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Zinfandel Cask Blend 11-Year
A magnificent expression from Foursquare
This may be as good as it gets. Zinfandel Cask Blend has a stunning continuity between aroma and taste. No additives allow the master blender's art to
Joy Anniversary Blend
Appleton Estate Joy is pure rum perfection. It is richly sweet, complex, fruity, woody, and all without any additives. I cracked this open to celebrat
2004 11-Year Bourbon Cask Strength
It doesn't get much better than this
Explosion of flavors is the best way to describe this rum. A whiff of cinnamon tempers the 59% full strength nose. The taste reveals a complex blend o
Wright & Brown Distilling
A tasty sipper and outstanding mixer.
There are a few rums that straddle the line between straight up sippers and strictly for mixing. This rum sits right on the line. Bottled at 90 proof,
Pure Bajan Deliciousness
As a huge fan of Foursquare, I had to try the Doorly's line and thought i would start with their aged sipper. I am not disappointed. The taste is dr
A truly superior orange liqueur
Reading some of the reviews here, there seems to be some confusion over what Creole Shrubb is and how to use it. While I suppose some might drink it s
2007 St. Lucia Pot Still - cask strength
Jamaican Funk from St. Lucia
This is a cask strength big hogo funky rum. A great sipper, a great mixer for tiki - especially at cask strength. Aged in oak, this rum has flavor to
Bring on the funk!
This is probably the best Jamaican rum for the price. Super fresh, funky and fruity. No additives and pure flavor. This has just rocketed to the top
9-Year Port Cask Finish
What's not to like?
The port cask aging adds character to a classic Caribbean rum. The sweetness is balanced by notes of spice and oak. An easy sipper to add to the coll
Very pleasant surprise
Being such a fan of Foursquare, I thought I would try some of the other rums produced by Foursquare Distilleries. I picked up R.L. Seal 10-year for a
3 Stars Artisanal
Tiki has met its match!
Plantation 3-star has just rocketed to the top of my white rum for cocktails list. This is a serious rum that stands up to the most robust of tiki in
Outstanding aged agricole
This is an incredibly smooth, beautiful sipping rhum where oak maturation has softened the grassy notes into a wonderfully complex rhum agricole. I'm
The Real McCoy
Another wonderful unadulterated rum from Mr. Seale and his Foursquare Distillery. Rich rum flavors, notes of toffee, oak, molasses and spices, but at
Rum Fire Overproof
Jamaican funk - on steroids
Bottled at 63% abv, this Jamaican high ester pot still is as funky as Jamaican rum gets. Definitely not a sipper, Rum Fire is best enjoyed when mixed
Outstanding fresh grassy agricole
Trois Rivieres is one of favorite agricole producers. The rhums have a fresh grassy flavor at full 50% abv. Ideal for a 'ti-punch.
XO 20th Anniversary
Delicious, even if enhanced
This rum is a delicious sipper. Hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and sugars are forward on the tongue. Nuanced flavors come forward from additional aging i
The go-to "Dark Jamaican" rum for tiki drinks
More funk and easier on the budget than Appleton 12 Year. This is an absolutely essential bottle in your home tiki bar. Make no mistake, this is no
Merchants Reserve 8-year
A blend with a purpose
I've completely revised my opinion of this rum after learning it's pedigree. For strict traditionalists, nothing will ever replace the 17 yr old J. Wr
Delicious Aged Jamaican
A bit of citrus, a bit of molasses, strong oak notes with just a slight hint of Jamaican funk. A classic rum that is both a delicious sipper as well a
XO Extra Old
As solid as any pure Bajan rum gets
A perfect example of a solid aged Bajan rum without all the additives. Nice balance of complex fruit and wood flavors.
Cuvee de l'Ocean
One of the most unique agricoles available.
I had the opportunity to sample this during the California Rum Fest, at the Tour d'Agricole table. Cuvée de l'Océan will not appeal to all rum drinker
St. Lucia 2005
A great bottle for the tiki collection
St. Lucian rums have a distinctive funk in the tradition of the great Jamaican distilleries. This is a great addition to the tiki bar for rich flavors
Two James Spirits
Doctor Bird Jamaica
Jamaican Funk - Detroit Style
This is the first rum expression from Two James Spirits craft distillers, based in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. A blend of Worthy Park pot still
Complex and delicious
A rich dark Demerara rum delivers an unexpectedly dry initial impression, despite the added sugars. Add an ice cube to bring out additional layer of
Great flavor, a superior choice to most white rums
The nose is amazing sweet, but the taste is nuanced, delicate and well balanced. It's an ideal mixer for delicate cocktails, where the rum is not bei
Much softer and more mellow than Canne Bleue, but still a distinctly smooth Martinique agricole, worthy of the best 'Ti punch.
5 Star Reserve Especiale 8-Year
The quintessential exotic mixer that also works as a sipper
Barbancourt 8-year is the tiki rum of choice for many an exotic cocktail. It blends exceptionally well with fruit, but is refined enough to make a pe
Nice and crisp
The perfect base for a caipirinha. The fruity florals are the perfect base for lime and mint.
The one and only tiki topper
This rum has only one job, and it does it extremely well. It's the perfect blast of flavor and strength for the classic tiki cocktail.
Estate Reserve 15-Year
A deliciously dry sipping rum. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what a pleasant surprise. There's a wonderful complexity on the tongue, that evokes f
An agricole with complexity
Agricoles have a fresh, distinct, grassy flavor. This aged agricole has a much richer caramel flavor than most. The result is a reasonably balanced, c
Pineapple Stiggin's Fancy
This did not have the sickly sweet taste I was expecting. Instead, it has a mellow, smooth flavor with a hint of pineapple. A welcome addition to the
'Ti Punch is calling
The perfect Rum Agricole for the quintessential Ti Punch. Just four simple ingredients: Rum, Lime, Sugar and Ice. It works just as well with fruit jui
Smith and Cross
Jamaican Funk for cocktails
The perfect Jamaican funky rum at navy strength ideal for tiki cocktails.
Kirk and Sweeney
Complex yet smooth
A delicious sipper, wonderfully complex yet smooth and not overly sweet. A fantastic value for the price.
The better Puerto Rican standard gold
Don Q makes a wide array of rums in the Spanish style, which are always going to be on the thinner, lighter side. It's a solid choice for any cocktai
A solid Caribbean mixer
Not quite distinctive enough to stand out as a solid sipper, this 5 year rum is best reserved for punches and swizzles where a solid gold caribbean ru
A great mixer
A bit too much alcohol on the front end to stand on its own as a sipper, but Pussers is ideal for cocktails.
I wanted to like this more than I did
My first trip to Trinidad and, mostly, Tobago and I should be in rum heaven. I asked the bartender for his best rum recommendation and was handed a g
Flor de Cana
Gran Reserve 7
You can't go wrong.
This is a well rounded solid rum with plenty of molasses flavor, but not overly sweet. Perfect over ice or with a mixer.
This is a proper coconut rum
Unlike Malibu which is 90% sugar and 10% rum, Koloa Coconut is a full strength white rum infused with coconut. This is a mixer, to be sure, but in a
An ideal ambré agricole for cocktails
Another great product from the Trois Rivieres line. Perfect for a softer 'ti-punch or as an ingredient in many tiki cocktails.
A versatile dark mixer
This rum has a distinct molasses taste and packs a nice punch. The latest addition to the shelf for dark mixers.
A solid rum, but could be a little smoother.
Beautiful color, complex taste, but a little rough on the palette. It lacks the refinement and smooth finish of other rums at this price point.
When in Trinidad...
It seemed to be the most popular offering in the duty-free shop, so I tried a bottle. I've had better, and lord knows I've had worse! It's ok. A plea
An unexpected surprise
I picked up a bottle during my recent stay in Hawaii, for an after-dinner cocktail that might appeal to a wider audience. I was pleasantly surprised
Solid sipper, but there are better ones
A sold sipping rum, if you like them sweet - like Zaya - but Diplomatico is far better, and much more nuanced.
Outstanding bargain mixer
Yes, there are plenty of outstanding light rums out there, but for the price, nothing can beat Cruzan aged light. It's my "go to" rum for parties. The
The tropics are calling!
You'll never touch Bacardi again. Quite simply a solid, balanced white rum which only adds and never takes away from a cocktail.
A New, Dark and Smoky Overproof from Plantation
Unlike Plantation's 73% ABV Original Dark Overproof comprised solely of Trinidad rums, O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) is a new 69% ABV blen
Just ok. I wanted to like it more.
I was looking forward to tasting a classic vieux agricole. I'm underwhelmed. It has that classic grassy finish, but aging does not seem to have mellow
A fairly sweet offering but not long on spice
I wanted to like this more than I did. I found the sweetness overpowering the actual spice component which was far too subtle for my taste. In severa
12 Anos Gran Reserva
Not terrible, but not great either.
Knowing Spanish-style rums are notorious for added sugar, I wasn't expecting much. The nose is extremely molasses forward which was confirming my wors
The classic dark mixer
What would a Dark & Stormy be without Gosling's Black Seal? Is it a complex aged sipper? No, but it's a sold respectable dark mixer, miles ahead of M
Solid mixer at reasonable price
A decent mixer for classic rum cocktails and tiki drinks. Comparable to Caña Brava with a great pedigree.
Another perfectly acceptable mixer
An aged white with a bit more complexity. Surprisingly soft finish. Use this in cocktails with strong flavors like allspice dram and falernum and you'
A perfectly acceptable mixer
Let's face it, light rums are not really designed for sipping. Caliche is a perfectly acceptable rum for making classic cocktails and exotic potions.
Not a fan
Yes, it has added sugar, but so does Plantation 20th Anniversary, which is much more complex and tasty. Kaniche XO seems thin by comparison, without t
Light your mouth on fire!
Half way through my dive trip in Tobago, I asked the bartender what the locals drink, and I was served this, mixed with some pre-mixed juices into wha
Fine, if you like spiced rum mixed drinks
If mixing spiced rum with coke or ginger beer is your thing, you can't really go wrong with Sailor Jerry.
An ok mixer, but pricey
This is a tough one to review. It's neither a sipping rum, nor an affordable mixer. It's mostly overpriced for what it is.
OK for a 5-year, but not a sipper.
I was expecting a more of a sipping rum, but it's a little rough around the edges, and bet used as a mixer.
A utility dark rum for mixing
Do not mistake this dark rum for a sipper. Its single molasses note holds no complexity, let alone the slightest nuance.
Not quite sure what to do with it
The rum has a ton of flavor, mostly sweet - vanilla, honey, butterscotch, making it completely unsuitable for the the ultimate iconic reference - the
Rum meets TripleSec with a whole lot of sugar.
The dominance of orange is unmistakable. This is not rum. At best, itʻs a rum liqueur, which is fine if that's what you're looking for.
Gran Reserva 12-Year
A former guilty pleasure - until the formula changed
It's sickly sweet and oh, the vanilla! Zaya Gran Reserva used to be a bit of a guilty pleasure but the reformulation is a syrupy mess. There are so ma
Syrupy, with a lot of added sugar
Caramel, strong vanilla, cinnamon, bananas and brown sugar. It has been enhanced with insane amounts of added sugar.
Big Black Dick
I bought it for the bottle.
Full disclosure, this was a duty free purchase to use up spare Cayman dollars and for the novelty of the bottle, which will be used to house my franke
No. Just. No.
Friends don't let friends drink this swill. It's what gives rum a bad name. Sadly and all too often, the only rum non-rum drinkers know. If you're l
Original Spiced Gold
Not even if it were free
This is the type of product that gives rum a bad name. It's distilled to a neutral grain spirit and then has artificial coloring and flavoring put bac
A stretch to call it rum
Anyone who mistakes Malibu for a proper rum knows little about rum. It's basically an artificially flavored sugar syrup with a little rum added.
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