It might not be the most well known rum, but it's hard to peruse a list of the best rums in the world and not see Ron Zacapa Solera Rum listed. This Guatemalan rum was created in 1976 and is distilled from virgin sugar cane honey. The sweet, smooth rum is aged using the solera method, a 500 year-old Spanish process which uses fractional blending of different ages of rum. The result is a combination of rum aged between 6 and 23 years that is nothing short of delicious.
When you think of great sipping rum, you probably don't associate it with coffee or cigarettes. But you might begin to, thanks to Stolen Coffee & Cigarettes Rum. Inspired by the Jim Jarmusch series of short films 'Coffee and Cigarettes', this Caribbean rum is matured in oak for two years before being blended with all natural Fenugreek from Morocco, Vanilla Bean from Madagascar, and Arabica Coffee Beans from Colombia. And don't worry, the taste is not reminiscent of licking an ashtray, but rather provides the same type of mild smokiness you've come to expect from Scotch or Mezcal. Great for league cocktails, but recommended to be sipped neat.
Do you take your coffee with a little sugar? Or maybe your rum with a little coffee infusion? Either way, Different Drum Rum is breaking the mold. It certainly isn't anything like most liqueurs with coffee, that are so sticky sweet they taste candy. Instead, Different Drum uses a pressurized gas that disrupts the coffee-bean cells, releasing the intended flavors of the beans rather than a sugar overload. It's a smooth sipping rum unlike any you've tried before.