10 Best Bottles of Rum in the World
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — From Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island to Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, rum has been the favored drink of pirates for ages. Bottles of rum have inspired countless sea shanties and beachside freak outs.
Rum is made from sugarcane juice or molasses, and it’s thought to have been first distilled in Caribbean sugarcane plantations in the 17th century. Barbados is traditionally though to be the location of the first distillery, though rum was also produced in Brazil in the early 17th century.
Today, rum is produced all over the world, with many of the best distilleries in the Caribbean, Brazil, and several other countries. But the question is, what is the best bottle of rum?
This list collects 10 of the best rum winners of the 2013 International Wine & Spirits Competition to help you choose which is the best rum for you.
El Dorado 8 Year Old Rum
The El Dorado brand of rum from Demerara Distillers is one of the most highly-ranked brands, with three different ages winning a “gold outstanding” award from IWSC. While the brand is relatively new, Demerara Distillers has been producing rum in Guyana for over 250 years.
Here’s what the IWSC had to say about the eight year old rum:
“Amber gold. Very complex aromas combining orange pekoe tea, roasting nuts (brazil, walnut and pecan) and smooth caramel. This complexity rolls around in the mouth achieving a wonderful balance of aged richness, and a superb integrated sweet/bitter balance that is outstanding. The finish is long and evolves beautifully. A fantastic product.”
A 700mL bottle of El Dorado 8 Year Old costs about $27.
Maison Leblon Reserva Especial
While IWSC classifies Maison Leblon Reserva Especial as rum, it’s actually cachaca, a popular drink in Brazil that’s also made from sugarcane juice. Leblon says the drink “combines the flavor of the best tasting cane with the aroma and quality of the finest French oak.”
For a less biased description, IWSC says:
“Very attractive clean nose with just the faintest hint of coconut and a touch of fudge. Glorious, smooth flow across the palate. Subtle undertones of brown sugar. Fresh spirity finish. A very leasing and versatile distillate.”
A 750mL bottle of Maison Leblon Reserva Especial costs about $58….read the res here