Top 10 Rum

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Top 10 Rum

Created in the Caribbean this beautiful spirit is taking the world by storm once again, with such a variety of great bottles, flavor profiles, and countries to choose from it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so here are our top ten best rums to drink for any occasion.

From sipping to mixing, with the list below you will get to know your own undiscovered rum palate.

Let us help you navigate through a wide range of styles, ages, and brands. Find the best rum bottle that will ever cross your lips. Let’s get into it!

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  1. Bacardi 16 Year Old Gran Reserva Especial Rum (1L)

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size1000mL
    Bacardi Limited is the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world. They are renowned for their eponymous Bacardi white rum, but their portfolio has an extensive 200 labels. Founded in 1862, Bacardi has been family-owned for seven generations. Bacardi is currently sold in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, Bacardi is led by the founder's great-great grandson, Facundo L. Bacardí.

    The Bacardi family is the lifeblood of Bacardi Rum. They first began producing Rum in Cuba in 1862. The subsequent years that followed brought a revolution to wild Havana nights during the American Prohibition. Emilio Bacardí Moreau refused to support the Spanish government, fighting staunchly for the independence of Cuba, and was consequently exiled for his beliefs. When he later returned to Cuba, he became the first freely-elected mayor of Santiago de Cuba. Cuba in the 1960s was undergoing a revolution, which eventually led to the Bacardi family’s exodus out of Cuba. The members of the family moved to the United States and shifted their distillery to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

    Often depicted in red, a color of joy, bats represent "good fortune" in traditional Chinese culture. This is the Bacardi symbol, and it is a reflection of their prosperity. Eventually, they began to rebuild the empire that they had left behind in their Cuban homeland. Bacardi is now in their seventh generation, and they are in constant pursuit of perfection in the art of rum-making.

    Bacardi Gran Reserva Especial 16 Year Old was inspired by the complexity and smoothness of the finest single malt whiskies. It has spent 16 years in American white oak casks, patiently maturing in the Caribbean climate. Formerly a travel exclusive, this limited-edition rum is woody, fruity, and velvety smooth. The expression is bottled at 80 proof.

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    The nose is fruity and sweet with caramel and stone fruit aromas. The palate is smooth and viscous with caramel, oak, and fruit. The finish is long and velvety smooth with lingering notes.
    $115.99
  2. Saint James Agricole Paille Rhum

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Saint James Agricole Paille Rhum holds the AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée ― controlled designation of origin) certification, meaning that it is crafted by fermenting pure cane juice from locally-grown sugarcane. It is then distilled on Creole columns and bottled without any sweetening agents at 80 proof, after the Rhum has spent at least 2 months in oak casks. The expression is smooth, sweet, and fragrant with notes of vanilla, honey, and licorice.

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    The straw-golden Rhum leads with fragrant aromas of dried fruit, honey, licorice, vanilla, and a touch of wood. The palate is balanced and pleasantly sweet with fruity and woody notes that linger through the finish.
    $37.99
  3. Bacardi Gold Rum

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Crafted by Maestros de Ron Bacardi, Bacardi Gold Rum is a unique rum expression that boasts exceptionally rich flavors and a golden complexion due to time spent in toasted oak barrels. Its distinct mellow character is a result of a special blend of charcoals that is a proprietary secret of Maestros de Ron Bacardi. Expect rich, soothing flavors of vanilla, toasted almonds, buttery caramel, and sweet banana notes, rounded up by orange peel zest. Bottled at 80 proof, the finish is dry, slightly sweet, and oaky.

    Bacardi Limited is the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world. They are renowned for their eponymous Bacardi white rum, but their portfolio has an extensive 200 labels. Founded in 1862, Bacardi has been family-owned for seven generations. Bacardi is currently sold in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, Bacardi is led by the founder's great-great grandson, Facundo L. Bacardí.

    The Bacardi family is the lifeblood of Bacardi Rum. They first began producing Rum in Cuba in 1862. The subsequent years that followed brought a revolution to wild Havana nights during the American Prohibition. Emilio Bacardí Moreau refused to support the Spanish government, fighting staunchly for the independence of Cuba, and was consequently exiled for his beliefs. When he later returned to Cuba, he became the first freely-elected mayor of Santiago de Cuba. Cuba in the 1960s was undergoing a revolution, which eventually led to the Bacardi family’s exodus out of Cuba. The members of the family moved to the United States and shifted their distillery to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

    Often depicted in red, a color of joy, bats represent "good fortune" in traditional Chinese culture. This is the Bacardi symbol, and it is a reflection of their prosperity. Eventually, they began to rebuild the empire that they had left behind in their Cuban homeland. Bacardi is now in their seventh generation, and they are in constant pursuit of perfection in the art of rum-making.

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    A delicate nose of nuts and butter aromas. The palate is rich and toasted with vanilla, toasted almond, buttery caramel, sweet banana, and orange peel. The finish is dry, slightly sweet, and oaky.
    $21.99
  4. Brugal XV Rum

    Proof75 (37.5% ABV)
    Size750mL
    During the latter half of the 19th century, Andrés Brugal Montaner — a Spanish expatriate who had emigrated to Cuba — uprooted his family and decided to take up permanent residence in the Dominican Republic. While in Cuba, Brugal had begun experimenting with the distillation of sugar cane, and upon his arrival in the Dominican Republic in 1888, Brugal opened the doors to Brugal & Co. Distillery.

    Today, the fourth and fifth generations of Brugal's direct descendants continue to honor the memory of their ancestors by acting as personal guardians of the entire rum-making process at Brugal & Co. Brugal.

    The Brugal family recipe is a closely guarded secret, preserved in the hearts of a privileged few, passed down from generation to generation. After going through the distillation process, Brugal Rums are aged for up to eight years in hand-picked American oak casks.

    Brugal XV is a distinctive blend of rums aged 3-8 years in white American oak casks and rums aged 2-3 years in ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The result is a perfect marriage of dry rums with sweet notes and exceptional smoothness.

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    Harmonious aromas of honey, dried fruits and subtle caramel. The palate is a smooth and wonderful melody of sun-ripened nectarines, spice, and vanilla, followed by a smooth, light woodiness. The finish is slightly sweet and long lasting.
    $33.99
  5. Diplomatico N°2 Barbet Rum

    Proof94 (47% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    1
    Diplomático is an independent and family-owned brand that is focused on producing rum of the finest quality. Founded in 1959, their distillery is situated by the Andes Mountains in Venezuela with access to pure water and close to sugar processing plants. Their line features a range of award-winning and highly-regarded column, batch kettle, and pot still rums. They are involved with the community and employ sustainable production practices.

    Named Diplomático in honor of the statesman who brought order and balance to a restless era in Venezuela during the 19th century, the 18th-century distiller Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez — also known as El Ambassador — these rums are the exquisite product of Venezuela's warm, tropical climate. The sunny days, cool nights, constant breeze, and abundant rainfall create an idyllic environment for growing and cultivating juicy, fresh sugarcane. The sugarcane is harvested, fermented, and distilled into rum, before being aged in a range of bourbon, port, and sherry casks. They are then masterfully blending by the hands of Tito Cordero, Diplomático’s maestro ronero.

    The N°2 Barbet Rum expression is a part of The Distillery Collection, a threesome of special edition rums, each distilled a different way. This one was distilled using a French continuous Barbet column still the La Miel distillery got in 1959. Made from sugar cane molasses and matured for 4 years in ex-bourbon and whisky American white oak barrels, it's a well-balanced, tropical, fruity, and oaky spirit.

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    Tropical fruit notes and toasted oak lead the charge on the well-balanced nose with a touch of spice. The palate has fruity, citrusy, raisin, and wood flavors, along with a slight dryness. Finishes long with lingering notes.
    $100.99
  6. Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum

    Proof72 (36% ABV)
    Size750mL
    "Bob Brinley started distilling rum on the island of St. Kitts in 1986, naming his company “Shipwreck” after an actual shipwreck of a British troop transport ship just off St. Kitts in 1782. The sinking of the ship most likely took place during a famous sea-battle when Admiral Rodney defeated the French under DeGrasse.

    In 2002, Brinley’s son joined the family business. The Father-Son team now has 30 years experience making. Together they produce a full range of flavored delicious molasses-based rums, including their signature Spiced, Vanilla, Coconut, Mango, Coffee, and unique Coconut Cream varieties.
     
    Brinley's signature Gold Shipwreck Rum Spiced is molasses-based, forming an incredible depth of character and depth of flavor. Aged a full four years in new single-charred oak barrels, this rum has delicious, all natural notes of vanilla, nutmeg, orange zest, clove and exotic spice. 
     
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    "Oak and sweet spice on the nose. The palate is fell of oak spice and citrus. The finish is smooth and sweet. "
    $38.99
  7. Six Saints Caribbean Rum

    Proof83.4 (41.7% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Six Saints Rum is produced in Grenada a small island in the western Caribbean. The island nation is divided into six parishes, each one named after a Catholic Saint which serves as the inspiration for the name: Six Saints Rum.
     
    The devout islanders of Grenada have been quietly hand crafting rum for over two centuries. This natural rum is distilled traditionally the way it has always been. This Six Saints spirit is a pure, West Indian style Rum made from sugarcane, and aged in ex-Bourbon barrels.

    This smooth rum has great mixing potential, bottled at 41.7% ABV. You can expect notes of vanilla, baking spice, honeyed notes, and lush tropical fruits. The finish is subtly sweet with just a hint of toasty smokiness.

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    Vanilla notes with cinnamon and pineapple on the nose. The palate is luscious with honeyed notes, tropical fruits, baking spice and dried fruit. The finish is subtle and sweet with a hint of vanilla and smoked nutmeg.
    $25.99
  8. Banks 7 Golden Age Rum

    Proof86 (43% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rums wear their country of origin like badges of honor. A Jamaican rum-maker would bristle if his rum were mistaken for a Barbados rum, and a distiller from Trinidad would raise a cri de coeur if his rum were lumped together with the rest of its Caribbean brethren.

    Named after botanist and legendary explorer Joseph Banks (who sailed with Captain Cook), the Banks rums are all about the spirit of intrepid explorers. It is about combing the world in search of the best rums, then blending the unique liquids together to form something new entirely. Their complex blends are a worldwide hit and the brand is beloved by the best bars in the world.

    Banks 7 Golden Age Rum is an incredible blend of 23 rums sourced from 8 distilleries and 7 different locales and masterfully blended by Arnaud de Trabuc, master blender at Banks Distillery. Each land brings a unique characteristic to the blend — the Trinidad rum adds structure, the Jamaican rum adds aromatics, the Guyanese juice adds depth and tropical fruit notes, the Barbados rum adds a zesty touch. The Guatemalan spirit is there for its nuttiness, Panama contributes a touch of wood and drier profile, and the Javan arrack brings a unique funk and spice to the table.

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    It's a complex blend of tropical notes, banana, dark sugar, fruit, chocolate, and oak on the nose. The palate brings caramel, herbal, peppery, and more tropical fruit notes with a pleasant earthy undertone. Finishes long with lingering spice, fruity, and oak notes.
    $45.99
  9. Ron Colón Salvadoreño Coffee Infused Rum

    Proof111 (55.5% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    10
    Ron Colón was founded by two friends ― Thurman Wise and Pepijn Janssens ― after becoming enamored with El Salvador during a trip they took in 2018 to Latin America. The brand was named after El Salvador's former currency Colón, which in turn got its name from the discoverer of America, Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón in Spanish). The brand soon expanded and the duo became a crew of 6 passionate individuals, the rest is history.

    Coming from a bartending background they were fascinated by the country's sugar cane and coffee, both some of the highest quality in the world. They instantly began thinking about ways to combine them with rum, which is how Ron Colon Salvadoreno Coffee Infused Rum came to be. They partnered with Jags Heads Coffee farms and the Licorera Cihuatán distillery to create a unique dry and fruity coffee rum, as well as an aged rum expression.

    The rum is a blend of 70% 6-year-old column-still Salvadorean rum, 15% unaged Jamaican pot-still rum, and 15% 3-year-old Jamaican rum. It's made with local sugar cane and aged in white oak ex-bourbon barrels. The Coffee Infused expression takes the Aged Rum and macerates it with whole coffee beans from the El Ciprés region, where they are grown in volcanic soil at an altitude of 1700m. The maceration takes 48 hours, which allows the rich flavor to transfer to the liquid. This process is cut off just before bitter notes would start forming.

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    There are toasted almonds on the nose, which are balanced by a fruity sweetness with dark fruit notes and vanilla. Dark chocolate makes an entry on the palate along with dried plums. It's rich, nutty, and warming, with a hint of bitterness that is balanced by banana and tropical notes.
    $39.99
  10. Tanduay Double Rum

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Tanduay has been crafting Asian rum since 1854, bringing a mysterious Eastern twist to the spirit. Headquartered in the Philippines, its origins go back to a distillery from Hagonoy, Bulacan, that was bought in 1856 by Ynchausti y Compañia, a multi-national company that was owned by the Ynchausti family, the seal of which still decorates their bottles today.

    By the 1900s the production had moved to the Manila distillery, and the brand Tanduay Rhum was formed, named after the area in which the distillery was located. The rum was produced in the significantly upgraded distillery in Manila until 2013, when it was decommissioned and the production moved to a much larger facility in the Philippines, capable of producing 100,000 cases each day.

    Since 1999 Tanduay Distillers, Inc. is owned by LT Group, Inc. In 2011, Tanduay was the 7th largest spirits brand in the world. Today their operation spans 4 plants that take care of aging, compounding, and bottling. At the heart of their lineup is an award-winning 5-year-old rum that matures in charred oak barrels. The brand has received over a hundred various awards over the years and sells over 20 million cases each year, making it one of the best-selling rum brands in the world.

    Tanduay Double Rum is a blend of rums that are aged between 5 and 16 years. After their initial period of aging, they are blended together and left to marry for an additional 2 years in ex-bourbon barrels, which gives the different juices time for the aromas and flavors to come together. This deluxe offering from Tanduay is bottled at 80 proof and has an exquisite balance of dried tropical fruits, nutty overtones, as well as vanilla and oak notes.

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    The dark amber rum has dried tropical fruit on the nose with a prominent pineapple note and a pleasant nuttiness. The palate has more of those tropical fruit notes, along with some brown sugar, cherry, and vanilla. Finishes with lingering oak, raisins, and zesty overtones.
    $53.99