Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rum
This Jamaican rum is a warm amber-brown color and has an attractive sweet nose. The 86-proof rum has a mellow wood flavor that has a bright finish combining sweetness and citrus notes.
This Dominican Republic import pours a golden color and has a light, sweet aroma. The flavor is light, with sweet tropical notes. The finish has some attractive oaky notes.
This spiced rum is 70-proof and is a light amber color. It has a sweet vanilla nose. The flavor has some holiday cookie-like qualities.
Brugal Especial Extra Dry
This oak-cask-aged rum from the Dominican Republic is a silver rum with a very clean aroma. The flavor is smooth with hints of oak, citrus and just a touch of herbs.
Golden amber color with a lovely vanilla bean nose. This 80-proof rum from Barbados opens with some nice tropical notes, sugar cane and then hints of the bourbon barrels where it had aged.
Flor de Caña Centenario
This 12-year-old rum from Nicaragua is a lovely polished-wood color and has a nose that hints of bourbon. The flavor is rich and supple with plenty of depth.
Mount Gay Extra Old
This 86-proof rum is from Barbados. It has a deep amber color and mellow nose. There is plenty of wood in the base of the flavor. The rum rounds out with some citrus notes and a balancing sweetness.
Old Ipswich Tavern Style RuM
Made by Turkey Shore Distilleries in Ipswich, Mass., this 80-proof rum is a golden color with a sweet nose. The flavor is full, but not overpowering. There is a base level of sweetness, with earthy notes from the barrel aging.
Plantation 3 Stars Artisanal Rum
This is an 82.4-proof rum from Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica. This white rum has a slightly citrus nose. The flavor has plenty of cane character with a tropical fruit finish.
Rick Lyke writes about beer, wine and spirits and has contributed to All About Beer Magazine since the early 1980s.
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