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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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