The Best Rums We Tried In February 2017

A huge number of rums came across our desk in February, but these 10 were our favorites!
Feb 28, 2017
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    10 Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum
    80
    Fruity & Sweet
    The Tommy Bahama corporation commissioned the Foursquare Rum distillery to produce its Silver and Gold rum. Foursquare uses a blend of copper pot and column-still rums to create their products.
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    9 Black Coral Original Rum
    82
    Sweet
    Black Coral Rum is a father-and-son-owned, US Veteran supporting distillery based in Riviera Beach, Florida. For every bottle sold, $1 is donated to a non-profit that supports service members. At the base of their flagship rum is sweet cane molasses, grown in-state. After distillation, a portion of the spirit is poured in new, charred white oak barrels, and the rest is aged in what the distillery simply describes as "other barrels." Once blended, Black Coral Original Rum is bottled at 40% ABV.
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    8 Rhum J.M. Millésimé 2001
    84
    Roast & Herbal
    From the French Caribbean island of Martinique, this rhum agricole was distilled from freshly pressed sugarcane juice from Rhum J.M.'s own fields in July of 2001. It was then aged in 200 liter barrels before being bottled in October 2011.
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    7 Black Coral Spiced Rum
    85
    Spicy & Sweet
    This spiced rum is flavored with all natural ingredients and is bottled at 40% ABV. It's made at a father-and-son-owned distillery, Black Coral Rum, that distills their craft products from sweet cane molasses using a custom-built still. Based in Florida's Riviera Beach, Ben Etheridge and his father are avid divers and hide rum-filled treasure chests yet to be discovered along the ocean floor. Should you ever be diving in the Atlantic near the coast of Florida, keep your eyes open for (purposefully) sunken pirate booty!
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    6 Sergeant Classick Gold Hawaiian Rum
    85
    Rich
    Sergeant Classick uses a copper alembic pot still obtained from Jean-Louis Stupfler in Bordeaux, France, which in most cases would have traveled a considerably shorter distance to a nearby Cognac distillery. Instead, it went to Mountain View, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Once there, Sergeant Classick is made from 100% Hawaiian molasses, sourced from the last remaining sugar mill on the island of Kauai. Sergeant Classick is named after master distiller Dave Classick Sr., a Vietnam War veteran.
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    5 St. Petersburg Distillery Oak and Palm Spiced Rum
    87
    Sweet & Spicy
    St. Petersburg Distillery was founded by brothers Steve iafrate and Dominic iafrate, Jr. (lowercase "i" not a typo) to celebrate their pride of the Sunshine State. This is the "Oak" half of the Oak and Palm line from the distillery, a rum made with spices from the Middle East and added caramel coloring.
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    4 Petty's Island Driftwood Dream Spiced Rum
    90
    Spicy & Sweet
    Driftwood Dream starts out as a pot-distilled white rum but then takes a left turn through aging in toasted applewood barrels. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, ginger and other spices are added, and the spirit gets a dose of additional base molasses at the end.
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    3 The Devil's Own Gold Rum
    90
    Hogo
    The color is light straw deriving from the spirit's one year of aging in new, charred Missouri oak. As are all of the rums, this one is double-distilled in a stainless reflux still with optional double column capable of various configurations.
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    2 Twenty Boat Cape Cod Amber Rum
    91
    Rich & Earthy
    Produced at the first legal distillery on Cape Cod since prohibition, Twenty Boat Cape Cod Amber is handcrafted at the site of Truro Vineyards. It consists of American organic sugarcane and is aged in chardonnay barrels. The name Twenty Boat refers to a 1930 event in which the twenty boats kept watch in Provincetown in an effort to capture a rum runner.
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    1 Cedar Ridge Dark Rum
    92
    Woody & Roast
    Cedar Ridge Distillery is based in Swisher, Iowa. They use a custom pot-still to make their rums. Their "Dark Rum" product is twice-distilled and aged for three or more years in once used bourbon barrels. It is bottled at 40% ABV.