Community Favorites: Aged Rums

These aged rums have picked up the best ratings from the rum lovers in the Distiller community!
Oct 12, 2016
  • 10
    10 Appleton Estate 21 Year Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 110 )
    Woody & Rich
    Appleton Estate, located in Nassau Valley in the parish of St. Elizabeth, has been producing rum on the 11,000 acre estate since 1749. The sugarcane varieties are estate-grown and the yeast used in fermentation is a proprietary strain. Both column and pot stills are used in its production. For this bottling, the rums are aged for at least 21 years in American oak. They are blended and bottled at 86 proof.
  • 9
    9 Ron Cartavio XO Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 45 )
    Rich & Sweet
    The Ron Cartavio distillery was founded in 1929 and nationalized by the Peruvian government in 1968. The X0, distilled in a combination of copper pot and column stills, is a blend of rums with a weighted age of 18 years in Slovenian and other oak. It's a brilliant, rosy topaz in color with voluptuous legs.
  • 8
    8 El Dorado 15 Year Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 380 )
    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.
  • 7
    7 Ron Diplomático Ambassador Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 81 )
    Sweet & Rich
    Ambassador, named in tribute to 18th century distiller Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez, who was known as El Ambassador, strays a bit from Rum Diplomático’s usual style. They typically blend both column and pot still rums, but this one is a blend of 12 year-old 100% pot-still rums bottled at a slightly higher proof. On top of the usual ex-bourbon barrel aging, this one is given an extra 2 years in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Note: It is presented in a swank wooden cask.
  • 6
    6 Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 159 )
    Kirk and Sweeney Rum is named after a rum-running wooden schooner during the early days of Prohibition. With a cargo full of liquor, Kirk & Sweeney was seized off the New York coast. Kirk and Sweeney is fully-aged 23 Year Rum and is produced by the Bermúdez Rum distillery in the Dominican Republic and imported by 3 Badge in Sanoma, CA.
  • 5
    5 Ron Centenario 20 Años Fundación Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 53 )
    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.
  • 4
    4 Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 512 )
    Fruity & Sweet
    The Extra Old was released to mark Alexandre Gabriel’s 20th anniversary at the helm of Cognac Ferrand. The Extra Old showcases Plantation’s oldest Bajan rum reserves, aged for 12-20 years in bourbon casks. The selected rums are blended at Château de Bonbonnet in France and finished in small French oak casks for 12-18 months.
  • 3
    3 Ron Zacapa XO Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 261 )
    There are a few things that make Ron Zacapa XO Rum unique. First, Ron Zacapa rums are produced using sugarcane honey (fresh sugarcane juice is condensed and filtered) instead of the traditional molasses. Second, the rums are distilled at sea-level but they are aged in the town of Quetzaltenango at an elevation of 7544 feet. Thirdly, this rum is aged in a solera system using a variety of barrels ranging in age from 6-23 years utilizing ex-bourbon, ex-oloroso sherry, and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The rum is then finished in ex-cognac barrels for an additional year. Note, the term "XO" is meaningless in the rum world, but is a hint/reminder that cognac barrels were used.
  • 2
    2 Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 1224 )
    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.
  • 1
    1 Foursquare 2004 Single Blended Rum
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 89 )
    Rich & Woody
    Foursquare Rum Distillery is located in St. Phillip, Barbados. Owned and operated by fourth generation distiller, Richard Seale, this distillery produces some of the most distinguished brands in Barbados. Released in September 2015, this rum is part of a new line of vintage releases by the distillery. It was created by distilling molasses using a combination of pot and column stills. These rums were combined and aged for eleven years using ex-bourbon casks.