Affordable Aged Rums To Try This Week

Want a high quality aged spirit without the crazy prices? Give one of these affordable aged rums a try!
Apr 13, 2017
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    10 R.L. Seale's 10 Year Rum
    88
    Sweet & Rich
    This rum bottling previously had no age statement, but was widely known to have been aged at least 10 years. This Bajan rum is distilled at the Foursquare Distillery and adds no sugar pre-bottling. The packaging must be noted as it is black glass and appears to be melting.
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    9 Hamilton Overproof 151 Rum
    89
    Rich
    Within the Tiki community, many recipes call for Lemon Hart 151, another rum from the same distillery. When the owners of Lemon Hart 151 ceased production (at least temporarily), demand for it spiked. Fortunately, rum importer Ed Hamilton, who was the U.S. importer of Lemon Hart, stepped in and contracted with DDL to create his own 151 blend. Ed believes this rum equals or exceeds the Lemon Hart 151 and includes older rums up to five years. No sugar or coloring is added. A lower proof version of this rum is available at 86 proof.
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    8 El Dorado 8 Year Rum
    89
    Fruity & Sweet
    The El Dorado rums are distilled at the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) in Guyana from molasses sourced from 100% Demerara sugar. They have acquired quite a few different stills from closed distilleries on the island and use a combination of them for each marque. The 8 year uses four different types of stills including an Enmore wooden column-still and a two column-metal-Coffey still. The rum is blended and aged in ex-whiskey barrels.
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    7 The Real McCoy 5 Year Rum
    90
    Fruity
    Hailing from the island of Barbados comes the Real McCoy 5-Year distilled by fifth-generation distiller Richard Seale at Foursquare Rum Distillery among the cane fields of Saint Phillip.
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    6 Doorly's 12 Year Rum
    90
    Woody
    Barbados-based Foursquare Distillery is held in exceptional regard in the rum world. Master Distiller Richard Seale is an outspoken advocate for “authentic rum,” free of post-distillation additives like sugar. Foursquare sells rum under several different house labels, including Doorly’s. The Doorly’s labels are instantly recognizable by their iconic Macaw birds, a different breed for each expression. In addition to their own brands, Foursquare sells bulk rum to blenders and other producers, so you likely have had Foursquare rum at some point. The distillery uses a mixture of pot and column stills to create a classic Bajan-style rum. The Doorly’s 12 resides at the top of their range and is aged in used-bourbon white oak casks, then finished in port and madeira casks, spending a minimum of twelve years in wood. Previously available only at the distillery, this rum recently received US label approval.
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    5 Denizen Merchant's Reserve 8 Year Rum
    90
    Hogo & Earthy
    Drawing on the Netherlands long history of sourcing and blending rum, Denizen is looking to bring a more classic sensibility to your rum cocktails. Merchant’s Reserve combines Rhum Grand Arome from Martinique and rums from four different Jamaican distilleries: Clarendon, Hampden, New Yarmouth, and Worthy Park. 60% of the rum has been aged for 8 years in ex-bourbon barrels.
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    4 Zaya Gran Reserva 12
    90
    Sweet & Rich
    Zaya Gran Reserva was previously made in Guatemala but is now produced in Trinidad & Tobago. This product formerly had an age statement of 12 years, but now the bottle simply has the number "12" displayed on its bottles. That number is to indicate that Zaya Gran Reserva is made from a blend of 12 rums which aged in medium-charred used whiskey barrels.
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    3 Plantation Barbados 5 Year Rum
    91
    Fruity & Sweet
    Plantation Barbados 5 Year Rum is a blend of pot still and column still Bajan rums that are aged in bourbon casks for 3-4 years in the Caribbean. The blend is then finished in French oak casks at Maison Ferrand’s Château de Bonbonnet in the heart of the Grande Champagne district for 1-2 years more. Note: Formerly called Plantation Grande Reserve 5 Year.
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    2 Two James Doctor Bird Jamaican Rum
    92
    Fruity & Hogo
    Two James Doctor Bird Jamaican Rum is a pot-still rum created and aged for 6+ years at the Worthy Park Distillery. It is then transported to the Two James Distillery in Detroit, Michigan. There, it finishes its maturation in Moscatel sherry casks before being blended and bottled at 50% ABV.
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    1 Panamá-Pacific Rum 9-Year
    94
    Fruity
    Panamá-Pacific Rum is the brainchild of San Francisco-based Haas Brothers, an importer, marketer and merchant of distilled spirits since 1851. Estate-grown sugarcane is harvested from the renowned Panameño growing region of La Provincia de Herrera, then small batches of molasses are fermented using special proprietary yeast strains. The mash is distilled in an antique Coffey copper column-still and rested in American oak casks.