A Journey through Elegance: My 15 Favorite Rums

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Explore the Top 15 Favorite Rums of a Passionate Sommelier - From Caribbean Classics to Hidden Gems, Discover the Ultimate Rum Tasting Experience. Cheers to Artisan Craftsmanship!
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As a sommelier with a passion for the finer things in life, I have had the privilege of exploring the world of spirits and uncovering hidden gems. Among the vast array of libations, rum has always held a special place in my heart. Its rich history, diverse flavors, and the artistry of its production make it a fascinating and beloved spirit. In this article, I would like to share with you my top 15 favorite rums, ranging from ten to one, each one representing a unique experience and a testament to the craft of rum-making.

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Caribbean Classic Rums

Mount Gay XO (Barbados)

From the birthplace of rum, Barbados, comes Mount Gay XO. Aged in bourbon barrels, it offers a symphony of vanilla, oak, and tropical fruit notes. It’s a rum that invites you to sit back, relax, and savor every drop.

Appleton Estate 21-Year-Old (Jamaica)

Jamaican rums are renowned for their bold flavors, and the Appleton Estate 21-Year-Old is no exception. Aged in oak barrels, it delivers notes of orange peel, honey, and spice. This is a rum to be cherished on special occasions.

Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros (Cuba)

Cuba has a storied history of rum production, and Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros is a standout example. This rum is a blend of aged rums, hand-selected by the maestros roneros. It boasts a rich, velvety texture with notes of tobacco, dark chocolate, and a hint of tropical fruit.

Doorly's 12-Year-Old (Barbados)

Completing our list is Doorly’s 12-Year-Old, another exceptional rum from Barbados. This rum showcases the influence of oak aging with its notes of toffee, nutmeg, and a touch of tropical fruit. It’s a true representation of Barbadian rum-making tradition and a fitting end to our journey through favorite rums.

Venezuelan Rums

Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva

Kicking off our list is Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, a Venezuelan gem. With its notes of toffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of orange peel, this rum is a true crowd-pleaser. Sip it neat or indulge in an Old Fashioned cocktail for a delightful experience.

Ron Diplomático Single Vintage 2002

At the pinnacle of my list is the Ron Diplomático Single Vintage 2002. This Venezuelan rum is a true work of art, with complex layers of flavor that include dark fruit, coffee, and oak. Its depth and balance make it the ultimate expression of rum craftsmanship.

~ Ten To One Rum ~

The Caribbean’s #1 Rum

Barbadian Rums

Foursquare 2007

Barbados continues to impress with Foursquare 2007, a single-blended rum that showcases the island’s rum-making prowess. It exudes flavors of vanilla, caramel, and oak, creating a harmonious and memorable tasting experience.

Ten To One Rum

Ten To One is a relatively new entrant to the world of rum, hailing from the Caribbean. Their aged dark rum is a revelation, offering a balanced blend of tropical fruit, vanilla, and a hint of oak. It’s an exciting addition to the world of rum that showcases the potential for innovation and craftsmanship in this timeless spirit.

Puerto Rican Rums

Ron del Barrilito 3-Star

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Ron del Barrilito 3-Star is a blend of rums aged up to 10 years, giving it a unique flavor profile that includes honey, dried fruits, and a touch of oak. It’s an exquisite sipping rum that deserves a place in your collection.

Ron del Barrilito 5-Star

Building on the excellence of the 3-Star, Ron del Barrilito 5-Star from Puerto Rico takes rum to the next level. A blend of rums aged up to 35 years, it boasts a luxurious profile with notes of caramel, toffee, and a whisper of tobacco. This is a rum to savor on special occasions.

~ Ten To One Rum ~

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Global Rums

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary (Blend of Caribbean rums finished in Cognac barrels)

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary is a blend of Barbadian rums aged in bourbon casks and finished in Cognac barrels. Its layers of flavors include dark fruits, warm spices, and a silky-smooth finish. This rum’s complexity is a true testament to the art of blending.

Ron Zacapa Centenario XO (Guatemala)

From Guatemala comes Ron Zacapa Centenario XO, a true masterpiece. Aged in a solera system using a blend of rums up to 30 years old, it offers an opulent experience with flavors of dark chocolate, dried fruits, and a whisper of smokiness.

Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 (Dominican Republic)

The Dominican Republic’s Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 is a fine example of Caribbean craftsmanship. Aged using the Solera method, it delivers a delightful fusion of vanilla, caramel, and spice. It’s a versatile rum that can be enjoyed neat or in cocktails.

Pusser's Rum Aged 15 Years (British Virgin Islands)

Pusser’s Rum Aged 15 Years is a British Virgin Islands classic. It’s known for its bold and rich character with flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, and a touch of oak. This rum is a favorite among aficionados who appreciate the robustness of Navy-style rum.

Guyanese Rums

El Dorado 15-Year-Old

Guyana’s El Dorado 15-Year-Old is a masterclass in rum-making. It boasts a rich, full-bodied character with flavors of toffee, spice, and dried fruit. Savor it neat or enjoy it in an exceptional Mai Tai cocktail.

~ Ten To One Rum ~

The Caribbean’s #1 Rum

These 15 rums represent the pinnacle of the rum world, each offering a distinct and memorable tasting experience. From the rich history of Barbados to the innovation of newer brands, the world of rum is a treasure trove of flavors waiting to be explored. Whether you’re a seasoned rum enthusiast or a curious newcomer, these rums are a testament to the craft and artistry of rum-making, inviting you to embark on a journey through the Caribbean and beyond, one sip at a time. Cheers!