Must-Have Overproof Rums

Overproof rums range from just over 100 on up to 151 proof. Every home should have a bottle (or three) of overproof rum handy. Use them to pump up your punches, your grogs, or even to flambé your desserts!
Aug 28, 2019
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    12 Goslings 151 Proof Black Seal Rum
    Goslings 151 Proof Black Seal Rum is the overproof version of the brand's classic Black Seal Rum. Bottled at 75.5% ABV, this is intended to be mixed, ideally in a Dark 'n Stormy, the brand's signature (and trademarked) cocktail.
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    11 Don Q 151 Rum
    To coincide with the 150th anniversary of Destilería Serrallés, Don Q relaunched its 151 rum, which had been discontinued for several years. This addition to the Don Q product line is notable for being only the second overproof rum released by a Puerto Rican distillery. The Don Q 151 is a blend of light and dark rums aged a minimum of three years in used American oak barrels.
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    10 Pusser’s Overproof Rum
    Pusser's Overproof Rum is a dark rum made in the same method as the brand's flagship Original Admiralty Blend, better known as Blue Label. Rums from Guyana and Trinidad are blended in Barbados to produce the rum. At 150 proof, it's best used as a floater or in concert with other rums in tiki drinks or punches.
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    9 Rhum J.M Agricole Blanc White Rum 55%
    Rhum J.M. Blanc is produced from estate-grown cane harvested each spring after a full year's growth. Within an hour of harvest, the brand has fresh-pressed sugarcane juice which is then allowed to undergo a natural fermentation for 36-48 hours. The fermented juice is distilled in a Créole copper column still to 70% ABV after which the rum is rested for at least three months in stainless tanks. It is then reduced to bottle-strength with volcanic, mineral water sourced from the estate. This 110 proof version was released in July 2019 and sold in liter-sized bottles.
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    8 Pusser's Rum Gunpowder Proof (Black Label)
    What do you do when you want to test the strength of your rum but are on a ship in the middle of the ocean? Why you douse gunpowder on it to see if it will light to ensure your rum hasn't been watered down. At least that's what British sailors would do. This navy strength rum has been repackaged from a former blue label to a black label. Pusser's Rum Gunpowder Proof (Black Label) is bottled at 54.5% ABV.
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    7 Rum Fire White Overproof
    Jamaica’s Hampden Estate is a centuries-old distillery famous for making the funkiest, hogo-monster rums on the planet in their entirely pot-still distillery. Although the same color and ABV as the better known Wray & Nephew Overproof, the two rums have fairly different flavor profiles; in this case, “mouth on fire” does not qualify as a flavor profile. You’ll have no problem locating this bottle, as the label looks made by a high school art student with their first color printer and some free clip art. Nonetheless, this rum reaches out of the glass to kick sand in the face of other high-ester rums. Jamaican hogo junkies flock to this rum while more rational people flee.
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    6 Rum Bar White Overproof Rum
    Jamaica’s Worthy Park is the newest Jamaican distillery, with a modern facility built circa 2005. In addition to exporting bulk rums, they also offer the Rum-Bar brand in the Jamaican market. The distillery is a 100% pot-still operation, and their source molasses comes from their own sugar mill less than a mile away. The Rum-Bar White Overproof is a blend of three unaged rums.
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    5 J. Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum
    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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    4 Hamilton Overproof 151 Rum
    Within the Tiki community, many recipes call for Lemon Hart 151, another rum from the same distillery. When the owners of Lemon Hart 151 ceased production (at least temporarily), demand for it spiked. Fortunately, rum importer Ed Hamilton, who was the U.S. importer of Lemon Hart, stepped in and contracted with DDL to create his own 151 blend. Ed believes this rum equals or exceeds the Lemon Hart 151 and includes older rums up to five years. No sugar or coloring is added. A lower proof version of this rum is available at 86 proof.
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    3 Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum
    One of the most beloved rums in the mixology and Tiki communities, Smith & Cross is revered for bringing back the funky, high-hogo style of rum that had been sadly absent for many years. Distilled at the Hampden distillery in Jamaica, it’s a blend of two styles of pot-stilled rum, Plummer and Wedderburn, which fall at different points on the funkiness scale. Its gold color implies more aging than you might expect – the oldest rum here is three years, and most is far younger.
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    2 Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
    Plantation O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) Overproof is a group effort. Alexandre Gabriel, Master Blender for Plantation Rum, brought together six rum luminaries--Jeff "Beachbum" Berry from Latitude 29, Martin Cate from Smuggler's Cove, Paul McFadyen from Trailer Happiness, Paul McGee from Lost Lake, Scotty Schuder from Dirty Dick, and Dave Wondrich, cocktail historian extraordinaire. Over many tasting and blending sessions, they formulated a rum ideally suited for use in top-shelf Tiki and tropical cocktails. The O.F.T.D. is a blend of rums from Barbados, Guyana, and Jamaica in the overproof dark style, and replaces Plantation’s Trinidad-sourced Original Dark Overproof Rum.
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    1 Privateer Navy Yard Rum
    Master Distiller Maggie Campbell, previously with the renowned Germain-Robin distillery, has put out a series of expressions that are turning heads in the rum crowd. All Privateer offerings are 100% molasses-based, double-distilled, and aged in full-sized new American oak barrels. Since each cask is unique, your bottle may be a bit different. This particular cask (P88) was aged for just over three years and bottled at 57.7% ABV.