Mixologists are all stirred up about the plethora of new rum imports. Here, three places to drink now and five bottles to buy.

August 01, 2010

Rum Basics: Light to Full Rums

Consultant and importer Edward Hamilton of Ministry of Rum describes different rum styles from various islands; F&W names bottles to match.


Zaya. Photo © Hector Sanchez.

Puerto Rico
The island is known for some of the lightest rums. Try The smooth, aged DonQ Gran Añejo rum, made for sipping. $60; popswine.com.

Producers make light- and medium-bodied rums. Try Vanilla-scented Zaya, distilled from black-strap molasses. $30; bevmo.com.


Plantation Rum. Photo © Hector Sanchez.

Aged rums are especially popular here. Try Plantation Rum's Grande Reserve Barbados, aged five years in old cognac barrels. $22; parkaveliquor.com.

The specialty is rhum agricole, made with sugar-cane juice rather than molasses. Try Duquesne Élevé Sous Bois. $30; ministryofrum.com.


Smith & Cross. Photo © Haus Alpenz.

Jamaican rums tend to have the fullest flavor. Try Smith & Cross's super-strength bottling, a revived historic recipe. $34; caskstore.com.

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