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British Royal Navy
A once-in-a-lifetime kind of rum. From the final reserves of British Royal Navy rum, this juice is truly special. Bottled no later than 1970, from rum
Zinfandel Cask Blend 11-Year
Wow, this is really something else!
I am in love with this rum. I first tried it at the 2016 California Rum Festival, along with the Port Cask Finish and a couple other Foursquare offeri
Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
Jamaica 2007 9-Year
Starts off harsh, with lots of grain—not unlike a whiskey. (A bit too harsh for a 9-year at 50%, but it settles down a bit after breathing). Loads of
At first I thought the bottle was a little gimmicky (well, I still do). It certainly stands out on the shelf. But it's also lovely and ergonomic—one o
This rum erupts from the glass with a lovely bouquet—full of sweet oak and red wine. It's the sweetest Martinique agricole I've tried to date. For me
Ordered a shot of this at a local rum bar. (Twice.) Holy cow—this is some good stuff. Only slightly sweet, no added sugar, and very, very smooth. Slig
2004 11-Year Bourbon Cask Strength
Mr. Seale has done it again!
I purchased this to be my top-shelf sipper, and am not disappointed. This is a rum for rum drinkers who are tired of syrupy, additive-laden concoction
Head & shoulders above the Sistema Solera 23
I only had a small taste of this rum, but it really surprised me. I'm a fan of the Solera 23, but still find it overly sweet. The Edicion Negra is muc
Selección de Maestros
A great value sipper.
On my last international trip, picking up a bottle of this rum was among my top priorities. When I finally tried it at home, I was completely satisfie
The Real McCoy
The addition of madeira cask-aged rum adds a little extra interest to the already exquisite RM12. A little more oak, with complex fruitiness from the
1703 Old Cask
Holy delicious rum, Batman!
MG 1703 starts off immediately with a very interesting nose. Slightly sharp, but warm and comforting. The palate is oaky, rich, complex, and simply de
A Fantastic Evening Sipper
ST 1976 is similar to Mount Gay Extra Old, but with a little more depth of flavor. With little/no added sugar, this is a solid, dependable, dry sippin
This rum is deep, complex, powerful, and surprisingly good. Heady, oaky pot-still aromas fill your nostrils. There is the harshness of youth without a
I'd never heard of Owney's New York City Rum before I tried this one. Indeed, their website doesn't even list the rums they produce, much less offer a
Kirk and Sweeney
A fine rum
Easily approachable and exceptionally smooth. Lovely presentation (I don't want to know how much has been spent on marketing this product.) Will updat
I was not expecting a 110-proof unaged agricole to be sippable, but this one is! (At least to me, anyway... Does that make me weird?) This rum has a p
Smuggler's Cove Haiti XO
Quite Different & Rather Good
This is a single-cask offering made for (or sold to) Smuggler's Cove in San Fransisco. The bottle states it is a Haitian rum aged for 8 years in the C
Merchants Reserve 8-year
A very special rum for a very special cocktail
Many people in pursuit of authenticity prepare an "original" Trader Vic's Mai Tai using a blend of aged Jamaican and rhum agricole from Martinique. An
Huge nose and flavor profile (which allows for decent enjoyment on the rocks). Sweet and bourbony. Slight maple. A tad sweet for my tastes, and not as
Triumvirate Final Edition
Some like it hot
Well hello to you, too! Here’s one sharp & prickly rum. Quite a little burn there, though there’s no unpleasant alcohol on the nose. Good thing it’s g
Smith and Cross
Compared to Hamilton Pot Still...
Having done a side-by-side comparison, I'm going to compare this to Hamilton Pot Still rum—my previous Jamaican dark. Appearance: - Cleaner, mini
Pineapple Stiggin's Fancy
Quite a surprise!
Finally—someone who knows how to flavor a spirit without going overboard! Those guys at Plantation really know what they're doing. Just a hint of pine
Another winner from Plantation!
What happens when you take seven rum experts (Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, Martin Cate, Alexandre Gabriel, Paul McFadyen, Paul McGee, Scotty Schuder, and Da
The Ron Zacapa of Smuggler's Cove
Like Zacapa, this is an aged rum from Guatemala that is sweet, bold, and balanced. Unlike Zacapa, it makes no misleading age statement, nor is it avai
9-Year Port Cask Finish
I am a big fan of the "Exceptional Cask Selection" releases from Foursqure and Mr. Seale. At sub-$40, this port barrel-finished rum is the best value
Saint Lucian 2006 7-Year
This was the first higher-end Hamilton I've sampled. The one I tried was about 46% abv, so not the "cask strength" version. Nevertheless, it was simpl
Single Estate Old Georgia
An impressive, oaky rum. Bourbon, anyone?
A very interesting rum. It's made from sugar cane syrup (not molasses, nor fresh-pressed cane juice, so I do not believe it is technically an "agricol
High quality, good value
On my last international trip, I brought back 2 bottles of rum: Havana Club Selección [de Maestros], and Havana Club 7. The latter was a last-minute i
Special Reserve 15-Year
More complex than the 12, with a long finish.
This is quite a tasty rum. You get all the complexity of the 12, and then some. Like the 12, still very sweet (far too much), along with more charred
St. Lucia 2005
A Top-Notch Plantation
Very interesting nose! Some caramel, which develops into cotton candy. Throughout, there's a good amount of brine. It's really a delight to smell.
The Forgotten Cask
A very good sip
Rich, caramelly, smooth. Nothing outstanding (especially for a St. Lucia rum), but it is very tasty. 7+
My "Baseline" Agricole Blanc
I'm still pretty new to agricoles. Have sampled one or two each of Clement, Damoiseau, La Favorite, Duquesne, Neisson, and a few non-Martiniques. But
XO Extra Old
Quite lovely, just somewhat lacking
This is a solid, unsweetened sipping rum (just my style). It boasts a lovely bouquet, and a moderately complex flavor profile. It gives me most of wha
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery
Frank High Proof
Outstanding American overproof!
67.5% ABV (135 proof) rum from Hillsboro, Oregon. Double-distilled from "diamond 007" molasses in an antique French still, then aged in ex-Cognac barr
Panama 8-Year Single Cask Red Pineau Finish
I tried a bottle from cask #25, specially labeled for a local tiki bar. I don't remember too much about it, but thought it was very well balanced, and
I quite like this one!
Mezan Jamaica 2000 starts off with a slightly peppery nose, and light funk (compared to some others). There's a trace of spearmint. The flavor is neit
Grows on you
When I first tried this rum a couple years ago, it was relatively new to the market, and there seemed to be a lot of marketing hype around it. I thoug
A very unique rum.
This rum is very interesting! (And also somewhat polarizing, based on the ratings.) It starts with a very unusual nose. Immediately spicy, but not
This new release from Doorly's (a Foursquare brand) is fanstastic. A moderately sweet and very smooth Bajan rum, it's well-rounded enough for sipping,
I tried this at a rum festival, and was very impressed with the smoothness and balance of this offering. It boasted a similar profile to its 9-year ol
A fantastic white rum
Well-balanced Trini rum with a hint of Jamaican funk (I wouldn't mind a little more). This versatile rum—like Banks and Plantation 3-Star—brings plent
The Real McCoy
Aptly named. Top-notch.
At first the name was a bit of a turn-off. I thought it was a cliche marketing trick of using a recognizable name with positive connotations but no re
The Real McCoy
Surprisingly smooth for a 5-year. Naturally sweet (no additives). Beautifully distilled, blended, and aged rum from Foursquare. The price is high in i
Excellent, but doesn't quite match predecessor
Recently I've become a big fan of Pusser's. I love these dry, full-flavored rums. I tasted this one side-by-side with the "old" 109-proof offering.
Rare Blend 12-Year
A great everyday sipper
Follows the trajectory set by the Signature (V/X) and Reserve. Very smooth, and rich with caramel and oak. Being a blended rum, there is subtle pot-st
Being a cane rum, I expected this to be more like rhum agricole—it's not. In fact, it's rather sweet. I'm not sure whether to use this as a light, gol
50% ABV. N: Lots of grass and fruit. Fades with time, replaced with brine and some tire rubber. P: Warm. Some of that salty sweetness. Very good, bala
Three Rocks Spiced Rum
40% ABV rum from Troutdale, Oregon, offered at McMenamins. An interesting nose: Orange peel, cacao, cinnamon, herbs, slightly bitter and medicinal.
Smuggler's Cove Private Reserve Spiced
Best spiced rum I've ever had!
This rum is not only exclusive to Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco—it's probably also made there. They take their proprietary El Dorado Smuggler's Cov
Premium Demerara Rum
A good mixer
ABV: 40% Nose: Alcohol that yields to brown sugar. Palate: Sweet, slightly rough. Finish: Medium This is an older bottling, with a plastic scr
Rhum Agricole Blanc
ABV: 50% Nose: Very grassy. Some rubber/industrial aromas. Palate: Slightly sweet and salty. Finish: Short. A solid agricole blanc. Recommende
A Marketing-Driven Crowd-Pleaser
This rum hails from Michoacan. Very smooth and easy-drinking (well, it is 40%). A little too smooth, with very familiar rum-caramel flavors. Would hav
The Real McCoy
It tastes lovely—trademark Foursquare, magnificent blending and balanced sweetness with just a hint of oak. Would be an 8- were it not for some alcoho
Kirk and Sweeney
Slight improvement on the 12
A solid, if run-of-the-mill sipping rum. Typical flavors of caramel and vanilla. Balanced sweetness. Will update if I get another chance to try it.
Kirk and Sweeney
A solid, if run-of-the-mill sipping rum. Typical flavors of caramel and vanilla. Balanced sweetness. A solid, if run-of-the-mill sipping rum. Typical
Smuggler's Cove Private Reserve
Excellent sipping mixer :)
My bar neighbor said that to him this sits nicely between the El Dorado 12 and 15 years. I agree! It's not as saccharine as the 12, nor does it boast
50% abv. This rum has a tremendous nose. Super grassy, with some hay. I really felt like I was getting my vegetables! It's very "round". There's somet
A big step up from Leblon
Very grassy and vegetal. Smells quite a bit like sparkling apple cider, though certainly harder and not add sweet. Packs more of a pinch than its 84 p
Go-to Jamaican mixer
This rum is dark, smooth, and caramelly sweet with just enough funk. Highly drinkable, it's no wonder this is widely regarded as the best "dark/Jamaic
Élevé Sous Bois
It's just ok.
This lightly-aged rum agricole exhibits good character. Strongly briny on the nose, with a mild sweetness. It's got some kick, but not as much as, say
3 Stars Artisanal
A white mixing rum you can also sip neat. Who'd a thought?
There's a reason this rum stands above all others in its category. Plantation knows what they're doing here, and they're indeed doing it well. A blend
Better than expected!
I had low expectations for this rum, but it surprised me. There was no alcohol on the nose, and the flavor was rich and fairly smooth. Definitely blen
5 Star Reserve Especiale 8-Year
Very good, just not that exciting.
This rum is very good; I like it a lot. It's exceptionally smooth, and sweet enough to satisfy most palates. (It's also pretty reasonably priced.) But
A good introduction to Jamaican rums!
UPDATE (7+): After revisiting this rum, my opinion of it changed completely. I was served the last of a bottle, so it was plenty oxidized. There were
Flor de Cana
Gran Reserve 7
Compared to HC7...
Having first familiarized myself with Havana Club 7, I assumed FdC 7 would be similar (direct competitors, even). Tasting this one, and then both side
This is one of those rums that simply met (or just exceeded) my expectations; no real surprises. There is typical caramel/brown-sugar/molasses/oak on
Good but not great.
Pot-still fermented, but no trace of funk. The nose is a blend of typical rum aromas, as well as tequila. The tequila notes fade after a while, and is
Wray & Nephew
Love the funk
You should know what you're getting into if you ask/reach for this rum. This ain't no Bacardi. You're going to get lots of funk, rotten bananas, rubbe
Great value, but too sweet.
Edit 4/2017: This was my first "premium" rum (not counting Zaya), first tasted in 2015. It's very tasty, but also extremely sweet. Having tried 50+ r
XO 20th Anniversary
German Chocolate Cake
Reading the reviews—both here and on other sites—this appears to be a nearly universally-adored rum. And why not? It's incredibly smooth. A tad too sw
Solid Go-To Hawaiian Dark
This rum is indeed very dark. It's strikes a good balance of sweet and dry, and is slightly unctuous. Not well-suited for sipping, but works beautiful
Very well balanced.
I tried this at a rum festival, and was very impressed with the smoothness and balance of this offering. Indeed, it was among my favorites at the even
Perfect Starter Agricole
Not too young, not too old. Though only slightly aged, it's a perfectly sippable counterpart to sweeter aged rums, and makes a fantastic 'Ti Punch. St
Of all Koloa's over-sweetened rum, this one might actually not suffer from it. Yes, it is exceptionally sweet (still sweeter than I would prefer), and
Flor de Cana
Extra Dry 4
This solid mixing rum stands some steps above most light rums you see at the grocery/liquor store. Simple, clean. Sure, you can do better for special
Dark and Tasty
I'm not wild about the fact that the only thing separating this from the Gold offering is a bit of caramel color, but I understand the market need. An
Vanilla cupcakes! With frosting. That's all I get on the nose. Maybe the cupcakes were made in a kitchen that also bakes spiced goods? On the tongu
A solid choice for mixing.
And can be sipped neat. It has a very light nose, with slight alcohol. Fairly sweet palate. Not bad at all. 6+
Blend of rums aged 2–4 years (pot & column), according to their website. Bit of a nail polish nose. Pretty bland taste; I'd say it was over-filtered a
Extra Old 12-Year
Not my style.
On the nose: Very sweet! Very strong aromas of maple syrup and vanilla. I don't think I've ever smelled a rum with quite so much maple syrup character
Gentle and versatile, but, shenanigans.
This is an interesting little rum/rhum. It's light and "clean" and fresh, as others mention. There's really not much heft to it at all. There are arom
Different, in a good way
Forget the bottle. This is a fine rum. Aromatic. Complex. Singular. Notes of spice, grass, and funk. Makes a mighty fine cocktail, probably is amazing
Not my style
Nose: hot, briny, slightly funky. Palate: suuuuper salty. Finish: short. You've gotta be into the brinier agricoles to go for this one. It's fine
Used to be my my go-to rum. Almost always mixed. A good value rum that drinks smoothly with minimal harsh ethanol aroma. Not too much character, eithe
Solid Spiced Rum
Nice and dark with good spice, not too bitter, not too sweet, not too alcoholic, and not too expensive. A good-value go-to spice rum. Recommended f
Three Rocks Rum
Pretty good for a craft American
40% ABV rum from Troutdale, Oregon, available at McMenamins. Delicate nose. Slightly watery mouth, followed by a quick oaky bite. Typical craft Ame
Sammys Beach Bar
One could do worse—much worse
Though a tad overpriced (docking it one point), this rum's really not bad. Not a big fan of Mr. Hagar or his brand, but he sources his sugar cane from
Koloa's best is still not that great
From my perspective, this light rum is Koloa's best, and it's all downhill from here. I actually think they just make this one rum—no unique distillat
This rum surprised me! Given that Mt. Gay Eclipse had long been my go-to mixing rum, I was expecting something similar. Now I understand both producer
A Fine Mixer
It's nice and dry, but I get quite a lot of alcohol on the nose, and very little fruit. Was mixing Daiquiris for guests, so wasn't able to let it sit
I got to taste this at a rum festival recently. It's my first (and so far only) introduction to the products and collaborations of Lost Spirits Distil
Not my flavor profile
A big fan of Wray & Nephew White Overproof, I was really expecting to like this rum. As other reviews (on other sites, so far) note, it is remarkably—
Oaxaca Aguardiente de Caña
A Decent Mexican Agricole
This a new agricole-style rum hailing from Oaxaca, bottled at 54% ABV. It opens with a hugely briny nose redolent of manzanilla olives. It’s fairly gr
Sharp and sweet
Noise is pleasant enough; caramel and chocolate. Mouth-feel is thick and sweet, though the flavor is thin and sharp, and the medium finish leaves a ba
Gran Reserva 12-Year
Quite flavorful, but heavily doctored
Update: (4/2017): Wow, having been paying closer attention to retail prices for this bottle of late, they really seem to have plummeted. It's not unu
Better than Bacardi/Captain.
On the nose are harsh high notes of nail polish/varnish, which give way to sweet caramel. Taste is also sweet, with a medium-light body and finish. It
Too sweet for my tastes
Definitely colored (and sweetened) with too much caramel (and who knows what else). You could mix it, just adjust the sugars accordingly. Expected bet
Immediately on smelling it, it's very apparent that it's different from the Prata. They have very little in common. The noise is very interesting.
Nothing special here. A bit medicinal, slightly artificial-tasting. OK for mixed drinks, but not a great value.
The best thing about this rum is the brand story (connection with Hemingway, his boat, his army canteen, etc). After reading so many positive reviews,
My Dirty Ti Punch
So, it's hard for new to rate this rum accurately. It smelled overwhelmingly of bar olives. I don't necessarily want my rums smelling like bar olives,
Wow. I knew it was going to be sweet, but I didn't realize just how sweet. As others mention, there's VERY little bite, and only mild warmth on the
To be avoided. One of the sweetest rums I've ever tasted. It's a shame... I so wanted to like this rum from Kauai, but it seems only their light rum i
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