Rum Lovers Guide: 7 Top Rated Bottles

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Let’s be honest: not all rum is created equal. 

Some are best enjoyed neat or on the rocks, while others shine in cocktails. And, depending on the type of barrels used in the aging process, there may be subtle flavors of vanilla, almond, coconut, caramel, or citrus. 

With that in mind, we have included a generous range of variety in our roundup of the best rum, in no particular order. From double-aged in two countries to rums crafted with secret, spicy ingredients – we’ve got you covered with a little bit of it all.

7 Best Rums Every Enthusiast Should Try

1. Flor de Caña 25 Year Old Rum

Origin: Nicaragua

Hailing from Nicaragua, Flor de Caña is a truly exquisite, ultra premium rum that is carbon neutral & Fair Trade. Along with aromas of vanilla, wood, and dark cocoa, it offers a long and smooth finish that you’ll remember for a long time.

Naturally aged for 25 years without sugar or artificial ingredients, it’s distilled 100% with renewable energy and KOSHER certified. Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks (we’re fans of both).

Flor de Cana

2. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva

Origin: Venezuela

Those who love a good rum often note becoming slightly obsessed with the multi-award winning Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva. Its complex blend of aromas include fruit cake and cocoa interwoven with spices such as cinnamon, clove, and dried ginger. As it develops on the palate, a beautiful baked banana flavor with notes of fudge, toffee, and vanilla oak enter the mix with hints of gingerbread and orange zest. 

Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks – although we’ve heard the flavor profile it adds to a mixed libation is unexpectedly exciting.

Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva

3. Sailor Jerry 

Origin: US Virgin Islands

A classic spiced rum made in honor of Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins–the undisputed father of the old-school tattoo–Sailor Jerry is a well-loved spiced rum that provides an unmatched base for mixed drinks. 

Crafted after extensive research into historical maritime rums, this brand prides itself on making rum the old-school way with no shortcuts.

Sailor Jerry 

4. The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Origin: Trinidad & Tobago

A smooth, dark rum blended with 11 secret spices, The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is a fast growing favorite among rum lovers. While no one knows the full list of spices, there are clear notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg along with aromas of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. 

The rum takes its name from the mythical sea beast which is said to have wreaked havoc on tall ships and rum running vessels throughout history. Best enjoyed in a variety of ways including neat, with cola, in a spiced cocktail, or as a shot. 

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

5. Plantation Rum Isle of Fiji

Origin: Fiji

Rich and round with notes of vanilla fudge, honey, ginger, and coconut, Plantation Rum Isle of Fiji is made using traditional techniques and Fijian sugar cane. Once aged in its initially tropical climate in bourbon casks, the rum is then sailed to the southwest of France for a second maturation in French oak casks. This double-aging method helps develop intense aromas of molasses and pear with top notes of apple, banana, and spicier traits of nutmeg and vanilla. 

All in all, a tried and true simple favorite among rum enthusiasts. Best enjoyed in mixed cocktails.

Plantation Rum Isle of Fiji

6. Pusser’s Rum

Origin: British Virgin Islands

With Gunpowder Proof strength, Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum is admired for its pungent molasses overtones mixed with vanilla oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger nose. Full-bodied and strong–like any traditional Royal Navy style rum should be–its flavor profile is remarkably complex, warm, and inviting with enhancements of leather, tobacco, spices, and cassia. 

The finish is long, smooth and mellow. Best served in a mixed or blended libation.

Pusser’s Rum

7. Goslings Black Seal

Origin: Bermuda

Rich and flavorful with a smooth finish, the Gosling family first produced Gosling Back Seal in 1806, making it the oldest surviving business on the island of Bermuda. It features well-balanced notes of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, banana, and spices, and a deep amber brown appearance. 

While tasty in a variety of ways, it’s mostly commonly known for being the key ingredient in a Dark ‘n Stormy–Bermuda’s National drink. Any self respecting rum enthusiast should give this a whirl; it not only sets the tone for black rum, but it also balances flavor and elegance beautifully.

Goslings Black Seal

Rum at WildPlum

As fellow enthusiasts, we carry a wide variety of rum at WildPlum year round. Stop in to see our current selection–including the bottles above. We’ve got a little something for everyone to enjoy.

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