Rum for Right Now

Ten years ago if we said you’d be awaiting a new rum release and referring to a Haitian cane grower by name, you might not have believed it. But rum is finally getting the attention it deserves, and with 400 years of history and a rich range of expressions, it’s about time. Check out a few of our staff’s favorite rums, all under $50. Whether you’re shaking up an overproof Jamaican classic, or sipping on a vintage Bajan stunner, you’ll be ready to embrace rum’s time in the spotlight.

Hampden Estate Rum Fire Overproof $29.96

Rum Fire admittedly looks and sounds a bit feral, but please don’t judge this book by its cover. It’s exceptionally rich and tropical, perfect for your next cocktail. – Vince Grace, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Mount Gay Black Barrel Astor Blended Rum $31.96

There are lots of products I’d happily pay more for if I didn’t know their current cost and this is one of them. Mount Gay totally overdelivers, in price, flavor profile, and mixing flexibility. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum $29.99 

Using a natural infusion of pineapple rinds, Plantation delivers once again with a potion featuring subtle notes of brown sugar, smoky nutmeg, spiced banana, and of course, delicious pineapple. Great for tiki drinks, daquiris, piña coladas, or sipping on the rocks. – Marc Mousky, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Monymusk Special Reserve Rum $44.96

Love me some Monymusk! It’s very hard to find and yet doesn’t carry a heavy price tag. This rum finds a deft balance between earthy and sweet flavors to give you something truly tropical. – Sam Davies, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Plantation 5 Yr. Barbados Rum 750ml $24.96 & 1.75 L $46.96 

A great aged rum perfect for all your cocktail mixing needs. Smooth and complex enough to be enjoyed straight or on the rocks. Available in 750ml and magnum formats. – Josh Mizrahi, Sales Manager

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican Rum $29.96

Full throttle rum with funky, Jamaican esters bringing out wonderful banana and clove notes. Try in a jungle bird, mai tai or a daiquiri with a backbone. – Matt Goodyear, Wine & Spirits Consultant

El Dorado 12yr Demerara Rum $34.96

A great 12 year old Demerara rum with aromas of toffee, vanilla and spices and flavors of cocoa, caramel and vanilla. It has a long finish with smooth smoky notes. It’s an elegant, concentrated drink that, in my opinion, should be enjoyed simply with an ice cube! – Andrea Fraccari, Wine & Spirits Consultant