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6 Best High-Roller Rums
Posted on Nov 10, 2016
You know who knows best which bottles to buy? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. We asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why. Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality; it’s a list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary state to state.
“This rum was only available outside of the U.S. until last year, and this vintage is superb—worth every penny! And it’s a single vintage, so it makes for a nice collectable.”—Zach Lynch, bar manager at The Ice Plantand brand ambassador at St. Augustine Distillery Co.
Good choices. Its hard to quantify and qualify which rums are best, or best value, or most valuable. The market is open to many fine expressions now, and the list is growing. Consumers are catching wind of these changes and producers are responding with more great vintages, limited editions and rare rum expressions. The challenge is often the local retail outlets and their stock, but online retailers offer options for most consumers.
But how can one try these rums before buying? If your local bar is willing, ask for a taste, or avail yourself an opportunity like the VIP Tasting Bar at Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, featuring more than 50 rare, vintage and limited edition expressions for connoisseurs and collectors to sample.