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A Guide to Popular Rum Brands

Value, Premium and Super-Premium Rum

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There are many varieties of rum that can be used to make cocktails and the choice can be a daunting one. Choosing a quality light or gold rum to stock in a home bar is a good place to begin and is required for many rum cocktails. Dark rums are used occasionally in addition to light rum in a few cocktails and should be a second priority. Flavored rums are not as necessary as their counterparts but are useful for specific cocktails and can substitute other rums for more flavor.

Here some popular brands of rum...
Not all brands are listed and price points are based on an average, dependent on particular markets.

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Light Rum

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Less than $15

  • Appleton Estate White - Jamaica
  • Bacardi Silver - Puerto Rico
  • Barton White - Virgin Islands
  • Castillo White - Puerto Rico
  • Fernandes White - Trinidad
  • Flor de Caña 4 Year Old White - Nicaragua
  • Myers Original Platinum - Jamaica
  • Ron Castillo White - Puerto Rico

Around $20

  • Angostura Old Oak White - Trinidad
  • Clearheart Rum - US
  • Mount Gay Premium White - Barbados
  • Rhum Barbancourt White - Haiti
  • Ron Matusalem Platino - Dominican Republic
  • Wray & Nephew White Overproof - Jamaica
  • El Dorado White - Guyana

$30 and Up

  • Charbay Tropical Islands Cane - US
  • Oronoco Fazenda Reserva - Brazil
  • Papagayo Organic White - Paraguay
  • Rhum Clement Premiére Canne - Martinique
  • Tommy Bahama White Sand - Barbados
  • Starr African Light Rum - Mauritius

Gold & Aged Rum

Less than $15

  • Appleton Special Gold - Jamaica
  • Bacardi Gold - Puerto Rico
  • Palo Viejo Gold - Puerto Rico
  • Fernandes 19 Gold - Trinidad
  • Brugal Gold - Dominican Republic
  • Ron Castillo Gold - Puerto Rico
  • Ron Rico Gold - Puerto Rico

Around $20

  • Appleton Estate VX - Jamaica
  • Gosling's Bermuda Gold - Bermuda
  • Old Mill Gold - Virgin Islands
  • Plantation Rum Grand Reserve - Barbados
  • Rhum Barbancourt 3-Star 4 year - Haiti
  • Tortuga Gold - West Indies

$30 and Up

Dark Rum

Less than $15

  • Angostura Dark 5 year - Trinidad
  • Coruba Dark - Jamaica
  • Cruzan Estate Dark 2 year - St. Croix
  • Diplomatico Anejo - Venezuala
  • Fernandes Dark - Trinidad
  • Ron Abuelo Anejo - Panama
  • Trader Vic's - West Indies
  • Whaler's Dark - US

Around $20

  • Bacardi 8 year - Puerto Rico
  • Pusser's British Navy Dark - Trinidad
  • Rhum Barbancourt 8 year - Haiti
  • Myers Dark - Jamaica
  • Gosling's Black Seal - Bermuda

$30 and Up

  • Angostura 1824 12 year - Trinidad
  • Mount Gay Extra Old - Barbados
  • Flor de Cana 21 year - Nicaragua
  • Pyrat XO Reserve Planters Gold - Anguilla
  • Pampero Rum Aniversario - Venezuela
  • Rogue Dark - US
  • Zacapa 23 year - Guatemala
  • Zaya 12 year - Trinidad

Luxury at over $100

  • Appleton Estate 21 year - Jamaica
  • Pyrat Cask 1623 - Anguilla

Spiced Rum

  • Admiral Nelson - US
  • Captain Morgan - Puerto Rico
  • Castillo - Puerto Rico
  • Kilo Kai
  • Lieutenant Dan
  • Montecristo - Guatelmala
  • Sailor Jerry's Navy - Virgin Islands
  • Trader Vic's - West Indies
  • VooDoo - Virgin Islands

Flavored Rums

  • Bacardi - apple, coconut, lemon, melon, orange, peach, raspberry
  • Brinley - coconut, coffee, lime, mango, vanilla
  • Charbay - vanilla
  • Cruzan - banana, black cherry, citrus, coconut, guava, mango, pineapple, raspberry, vanilla
  • Malibu - banana, coconut, mango, pineapple
  • Mount Gay - mango, vanilla
  • Parrot Bay - coconut, key lime, mango, pineapple
  • Trader Vic's - banana, coconut, mango, pineapple

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