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Rum Review

Penny Blue XO Rum Review

Penny Blue XO Rum Review

Penny Blue XO Rum is a new addition to the extensive Anchor Distilling portfolio. Imported from Mauritius, this single estate rum is produced at the island’s oldest operational distillery, Medine, which dates back to 1926. The limited edition XO rum is a vatting comprised of rum that was matured in…read more →

The Real McCoy Rum Review

The Real McCoy Rum Review

The Real McCoy Rum is named for Bill McCoy, a pioneering rum runner during Prohibition. The gentleman that he was, ol’ Bill filled a boat with Caribbean rum and sailed it up to New York, acting as an offshore liquor store (located in international waters) that was outside the bounds…read more →

Oronoco Rum Review

Oronoco Rum Review

Author Mack McConnell is a contributing writer for Cocktail Enthusiast. He also runs a Rum of the Month Club. Clear rums aren’t typically my thing. If I’m drinking clear rum, it’s usually mixed with something else. That’s not very flattering for the category, but hey, such is the case for…read more →

South Sea Australian Rum Review

South Sea Australian Rum Review

When most people think of Australian rum, they think of Bundaberg. And “Bundy,” as it’s affectionately called, has a cult-following, love-it-or-hate-it reputation. Anyway, this isn’t that. This is South Sea Rum, which comes courtesy of the Perth-based West Australian Distilling Company. And besides its country of origin, it has little…read more →

Plantation 3 Stars White Rum Review

Plantation 3 Stars White Rum Review

Here’s some rum news: Plantation, the guys best known for their quality aged rums (aged in Cognac casks, mind you), recently launched a white rum. This new offering, dubbed Plantation 3 Stars White Rum, is named after the three rum-producing stars of the Caribbean — Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica. And each…read more →

Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum Review

Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum Review

Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum launched in April 2012 with a lot of fanfare. In addition to the very visible advertising campaign, the “darker, bolder” rum sports a higher proof and a more sophisticated package for an overall grownup feel. The price point is a few dollars more than the…read more →

Introducing Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum

Introducing Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum

One of the biggest product splashes of the past two weeks was the introduction of Captain Morgan Black – a higher proof, bolder take on Captain Morgan’s flagship spiced rum. Spiced rum is a popular market segment, mostly due to its easy-going flavor and mixability – Captain and Coke being…read more →

Malibu Red Review

Malibu Red Review

Malibu Red is the latest product from Malibu Rum, whose flavored rum portfolio includes the original coconut, plus line extensions like mango, pineapple and banana. But rather than another flavor, Malibu Red adds silver tequila to the rum and coconut mix. And like last year’s Malibu Black, Malibu Red clocks…read more →

Ron Abuelo 7 Anos Rum Review

Ron Abuelo 7 Anos Rum Review

Ron Abuelo makes a line of fine rums, including the Ron Abuelo Anejo and the Ron Abuelo 7 Anos. The latter is a blend of Panamanian rums produced entirely from estate-grown sugar cane and then aged seven years in small oak barrels. Ron Abuelo 7 Anos is a rich, amber-colored…read more →

Denizen Rum Review

Denizen Rum Review

Denizen Rum is a new white rum that harkens back to the days of yore, when white rums were full-flavored spirits to be both sipped and enjoyed in complex cocktails. To achieve its desired flavor profile, Denizen enlisted rums from Trinidad and Jamaica and expert rum blenders from Holland. Denizen…read more →

Plantation 5 Year Old Grande Reserve Rum Review

Plantation 5 Year Old Grande Reserve Rum Review

Plantation Grande Reserve Rum falls under the Cognac Ferrand umbrella, and each rum in the Plantation range undergoes a two-step maturation process. Step one involves aging in the Caribbean in American oak; step two moves the rum to France, where it’s finished in old French oak casks. In this case,…read more →

Mount Gay Eclipse Black Rum Review

Mount Gay Eclipse Black Rum Review

Mount Gay Eclipse Black is a recently-released 100-proof rum from Barbados. It rounds out Mount Gay’s Eclipse collection, which already includes a Silver and Gold rum. All Mount Gay rums are crafted with two stills – a traditional pot still and a column still – but Mount Gay Eclipse Black…read more →

Old Monk Rum Review

Old Monk Rum Review

With National Rum Day quickly approaching (it’s August 16th) we’ve broken out our bottle of Old Monk Rum, a 7-year-old vatted dark rum hailing from India. Though it doesn’t get much notice stateside, it’s one of the best-selling rums in the world, and it’s India’s biggest liquor brand. Aside from…read more →

Ron Abuelo Anejo Rum Review

Ron Abuelo is a product of Panama, and the company’s rum production can be traced back to Panama’s first sugar mill, which opened in 1908. Ron Abuelo offers a line of rums, including the Anejo, 7 Años, 12 Años and the recently-released Centuria. Ron Abuelo Anejo is the entry-level rum…read more →

Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old Rum Review

Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old Rum Review

Plantation’s 20th Anniversary Extra Old Rum is the jewel of the Plantation Rum lineup. It’s a blend of Barbados rums from some of the company’s earliest reserves, which are then matured in used Cognac casks for another 12 to 18 months before bottling. The double aging results in a rum…read more →

Flor de Cana Grand Reserve Rum Review

Flor de Cana Grand Reserve Rum Review

Flor de Cana Grand Reserve is a 7-year old rum out of Nicaragua. Flor de Cana produces a range of rums, from an entry level 4-year expression to the 18-year Centenario Gold. Each rum is produced with molasses from sugar cane grown on a single estate, which provides consistency throughout…read more →

Rhum Barbancourt 3 Star Review

Rhum Barbancourt 3 Star Review

Haiti’s Rhum Barbancourt makes a range of rums including the 3 Star, which is aged for four year in oak. This rum is distilled from pressed sugar cane juice, rather than the sugar cane byproduct, molasses, which is the base of most rums. Rhum Barbancourt 3 Star has a shimmering,…read more →

English Harbour 5 Year Rum Review

English Harbour 5 Year Rum Review

English Harbour Rum hails from Antigua. It is distilled in copper stills and then aged in small oak barrels – in this rum’s case, for five years, though English Harbour also makes a three-year rum and an Extra Old. English Harbour 5-Year Rum has a light, golden brown appearance and…read more →

Brugal Anejo Rum Review

Brugal Anejo Rum Review

Brugal Rum was founded by Don Andres Brugal in the Dominican Republic in 1888. The Brugal Añejo Rum is a blend of rums aged between two and five years in American white oak casks. The deep amber-colored spirit is very woody on the nose, with touches of vanilla and chocolate…read more →

Ron de Jeremy Rum Review

Ron de Jeremy Rum Review

Ron Jeremy (yes – that Ron Jeremy, the porn star) has introduced a self-titled rum. Ron de Jeremy Rum is distilled in Panama and aged seven years. It’s billed as an “adult rum” with a “long, smooth taste.” Innuendos aside, let’s take it for a spin. The rum circumnavigates total…read more →