougat, marzipan, and white peach with a satiny, shy, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of praline granola and burnt caramel. A lovely spiced Rum for Rum and Cokes.
Ron Del Barrilito 2 Stars Rum
89 points
$32
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, dark caramelized nuts, bread pudding, and fleur de sel with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with overtones of mocha and roasted coconut, sweet and peppery spices, cedar and leather, and cigar wrapper. A bold, oak-forward dark Rum that will play nicely in cocktails and with cigars.
The Equiano Rum Co Light Rum
89 points
$35
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted pecans and sesame, mocha, chocolate cream wafer cookie, and vinyl and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long finish that presents shades of roasted coconut, hazelnut milk, salted chocolate with dates, and chestnut honeycomb. 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
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark caramelized pecans, tobacco, and herbed brown butter with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that shows overtones of roasted coconut, creme brulee, and dried tropical fruits. 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
Clear dark amber color. Jammy, inviting, baked, spicy, candied aromas and flavors of marzipan, cola, allspice and candied banana with a creamy, shy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish displaying notes of butter pecan ice cream with passionfruit sauce and cola sorbet. A bold Rum that warms you from the inside.
Trois Rivières Réserve Spéciale Rhum Vieux Agricole
89 points
$69
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of papaya and pineapple soufflé, lemon waxed wood, caramelized nuts and plantains, and pencil shavings with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long finish displaying overtones of sweet and peppery spices and white ash and minerals. An elegant, vibrant and delicious aged Rhum Agricole that evolves in the glass.
Coruba Dark Rum
88 points
$19
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, blackstrap molasses, spiced coffee, and polished wood with a satiny, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, long finish with suggestions of banana chips, nut skin, straw and slate, and cigar wrapper. A bone-dry, mineral-laden dark Rum for serious cocktails.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Puerto Angel Añejo Rum
88 points
$28
Golden straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of grilled banana and apple and white chocolate toffee with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish revealing notes of fat free vanilla milk and marshmallows, sweet and peppery spices, pineapple-papaya yogurt, and wet stones. 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
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon oil, parchment, wet hay, black pepper, banana, and coconut taffy with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, buoyant finish. A tinge of vanilla sweetness makes this a very good base spirit for cocktails.
The Kraken Black Roast Coffee Rum
87 points
Dark rich brown black color. Creamy, candied, buttery aromas and flavors of coffee, butter and creme brulee with a creamy, flat, very sweet full body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of burnt sugar and mocha fudge candy. A sweet Rum that would work well with winter cocktails.
Admiral Nelson’s Coconut Rum
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut sorbet and macaroon wrapper with a glycerous, moderately sweet medium body and an even, breezy finish with notes of coconut oil and palm sugar. A pleasant coconut Rum to kickstart a Piña Colada session.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Disco-Nut Coconut Rum
87 points
$19
Cloudy steely sedimentary slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of warm coconut cream, macadamia brittle, and tapioca pudding with a silky, bright, sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish with touches of coconut water and oil, simple syrup, and waxy coconut candy wrapper. A rock solid coconut flavored Rum for sweet cocktails and shots.
Especia Pilipinas Spiced Rum
87 points
$19
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cola, horchata, melted vanilla candle, and cellophane with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of cinnamon nutmeg cookies and candied spiced nuts. A solid spiced Rum that will amp up a Rum and Coke.
Sugarlands Shine Mark & Diggers Hazlenut Rum
87 points
$25
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of famous amos chocolate chip cookies, coconut dream bar, and chocolate peanut cheesecake with graham cracker crust with a glycerous, sweet medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of sweet and peppery spices, rubber soles, and root beer float. A distinctively chocolatey flavored Rum that will be fun to mix with.
Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum
87 points
$31
Straw color. Aromas of spumoni with whipped cream and banana and pineapple custard cake with a silky, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long fruit punch, spiced toffee, pepper, and minerals finish. 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
Bronze color. Nutty, fruity aromas and flavors of buttered caramel and raspberry nougat, lemon oil, citrus, vanilla extract, and coffee bean/french oak with an tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long finish with shades of peanut brittle, nutmeg, and cinnamon roasted pecan. 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
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow and cinnamon toast crunch with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with touches of rum soaked dried cherries, banana walnut ice cream, and tres leche. 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
Dark amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of brown butter, fruit punch and vernors ginger ale, caramelized pineapples and oranges, and cajeta and dried leaves with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of cherry cola float and fruit cake. A sweet and fruity aged Rum that will mix nicely.
Dark Door Spirits Smoked Rum
87 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of Coconut cream meringue with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium finish manifesting notes of coconut and banana, peanut brittle, and tobacco. A light bodied flavored Rum for layered cocktails.
Deadhead 5 Year Aged Dark Chocolate Flavored Rum
87 points
$41
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of fresh s’mores, coconut cream pie with a chocolate lined crust, and birthday cake with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length finish with suggestions of chocolate chip cookie and root beer float. 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
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of melted toffee, caramel buttercream, polished wood, and date with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a polished, easy finish with notes of mocha milkshake. A soft, fruity aged Rum for mixing.
Antelope Island White Rum
86 points
$21
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of confectionary sugar, fresh green grass, sour cream aloe, and touch of pepper with a soft, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, crisp finish that presents notes of coconut water. A delightful mixer that shows the base character of Rum.
Admiral Nelson’s Spiced Rum
85 points
$9
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow and hint of allspice and nutmeg with a soft, flat, off-dry watery body and a seamless, short vanilla wax and rice candied, candy wrapper, and caramel milk finish. A nice vanilla flavored Rum for Rum and Cokes.
Rhum Barbancourt White Rum
85 points
$18
Clear color. Tropical aromas and flavors of bananas foster, cherry fruit leather, spicy mango-chive compote, and walnut oil and nougat with an oily, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, long finish imparting notes of powdered sugar, toasted meringue, and praline. 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
Clear gold color. Buttery, citrusy, clean, inviting, sweet aromas and flavors of caramelized lime, butterscotch, cherry, and cola with a silky, soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish with accents of toasted marshmallow, spumoni, and banana. A really light and fun Rum that is great on its own.
Antelope Island Red Barrel Rested Rum
85 points
$21
Murky amber color. Aromas and flavors of praline, hot iron skillet, flan, and hot wax figurines with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium finish revealing notes of pepper, bic pen ink, caramel fudge wrapper, and scorched linen. A fiery, wooly dark Rum for funky cocktails.
Deadhead 6 Year Aged Rum
85 points
$35
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana cream pie with graham cracker crust, warm vanilla pudding and tapioca, chocolate peanut bar, and yeasty soda raisin bread with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish revealing touches of mace and brown spices and cedar. A dry, lightly spicy and reserved aged Rum for cocktails or cigars.
The Equiano Rum Co Original Limited Batch 01 Rum
85 points
$49
Brilliant amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of caramelized guava and tropical fruits, varnished wood, vanilla buttercream coconut cake, and toffee with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting notes of cola float, sweet and peppery spices, and sandalwood. A dry, earthy aged Rum for spirit-forward cocktails.
Admiral Nelson’s Pineapple Rum
84 points
$9
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple lifesaver and canned pineapple slices in greek yogurt with a tannic, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp finish displaying notes of peppered pineapple sauce, cream soda, and overripe pineapple. A nice candied pineapple Rum for shots and such.
Blackheart Spiced Rum
84 points
$14
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, cherry milkshake, and alpine herbal lozenge with a supple, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish with notes of almond nougat, apple mint jelly, white pepper, and wax paper. A pleasantly peppery spiced Rum for Rum and Cokes, shots, and whatnot.
Blackheart Toasted Coconut Spiced Rum
84 points
$14
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of piña colada, toasted coconut macaroon, and maraschino cherry with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, long finish with suggestions of coconut cream, marzipan, pepper, and ink and chlorine. A rich and syrupy coconut Rum for amping up your Piña Colada.
Bonampak Coffee Infused Rum
84 points
$29
Clear amber color. Fruity, citrusy, sweet aromas of orange peel, cola and honey with a supple, flat, moderately sweet thin body and a smooth, instant coffee, dark chocolate, and latte finish. A mild, delicately flavored coffee Rum for artisan cocktails.
Bonampak Basil and Ginger Infused Botanical Rum
84 points
$29
Clear color. Herbal aromas and flavors of ginger beer, thai basil, honeyed herb-mint muffin, and birch bark with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish with accents of ginger simple syrup, pink peppercorn, and ginger ale wax candy. A curious herbal ginger Rum for creative cocktail play.
Canerock Spiced Rum
84 points
$29
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla extract, marshmallow, teriyaki turkey jerky, and baby powder with a satiny, off-dry medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of spicy custard, acetone, and pepper. A vanilla-centric spiced Rum that screams for a Coke.
StilL630 Expedition Pot Still Rum
84 points
$33
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of nougat, yeasty spice cake batter, cola, and beeswax candle and pencil shavings with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of spiced nuts, panettone, peppery spices, and mocha latte. A dry, serious aged Rum for a serious good time.
Spirit Hound Distillers Mountain Bum Rum
84 points
$35
Minutely hazy straw yellow color. Baked, inviting, nutty, sweet, toasty aromas of spiced banana, cola, and milk chocolate with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length oak, white pepper, banana bread, and scorched linen finish. A whiskey drinkers Rum.
Quintana 5 Year Aged Rum
84 points
$38
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of rocky road ice cream, toasted marshmallow, and circus peanuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, agreeable finish with notes of diet root beer float, nut skin, cedar bark, and candle drippings. A mild, creamy aged Rum for cocktails.
Bacardi Spiced Rum
83 points
$12
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of yeasty soda raisin bread dough, chocolate cherry bark, spicy banana bread and cheesecake, and honeycomb with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick finish that presents shades of root beer float and waxy caramel candy wrapper. A sturdy spiced Rum for Rum and cokes.
7 Isles Caribbean Spiced Rum
81 points
$24
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of bazooka bubblegum, jelly beans, fruit punch, and rainbow sherbet with a soft, flat, dryish watery body and a tingling, instant finish that presents notes of flat diet sprite with grenadine, bubblegum wrapper, and pepper dust. A low spice, low impact ’spiced’ Rum for punches and such.
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