Best Rum Brands you need to have in your bar cart
Rum is one of the more versatile spirits in your liquor cabinet. It’s great for classic cocktails like the Daiquiri, Mojito and Mai Tai.It can also be a great ingredient to add to your favorite recipes. Unlike whiskey or tequila that are distilled from a specific type of grain or cactus, rum is actually made from sugarcane by-products like molasses and sugarcane juice.
Because it’s made from fermented sugarcane products and aged in oak barrels, rum can have a sweet flavor with notes of vanilla, caramel and banana.
The best rums you find at your local liquor store might be labeled as white, gold or dark rums. The difference between these types lies mainly in how the rum is aged. White rum is made from unaged clear spirits that are then filtered to remove all color before being bottled up for sale at stores near you. So without any further Ado, let us take a look at some of the best Rum Brands in the world.
Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23
Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 is a Guatemalan rum. It is aged for 23 years, and it’s made from sugarcane juice. That’s right—it’s not molasses! Added to that, it’s bottled at 40% alcohol by volume. This rum is the perfect choice if you want something smooth and sweet but still have some heat on the end.
Interestingly enough, this rum has been called “the single greatest spirit in existence today.” I guess you’ll just have to try it yourself!
Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old Rum
Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old Rum is a blend of over 50 rums, most of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 years. The result is a rich, smooth spirit with notes of caramel and vanilla balanced by hints of dark fruits and cinnamon. This rum has attained the highest rating possible from the Beverage Tasting Institute (95 points), indicating that it’s a high-quality product. It also won the World’s Best Rum award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013 and 2014, so you know it’s going to be delicious!
With an amber color and medium body, this rum is best served neat or on ice; if you want something sweetened up, try combining it with cola or ginger ale for an Appleton old fashioned cocktail. At $40 per bottle ($25 if you buy directly from Appleton), this offering from one of Jamaica’s oldest distilleries isn’t cheap—but its exceptional quality means that every sip will be well worth your money!
Mount Gay Eclipse
Mount Gay Eclipse is one of the most popular rums in the world, and with good reason. It’s a blend of rums aged between 5 and 23 years, which gives it a unique flavor profile. It has notes of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and clove—delicious flavors that pair well with many types of food.
Mount Gay Eclipse comes in a bottle shaped like a ship that has been crafted out of glass (it’s like two or three times heavier than your typical rum bottle). This unique shape was chosen because Mount Gay was built on top of an old pirate shipwreck in the 1700s!
Another great thing about Mount Gay is that they produce all their products at their own distillery in Barbados using local ingredients. They also have partnerships with several other Caribbean distilleries where they buy rum from them to use in their blends as well as selling them barrels for aging purposes.
Plantation Original Dark
Plantation Original Dark is a brand of rum that has been around for decades. It’s also one of the most popular rums in the world, with an estimated annual production of over 100 million liters. What makes Plantation Original Dark stand out from other rums? It’s all about the flavor—the blend of aged rum from Trinidad and Barbados gives this spirit its signature smoothness and richness, while aging it in bourbon barrels lends it a full-bodied taste that’s perfect for sipping or mixing.
This dark colored rum has been aged for 12 years before bottling, resulting in its deep amber color and robust aroma. If you’re looking to add some booze to your bar cart or liquor cabinet but aren’t sure where to start, this would be a great choice!
Foursquare Spiced Rum
Spiced Rum is a sweet, rum-based spirit that’s flavored with spices and sugar. It’s a popular ingredient in cocktails, especially those served in the Caribbean. Spiced rums typically use molasses, sugar, and water as their base ingredients.
While there are many different kinds of spiced rum available on the market today (many of them quite good), Foursquare Spiced Rum is considered by many experts to be the best out there. This rum is produced by Foursquare Distillery in Barbados; they have been making this product since 2007 when they acquired it from another distiller who had originally created it as a private blend for himself but later decided he didn’t need it anymore so sold it off at auction before retiring from his business altogether.”
Bacardi 8 Anejo Superior Rum
Bacardi 8 Anejo Superior Rum is a premium rum that has been aged for eight years. It is made in the Dominican Republic and aged in small oak barrels.
It has a rich, smooth taste with hints of caramel, vanilla, honey and oak. The finish is sweet and smooth.
Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum
Smith & Cross is a blend of rums aged up to 50 years and distilled in pot stills. It’s also bottled at a high ABV of 54.5%. This rich, spicy, and full-bodied rum has notes of dark molasses, tobacco leaf, cacao nibs, orange peel, cinnamon sticks and brown sugar that are balanced by caramelized banana. The finish is long with lingering notes of dried fruit like raisins or dates along with more subtle hints of vanilla bean.
Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum makes an excellent base for many cocktails including the Zombie cocktail as well as the Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail which is made with Ginger Beer rather than ginger ale because it has more flavor than your average ginger beer thanks to its spice mixture called “Barritts Barrow” (made from ginger root).
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum is a Venezuela-made rum that has been aged for 12 years. This rum starts its life in American oak barrels, where it ages for 12 years. It then goes through another 6 months of aging in European French oak barrels before it’s ready to be bottled and sold to you!
Now that you have all of these amazing rum brands to try, you can start your exploration! No matter which one is your favorite, remember to drink responsibly.