Rum is synonymous with summer. Many travelers associate their favorite beach destination with their favorite rum. This delicious liquor is fairly versatile and can be mixed in fruity drinks or added to a glass of your favorite cola.
These are some of the top rums that you can find around the world that made out list of rums around the world worth tasting.
Diplomatico 2000 Single Vintage, Venezuela
This single-vintage rum was distilled in 2000. Even though it’s only been aged for 14 years it’s still flask worthy. It has a unique flavor with hints of allspice, brown sugar and toffee. This sweet rum is more like a dessert so it makes it perfect for an after dinner drink.
Smith & Cross, Jamaica
Jamaica is full of great rums. Smith & Cross is over 100 proof and has a fruity flavor that’s infused with spices. This rum has a lot of character and is best drank by rum connoisseurs as it can be a lot to take in for those that don’t have an expansive rum tasting palate. Appleton Special is also a great Jamaican rum. If you are on a budget, Myers rum is often used in mixed drinks.
The Scarlet Ibis, Trinidad
The name of this rum suits it well. It’s a deep amber/scarlet color. It’s 98 proof so it will get you feeling good pretty fast. The taste is interesting with a honey sort of flavor and a little bit of a bite at the end. Overall, it’s quite a surprise for those that have never consumed The Scarlet Ibis.
Pyrat XO Reserve Rum, Guyana
There’s a lot of flavor to this rum. It’s sweet and has a ginger, toffee and fruity vibe. One of the best things about Pyrat XO Reserve is that it’s not only great in a drink, but on its own as well. There’s no need to make a specialty drink in order to enjoy it. El Dorado 21 is very smooth and another run worth tasting.
Tortuga Rum, Cayman Islands
This rum is a favorite among travelers to the Cayman Islands. Since it can no longer be purchased in the United States, you will have to visit the islands to pick up a bottle or two. These rums come in a whole host of flavors like gold, light, dark, banana, coconut and spiced. The Tortuga Rum Company was founded in 1984 and now has Cayman Islands’ largest duty-free liquor business. In addition to the rum, they make some pretty tasty rum cakes too, that are available in the United States.
Havana Club #3, Cuba
Distilled from molasses you will find notes of oak, almond and vanilla in this rum.
Mount Gay Rum, Barbados
Aged in bourbon barrels, this is an excellent rum with hints of dried fruit flavours.
Barbancourt Rhum, Haiti
This rhum comes in a range of 3 to 5 star as well as Barbancourt 15 year Estate Reserve. Theses rums are very smooth with a hint of vanilla and pepper. (Rhum vs. rum – Rhum is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice rather than from fermented molasses.) Barbancourt 5 Star Reserve is double distilled (like a cognac,) & aged for 8 years in Limousin oak barrels. Rhum Barbancourt is over 150 years old & the method that Dupre Babancourt used originally is still the same method used today. We also recommend trying Pango Rum by Barbancourt. It is a dark aged rum that is blended with real pineapples & mangos.
So for you, what makes a good rum? The infusion of flavors, the ability to be versatile, or just the ease of being able to purchase it locally?