The beautiful aged rums from the countries in and around the Caribbean are undeniably the best in the world—and the distinct climates of each nation in this region impart unique characteristics on the beverages produced in every one. The variation is much like the difference between Germany, Hungary and Belarus when it comes to Olympic canoeing: All are capable of greatness, but their representatives possess very different accents. (If you don’t follow Olympic canoeing, just trust me, those countries are good at it.)
Which raises the question: Which republic in this small patch of the globe can claim that it produces the very best rum? I chose four of the greatest contenders I could get my hands on—all aged for 21 years or more—and put them head-to-head in an epic battle for rum supremacy.
Here are the results: