About Rum and Cane Spirits from Mexico

About Rum  and  Cane Spirits from Mexico
Mexican spirits are all about beverages made from the agave plant, with the two most famous products being tequila and Mezcal. These products range from rustic and rough to polished and world-class; they are enjoyed by the common man as well as celebrities and they are consumed throughout Mexico as well as in the United States and many other countries. While both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, mezcal can be produced from many varieties from several area, while tequila can only be made from the blue agave and only from the Jalisco district. There are several types of tequila, from the most basic, clear examples that can be sipped or serve as the base of numerous cocktails, all the way up to aged (añejo) versions that have gold or amber colors, smoky, caramel and honeyed aromas and a long, elegant finish that are meant for after dinner enjoyment on their own or with a cigar. Tequila had become an enormous industry in Mexico and today the product is made by small family-owned companies as well as large multimillion dollar beverage giants. There is also a small amount of liqueurs made in Mexico, such as those made from honey, coconut and even local flowers such as the Xtabentun; production is limited, but quality is quite high.

Top Picks for Mexico

Rum and Cane Spirits

Puerto Angel White Rum
93 points
Clear color. Aromas of banana leaf, rice pudding with bananas, date syrup, copper pot, and coconut shell with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long frosted spice cake, hazelnut, apricot stone, savory spices, and candied ginger finish. A flavor-packed white rum with pounds of funky tropical character woven into each delicious sip; a cocktail favorite.
93 points $23.99
Puerto Angel Gold Rum
86 points
Pale gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of butterscotch, nutmeg, and cinnamon smoke with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk finish with notes of charred nuts, molasses, and banana bread finish. A potent Gold rum with big spicy flavor.
86 points $26.99
Cutwater Bali Hai Tiki Dark Rum
85 points
Dark brown color. Confected aromas and flavors of stewed prunes, chocolate-covered cherries, pecan praline, pineapple gummies, and spumoni with a supple, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with nuances of iced coffee and cola finish. A sweet, confected rum that will play well with cola and in Bourbon Street cocktails.
85 points $36.99