Dark golden rums have spent a relatively longer period ageing in oak casks, often picking up great depth of character. These rums are therefore usually unsuitable for all but the very poshest cocktails and should really be enjoyed neat or with a single ice cube.
VXO is an excellent 7yo Golden Demerara rum from Guyana, bottled by Banks DIH. We were very impressed with this when we first tasted it at Rumfest, and we still love it - probably the best value rum of its kind.
An award-winning seven year-old gloden rum from Peruvian producer Cartavio, who have been making rum since 1929, celebrating their 80th anniversary in 2009 with the release of Cartavia XO, which promptly won a Gold Medal at the Miami Rum Renaissance festival.
A recent addition to the El Dorado range of splendid golden Demerara rums from Guyana, this brilliantly versatile rum works well in a luxury Mojito or Rum Old-Fashioned, but is also delicious on the rocks or sipped slowly. A terrific all-rounder.
One of the hidden gems of the Havana Club range, Anejo Reserva is weightier than the Anejo Especial without the extra sweetness of the 7yo. Along with the Cuban Barrel Proof, this is the connoisseur's choice for Havana Club (unless you're spending big money for the 15yo).
A stellar range of Mexican (yes, Mexican) rums named after the fighters in the Mexican Revolution. Uniquely, as far as we can tell, Los Valientes is a blend of 70% pot-distilled rum from sugar cane juice (ie rhum agricole) and 30% colum-distilled molasses rum, which is then rested in used white oak barrels, prolonging the ageing process by using less active wood.
A Dominican rum recently enjoying a big upsurge in popularity in the UK after being taken on by a major drinks distributor. Brugal is a great mixing rum, with a distinctly different taste and is now an established player in the UK bar scene.