About Rum and Cane Spirits from Barbados

About Rum  and  Cane Spirits from Barbados
Rum - of many different styles and flavors - is the major spirit of Barbados. You can buy spiced rum, coconut rum, silver rum, gold rum, vanilla rum and several other types from this Caribbean island; all of them are well made and work beautifully in mixed drinks. There are some examples of aged rums, some matured for as long as ten years, that have greater complexity, with notes of creme brulee, toffee and brown spices that are very elegant; these are ideal sipped on their own. In general, rums from Barbados are value-priced, from $12 to $25 on US retail shelves.

Top Picks for Barbados

Rum and Cane Spirits

The Real McCoy Limited Edition 14 Year Aged Rum
95 points
Amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of wet oak, Palo Santo, molasses cookie, tobacco, and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, complex, long finish manifesting nuances of Champurrado, dried mango, creme brulee, hickory, and flamed orange finish. An elegantly dry rum with layers and layers of flavor; time has been very good to this spirit.
95 points $69.99
The Real McCoy 12 Year Aged Rum
94 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of hazelnut spread, cherry jam, pecan praline, and grilled peach and pineapple with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, long espresso, smoked vanilla, brown sugar, leather, island spices, and toffee finish. A decadent, complex rum ideal for sipping.
94 points $49.99
The Real McCoy 3 Year Aged White Rum
93 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut water, fondant, and tiramisu with a satiny, bright, fruity light body and a hot, fast finish. A super-solid, spicy white rum great for daiquiris and Cuba Libres.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
The Real McCoy 5 Year Aged Dark Rum
93 points
Amber color. Aromas of artisan cola, bananas foster, nutmeg, and candied walnut with a round, bright, off-dry medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length caramel-coconut sundae, toasted marshmallow, and chocolate-cherry almond bark finish. A silky, caramelly rum that is delicious sipped neat and will make flavorful cocktails.
93 points $29.99
Neptune Gold Rum
92 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of mango, pineapple, peach yogurt, and cane with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of caramel-drizzled peaches and banana leaf finish. A rock solid gold rum with lots of tropical character for all manner of cocktails; authentic aromas and balanced flavor.
92 points $34.95
Kaniche Reserve Rum
89 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Sweet aromas of vanilla flan, orange caramel sauce, polished wood, blonde tobacco, and lemon verbena with a velvety, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length praline, caramelized banana, and buttered brioche finish. A sweet and friendly dark rum for all manner of tropical cocktails.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Kaniche XO Rum
89 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized black walnuts and bananas, toasty raisin bran muffin top, spicy honey, and bison grass with a velvety, off-dry medium body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with nuances of maple and Neapolitan gelatos, root beer float, melange of brown spices, and hint of pink pepper finish. A delicious and vibrant dark rum loaded with attractive flavors.
89 points $29.99
Mount Gay Eclipse Rum
88 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of pineapple upside down cake, orange marmalade, apple-cinnamon pastry, and butterscotch pudding with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length toasted coconut layer bar, caramel coated almonds, and baklava finish. A tasty gold rum with plenty of punch-friendly flavors.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Faraday West Indies Rum
85 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted oats, buttered bran muffin, dried peach, and cream with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, cheery finish with notes of milk and honey and maple finish. A distinctive rum that will play well in craft cocktails; get creative.
85 points $34.99
Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
84 points
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.