Shape-Shifting Rum

Rum presents nuance and regionality in a range of complex flavor profiles. Fan of whisky? Try fuller-bodied rum from Barbados or Guyana. Prefer something more floral or grassy? Look to Jamaica, Haiti, and Martinique. Sweet tooth? Keep an eye on South and Central America. Here are some picks from our staff to refine and expand your taste in rum, but we encourage you to taste your way through our extensive selection.

Neisson Blanc Rhum Agricole $39.96

Neisson offers up a masterclass of how Rhum Agricole from Martinique should be, even in their core range of bottlings. At a much more potent proof, expect a refreshing spirit full of clean cane spirit, zesty citrus, and herbal aromatics that make a killer Ti’ Punch component. – Jose Banegas, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Blackwell Rum $27.96

Amazing rum—all tropical, dark rum notes of toffee, chocolate, and cocoa—made by a stellar record producer. You’ve heard of Bob Marley, but get to know Chris Blackwell. – Davit Kirtadze, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Clairin Le Rocher Haitian Rum $39.96

A Haitian distillation with Jamaican sensibilities, this Clairin implements the use of dunder to increase the potency of its funk. Exhibits notes of vanilla fondant, greek yogurt, olive brine, and white pepper amongst a cornucopia of other aromas and flavors. – Jose Banegas, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Turquoise Bay Mauritius Amber Rum $27.96

Mauritius rum has almost never been available stateside, and boy have we been missing out. The Turquoise Bay, made from a mix of both molasses and fresh cane distillate aged in Cognac casks, is a pleasure to sip. Aromas of tropical fruit, bright citrus, and spice cake round off notes of toffee and some nicely funky hogo on the palate – Jon Miner, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Foursquare Détente 10yr Barbados Rum $79.96

Put another feather in the cap of Richard Seale at Foursquare distillery. This 10-year-old blend of pot and column still rums is aged in ex-bourbon and ex-port casks, which adds glossy, dark fruit notes to the ever-present tropical fruit, star anise, dates, and coconut shavings of the Exceptional Cask Series bottlings. – Jose Banegas, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Appleton Estate 8-year-old Jamaican Rum $33.96

This is a great expression of an aged rum. It shows notes of baking spices, vanilla, chocolate, honey, and orange peel. The flavors from oak aging are well integrated with the fruit notes, producing a vibrant, medium-bodied drink with a lingering finish. – Andrea Fraccari, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Hampden The Great House 2020 Edition $109.96

Hampden Distillery out of Trelawny, Jamaica produces rums meant for cocktail enthusiasts and rum nerds alike. A blend of low ester OWH and high ester <>H, this explosively potent tropical and heady rum is the first of an annual release that is considered Hampden’s experimental expression. – Jose Banegas, Wines & Spirits Consultant