The Best Rum For Big Spenders

Whether you're a captain of industry type looking for something to sip on your private yacht, or just someone who doesn't mind spending a little extra, these are our favorite rums for over $150!
May 10, 2016
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    10 Plantation Extrême No. 3 Jamaica ITP 1996
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    This is one of two bottlings released for Plantation's Extrême No. 3 Collection. Both bottlings were distilled in Jamaica at the famed Long Pond Distillery in 1996. The distillery offers different styles, or marques of rums which range from lightest to most intense. This ITP bottling offers an ester rate of 386g/hlap and is said to have "notes of very ripe tropical fruit." It aged for the first 21 years in Jamaica in former bourbon barrels then for its final year in France in Ferrand casks. Bottled at cask strength.
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    9 Foursquare Triptych
    95
    This rum is a collaboration between Richard Seale and Luca Gargano. Comprised of three different vintages that use three different barrel types: ex-bourbon, ex-madeira, and virgin oak. Each rum is a blend of copper double retort pot still and traditional twin column coffey still.
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    8 Mount Gay 1703 Master Select Rum
    95
    This limited edition rum is created at the Mount Gay Distillery in Barbados by Master Blender Allen Smith. It is created using a blend of copper pot and copper column rums ranging from 10-30 years of age. Released annually beginning in 2009, this rum batch has recently undergone an updated packaging and and was formerly known as 1703 Old Cask Selection. This release will have 12,000 bottles available worldwide.
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    7 Clément XO Rhum Agricole
    95
    If you see a bottle of Rhum Clément X.O., buy it without hesitation. This gem from Martinique is no longer being produced, and will soon be replaced with another marque. Why? Because the 1952 vintage that is so key to its flavor profile has finally run out (It also includes rhums from 1970 and 1976). A beautiful example of the French style.
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    6 Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend
    96
    Released in honor of Joy Spence's 20th anniversary as master blender for Appleton Estate Rums. It is a 25 year-old rum which includes some 35 year-old rum in the blend. The blend includes two rums of significance to Spence: rum from her first year with Appleton (1981) and rum from her favorite marque of pot-still rum. This rum bottling will begin to appear in markets in March 2017.
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    5 Appleton Estate 30 Year Rum
    96
    Only 1,440 bottles of Appleton Estate 30 Year Old were made! This rum started as exquisite distillate for Appleton, aged for 8 years-- was blended and then laid down for another 22 years--to emerge as a masterful achievement in balance and gracious flavors. Very limited!
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    4 El Dorado 25 Year Rum
    96
    El Dorado is produced at Demerara Distillers Limited, which was originally part of the Diamond Estate collective on Guyana and is now the sole producer of rums in the region. El Dorado is a blend of rums produced in different types of stills, both old and modern. The 25 Year was created to mark the turn of the millennium, using rums aged in ex-bourbon casks. Note: packaged in a fetching glass decanter.
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    3 Ron Diplomático Ambassador Rum
    97
    Ambassador, named in tribute to 18th century distiller Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez, who was known as El Ambassador, strays a bit from Rum Diplomático’s usual style. They typically blend both column and pot still rums, but this one is a blend of 12 year-old 100% pot-still rums bottled at a slightly higher proof. On top of the usual ex-bourbon barrel aging, this one is given an extra 2 years in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Note: It is presented in a swank wooden cask.
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    2 Capovilla Liberation PMG RHUM
    98
    Always seeking out new challenges and pushing the limits of his skills, distiller Gianni Vittorio Capovilla found himself collaborating with Luca Gargano of the Velier importing company and the Bielle Distillery on the island of Marie Galante to bring us Capovilla Liberation Rhum. Using a rare, heirloom variety of sugarcane and stringent distillation practices Capovilla created one of the most lauded Rhums ever created. After distillation, he aged this rhum in various once-used French wine cask from such historic estates as Château d’Yquem.
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    1 Brugal Papá Andrés 2015 Alegría Edition Rum
    98
    Developed by Brugal Master Blender, Jassil Villanueva Quintana, this is the second release of what has long been the Brugal family's private reserve rum, blended from 36 old casks stashed away for safekeeping in Brugal's warehouses. Papá Andrés is named in honor of Brugal's founder, Don Andrés Brugal Montaner, while this edition, "Alegría", translates to joy. The accompanying crystal decanter, set inside a brightly adorned presentation box with an illustrated collector's' book, were all created by Spanish designer Javier Mariscal. Only 1,000 decanters were released, with all profits going to the Brugal Foundation.