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.
El Dorado Rum 15 Year Old / Special Reserve
El Dorado 15yo is a remarkable rum, whose greatest achievement was collecting the Wray & Nephew Trophy for Best Rum in the World at the International Wine & Spirits Challenge for an unprecedented four years running.
- Dried Fruit
£76.36 per litre
Rhum HSE 2004 / Fino and Oloroso Cask Finish
This 2004-vintage rum from Habitation St Etienne has been aged for eight years in oak barrels, before spending another six months finishing in fino and oloroso sherry casks. The nose is elegant and sweet; notes of raisins, roasted hazelnuts and hints of cigar smoke mix together. The palate is spicy and sweet, notes of oak and warm spices mingle with rich prunes and raisins.
£139.90 per litre
Mount Gay Select Blend / TWE Exclusive
The world’s first exclusively-bottled Mount Gay rum: cask-strength and blended from both pot- and column-still spirit from the Mount Gay distillery. This is a big and bold Barbadian rum, the island’s tropical Caribbean climate dialling Mount Gay's classic, naturally-sweet butterscotch and tropical fruit flavours up to 11, and adding layers of complexity and nuance. Aged for seven years and blended from carefully selected casks, it balances fruity spirit against sweet and spicy oak for a rum sure to appeal to whisky connoisseurs just as much as rum fans. Available only at The Whisky Exchange.
£125.64 per litre
Hattiers rum is a blend of four rums from across the Caribbean, including column-still rum from Barbados and premium pot-still rums from Guatemala, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Once the rums have been blended, Hattiers add soft, Devonshire spring water to bring it to bottling strength. The result is a gently sweet and spicy rum, with notes of caramel and ginger throughout.
£56.36 per litre
Doorly's 14 Year Old Rum
This 14 Year Old Doorly’s rum is made at Foursquare distillery in Barbados. Rich and sweet, it has notes of tropical fruits and toffee apples.
£87.07 per litre
Jamaica 5 Year Old Navy Strength / Compagnie des Indes
This five-year-old rum from indy bottler Compagnie des Indes is a blend from four Jamaican distilleries and was aged in bourbon casks. No caramel or sugar has been added, and the rum has been bottled at ‘navy strength’ of 57%. You’ll find heady, rich aromas of ripe banana, pineapple and honey, with a spicy palate of liquorice, stewed fruit and toffee. A typically Jamaican full-flavoured rum.
£72.79 per litre
Guadeloupe 2013 Rum / Transcontinental
A Transcontinental Rum Line bottling of Guadeloupe rum, distilled at Bonne Mère, a little-known distiller in Basse-Terre, the western island of the Archipelago. It was aged for just over three years in Guadeloupe and a bit under a year in Europe for a legal total of three years.
£79.93 per litre
Venezuela 2006 Rum / Single Barrel Selection
This 2006-vintage Venezuelan rum from The 1423’s Single Barrel Selection series has been matured in a single cask for 12 years. Made at a mystery Venezuelan distillery, this rum has gentle, fruity aromas of ripe berries and floral honey. The palate offers notes of rich, spiced fruitcake and brown sugar, alongside a hint of toasted oak. Only 304 bottles were released worldwide.
£123.93 per litre
Plantation Extra Old Barbados Rum / 20th Anniversary
A handsomely presented decanter-style bottle of Plantation Extra Old rum from Barbados. The rums are initially aged in the Caribbean in ex-bourbon casks then transported to the Charente (home of Plantation's owner, Cognac producer Pierre Ferrand) and undergoing a second maturation in small French oak casks.
- Dark Chocolate
£76.79 per litre
Foursquare 2007 Cask Strength Rum
This single-vintage rum from Foursquare distillery in Barbados, a blend of pot and column still rum has been aged in ex-bourbon casks for 12 years, creating a rich character with notes of vanilla, spice and sweet dried fruits.
£79.93 per litre