Fifty Best Rum

Prichard's Fine Rum
Tennessee, U.S.

Nose: Custard, apple, guanabana, spicy licorice tang.
Palate: Dates, raisins, fried bananas, succulent, rich.
Finish: Fruit, touch of bourbon, rich, dry.

Gold medal

Prichard's Fine Rum


Ron Barceló Imperial

Ron Barceló Imperial
Dominican Republic

Rich toffee, treacle and orange aromas; date and toffee flavors with a touch of tobacco; robust, sophisticated and balanced; builds in complexity and stays forever.

Gold Medal


Old Monk
7 Year Old

Nose: Buttery, floral, vanilla, maple, butterscotch, sweet, toffee, oak, nutty.
Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, toffee, creamy vanilla, molasses, dates, mango, sugar cane, sherry, toasted walnuts, almonds, nutmeg, floral, cloves, allspice, tobacco, woody, pine, oak notes, pepper spice, smooth, different, nice, mellow.
Finish: Floral, caramel, slightly sweet, soft, a touch of spice, long.

Gold medal

Old Monk


Bacardi 8

Bacardi 8
Puerto Rico

Nose: Caramel, honey, cocoa, papaya, banana, cashew, hazelnut, coffee, cinnamon, tea leaves.
Palate: Orange marmalade, orange, plum, tropical fruit, hints of mango & pineapple, butterscotch, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toast, nutty, spicy, oaky.
Finish: Marzipan, tropical fruit, smooth, pleasant.

Gold medal


Gosling's Black Seal

Very distinctive and complex aromas; like a glass of Bananas Foster and tastes like it, too; guava, banana, cookies and cream, dates and spices galore; evolving, everlasting finish.

Gold Medal

Gosling's Black Seal


Gosling's Gold

Nutty, well-balanced flavors; dates and seawater; smooth, sweet and balanced, full-bodied with a rich butteriness; builds complexity through the finish.

Gold medal

Gosling's Gold


Cockspur Fine Rum

Elegant cognac-like aromas, with hints of orange and lime; Very smooth and balanced flavors with a light butterscotch taste; finishes round, balanced and long.

Gold medal

Cockspur Fine Rum


Clarke’s Court Old Grog

Clarke’s Court Old Grog

Nose: Ripe fruits, banana, coconut, dried fruit, sugary, bubble gum, citrus.
Palate: Tropical fruit, banana, pineapple, creamy, caramel, cane, cinnamon, floral, smooth, mellow.
Finish: Ripe fruit, woody, spicy, soft, subtle.

Gold Medal


Ron Carupano Añejo

Nose: Dried fruit, green leaves, unripe fruit, honey, caramel, toffee, treacle, butterscotch, sherry.
Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, maple, honey, molasses, tropical fruit, coconut, herbal, peppery, sherry cask, smoky, soft, smooth, nuanced.
Finish: Toffee, clean, fresh, light, easy, gentle, nicely balanced, mellow.

Gold Medal

Ron Carupano Añejo


Dzama Rhum Cuvee Noire

Dzama Rhum Cuvee Noire
Prestige 3 yr.


Nose: Dried orange, butterscotch, caramel, molasses, honey, vanilla, chocolate-covered pretzel, round.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, honey, vanilla, honey Graham, creamy, hazelnut, coffee, milk chocolate, silky, sweet, leather.
Finish: Buttery, toasted honey, light, creamy, smooth, mellow.

Gold Medal


Comments and Suggestions:

Thu. July 20, 2017 3:20 AM - by: David
I appreciate your efforts in preparing this post. I really like your blog articles.
Thu. July 20, 2017 3:19 AM - by: Jacob
This is really a great stuff for sharing. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.
Thu. May 4, 2017 7:33 PM - by: veronic
Two rums I don't see on your list and probably should be are Old New Orleans spiced rum or 10 year old rum and Havana Club Cuban rum
Wed. March 8, 2017 7:35 PM - by: Dutch Mic Dutcher
Flor de Caña, Flor de Caña, Flor de Caña Best rum I have ever had. Hands down.
Wed. December 14, 2016 2:56 PM - by: Aron
I too can't believe Flor de Cana 18 yr old is not on the list..
Sun. October 23, 2016 5:29 PM - by: Charity
My grandmother has a 70 year old unopened bottle of Ron Rico Bacardi Rum in a wicker basket and would like to know its value.
Wed. September 7, 2016 5:28 PM - by: Marc Leblanc
I don't believe that Flor de Caña, a Nicaraguan delight rum, 12+, 15+ years aren't on fifty best rum in the world.
Tue. August 2, 2016 5:46 PM - by: Carole
I don't really have a comment, but a question. Can you help me locate a distributor in south Florida who distributes Rochinha cachaca? Thanks.
Thu. June 23, 2016 4:14 PM - by: Chris Tait
Er hmm, and why isn't The Gov'nor on this list "Woods 100% Navy Rum"?
Fri. May 27, 2016 2:41 PM - by: Dennis Galloway
Some of the best spiced rum I have ever had is Siesta Key Spiced Rum from Drum Circle Distilling, Sarasota Fl. Outstanding.
Sat. May 14, 2016 10:35 AM - by: Lee
Can't believe that Captain Morgan's made it into that list and Sailor Jerry didn't!
Tue. May 10, 2016 3:36 PM - by: Joe
Two rums I don't see on your list and probably should be are Old New Orleans spiced rum or 10 year old rum and Havana Club Cuban rum
Mon. March 21, 2016 8:47 PM - by: pacman
@ glenn, you will not see Bundaberg Rum on any list, apart from the paint stripper list at your local hardware store.
Fri. February 12, 2016 1:39 PM - by: gregorygazenski
I am surprised that Blue Chair Bay Rum did not make the list. It is by far my favorite rum I have ever tried. The white rum has a superior taste and incredibly smooth. Its a Caribbean rum from the island of Barbados. Exceptional especially for the price
Fri. December 18, 2015 2:45 AM - by: ALBERT BENN
I cannot find anyone who sells Bootlegger brand -rum
Mon. December 14, 2015 11:56 AM - by: fergie
Lambs navy lambs spiced smooth.lambs white lovely & smooth but cannot find again.
Sat. November 21, 2015 3:46 PM - by: glenn
I dont see Bundaberg rum on your list ,, reportedly the best rum in the world .. you should travel more in this direction
Tue. November 10, 2015 10:03 PM - by: DanZam
Banks XM Supreme (15 yr old) should be on this list of great, matured rums. Just coming the US now from Guyana. Fabulous stuff.
Fri. July 24, 2015 8:49 PM - by: Rob
Tania can you contact me about the red mill rum info if you are still about. 0405602187
Wed. July 1, 2015 6:44 AM - by: Bob
I have had El Barralito (little barrel)it's delicious and in the mid $20s
Tue. June 30, 2015 1:15 PM - by: S.CruzPol
Have you tried El Barrilito Rum? (the one with 3 gold stars). it's said to be one of the best. It's from Puerto Rico, not found in many stores.
Fri. May 29, 2015 6:15 AM - by: Pat
Zafra 21yr Master Reserve should be there.
Tue. May 12, 2015 5:08 PM - by: Chief
Lambs navy rum is yum
Tue. April 28, 2015 7:38 PM - by: tania
Can you please give me any information on RED MILL RUM, I got this given to me about 20yrs ago and never opened it, it was pretty old even then. thanks
Sat. April 18, 2015 8:59 AM - by: DFDBTB
You forgot about Blue Water Rum!
Mon. March 23, 2015 10:19 AM - by: Marc
I forgot to mention - Cachasa does not really belong on this list - I am very familiar with it, have half a dozen brands at home myself but I don't consider it a Rum - Even its best brands lack the refinement of good rums. As Derek G. said, it must be an American list - not well informed (Santiago de Cuba Rum is the original Bacardi family recipe that stayed on the island of Cuba when the rest of Bacardi went to Puerto Rico, ask any savy Cuban, Santiago is their best).
Fri. March 6, 2015 2:41 PM - by: Coach
El Dorado 15 made the list, I'm just perplexed why they didn't include El dorado 21.... smoothest rum you will ever try. 21 yr old rum about $150.00 per bottle but worth every drop
Sat. February 28, 2015 6:47 AM - by: Peter White
A best Rum list without Plantation XO 2Oth Anniversary? ED12 is better than ED15 IMHO and ED Single Barrel EHP is as good as ED21 IMHO. Finally no Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros
Fri. January 2, 2015 6:51 PM - by: Derek G
This must be an American list.. because I don't see Santiago de Cuba on it.. and it's fantastic.. but only available on the Island.
Tue. December 9, 2014 6:22 PM - by: Richard
Cannot believe a great rum house from Nicaragua is not there "Flor de caña" añejo 12 years ,just great
Thu. November 27, 2014 3:20 PM - by: william north
it would be nice to know the prices of these bottles
Thu. November 20, 2014 3:49 AM - by: Roger Hammer
One rum not on the list is 40-year-old Pyrat Cask 1623 from Anguilla. Once you've had the pleasure of sipping it you'll pour most of those fifty rums on the list down the drain. It's pricey, at $265–$285/bottle but life's too short to drink cheap rum. If you belong to the rum-and-coke crowd, go buy Bacardi.
Wed. August 13, 2014 1:12 PM - by: RC
El Dorado 21 is the best deal on the market! A fine sipping rum that equals the top single malt scotches and cognacs in EVERY way!
Wed. August 6, 2014 9:01 AM - by: sk agarwal
I am having 32 years old rum..made for specially Air force in 1982
Wed. July 30, 2014 2:00 AM - by: terry foster
Trying to purchase (TANDUAY RUM SUPERIOR 12YRS) its made in the philippines, and the no1 dark rum in asia, but try to buy that outside asia especially in the UK, where I live is totally impossible, cannot understand why it's unavailable to the western world... Any help or information on this predicament would be wholy appreciated...
Tue. July 22, 2014 1:14 PM - by: Beverly.W
Looking for suggestions for gift under $50 for rum Aficionado. Thx
Fri. July 18, 2014 10:28 AM - by: Steve Boteler
I have found an old bottle from a cruise my inlaws took years ago. It states it is Saint Jacques Vieusc rhum agricole from Martinique. The rest appears to be in French and wonder if it is good or valuable. It is in a unique corked and waxed sealed bottle.
Fri. June 27, 2014 12:23 PM - by: Iwan
Where is Ron Abuelo on your list. I guess you missed out on the "single malt" from Panama, especially the 12yo and the Centuria. Probably on of the best rums ever produced.
Sat. June 7, 2014 8:40 PM - by: edward bermudez
Looking for Bermudez rum as a gift would like to find it in San Diego Ca.
Sun. May 4, 2014 1:04 AM - by: Monique Graham
Where is Wray & Nephew??? It is a Rum like no other. It has a beautiful flavour to it.
Sun. March 23, 2014 4:39 AM - by: F. Fanfan
Your list is incomplete,I expectect to See RUM BARBANCOURT-Haiti, the cognac of all Rums leading the pack. Try it, and you'll thank me.
Wed. January 15, 2014 12:20 AM - by: Face
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva* mm!
Wed. January 15, 2014 12:18 AM - by: Face
The Venezuelan rums are just awesome and they come in a whole array of great flavors, (Venezuela is the only country having a D.O.C. "Ron de Venezuela". You have to try Diplomatico Gran Reserva, my fav!, (if you like Zacapa give it a try), but you have to try too: Santa Teresa: 1749, Bodega Privada, if you can find it; Roble Ultra Anejo and Ocumare 12 among many others. Greetings
Sun. January 12, 2014 12:37 PM - by: steven
Santiago de Cuba from the same place in Cuba is stellar. I don't think they sell it in Canada sadly, but it runs for around $7 a bottle at the government stores in Havana. Totally worth it.
Mon. November 25, 2013 8:42 AM - by: pankaj
best rum in up india market
Thu. June 20, 2013 12:17 PM - by: Carla Rae Briggs
Clarke's Court Old Grog - aged to perfection...
Thu. June 20, 2013 11:17 AM - by: Carla Rae Briggs
Clarke's Court Superior Light rum, one of the best in the Caribbean, having won Double Gold and Best in Category internationally last year. Fine spirits have always been manufactured in Grenada from sugar cane molasses, fermented and distilled, blended, aged and bottled with super standard methods.....
Sat. June 15, 2013 10:34 AM - by: Pooja
Old Monk is the best rum there is. it has the most smooth and amazing flavour.
Sun. June 2, 2013 3:16 AM - by: Jack McLaughlin just launched in Mauritius. Made at the St.Aubin distillery from pure sugar cane triple distilled rhum agricole It is e delicious smooth rum with a arange of five flavours from natural ingredients, Orange spicy, apple ginger, strawberry, mint liquorice, and melon. St.Aubin have been making rhum since 1819, NPK blends all their savoir faire and heritage in a new dynamic packaging - coming to Canada soon, jack
Tue. April 23, 2013 11:30 AM - by: Carlos Fonseca
The best brazilian cachaça is Havana produced by Anisio Santiago farm. It's very dificult to find and very expensive... 200 euros or more...
Fri. April 5, 2013 11:55 AM - by: Lexxinho
And where's Havana Club rum's in this list??? They have a very good selection of fine and delicated rums. Havana Maximo is a 100 year aged rum. For me its the best of all. Theres also Havana in 15, 7 3 and one year aged rums of all kind...
Sun. March 24, 2013 5:05 PM - by: Don Mogus
Ron zacapa solder a 23 to be one if the best I have had....and for all you newbies out there....if you gotta put cola or tonic water in your rum buy Bacardi white and do not waste your money on the good stuff like this zacapa rum
Mon. February 25, 2013 2:07 PM - by: James Stevenson
Just come back from Trinidad and Puncheon Rum is by far the best I have ever tasted. You just get tottaly wasted by sitting with it and drinking it slowly with Coke.
Fri. February 15, 2013 5:56 PM - by: sea-dog
for Canadians there is no "best rum". it's all blended.
Wed. February 6, 2013 6:06 PM - by: mike
Corrine: Get your hubby-to-be a bottle of Lemon Hart 151 or 80 proof Demerara rum from Guyana, or if you can't find the Lemon Hart, then a bottle of El Dorado 12 or 15 year Demerara rum will substitute quite nicely. Congrats! - mike
Sat. February 2, 2013 5:44 PM - by: Corrinne
Im getting married and my fiance is a rum fanatic. I would love to get him a really nice bottle for the wedding. Help. Can someone recommend a real 'winner' and let me know where I can get it? Cheers 
Sat. January 26, 2013 7:08 PM - by: Mike Hollywood
Seems there are a variety of opinions. For me the flavor of Barbados Rums are superior to all. Just my opinion. Americans can pick up Havana Club in Mexico and I have also tried Babancourt. I suggest it depends on what "tastes good" to you. I'll take my Mount Gay and toast you all!!!
Thu. January 24, 2013 10:31 PM - by: gopinath nair
there is no rum to beat old monk
Sun. January 13, 2013 4:22 PM - by: Brian Paddon
Can't believe Pussers British Navy run wasn't your # 1 on the list and/or Woods Old Navy rum ! Coruba another excellent rum. The latter two being firm favorites with me but are not available at the monopoly of LCBO of Ontario any more.
Sat. January 5, 2013 11:41 AM - by: Crysothom John
There is also the XM Rums from Guyana. The XM Royal 10 year old has been called the Cognac of Rums with its "Dangerously smooth, beguilingly deep and voluptuously mellow " character. The aged rum family has four esteemed members - XM Supreme 15 yo, XM Special 12 yo, XM Royal 10 yo and XM V.X.O. 7 yo. This is a secret that is quickly emerging.
Sat. December 29, 2012 5:45 PM - by: Paul S Busick
I have a bottle of Prichards Fine Rum signed "Cheers, Phil Prichard 2008" It was origonally given to Janette Rudy. Does anyone have an idea of it's value. Thanks
Thu. December 27, 2012 5:08 PM - by: Alain Provis
Old Monk is very disgusting :)
Tue. December 25, 2012 10:11 AM - by: Ady
I can't believe Havana Club is not on this list.. Maybe the list was made by an American and as it is not available in the U.S. is not included...
Tue. December 11, 2012 8:13 PM - by: Darryl
Is Haiti's Barbancourt rum conveniently omitted from this list???
Thu. December 6, 2012 12:28 PM - by: carol
we have a bottle of Wood's White Sail white rum that my husband received in 1962. It has the markings Dist. No.6 AND Port No. 10D ON IT and is a 25 oz un-opened bottle. Do you know where I might find a buyer for it?!?!?!?! thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tue. December 4, 2012 9:51 AM - by: Editor
For Barbancourt, please see "Aged Rum": Best Aged Rum
Tue. December 4, 2012 9:40 AM - by: Rob Duval
How about Haiti's Barbancourt? What kind of list is that?
Sat. November 24, 2012 3:39 PM - by: randy
i've tried all kinds of dark rum. i had $20 bottles and paid $ 125 for a very nice eldorado. I'm going to get some negative comments for this, butwhen it comes right down to it, for $22 a bottle, you can not beat Old really is as good as any 12-15 year old and its best bang for the buck... its really good!!!
Wed. November 14, 2012 5:51 PM - by: owen
Ron de Santiago is one of the best why is it not included?
Thu. October 25, 2012 3:04 PM - by: Marika Qalocava
Does Fiji Bounty Rum come anywhere????
Tue. October 16, 2012 10:41 AM - by: Boris
And where is the 12-year old Admiral Rodney rum, the top one from St. Lucia?
Thu. September 27, 2012 7:36 PM - by: Brian
You guys have to do a little more homework with your Cachaças. Ypioca is cheap, industrialized swill. The best cachaças come from Salinas in Minas Gerais and here in Brazil, where I have lived for 20 years, Havana is considered the best and sells for nearly $200 a bottle. I've never had it, but I would put Canarinha above anything on your list and can think of dozens of brands I would put above Ypioca.
Fri. September 21, 2012 11:39 AM - by: Paw
I am missing Ron Millonario 15 years and Ron Millonario XO on the list. Absolut top-class rums ...
Mon. August 13, 2012 2:14 PM - by: Rob V.
So many people putting their hands down on what 'the best rum' is. Eventually it's all a matter of taste, right? Love the Zacapa 23yrs and El Dorado 15 yrs, but agreed: some very nice rums are missing from this list. Where's the Rhum Barbancourt, Flor de Caña 18 years, El Dorado 12 years and Cigueña rum - Very special reserve 1975? Would love to sample the El Dorado 21 and 25 one day.
Thu. August 9, 2012 5:00 AM - by: Advait
How can Old Monk not feature in the top 50?
Wed. July 25, 2012 10:22 PM - by: victor
I can't believe Ron Flor De Cana is not here it's one of the best rums if not the best that i've ever tried
Fri. July 6, 2012 6:19 AM - by: nikesh
khukari rum from nepal must have to be the best of all as it is reccomended by the drinkers
Fri. June 22, 2012 6:48 AM - by: ARNOLD RAMPERSAD
Fri. June 22, 2012 6:34 AM - by: ARNOLD RAMPERSAD
Thu. June 21, 2012 3:31 PM - by: Jase Mint
St. Nicholas Abbey-Barbados , one of the best of the best. Small limited production, can only purchase on the estate in Barbados. Worth visiting and trying a great rum!
Sun. June 17, 2012 11:27 AM - by: paul
Flor de Cana, from Nicaragua the best for me We found this rum in honduras a few years back and can get it in the uk /online ...cant belive our luck :)
Thu. June 7, 2012 2:06 PM - by: Elsavies
I think flor de caña is one of the best of the world only if u havent tasted Barcelo Imperial, Zacapa centenario, havana club maximo, etc..., theres too many better..
Tue. June 5, 2012 10:10 AM - by: Matt
What about English Harbour?
Mon. May 28, 2012 8:33 PM - by: Cyril Allen
Top 50 rums with woods navy, myers and pussers not mentioned. Come off it.
Wed. May 16, 2012 4:00 PM - by: Richad Daunt
Has anyone ever heard of Burke.s Jamaica Rum ? Very old.Have a bottle that dates back some 75 years.
Mon. April 30, 2012 2:06 PM - by: Jose
Don Q Rum not even in the top 50? it should be #1
Fri. April 27, 2012 4:40 PM - by: Kevin Weaver
Heard the term Black Belt Rum, do you know the proper name? Thanks, Kevin
Sun. March 25, 2012 9:08 AM - by: g sondhi
You know, Old m=Monk and Hercules deluxe are the arguably the best rums.We in India love them so much that there just is nothing left for all you people out there to taste. COME TO WHERE THE FLAVOUR IS... COME TO INDIA AND THEN YOU WILL KNOW THAT THIS LIST NEEDS CHANGE BIGTIME
Sun. March 25, 2012 2:59 AM - by: Jock
I have to agree with many of the posters, the rating is kind of flawed, and there are some glaring omissions. Nevertheless, nice to read some reviews and comments. I've seen a mention of Tanduay of the Philippines - a 100yo + rum manufacturer. The young stuff is a curious orange - wouldn't touch it, but they have a 15yo expression which at about $US5 locally is possibly the best value aged spirit in the world. Problem is it's not really exported, which is a shame. With nice packaging and a rebrand it could be a world beater. If you know someone passing through manila, get them to grab a bottle..
Sun. March 18, 2012 4:47 PM - by: Greg
Flor De Cana, 12, 18 and 21 year, the best Rum around, hands down. That its not in this list simply means whoever made this list has never tried it.
Sat. March 10, 2012 12:16 AM - by: el lila
what about Guayabita del Pinar, or Ron Caney.
Thu. March 8, 2012 5:03 PM - by: John Todaro
You must try Venezuela's Ron Aniversario Pampero. Great rum, great value.
Tue. March 6, 2012 1:33 AM - by: Anick
Maaasta old monk bhosadat geliye chhavi.,sahii ahe list
Sun. March 4, 2012 8:47 AM - by: Bayyagg
I would like u guys taste the TANDUAY Gold from the Philippines! Finest I have ever tasted and also their Tanduay ESQ...It won some Gold medal from the Int'l. distellery Competitions!
Sat. March 3, 2012 1:50 PM - by: nelson fernandez
Michael the Dominican bottle of rum that look like the Remy is Bermudez Aniversario
Sat. March 3, 2012 11:25 AM - by: jaivrat singh
add old monk to the list that too on the top of all kidding m saying it on a serious note
Sun. February 5, 2012 11:58 PM - by: Miguel
The best rum in the world is Beenliegh Rum from Queensland, second would be Tanduay from Philippines, outstanding drinks, rum perfection!
Sat. January 21, 2012 8:10 AM - by: Nishant Sharma
I have tried and have most of these rums in my bar but I know for a fact that Old Monk is one of the finest tasting rums.
Fri. January 13, 2012 10:21 AM - by: Michael O
Does anyone know the name of a Dominican Rum that comes in a black bottle like a Remy Martin bottle not exported, comes out once a year in the DR I was there many years ago and a couple from Cuba recommended it and it was the best
Fri. December 30, 2011 1:39 PM - by: Przemek
Goslings Black Seal rum, the best Ive ever drunk. Hard to buy it in my country
Mon. December 26, 2011 2:18 AM - by: Saurav Ghosh
Any suggestion..on the avialablity of Kraken Rum in India....Please let me know.
Thu. December 22, 2011 9:44 AM - by: Janet Pledger
Can you get Rochester Ginger or Dorset Ginger. It sounds like the wine my Grandma used to make out of Castle's Ginger Essence.
Tue. December 20, 2011 12:08 PM - by: Black
What about Old monk?
Mon. December 19, 2011 2:07 PM - by: JG
Cruzan Single Barrel is amongst the best and yet it is not on the list....hmmm
Thu. December 15, 2011 2:36 AM - by: Hitesh sharma
Old Monk is one of the best rums available in India ! Cheers !
Tue. November 22, 2011 5:56 PM - by: Michael
I agree with Philistin. Many years ago, my parents brought me a bottle of Barbancourt Estate Reserve (Aged 15 Years) from Haiti and I've never had anything since that compares. Bummer it's so hard to find in California.
Wed. November 16, 2011 7:47 PM - by: Jim Titheridge
Well I have to agree with one of the Rums, One Barrel from Belize is a real smooth rum and up there among my favorites, but you seem to have missed the very best Rum in the World.. Woods 100 Old Navy Rum from the Diamond Distillery in Guyana, this is a very smooth rum even with it's extra strength and deserves a place on any list of top rums, and shoul be at the top IMHO
Mon. November 14, 2011 3:47 PM - by: Philistin
How do you not have Barbancourt on the list? Are you serious???
Mon. November 7, 2011 11:35 PM - by: Sah
Im sorry Mr. Mcallan but bunderberg rum is probably the most disgusting form of alchohol on this planet. It was even barred from liqour shows as the judges believed it to be a tainted batch, only to their surprise be sent the same trife! Mt. Gay is very good.
Sun. November 6, 2011 6:04 PM - by: Steve
Brought several bottles of the Barrel 1 back from Belize this year. It was $5 American per bottle and we were probably overcharged. We'd found it by asking a local guy what his favorite rum was. Barrel 1 is good rum for mixed drinks, but Mount Gay has a much full and richer flavor for straight sipping.
Fri. November 4, 2011 11:59 AM - by: lee
That could be the one, thank you Chris.
Fri. November 4, 2011 12:41 AM - by: Chris
Lee, it sounds like you are looking for one of the Lemon Hart rums.
Thu. November 3, 2011 1:06 PM - by: lee
I am trying to find a rum that my father used to drink whilst in the RAF during the 1950's. I think it had a yellow leaf on the label and may have been called Lemon something. Any one got an idea of the name and is it still available?
Fri. October 28, 2011 5:36 PM - by: Bill McAllan
How could “Bunderberg Rum” not be on the list, most of their rums are unique, they now have a white rum I feel stands the taste test, Wiston of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) should try some, they will export for you. Hope this was a little helpful for the love of Rum.
Sun. October 23, 2011 4:36 PM - by: Sudip Chakraborty
Where is Old Monk in the list of dark rums??
Thu. October 20, 2011 2:28 AM - by: Wiston
Would like to order some of the spirits, kindly confirm if it is possible to do the order on line and payment being done through visa card and also the freight of the ordered spirits to Zimbabwe
Thu. October 13, 2011 7:14 PM - by: Richard
The rum you are looking for is called Ron Zacapa 23ry, it's from the mountains in Guatemala. I also live in Ontario and would agree with John D, it is one of the best sipping Rum's in the world. I have also tried and purchased many Rum's in my search for the best, and would have to say Zafra 21 yr from Panama is on par, if not slightly better than Zacapa, although it's a toss up. Another great rum just on the market is Brugal 1888. I also am limited by the LCBO here in Ontario and therefore purchase all products from across the boarder. I hope you find a bottle of Zacapa and enjoy it!!!
Mon. October 10, 2011 4:13 PM - by: John D.
As a rum lover I have been experimenting in an attempt to find the ultimate. There is however a major stumbling block in my search, I live in Ontario, Canada and am limited to products that the LCBO(total government retail monopoly) in their infinite wisdom deem worthy of carrying. Fortunately I live within 70km of the Minnesota,U.S. border where the majority of my favorite(so far) rums have been purchased. Of the premiums available in Ontario Mount Gay extra old stands head and shoulders above the rest and the price when on sale is reasonable(for Ontario). Nothing else is sippable(see note) and even the MG XO I mix as often as I sip. I have tried them all unless the cost is prohibitive i.e. over $50. I recently conducted a taste test with my son of the premium rums I aquired across the border consisting of Mount Gay XO(lcbo actually),Pyrat XO, and Ron Zacapa 23, sampled in that order, each rum tasted fantastic in its own right, until supplanted by the following spirit. Since then I have aquired a bottle of Zaya 12yo and place it between the Pyrat XO and the Ron Zacapa. Note: I also have a bottle of Angostura 1919 I purchased at the LCBO which had been originaly dismissed as being overpoweringly vanilla flavoured, oddly so when mixed rather than neat. On further examination I find it very similar to the Zaya only less sweet and complex but smoother perhaps(the finish a least). In summation my nod goes without reservation to the Ron Zacapa 23, if I had to choose only one, and my bar will never lack a bottle if I can help it !
Sun. October 9, 2011 2:03 PM - by: joseph taylor
I'm looking for a bottle of rum I got 5yrs ago. It was from guatamala and was aged for 23yrs. It was in a tear drop bottle and had twine wrapped around the center of the bottle..... can yo help me out?
Mon. October 3, 2011 1:09 AM - by: Peter Kojak
Who made this list? British Navy Pusser's Rum should be up there.
Thu. September 15, 2011 7:23 PM - by: rupee
wat about guyana el dorado rum its thee best rum in the world no second thought
Thu. September 15, 2011 5:26 PM - by: Ken
I just noticed the question of "which is the best to mix with Hot Chocolate?" How old were you when your mother dropped you on your head?
Thu. September 15, 2011 5:23 PM - by: Ken
Lists like this are kind of silly to begin with. If you says these are rums you have tried and liked, OK, but how can you says "best in the world"? It's to subjective. No matter what you'd put in the list, there would always be someone saying "What? you did not include ......? For instance i collect (and drink) rum as a hobby, and have 175 bottles. Some of my fav's are on this list, but One barrell is one of the few i have dumped down the sink. horrible (to me) false flavor. I think Prichards is poor,but still a keeper. i love the heavy rich Jamaicans. none included. Appletons various products,Smith & Cross. Centenarios- Just OK. The best rums are the ones you have and love to sip. And, i also agree, Mixing, or too much ice/water is a sacrilage Also, Ten Cane is an Agricole, not in the "white" catagory.
Wed. September 14, 2011 8:22 PM - by: Pietro
Matusalem 15 year old is the best rum in the world, hands down....although they say it is from the Dominican Republic, it is in fact distilled and aged in Santiago de Cuba in the original Bacardi plant...then shipped to the DR and bottled & packaged for legal entry into the USA. We can buy it in Canada and the USA, but also available at $10-20/litre on the street in Santiago. Serve neat, open with a little water, or on the rocks...never with mix....
Tue. September 13, 2011 7:21 AM - by: Mike Bondra
Brinley Gold Shipwreck from St Kitts should without question be on the list.
Fri. September 2, 2011 4:00 AM - by: Suresh shrestha
ya,khukri is the best rum from Nepal,its just awesome
Mon. August 15, 2011 3:46 AM - by: Juan Espinosa
How many rums were reviewed? It would be appropriate to list all the spirits reviewed when listing the 50 Best. Sampling 55 spirits to select the best 50 is very different from sampling 200 spirits to get the best 50.
Mon. August 8, 2011 12:46 AM - by: Oscar
If you can get your hands on it, Havana Club 7 yr Añejo from Cuba is awesome. Time to end the embargo
Thu. August 4, 2011 2:18 PM - by: carlos
flor de caña centenario 12 years the best in the world,that list its a joke,flor the caña not there?and you even have a costarican rum?please
Wed. July 27, 2011 8:55 PM - by: Felix Maradiaga
Flor de Cana, from Nicaragua (the 18 years reserve) is by far the best rum of the world.
Sun. July 24, 2011 12:16 PM - by: William Riefkohl
You mean you don't include Serrallés Don Q Reserva Especial (Puerto Rico), a fabulous dry rum, which is far better than many of the sirupy and sweetish rums that you include in your list?
Sun. July 24, 2011 9:11 AM - by: Ricardo
Neisson are making arguably the finest rhum agricole at the moment. Their "3rd millenium" XO dark rum & Par Neisson white really have to be tasted and be on this list.
Sat. July 23, 2011 7:23 PM - by: Bri
Flor de Cana is by far better than most of those on your list. I agree with all the others by saying, "why is not on there"?!?!
Tue. July 19, 2011 12:18 PM - by: victor
What about Barcardi 151..smooth,then the Rum effect
Fri. July 15, 2011 6:11 PM - by: Gord Wilkins
I did not see Zaya on your list. Liquid candy. A top shelfer.
Fri. July 1, 2011 10:14 AM - by: fred
What about Zacapa... That's no chop liver!
Sat. June 25, 2011 4:46 AM - by: Chuckles
Angostura 1919 from Trinidad & Tobago. A lovely rum far superior to many of those listed that I have tried.
Thu. June 23, 2011 3:57 PM - by: Rommel
Flor de Caña 18 years. From Nicaragua
Wed. June 15, 2011 1:34 PM - by: Mikael
Flor de cana 21 - game, set & match
Sat. June 11, 2011 7:21 PM - by: Willy
Best dark Rum is from the Philippines.
Thu. June 9, 2011 8:02 PM - by: Rick
Not one of these rums comes close to the finesse and elegance of Zafra Master Reserve. This Panamanian rum is simply the best. Yes, even better than Flor de Cana. It's a must for any rum aficionado.
Thu. June 2, 2011 3:41 AM - by: Mr. Josh
The best rum in the world hands down comes from Nicaragua, it's called: Flor de Cana.
Fri. May 27, 2011 1:21 PM - by: ted
havana club because you yanks can't get it
Thu. May 12, 2011 6:41 AM - by: matthew
i like havan club
Mon. May 9, 2011 12:28 PM - by: Richard Butts
1. El Dorado 25 year 2. El Dorado 15 Year 3. Ron Zacapa XO 4. Angostura 1919 5. Ron Zacapa 23 Year
Fri. April 22, 2011 1:41 PM - by: Hatchemoto
After living in Costa Rica for 6 years and drinking plenty of it, I have to say that Flor de Cana from Nicaragua to the north gets my vote for best rum in the world! Nothing compares...
Tue. April 19, 2011 5:22 AM - by: Amada Dorta
Hi! What type of rum is 10 Cane from Trinidad?. Regards
Sat. March 5, 2011 8:57 PM - by: carlos
nice! great compilation
Wed. March 2, 2011 8:51 PM - by: Collin Yong
Hi, I'm Collin from The Ludlow Formation, Melbourne Australia. I'm wondering how can I get in the Khruki Rum from Nepal? Any suggestion? Much aprrecieate
Wed. February 23, 2011 8:44 AM - by:
King of Diamonds was produced by demerara distillers of GuyanaA Prime 12 year old made for Export to the UK & Europe but was discontinued over 20 years ago up to that time it was a World Class Rum of which I have A Unopened Bottle.
Wed. February 23, 2011 2:49 AM - by: Peter J.
o.m.g. - there are the most of the best rum missing... for example: Plantation Panama, Plantation Old Barbados, Angostura 1919, Pampero Anniversario, Zacapa Sistema Solera 23, Malecon 18 Years, ... i can't mention them all - but there are some rums here, that can't even reach them... i don't know, who made this list - it's simply missing the best rum...
Wed. January 5, 2011 4:38 PM - by: G. Antoine
I'm not sure how this selection was made, but I'm really baffled to see that the very prestigious rhum Barbancourt was not even mentioned!!!
Wed. January 5, 2011 4:23 PM - by: Keegan
You left out Angostura's "1919" from Trinidad. One of the best rums I've ever tasted.
Mon. December 20, 2010 1:38 PM - by: Roger peguero
I can't beleive you did not include Brugal Siglo de Oro one of the most smooth and expensive rums at $40per bottle very limited no longer produced or available
Fri. November 26, 2010 7:19 PM - by: Dave
Where to buy if you are intrested to buy ? I am from Mississippi Thank you Dave
Thu. November 11, 2010 4:46 PM - by: Connoisseur!
I know it can be difficult for US citizens to have access to cuban products but I really think it's a lack when comparing products like rums and knowing that it used to be the home country of Baccardi distillery. Taken from another site: Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof Rum Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof Rum is a unique concept in Rum, bottled straight from the barrel at 45%, combining the lightness and smoothness of a delicate sipping rum with the intensity and complexity of carefully aged rums. As with all Havan Club Rums ageing is a vital part of the creation of Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof. Havana Club Barrel Proof was awarded a gold medal at the International Review of spirits 2004 by the beverage tasting institute in Chicago and at the IWSC 2006 in London. Appearance Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof distinguishes itself by a warm amber hue, with a deep red glow. Nose/Taste Toasted pecan and spice aromas which reveals more robust origins with tobacco aromas and the presence of wood character. A round and buoyant first taste leads to a complex, flavourful, full-bodied palate of cocoa, coffee, sweet tobacco and brown spices. A pleasant smoky oak and spice finish blended with caramelised fruits to give the experience a remarkable balance. Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof is best enjoyed by rum connoisseurs as a slow sipping rum, neat or on the rocks.
Thu. November 4, 2010 3:38 AM - by: ruben
hi, im spanish and here there are many great rum...but my favourites are Flor de Caña, Matusalem, Zacapa, and Brugal siglo de oro.
Tue. November 2, 2010 8:13 AM - by: Lalit Roy
Guys guys guys all over the world - If you have'nt tasted the superb Indian Old Monk rum then you have missed something in life.I've been drinking it all my life and it's gorgeous. Try it!!!
Thu. September 30, 2010 8:35 AM - by: The expert
You have to re-do this list, the only one that would qualify as the best is the diplomatico-however, the very best is rum flor the cana from Nicaragua with its price medals on, about 7 of them.
Wed. September 29, 2010 4:15 AM - by: pandu
I want to ask,which the best match to mix with hot chocolate? Best regards
Tue. September 28, 2010 8:21 AM - by: marvin
Tanduay Rhum.. is the best rhum for me..
Sun. September 26, 2010 12:12 PM - by: nica
i want to thank all the good comments on flor de cana i am so glad
Tue. September 21, 2010 3:27 PM - by: Rum Guy
There are some fine rums listed, but the list is lacking a few good names... Flor De Cana, Plantation, the new Kraken which is a nice smooth black rum. I am suprised that Bacardi is on the list. Captain Morgans private stock is much better than any Bacardi rum, no offense Bacardi. Thanks for not listing 10 Cane.
Fri. August 27, 2010 5:43 AM - by: Neil Galloway
Flor de Cana absolutely, without doubt, the finest rums I have ever tasted. Stumbled upon it by chance in a bar in Costa Rica five, six years ago and haven't found better. Beginning to run low in supplies so another trip from Scotland beckons!
Wed. August 25, 2010 6:36 PM - by: Alex
Best rum I've had is Don Rhon Gran Reserva V.S.G.R. from the Dominican. So smooth and so rich in flavour.!
Tue. August 24, 2010 3:22 PM - by: Seymore green
El dorado 12 I think is tasties then the 15 I'm gonna have some tonight for my birfday.
Sun. August 22, 2010 3:17 AM - by: joey amato montreal canada
By far the best rhum straight is ron zacapa 21 anos centenerio! My dad brought me 2 litres back from rome italy. I've been searching for this rhum for the past 2 years and I finally got to savor it with 2 close friends also rhum lovers. And this is by far the best rhum ! I tried to get this shipped to canada from anywhere but was always turned down because I lived in canada. So if you ever see a bottle, buy one! It is so worth it. I have a collection of over 50 rhums all dark rhums and this beats my flor di cana 18 and 21yrs and my elderados 12 and 15yrs. On ebay this bottle goes for about 180$ but I've seen it in florida for 42$ and my dad paid 70$ per litre in italy.
Tue. August 17, 2010 1:15 AM - by: Levis
Tanduay Rhum the Best Rhum
Sun. August 15, 2010 5:34 PM - by: McFly
i love woods 100 old navy rum (guyana)...pity i can only score a bottle when i'm in the UK.
Fri. August 13, 2010 2:51 PM - by: leslie
goslings black seal finest rum ive ever tasted
Thu. August 12, 2010 11:28 AM - by: Sitaram bharrat
The best rum i ever drank so far is Guyana 21 years old. August 12 2010.
Sun. August 1, 2010 12:27 PM - by: Tony
El Dorado 12/15y is the most flavourful rum I have tasted. I have tried varieties of Bacardi, Havana Club, Santiago de Cuba, Flor de Caña, Mount Gay, Appleton Estate, Myers', Angostura. I have heard that Venezuelan rums are worth trying, but have not found any on sale in Canada.
Tue. July 20, 2010 4:42 PM - by: Andrew
Eldorado 12, 15 and 21 year are by far the best lineup of rums that I have had.
Sat. July 17, 2010 11:54 PM - by: Horacio Rodrigues
Havana Club should most definitely be included on this list, and I mean the real Havana Club bottled in Cuba, not the fake Bacardi imitation product sold in the US
Tue. July 6, 2010 6:12 AM - by: Sudhir
Been a Old Monk drinker for 15yrs and have found few rum's which were better. So wanted to thank everyone on thier comments as it has given me a possble list of new rum's to try out.
Mon. July 5, 2010 6:05 AM - by: Michiel Ebbeirnk
Flor de Caña is definitely the best rum. It should get the number 1 spot. I have tried al ages and no other rum in your lists beats them. Pure and simple, full of taste.
Sat. June 19, 2010 2:47 PM - by: CD
I second the comment on Flor de Cana. Over 42 awards in the last 5 years. Amazing stuff.
Wed. June 9, 2010 4:49 PM - by: jim jensen
i live in costa rica and own a bar on the beach.. i have traveled extensively in the carribean and sampled many rums. NICARAGUA has i think the best rum products made by FLOR DE CANA, they have 4,5,7,12,15 and 18 yr old stock. have you reviewed them?
Fri. May 21, 2010 5:53 PM - by: Ron Barrilito de Puerto Rico
One of the best produced in Puerto Rico.
Sun. April 18, 2010 7:59 PM - by: denven
Gosling's Black Seal + Barritts Ginger Beer = World's Best Dark and Stormy
Sat. April 10, 2010 8:32 PM - by: alberto
i think that the rum called barrilito from Puerto Rico shlud be added to the list.
Fri. April 9, 2010 7:30 PM - by: Brian
I echo the cries for El Dorado! We have to special order that stuff where I live and everyone I've talked to says it's the best they've ever tasted.
Wed. March 31, 2010 12:25 PM - by: Vernon Araujo
Cruzan Single Barrel (10 Years) and Estate Diamond (5 years) Rums need to be on your list.
Sun. March 14, 2010 9:02 AM - by: JCMZ
How about Flor de Cana Rum from Nicaragua?!!! It is the most internationally awarded rum in the world. Perfect balance, colour, taste and aroma. Slowly aged to perfection from 1-25 years....comments...
Sun. February 28, 2010 3:23 AM - by: anaresh45
Old Monk 15years
Sat. February 13, 2010 7:47 PM - by: Lynn McLeod
El Derado rum - wonderfully smooth
Wed. February 10, 2010 8:19 AM - by: Guyana
hey what about "EL DORADO RUM" From Guyana it was voted the best rum in the world!
Wed. February 10, 2010 5:12 AM - by: mohan
i would like you to check out some gorgeous sugar cane wine from mauritius why are they not in the top 50's
Thu. February 4, 2010 7:22 AM - by: Shimray
i guess OLD MONK is one of the best Rum in the world.
Sun. December 6, 2009 12:00 PM - by: John LLoyd
Obviously there is a superior listing for Trinidad and Guyanese Rum! Or the people who have compiled this list have NO CLUE about good rum
Sat. August 15, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Bob
My favourite dark rum is Appleton Estates! Very smooth and reasonably priced.
Wed. August 12, 2009 12:00 PM - by: RT
Barcardi Reserva Limitada should be on this list -- delicious, but hard to get. Know of only two places it can be bought: Barcardi factory in San Juan and Barcardi's store in downtown Nassua. Last time I checked, they will not ship it. You have to go there to get it. Does anyone know where else it can be bought?
Wed. July 15, 2009 12:00 PM - by: C.Arthur Cabezas
I noticed that you did not mention the Rum of Nicaraqua Flor De Cana. I know that this Rum has been a front runner up with many awards for a top Rum 7 it also has Rum aged pass 25 years. Thanks Art.
Wed. July 1, 2009 12:00 PM - by: V. Nesbitt
Cavalier 5 Year Old (Antigua) and English Harbour 5 year Old (Antigua) are both superior to some of the ones on your list.
Mon. June 29, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Casey
El Dorado (Guyana) should be up there too...
Mon. June 22, 2009 12:00 PM - by: V.M. Wales
No Zaya? Come on...
Fri. June 12, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Angelo Frank
You didn't added: -Matusalem (Dominican Republic) -Myer's (Jamaica) -Captain Morgan (Puerto Rico) -Barban Court (Haiti)
Mon. June 8, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Francois
This list does NOT include Ron Pampero Aniversario Reserva Exclusiva (Venezuela) or Neisson Rhum Reserve Speciale (Martinique)...two of the best in the world.....
Tue. June 2, 2009 12:00 PM - by: bogger
what a stupid list ... no Cuban brands ?????? is this the us-embargo or what's the reason for that ?? taste some matusalem or havana clubs "barrell proof" thats real rum !!!
Mon. May 18, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Neil
This list is absolutely ridiculous. Guyana's El Dorado rum has won more world titles than 80% of the brands listed here.
Wed. April 15, 2009 6:28 PM - by: Aileen Robbins
Suggested addition to the list: Pampero Ron Añejo (Venezuela), an elegant smooth aged rum which comes in a leather pouch.
Mon. February 9, 2009 6:28 PM - by: Alfredo Ubau
I've tried about 12 of these rum in your list and they are great but you do not have Rum Flor de Cana from Nicaragua. 18 yrs aged or 15 yrs aged or even the 7 yrs age. How come they did not make this list?

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