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
Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend Rum
94 points
Amber color. Aromas of caramelized nuts, dried tropical fruits, leather-bound wood, and lit beeswax candle with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long cherry cola, dark roasted nuts, and toasted oak finish. A delicious, densely flavored, dry aged rum with great versatility as a sipper or in elevated cocktails.
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
Bombarda Rum Formidable 18 year old Rum Limited Edition Ship of the Line
93 points
Golden yellow color. Complex, earthy aromas and flavors of hot copper pot on a wood campfire, plantains foster, incense, and propolis with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, elaborate, very long finish with impressions of spiced nougat, carob cream, vanilla pod, and tobacco leaf. A fantastically rich and exotic aged pot still rum bursting with flavor; this will be triumphant as a sipper with cigars or in the very finest of top shelf cocktails.
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
Mount Gay Eclipse Heritage Blend Rum
92 points
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of brown sugar and hints of lychee with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a breezy hints of vanilla, caramel pudding, and Bananas Foster finish. A simple but rock solid rum for most any cocktail.
Awards: 2021 Best Aged Rum (Aged 3 years or less)
92 points $22 Best Buy
Mount Gay Black Barrel Double Cask Blend Rum
92 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, bananas foster, and coffee gelato with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of Spanish coffee, orange peel, and glazed nuts. A pure and delicious rum that will be very wide-appealing.
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
Bumbu Original Rum
87 points
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