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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cutwater Bali Hai Tiki Dark Rum
85 points
$36.99
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
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.