Our Favorite Dark Rums

If you're looking for that perfect dark rum to fill out your home bar, you need look no further! These are all highly rated and affordable.
Nov 15, 2016
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    10 Rational Spirits Santeria Rum
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    Woody & Roast
    To create this rumm Rational Spirits runs the spirit through the Targeted Hyper-Esterification Aging (THEA) reactor to create a more dynamic flavor profile. Made in small batches this rum is blended and bottled at 46% ABV.
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    9 Maggie's Farm 50/50 Dark Rum
    87
    Roast & Rich
    Made in Pittsburgh, PA, at Allegheny Distilling, Maggie’s Farm Rum has an impressive roster of spirits, ranging from a spiced rum to a falernum liqueur. Their 50/50 Dark Rum combines pot-still cane rum that the brand distills at its facilities with imported aged molasses rum. The distillery then ages the blend for at least six months, adding a touch of molasses before it’s bottled at 80 proof.
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    8 Plantation Rum Original Dark Overproof
    87
    Roast
    At 73 percent ABV, Plantation Original Dark Overproof is simply the heavy-hitter version of the Plantation Original Dark, at 40 percent ABV. Both are sourced from Angostura in Trinidad, and both are a blend of younger rums with a touch of eight year rum to add a slug of hogo. Aging is done in heavily charred ex-bourbon casks, followed by a dunk in Cognac casks in France. This review covers the original Trinidad-only version. In mid-2015 Plantation announced that subsequent releases will be a blend of Trinidad and Jamaican rums.
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    7 Old Sam Demerara Rum
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    Rich
    Old Sam Demerara rum originates in Guyana at Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), a major supplier of bulk rum to various private label brands like Old Sam. It’s imported and bottled in Newfoundland and is widely available in Canada but not imported into the U.S. No age statement is provided, but given its relatively low cost and very dark coloring, it’s likely a blend of young rums with coloring added. The brand’s marketing makes much of its distinctive frothiness when mixed with Coke.
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    6 Goslings Black Seal Rum
    87
    Fruity & Sweet
    Goslings flagship rum is a blend of pot still and continuous still rums imported into Bermuda and aged in single-use bourbon barrels. The result is a rich and complex dark rum. Its name comes from the black wax that was used to seal reclaimed champagne bottles.
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    5 Tiki Lovers Dark Rum
    89
    Rich & Fruity
    Launched in 2011 by the team behind The Bitter Truth bitters and liqueurs, this overproof dark rum is made from a blend of various rums from the Caribbean. These include unaged pot still rums from Jamaica's Hampden Estate and aged rum from Barbados' Foursquare Distillery. In addition, aged Trinidadian rum is included as well as unaged column still rums from Trinidad and Guyana. It's bottled at 57% ABV.
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    4 Plantation Original Dark Rum
    89
    Sweet & Fruity
    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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    3 Denizen Vatted Dark Rum
    90
    Hogo
    Denizen Vatted Dark Rum is a blend of dark rum from Guyana (80% of of the blend) and unaged rhum agricole from Martinique (20% of the blend). The Guyana rum portion is made from three different rums: 25% was distilled in French Savalle and Wooden coffey stills then it aged in ex-bourbon barrels, 25% was unaged wooden pot still rum, and the remaining 50% was dark unaged wooden pot still rum. Denizen Vatted Dark Rum is bottled at 100 proof.
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    2 George Bowman Dark Caribbean Rum
    90
    Woody & Rich
    The small-batch pot-still rum is sourced from the Caribbean and blended and bottled at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It comes in at 40% ABV.
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    1 Papa's Pilar Sherry Finish Dark Rum
    92
    Woody & Sweet
    This dark rum includes seven different rums aged up to 25 years and include rums that were column and some that were pot-distilled. This blend was aged in bourbon and port casks before briefly (up to 30 days) finishing its maturation in former oloroso sherry casks made from French Limousin oak. Bottled at 43% ABV.