Community Favorites: Affordable Rums

Check out the Distiller community's favorite rums that won't break the bank!
Jul 27, 2016
  • 10
    10 Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
    4.11
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 111 )
    Rich & Hogo
    Plantation O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) Overproof is a group effort. Alexandre Gabriel, Master Blender for Plantation Rum, brought together six rum luminaries--Jeff "Beachbum" Berry from Latitude 29, Martin Cate from Smuggler's Cove, Paul McFadyen from Trailer Happiness, Paul McGee from Lost Lake, Scotty Schuder from Dirty Dick, and Dave Wondrich, cocktail historian extraordinaire. Over many tasting and blending sessions, they formulated a rum ideally suited for use in top-shelf Tiki and tropical cocktails. The O.F.T.D. is a blend of rums from Barbados, Guyana, and Jamaica in the overproof dark style, and replaces Plantation’s Trinidad-sourced Original Dark Overproof Rum.
  • 9
    9 Rhum Barbancourt Estate Reserve 15 Year
    4.2
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 60 )
    Fruity
    This Haitian rhum is produced using fresh sugarcane juice. Originally this was reserved for friends and family, but in the 1960's Barbancourt released this product for sale. Their rhums are aged in French Limousin oak barrels.
  • 8
    8 Plantation Pineapple Stiggins' Fancy Rum
    4.22
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 224 )
    Fruity & Sweet
    Named for a character in Charles Dickens’ “The Pickwick Papers,” the Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum began as a one-off collaboration between Alexandre Gabriel and cocktail historian David Wondrich. The demand was strong enough that Plantation made it a proper release. Pineapple rinds are infused with their Plantation 3 Stars Rum for one week, then pot distilled. The fruit is separately steeped in Plantation Original Dark Rum for three months. The two liquids are blended and the resulting Pineapple Rum is rested in casks for three months before bottling.
  • 7
    7 Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Rum
    4.28
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 1031 )
    Sweet & Rich
    Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Rum was first produced in 1976 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Guatemalan town of Zacapa. It's a rum made from raw sugarcane honey grown on the Zacapa estate high in the hills of Guatemala, extracted from the first pressing of sugarcane juice. It is then fermented using a proprietary strain of pineapple yeast and distilled in a copper-lined column still. After distillation, the rum is aged in a Solera process from a series of casks which once held bourbon, oloroso sherry and Pedro Ximenez sherry. The rums in the blend vary between 6 and 23 years of age.
  • 6
    6 Foursquare Port Cask Finish
    4.31
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 48 )
    Sweet & Rich
    Foursquare Distillery, located in St. Philip, Barbados, is one of the stalwarts of Caribbean rum production. This release, conceived by 4th generation distiller Richard Seale, is a throwback to a time in early rum production when rum was transported in used sherry and port barrels. In this instance, the rum, produced in a combination of column and pot stills, was aged 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels and an additional 6 years in ex-port barrels.
  • 5
    5 El Dorado 15 Year Rum
    4.34
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 344 )
    Sweet & Rich
    El Dorado has been produced at Demerara Distillers Limited since 1992 on Guyana. The 15 Year is a blend of aged demerara rums, some as old as 25 years, made in different styles of stills - Enmore and Diamond Coffey stills, Port Mourant double-wooden-pot-still and Versailles single-wooden-pot-still. The rums are blended and aged in ex-bourbon casks.
  • 4
    4 Ron Centenario 20 Años Fundación Rum
    4.36
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 47 )
    Woody & Hogo
    Distilled from Costa Rican sugarcane, the rum is then aged in used bourbon barrels. It is blended using the solera method with 20-year old rums being the oldest part of the blend. The rum has a pleasant mahogany color with copper hues.
  • 3
    3 Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum
    4.42
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 1103 )
    Sweet & Rich
    This is the Venezuelan distillery’s flagship rum, called “exclusiva” as a tribute to their 18th century founder Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez, who was always in search of exclusive flavors for his rums. It’s a blend of 12 year old copper pot-still rums made from both molasses and sugarcane honey, aged in ex-bourbon barrels.
  • 2
    2 Papa's Pilar Bourbon Barrel Finished Dark Rum 95 Proof
    4.43
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 23 )
    Sweet & Rich
    This bottling is a blend of column and pot still rums from the Caribbean, the US, and Central America. The rums have been solera aged in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, port wine, and sherry casks. After blending, the rum is then further aged in ex-bourbon to finish aging. A previous edition of this bottling was released at a lower proof, but this edition was bottled at 95 proof. Papa's Pilar is named in honor of Ernest "Papa" Hemingway and the brand was developed in conjunction with his estate with a portion of their profits going to charity. Papa's Pilar Bourbon Barrel Finished Dark Rum 95 Proof is a limited edition release of 2000 cases available beginning October 2018.
  • 1
    1 Siesta Key Toasted Coconut
    4.54
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 20 )
    Fruity & Sweet
    Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum is produced in small batches and flavored with real shredded coconut. It is bottled at 35% ABV.