About Rum and Cane Spirits from Panama

About Rum  and  Cane Spirits from Panama
The leading spirit in Panama, as one might imagine, is rum. While there are entry level examples made here - including some fruit and honey-flavored versions - there are also some outstanding examples, some aged for fifteen years or longer. Displaying flavors of caramel and praline, these are fabulous sipping rums. There are also rum liqueurs made in Panama as well as numerous examples of excellent aguardiente.

Top Picks for Panama

Rum and Cane Spirits

Malecon Seleccion Esplendida 1979
97 points
Amber color. Toasty, sweet aromas of mocha latte, amarena cherry, mahogany, leather, and caramel-coated nuts with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long fresh grated cinnamon, black peppercorns, and molasses cookies finish. A decadent and roasty aged rum in the most serious class; sip respectfully.
Awards: 2018 Best Aged Rum
97 points $299.99
Malecon Rare Proof 17-Year-Old Rum
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of cannabis, nut brittle, tobacco, orange zest, and clove with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long almond biscotti, mango coulis, allspice, bay leaf, and bananas in caramel finish. A dense and flavorful rum that’s delicious for sipping; plenty of body and flavor to stand up in tropical cocktails.
Belmont Farm Kopper Kettle Dark Chai Spiced Rum
93 points
Gold color. Exotic, spicy aromas and flavors of cardamom custard, turkish rose water dessert, orange marmalade on cinnamon rye toast, and dried mushrooms with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, elegant, long finish that shows notes of sweet chai tea, caramel gelato in cola, and crystallized ginger finish. A delicious exotically spicy rum with lots of fun and creative cocktail applications.
93 points $24.99
Burl & Sprig Migration 23-Year-Old Rum
92 points
Bronze color. Aromas of madeira cake, caramelized almonds, maple-walnut frosting, and raisins with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length clove, cigar wrapper, sesame, and brown butter finish. A rich and leathery aged rum for sipping and savoring.
92 points $89.99
Kaniche Perfeccion Rum
91 points
Brilliant amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of buttery nut brittle, polished wood, caramelized fruits and cheese, and sandalwood soap with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, elegant, long finish with notes of mocha gelato, chocolate cherries and oranges, and sassafras float finish. A deliciously fruity and satisfying aged rum that is sure to please.
91 points $39.99
9north Spiced Rum
89 points
Mahogany color. Creamy aromas of walnut confection, cream puff, coconut, molasses, and burnt caramel with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long cinnamon, allspice, clove, and sassafras finish. A rock-solid spiced rum with piles of flavor; easy to love.
89 points $34.99
Arôme 28 Year-Old Rum
89 points
Amber color. Oaky aromas of refined exotic woods, polished furniture, cedar dust, bananas foster, and circus peanuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length spumoni and caramel syrup finish. A solid, aromatic rum with big oak presence.
Ron Malteco 5 Anos Dark Rum
89 points
Best Buy
Amber color. Sweet aromas of praline, hazelnut creme, baking spices, and maple with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, breezy honey-vanilla icing, gingerbread, orange marmalade, and sassafras finish. A sweet rum that will deliver toasty goodness in a variety of cool-weather cocktails.
89 points $19.90 Best Buy
Burl & Sprig Touché 8-Year-Old Rum
88 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe citrus, maple-roasted nuts, pound cake with dulce de leche, and sassafras with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with suggestions of candied pineapple, toffee, and raisin toast finish. Easy to drink and very approachable, this rum offers a tasty tipple to rum enthusiasts and novices alike.
88 points $39.99
Burl & Sprig Esencia Barrel Aged Spiced Rum
87 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio gelato, strawberry mousse, toffee, nutmeg, and anisette cookie with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with notes of vanilla-coke and cafe latte finish. A twisting and turning spiced rum for mixed drinks.
87 points $22.99