The Facundo Rum collection from Bacardi is all about taking things to the next level, and with Eximo Rum they are doing just that. It's tough enough to get a great tasting blended rum after it ages, but it's a truly difficult task to hit the right flavor profile before entering a barrel, which was the process for the blenders of Eximo. It's a 10-year-old spirit, although some rums in the blend are a bit older, and taste like a tropical getaway. With notes of toffee, caramel, and vanilla and a smooth, easy finish, it's a special rum that is best when sipped neat or on the rocks.
While Christmas beers and egg nog hog the holiday spotlight, there are some spirits that are more than worthy of a spot in your holiday rotation. A.H. Riise Christmas Rum might be the best fit, hand blended by Rum distillates up to 20 years old, and then finished in sherry casks. The result is a rum that tastes like Christmas, with cinnamon, cloves, and citrus flavors that finishes smooth and sweet. Each festive Single Barrel bottle is specially selected and hand labeled in the US Virgin Islands.
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.
When it comes to rum, there isn't a brand as well known as Bacardi, so when they decided to release a special line of aged sipping rums, it rose to the top of our want list. Exquisito is one of the best in the collection and is a blend of rums aged between 7 and 23 years and finished for at least a month in sherry casks. The blend of ages provides an ideal balance and the finish gives Exquisito a mellow profile, perfect for a sweet sip served neat or with a little ice.