7 Best Rums Under $50

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.

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“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 Branch and Suffolk Arms

“A great rum for the price either as a sipper or in a cocktail. It has great notes of orange, honey and baking spices.”—James Bolt, beverage director and host bartender at The Gin Joint

“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

4. Barbancourt Estate Reserve 15 Years ($44)

“Sooo smooth! Fifteen-year-old Haitian rhum agricole that’s a great sipper neat or on the rocks.”—Zach Lynch, bar manager at The Ice Plant and brand ambassador at St. Augustine Distillery Co.

5. El Dorado 15 Years Special Reserve ($48)

“Tremendous flavor with tremendous smoothness makes this rhum agricole one of the finest in the world at any price.”—Gary Patrick Crunkleton, bartender at and owner of The Crunkleton

6. Havana Club Selección de Maestros ($49)

“If you haven’t heard of it, you soon will. Incredible blend of Havana Club’s best casks.”—Ryan Maybee, co-owner of Manifesto and The Rieger and co-founder of J. Rieger & Co.

“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

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  • jdmurrill.a04f posted 5 months ago

    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!

  • planxan2aolcom659270434 posted 9 months ago

    Many mistakes in this article, starting right at the top when you began the numbering at 2 instead of 1. Need an experienced writer? Contact me.

  • Sambo posted 9 months ago

    Sure - Like us mere mortals can get real Havana Club from Cuba.
    This choice makes me sad...

  • gadflyonthewall posted 9 months ago

    I don't understand why Westerhall isn't on this list?

  • gil.batzri.7c510 posted 9 months ago

    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.

  • joshua.g.miller.e704fb7 posted 10 months ago

    "RON ZACAPA 23 YEARS" should read "RON ZACAPA 23". The number is not an age statement.

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