Rum is a popular spirit that conjures up images of far-off sunny isles, the sea, sailing and the romance of the Caribbean. It is made from sugarcane by-products such as molasses and then commonly aged in oak barrels. Here are ten of the best that will help you picture yourself on the high seas, or relaxing on an empty Caribbean beach.
Captain Morgan is a very well known label that has been associated with rum since it was first created by Seagram in 1944. Captain Morgan was an actual person – a Welsh Privateer who sailed the Caribbean during the 17th Century and embodies the spirit of the brand. This rum has a mixture of brown sugar, vanilla, fruit, and spices to give it its smooth flavour.
Bacardi is one of the world’s largest family-owned spirits. Under the label, they sell over 200 brands but it is their Superior White Rum that they are most famous for. Over its long 150 year history, Bacardi has won over 500 awards making their rum the most ever awarded. The Superior is the staple of many cocktails such as the Mojito and Pina Colada.
Lamb’s Navy was first produced by Alfred Lamb back in 1849 when he concocted a mixture of 18 different Caribbean rums to create Lambs Navy Rum. Navy Rum is a term that has been used since the 17th century for the daily ration of rum for sailors. Lambs Navy continues to be a blend of 18 rums from the Caribbean and is a classic dark, tannic Navy Rum.
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is named after Jerry Collins the godfather of old school tattoos. This amber rum has had a recent recipe change giving it a slightly less sweet but spicier flavour than before but which a small dash of sugar can recreate. Sailor Jerry’s is a blend of Caribbean rums with extra spices and ingredients such as vanilla and cinnamon infused into it.
Another one of the world’s most popular rums, Havana Club was created in 1934 in Cuba and is operated by Pernod Ricard. This rum is available almost anywhere but in the United States where a rum with the same name can also be found from Bacardi. There are a number of rums available under the Havana Club label that have been aged from 1 – 15 years and have won a number of awards.
Mount Gay rum has been produced in Barbados since at least 1703 which makes it the world’s oldest commercial rum maker. Mount Gay have strong connections with sailing and its distinctively flavoured rum is popular with sailors. There are a number of Mount Gay rums available from the distiller including white, golden and 30-year-old rums.
Appleton rum comes from the oldest sugar cane estate in Jamaica, dating back to 1655 when the English captured the island. Appleton’s is a thick rum, reminiscent of butterscotch and Christmas cake and is made with fine Jamaican molasses. Appleton’s is famous for its aged rums such its Joy Anniversary Blend which is 25 years old.
Being a navy rum Woods 100 packs a solid 57% ABV and is one of the strongest rums out there. It is distilled in Guyana which gives it access to some of the best sugar cane available. Despite its high alcohol content, it retains a smooth drinking experience with toffee, cinnamon, cloves and spice notes.
Pussers is an all-natural rum and is the only one that is blended to the Royal Navy’s specifications. With a fine tradition and excellent reviews, this is rum that has gained a rock-solid reputation. Forbes magazine puts it in the top ten rums of the world and called it the ‘single malt of rum.’
Another popular rum from Barbados is Cockspur Rum where it has been produced since 1884. Aged for several years in oak barrels and its fiery flavour goes well a few cubes of ice to round it out. It contains a variety of flavours that include vanilla, oak, and clove and also works well in cocktails.