About Rum and Cane Spirits from Puerto Rico

About Rum  and  Cane Spirits from Puerto Rico
Spirits in Puerto Rico are dominated by rum. It is the national beverage of the island; moreover, through clever marketing, the producers have done an outstanding job of capturing export business, as 70% of the rum consumed in the USA is from Puerto Rico. As with rums from other Caribbean nations, there are several versions (aged, unaged, añejo, aged 8 years, etc); however, quality while excellent for a few top examples, tends to be regarded as less than other rums from lands such as Haiti, Dominican Republic and Barbados. There are some aged Puerto Rican rums meant for sipping, but most are used for mixing in cocktails.

Top Picks for Puerto Rico

Rum and Cane Spirits

Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez Rum
94 points
$40
Amber color. Aromas of maraschino cherry, grilled mango, tonka bean, and espresso with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length cold brew coffee, dark caramel, and maple finish. A rich and slightly roasty Aged Rum; sip this superbly balanced spirit slowly or try in cocktails!
Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum
93 points
$29
Golden amber color. Aromas of caramel on nougat, vanilla bean, guanabana liquado, and earl grey latte with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long grilled pineapple, cola, lime leaf, and tobacco finish. A silky smooth and round Aged Rum with nice complexity and an easy-drinking style.
Cane Run Rum
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Rum
Clear color. Complex aromas and flavors of ripe plantain, allspice, creme caramel, zucchini blossom, lime cordial, and copper pot with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish imparting notes of white chocolate covered cashews, raisin, dried apricot, roasted pineapple, and sandalwood finish. A downright delicious rum with toasty, fruity notes that mix and mingle on the tongue.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Don Q 151 Rum
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of crispy wafer cookies,molasses, caramel flan, cedar, and clove with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, long marshmallow, roasted peanuts, coriander, and chocolate gelato finish. A delicious overproof rum that will add complexity and spice to a range of tiki cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Overproof Rum
93 points $21.99 Best Buy
Bacardi 16 Year Old Gran Reserva Especial Rum
92 points
$97
Dark gold color. Aromas of cedar, crushed coriander, nutmeg, flan, and bay with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long toasted marshmallow, maple, pecan praline, and spiced banana finish. A Rum with distinctive spice and wood character that offers a mellow and satisfying experience.
Don Q Reserva 7-Years Aged Rum
92 points
$24
Best Buy
Light amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried mango, triscuit crackers, ripe plantain, lime pickle, spiced orange, and vanilla gelato with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of turmeric. A rich and attractive Rum that will appeal to enthusiasts and novices alike; make stellar Daiquiris with this.
92 points $24 Best Buy
Don Q Signature Release Single Batch 2009 Rum
92 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted coconut, roasted pineapple, pimento, and melon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length bananas foster, caramel, and baklava finish. A silky-smooth rum with classic caramel flavors.
92 points $39.99
Don Q Double Aged Sherry Cask Finish Rum
91 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of dulce de leche on shortbread, raisin toast, leather, and dried herbs and spices with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length cedar, orange sherbet, and vanilla extract finish. A piquant rum for punches and parties.
Don Q Añejo Rum
90 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Sweet aromas of maple, vanilla-honey, beignets, and Belgian waffle with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long cherry stone, dark chocolate, cola, toffee, and dates finish. A satisfying and flavor-packed aged rum that will be a nice go-to for tropical drinks.
Awards: 2018 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Dark Rum
90 points $21.99 Best Buy
Don Q Cristal Rum
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut shell, ripe tropical fruit, and seven-layer bar with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with impressions of powdered sugar, lime zest, and spice cake finish. A rock solid white rum for classic cocktails.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy