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.
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.
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.
Screech is a rum famous in the Newfoundland region of Canada. Originally shipped from the West Indies to Canada in exchange for salt fish, this has led, well over a century later, to Screech being an incredibly popular rum in the area and it's reputation is finally beginning to spread.
One Barrel rum was first created in 1964. This rum was brought back after a few years of tweaking which seems to have done the job, as they have won gold awards in a number of quality spirits competitions.
Sunset Captain Bligh is a long-aged golden rum from the beautiful island of St. Vincent, and has been described by Ministry of Rum as 'one of the treasures of the islands'. World Drinks Awards 2014: World's Best Rum
An excellent rum from Guatemala available in Europe thanks to the links between the distillery and Cognac Ferrand (the owners of the Plantation brand), who have been trading casks and rum for years. This rum was transferred from Guatemala to Cognac where it was filled into Cognac casks for up to a year before bottling. 5/5 in Class Magazine's August 2011 issue.
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).
Ron Viejo de Caldas is produced by Industria Licorera de Caldas in Colombia. This is their 8 year old, which is matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Once a small producer who only sold locally, today it is sold worldwide.