With so many styles and flavours of rum, there's something for everyone. We've compiled a list of 10 stellar rums, from a mix of production styles and flavour profiles – read on and discover a new favourite.
Plantation O.F.T.D (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) is a high-strength blend of rums from Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica. Rich and warming with notes of spice, coffee, orange and clove, this is excellent in cocktails.
£58.21 per litre
Admiral Rodney HMS Formidable Rum
The pinnacle of the Admiral Rodney HMS series, HMS Formidable is a blend of column-distilled rums aged between nine and 12 years in bourbon barrels. It is named after Admiral Rodney’s flagship in the Battle of the Saints – the crucial battle where he broke the French lines and secured Britain’s dominance over the Caribbean. This is a luscious St Lucian rum with waves of honey, vanilla, toasty oak and spice flavours.
£104.21 per litre
Mount Gay Extra Old Rum
A mellow, balanced rum from Barbados, Mount Gay Extra Old has been matured for at least eight years, creating subtle, fruity flavours. Notes of ripe bananas, freshly-baked pastry, toast and warm spices build into a smooth, rounded finish. Founded in 1703 by John Sober and Sir John Gay, Mount Gay Rum distillery in Barbados has been producing quality rums since its inception. Using the extensive natural resources of the Caribbean island, Sir John Gay quickly started using molasses to create rich, balanced rums.
£62.79 per litre
Worthy Park 2006 Rum / 12 Year Old
Made 2006 at Worthy Park distillery, this Jamaican rum has been matured in ex-bourbon casks for 12 years before being bottled in 2018. The palate is rich and fruity, offering notes of tropical fruits, coconut, ginger and rich vanilla.
£157.14 per litre
Damoiseau 2009 Rum
This 2009-vintage rum from Damoiseau in Guadeloupe was made with freshly-pressed sugar cane juice, and matured in American oak casks for seven years. The palate offers rich oak notes, as well as dried fruits, brown sugar and vanilla.
£127.07 per litre
Foursquare Empery Rum
Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks for 14 years, Foursquare Empery is a blend of pot and column-still rums from Barbados. The ninth release for the Exceptional Cask series, Empery is a rich and fruity rum, with notes of dried fruits, dark chocolate and fudge.
£90.64 per litre
Rhum Depaz VSOP / 7 Year Old
Distilled at one of Martinique’s oldest and finest distilleries, this seven-year-old rum was aged in small oak casks. A clear, golden colour, this spirit has aromas of cut grass, prunes and vanilla, while the palate brings notes of tobacco, liquorice and soft brown sugar. An elegant, well-balanced rum perfect for sipping. Depaz Rhum distillery is a single estate distillery on the island of Martinique. Founded in 1651, the distillery grows and uses its own blue cane to distill into rum.
£78.50 per litre
Dominican Republic A.F.D / 8 Year Old / Compagnie des Indes
Made at Alcoholes Finos Dominicanos distillery, this eight-year-old Dominican rum was bottled by Compagnie des Indes in April 2019. The palate offers strong notes of tropical fruits, raisins, tobacco and dark chocolate, alongside sweet barbcue sauce.
£104.21 per litre
Long Pond TECA 2005 / 14 Year Old / Habitation Velier
Made in 2005 at Jamaica's Longpond distillery, this pot still rum was bottled in 2019 by Habitation Velier. Matured in ex-bourbon casks this is a fruity rum with notes of pineapple, mango, banana and vanilla throughout the palate.
£228.57 per litre
Diplomatico Pot Still Rum / Distillery Collection No.3
The third rum in Diplomatico’s Distillery Collection, No. 3 is a full-bodied, complex spirit made using high quality sugar cane honey. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels, this limited-edition rum combines tropical fruit aromas with toffee and vanilla. The palate offers rich oak notes alongside dark chocolate and dried fruits, before a rich, lingering finish full of warm spices. This rum was made solely in the Copper Pot Still that was brought to Diplomatico’s La Miel distillery in 1959. This discontinuous distillation system was originally used in Scotland to produce whisky. The Distillery Collection showcases the individual distillates behind some of Diplomatico’s world-renowned rums, highlighting the distinct personalities created by using different stills.
- Dark Chocolate
- Dried Fruit
£88.50 per litre