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7 Best Rums Under $50
Posted on Nov 11, 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 stuff is both a cult favorite and a crowd pleaser. It won best new product at Tales of the Cocktail this year and is great neat, on ice or in a cocktail. I’ve tasted this rum straight from the vat as the pineapples imparted their goodness. Trust when I say this is magic in a bottle.”—Karin Stanley, co-owner of Dutch Kills and bartender at Little Branchand Suffolk Arms
“This solera-aged rum has been my No. 1 pick for many years. Great to sip and beautiful in cocktails, it is full-bodied and incredibly versatile.”—Michael J. Neff, bar director at Holiday Cocktail Lounge
“Rhum agricole has a wild, grassy character that’s tamed well by barrel aging. This bottle is best consumed straight from the bottle while floating in the ocean off Martinique but still tastes delicious sitting on your porch.”—Michael J. Neff, bar director at Holiday Cocktail Lounge
I have tried most of these and one unmentioned tops them all in my estimation.
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva from Venezuela is far and away better than many mentioned at its price point of LESS than $40 and almost as good as those at 3 times the price!
The fact that the people you are interviewing to give their capsule reviews don't know the difference between an Agricole and an Industrial rum makes me really question if any of these rums, or your advice, is worth the click it took to see them (For the record El Dorado 15 is a molasses rum, from Guyana, not from Martinique, nor made with fresh cane pressed juice, both requirements for "rhum agricole" designations. ) The person who made that statement should be ashamed.