Spirits & Liqueurs Rum

8 Great Rum Bottles to Try Right Now

For all of your Mai Tai or straight-sipping needs, we give you the latest crop of rums worth a pour. In addition to bottles from traditional rum-producing areas, look for newcomers from Mexico and Florida, as well as unusual cask-finished releases. These are the eight new rums you should be drinking now.

  • Casa Magdalena Blanco ($20)

    Get ready to mix some Daiquiris with this white rum. It’s distilled in Guatemala, then barrel-aged for six to 12 months and bottled in Portland, Ore., by House Spirits. You’ll find hints of soothing coconut and marshmallow, with just a whisper of lime on the breezy finish.

  • Diplomático Mantuano ($30)

    Hailing from Venezuela, this blend of rums aged up to eight years in ex-whiskey casks is a recent addition to Diplomático’s Tradition range. Compared to the Reserva Exclusiva bottling, which carries a maple and brown sugar sweetness, this veers more toward dried fruit and spice. It’s great as a mixing rum but just as good to sip alone in a glass.

  • Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish ($50)

    This Puerto Rican rum is aged from five to eight years, then finished for a few weeks in barrels that previously held Italian sweet vermouth. The end result is light and honeyed, with just enough red fruit and spice to suggest a Rum Old Fashioned.

  • Dubar Imperial ($45)

    Dubar Imperial is made with a blend of 13-, 15- and 19-year-old Dominican rums married in ex-bourbon casks. Vanilla bean sweetness leads the nose and palate, rounding out to a mellow finish laced with sarsaparilla and allspice.

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  • Oak & Cane American Craft ($40)

    Made by Citrus Distillers in Riviera Beach, Fla., this gold rum was “rested with fresh Florida orange peels,” says the producer. The citrus effect is subtle; mostly this rum is all about oak and sweet baking spices, with just a hint of orange emerging on the warming finish.

  • Paranubes ($40 for 1 L)

    This expressive agricole-style rum is made in Oaxaca, Mexico, a region better known for mezcal. It’s labeled as “aguardiente de caña” (cane firewater) and is clear, with a pungently funky aroma and twangs of banana and cinnamon on the palate. It finishes long and fiery.

  • Bacardí Gran Reserva Diez ($40)

    The rum giant recently added a lineup of four premium bottlings, making them a permanent addition to the portfolio. Made in Puerto Rico, the Diez is a 10-year-old blend, a silky sipping rum with plenty of bold caramel and brown sugar tapering into gentle baking spice.

  • Santa Teresa 1796 ($40)

    This rum is made with a blend of Venezuelan rums ranging from four to 35 years. All together, it’s a smooth, substantial sipper, redolent of rich vanilla, toffee and mocha. Hints of oak and clove dry out the long, complex finish.