July's Top Rated Rums

These are the Tasting Table's favorite rums from the month of July!
Jul 31, 2016
  • 10
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    Oily & Rich
    Although well-respected Scottish independent bottler A.D. Rattray is best known for their whisky lineup, they also dabble in rum. Having purchased a large supply of 1997 distilled rum from the now-defunct Caroni distillery in Trinidad, they’ve continued to age them and slowly release limited bottlings of ever increasing age statements--in this case, 16 years. They’re all effectively single-cask expressions, and there can be significant flavor differences across casks.
  • 9
    78
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    Woody & Earthy
    Bottled at 80 proof, this is a blend of aged Dominican Republic rums in a Jack-O-Lantern bottle.
  • 8
    86
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    Fruity & Spicy
    The number "7" on the Banks bottle does not signify this rum's age, rather it is the number of lands from which it is sourced. Twenty-three different rums from eight distilleries are sourced from 7 locations: Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Guatemala, Panama and Java. Bottled at 43% ABV.
  • 7
    84
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    Rich & Sweet
    Bartlett Spirits of Maine distills their products in a German-made, copper pot still. Their rum is distilled from organic molasses and aged in French oak barrels for two years.
  • 6
    85
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    Mineral & Sweet
    Registered as the first distillery licensed in New Jersey since Prohibition, Jersey Artisan Distilling was founded in 2010 by engineer Brant Braue and attorney Krista Haley with a desire to craft a truly exceptional rum in the heart of North New Jersey, and thus Busted Barrel was born. They create their dark rum from 100% Louisiana molasses the rum is aged 12-18 months in new American oak barrels.
  • 5
    90
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    Sweet & Rich
    Afrohead began as a rum blended by Toby Tyler for usage at The Landing Guest House in Harbour Island, Bahamas. Now, a cross-Caribbean collaboration has brought it to retail distribution, including landfall in the United States. The molasses comes from the Dominican Republic, the yeast, a proprietary strand from Angostura, where it's distilled, in Trinidad & Tobago. After distillation and blending, the rum is aged in used bourbon barrels, and is bottled in Barbados.
  • 4
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    Spicy & Sweet
    Cockspur rums are produced in Barbados at a distillery that has been operating since the late 1800s. Their spiced rum is a blend that is created using gold rum that was aged in ex-bourbon casks that is then mixed with "exotic spices."
  • 3
    83
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    Sweet & Rich
    Phraya (pronounced "prai-ah" and meaning "of higher rank") is a gold rum produced in the Thailand province of Nakhom Pathom. It's a blend of rums that have matured in charred oak barrels for 7 to 12 years.
  • 2
    75
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    Sweet
    Carta Vieja Ron Extra Claro is distilled from molasses before it is aged for 4 years in either American or Canadian oak barrels. After being aged it is filtered to remove all the color to produce to "extra claro."
  • 1
    86
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    Sweet & Fruity
    This Mauritian rum has been around since the 1960's. This is a rum made from molasses and is column-distilled before aging between 3-5 years. It is charcoal-filtered to remove the color. The rum is available in the UK and other European markets.