Highest Rated Rums From August

These ten rums grabbed the highest rankings from our Tasting Table in the month of August!
Sep 01, 2016
  • 10
    Woody & Roast
    This rum is distilled in Mexico at Licores Veracruz, S.A. de C.V. It is made using a combination of continuous column-still and pot-stills to create their rums from molasses and sugarcane juice. After distillation the rum is aged in European white oak barrels. The rum bottle is presented in a bottle wrapped in amate tree fibers. This is called the "Art edition" because each bottle is a work of art created by artist Master Victor Fernandez. He uses Amate Tree fibers to create the design wrapped around the bottle. Each bottle is individually numbered and unique. The rum in the bottle has a dark chocolate with rusty amber highlights. In the glass the colors lighten to a mahogany with amber highlights. Agitating the liquid created a thick band around the glass and slowly releases legs that crawl down the side of the glass.
  • 9
    Novo Fogo is uncommonly serious about terroir. Their estate-grown organic cachaça is harvested and produced according to traditional methods, by hand, in small batches (130 liters each) in a zero-waste distillery in the state of Paraná, Brazil. Single barrel cachaça is also uncommon and they have aged barrel #86 for one year in used barrels from Four Roses Bourbon. These barrels are taken apart to sand down and reassemble with a new medium toast; this is all in an effort to let the sugar cane show through. Only 186 bottles produced, released in 2016.
  • 8
    Fruity & Sweet
    Muddy River Distillery in Belmont, North Carolina has grown from producing 35 bottles a day in a 500-square-foot space to a 6,100-square-foot space producing 300 bottles a day. Their products are made using American ingredients and distilled in custom-built stills, named Liberty and Democracy. Their coconut flavored rum is bottled at 70 proof.
  • 7
    Sweet & Spicy
    Robbie and Caroline Delaney, unhappy with their respective careers in construction and accounting, threw caution to the wind and decided to follow their true passion distilling rum. A 500-square-foot space in an abandoned yarn-dyeing-mill near the “muddy” Catawba River was where they decided to set up shop, initially making only 35 bottles a day. These days, the distilling duo produces 300 bottles a day. Their Silver Carolina Rum was their first product, launched in 2012, and the base for all their spirits.
  • 6
    From the entry level of Appleton Estate rums made in Nassau Valley, St. Elizabth, this is a blended rum comprised of both column-still and pot-still rums. It's aged for an unspecified amount of time, then filtered for clarity.
  • 5
    Missouri distillery Copper Run uses a 140-gallon, direct-fire, copper pot-still to produce their entire line of spirits. Their Caribbean style Overproof Rum is made with blackstrap molasses and bottled at 120 proof.
  • 4
    This Pennsylvanian white rum is named for historic and scenic route that spans across the entire Quaker State. It is distilled from molasses, distilled in a 300-gallon still, and aged using black cherry hardwood staves.
  • 3
    Herbal & Floral
    Berrys’ Own Selections is a spirits program founded by Berry Brothers & Rudd, one of London’s oldest Wine and Spirits Merchants. The spirits are curated from around the world and bottled by in England. The St. Lucia 11 year rum is distilled using pot stills at St. Lucia Distillers with molasses sourced from the river plains of Guyana.
  • 2
    Rich & Roast
    Berrys’ Own Selections is a spirits program founded by Berry Brothers & Rudd, one of London’s oldest Wine and Spirits Merchants. The spirits are curated from around the world and bottled by in England. The Grenada 13 year rum is distilled at Westerhall Estates, which is the third-oldest distillery in Grenada. The rum is distilled from molasses using a column still.
  • 1
    Sweet & Rich
    Afrohead was founded in 2008 by Australian rock music industry veteran and entrepreneur Toby Tyler. Having moved to the West Indies in the late 90s, he developed a passion for rum and sought to create his own blends. This selection is a blend of rums aged a minimum of 7 years in ex-bourbon casks, bottled in Barbados. Note: The image on the bottle is an homage to Bahamian culture and the first Miss Bahama 1963, with various symbols of the island culture found within the crown and tendrils.