So far, 2017 is turning out to be the year of rum, with new bottles, bars and distilleries bringing a momentum to the category that we haven’t seen in a long time. In honor of rum’s rising, we compiled a short list of the best new products on the market. From aged to spiced to overproof, these are the seven new rums to try right now.
This Caribbean-made rum is good enough to sip alone, although there’s no shame in mixing it either. Brown sugar and black cherry sweetness dries to a sophisticated finish, with hints of leather, clove, cola-like allspice and cocoa.
If you have a sweet tooth, here’s your new sip: a dessert-like cream liqueur with a base of Barbados rum. Just like your favorite Irish cream, this is a viscous palate-coating treat enriched with hazelnut, coconut and even a hint of espresso—but it’s made with rum, not Irish whiskey.
Developed by a group of Tiki experts, this bold full-flavored overproof rum is ready to mix into your favorite tropical drinks. Look for pronounced brown sugar and orange peel notes, plus plenty of cinnamon and clove. It’s made with a blend of rums from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados and bottled at a whopping 69 percent ABV.
Made in Florida with Florida orange peels, this golden-hued rum is slightly sweet, showing vanilla, plenty of oak and baking spice. The citrus is barely discernible except for the finish but should mix seamlessly into citrusy cocktails.
This small-batch white rum is made in Oregon using sugar cane from Paraguay. The name may be a little confusing—“black strap” refers to the type of molasses from which the rum is distilled—but it’s still a clear rum, with tropical notes that suggest banana, coconut and almond.
Hailing from Mauritius, this newcomer launched in October 2016 and is made with rum aged up to seven years. It’s a real lip-smacker: Butterscotch notes wind into vanilla bean and cookie dough, finishing with a flurry of clove and cinnamon spice.
A special-occasion rum, developed by master blender Joy Spence to celebrate 35 years working with Appleton Estate. It’s incredibly complex, opening with rich toffee on the nose and palate, then pulling in hints of chocolate, dried figs and orange peel before fading to gentle vanilla and spice tones. It’s a limited edition, so savor it while it lasts.
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