Great Rum For Tropical Cocktails

Tropical cocktails? Yes please. Now all we need is the right rum for the job...
Apr 18, 2016
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    10 Appleton Estate Reserve Blend
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    Appleton Estate, founded in 1749 is perhaps Jamaica's most venerable rum and comes from the oldest distillery in continuous operation in Jamaica. Appleton's Master Blender, Joy Spence, is the first woman to be appointed Master Blender in the world. Appleton Estate Reserve Blend is created from 20 select rums aged on average for 6 years.
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    9 El Dorado 12 Year Rum
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    While Guyana was once home to many distilleries making rums from local Demerara sugar, consolidation has brought all the country’s rum-making capacity under Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). DDL’s house brand, El Dorado, spans more than a dozen expressions ranging from white “well” rum to high-end, twenty-five-year aged rums. El Dorado 12 is the entry level of their Luxury Cask Aged lineup, and is a blend of rums from three different stills, all aged for at least twelve years.
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    8 R.L. Seale's 10 Year Rum
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    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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    7 SelvaRey Cacao Rum
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    SelvaRey (translated from Spanish "king of the jungle," hence the gorilla on the label) is created by former Havana Club master blender and ex-Cuban Minister of Rum Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. The rum is a selection of 5 year old rums from copper column-stills, aged in ex-bourbon casks with an infusion of locally sourced chocolate instead of cocoa-flavored syrup.
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    6 Plantation Original Dark Rum
    89
    The Original Dark is a blend of Trinidad and Tobago rums selected by Alexandre Gabriel and aged in young American oak bourbon casks. The base rum is aged three to five years and is then blended with a more robust, fully-flavored eight year old rum. This blend is then aged 12 to 18 months in Cognac Ferrand French oak barrels.
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    5 Pacific Rum
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    Distilled from 100% Hawaiian turbinado sugar, blended with Oregon's Bull Run water, and aged in used bourbon barrels for four to six weeks, Pacific Rum is Bull Run Distilling Company's Oregon-centric take on rum.
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    4 J. Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum
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    J Wray and Nephew is a renowned overproof rum produced in Kingston, Jamaica weighing in at 126 proof. Wray and Nephew, as it's known behind bars, is not only a very popular spirit in its home country, but is also the top-selling high-strength rum in the world. It is produced from a combination of both pot and column distillations of a 30 hour fermentation of sugarcane molasses wash and proprietary house yeast.
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    3 Siesta Key Toasted Coconut
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    Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum is produced in small batches and flavored with real shredded coconut. It is bottled at 35% ABV.
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    2 Zaya Gran Reserva 12
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    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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    1 Plantation Barbados 5 Year Rum
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    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.