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Not long ago, spiced rums were kind of a snooze. The primary flavor was vanilla and not much else. Of course everyone wanted to drown them in cola.
The newest crop of spiced rums are nothing like that. They’re fun and approachable—with many a unique twist. Just like many new gins are made with unusual botanicals, a growing number of rums are showcasing distinctive spices and flavorings, like coffee, coconut or cardamom. The beach is ready when you are.
It’s not just spiced rum – it’s also a creamy liqueur. Part of singer Kenny Chesney’s rum line, look for an enticing coconut and spice aroma, with a stronger hit of cardamom emerging on the palate. At a gentle 30-proof, it’s an easy sipper straight-up. Buy it here.
Many spiced rums are colored, not aged. However, this nut-brown spirit is made in St. Kitts from a base of rum aged for four years in oak barrels. All that barrel time creates a robust, oaky flavor rounded out with vanilla, dusty nutmeg and allspice. Buy it here.
For years, Captain Morgan was the only spiced rum game in town, and the brand deserves props for introducing the category to American drinkers. This limited-edition offering was finished in Spanish oak, and was intended to mimic the flavor elements that might have been found in barrels of rum on board Captain Henry Morgan’s ship: Think clove, allspice and hazelnut, with a touch of familiar vanilla sweetness. Buy it here.
This Caribbean rum is nut-brown in the glass, with bold notes of coffee, chocolate and campfire smoke, fading to clove and nutmeg spice. It's an interesting and memorable concept and thankfully doesn't leave you feeling like you licked an ashtray. The producer recommends serving it muddled with sugar and bitters, Old Fashioned–style. Buy it here.