The Best Rums For Your Eggnog

It’s eggnog season! And while spiced rums are fine to use, we prefer to spice the nog ourselves. Use aged or dark rums rather than silver or gold for maximum flavor. Here are a few of our favorites.
Nov 24, 2018
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    10 Chairman's Reserve Rum Original
    82
    3.2
    3 out of 5 stars
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    Sweet & Fruity
    Chairman's Reserve, born in 1999, is named for St. Lucia Distillers' then chairman Laurie Barnard, who created a blend made from both pot and continuous still rums. The rums are first matured for 9 months in new American oak, then aged separately in ex-bourbon casks hailing from Jim Beam and Buffalo Trace as well as ex-Tennessee whiskey casks from Jack Daniels. They are then blended together and given an additional 6 months to mingle in cask before bottling. There is no official age statement, though the youngest rums are at least 5 years old. Note: Formerly called Chairman's Reserve Finest Blended Rum.
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    9 Ron Botran 8 Añejo Rum
    84
    3.76
    3 out of 5 stars
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    Rich & Spicy
    The blenders at Ron Botran utilize a version of the old winemaking technique known as a solera meant to harness the freshness of young spirits in conjunction with the depth and complexity of old. However, unlike in a true solera where the old and new are blended together for inception, here the rums are aged separately then blended and aged together as a final step. The rums used in this expression range from between 5 and 14 years and are aged in a combination of American whiskey, sherry and port barrels. It should also be noted that the rums are distilled from fresh sugarcane honey and not molasses.
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    8 Havana Club 7 Year Rum
    86
    3.72
    3 out of 5 stars
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    Rich & Sweet
    Cuban rum distillers or “maestros” have been drinking their own extra-aged rums for years, but this release marks the beginning of this style of rum to the general public. At its core is Cuban sugarcane turned into molasses or "mieles." The entire production process for this rum takes at least 14 years, with the youngest drops having aged a minimum of 7 years. This is achieved by aging individual barrels instead of using the more popular solera method. Note: This is not currently available in the U.S.
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    7 Goslings Black Seal Rum
    87
    3.54
    3 out of 5 stars
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    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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    6 Appleton Estate Reserve Blend
    88
    3.5
    3 out of 5 stars
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    Sweet & Rich
    Appleton Estate, founded in 1749 is perhaps Jamaica's most venerable rum and comes from the oldest distillery in continuous operation in Jamaica. Appleton's Master Blender, Joy Spence, is the first woman to be appointed Master Blender in the world. Appleton Estate Reserve Blend is created from 20 select rums aged on average for 6 years.
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    5 Doorly's XO Rum
    88
    3.55
    3 out of 5 stars
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    Woody
    Doorly's XO Rum is created by the R.L. Seale company at the Foursquare distillery It's aged in American oak ex-bourbon barrels before going through a second maturation in European oak former oloroso sherry casks.
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    4 El Dorado 12 Year Rum
    88
    4.02
    4 out of 5 stars
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    Sweet & Rich
    While Guyana was once home to many distilleries making rums from local Demerara sugar, consolidation has brought all the country’s rum-making capacity under Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). DDL’s house brand, El Dorado, spans more than a dozen expressions ranging from white “well” rum to high-end, twenty-five-year aged rums. El Dorado 12 is the entry level of their Luxury Cask Aged lineup, and is a blend of rums from three different stills, all aged for at least twelve years.
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    3 Brugal 1888 Rum
    85
    3.72
    3 out of 5 stars
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    Woody & Spicy
    Launched in 2011, Brugal 1888 was the 1st new rum produced from the company after its acquisition by The Edrington Group. The spirit begins life aging up to eight years in ex-bourbon casks, before being finished for up to six more years in European oak ex-oloroso sherry casks. That commonly touted detail is by design, both to create a flavor profile a bit reminiscent of a whisky, while also directly appealing to consumers who enjoy one. Note: This is sold in other markets at 38% abv, but in the US it is 40% abv.
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    2 Santa Teresa 1796 Rum
    91
    4.11
    4 out of 5 stars
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    Sweet & Woody
    Santa Teresa’s flagship release is a blend of rums ranging from 4 to 35 years. The rum is further aged using the solera process, with four levels of oak barrels that had been traditionally reserved for Spanish sherry and brandy. The 1796 was first released in 1996 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the estate’s founding.
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    1 Plantation Barbados 5 Year Rum
    91
    4.0
    3 out of 5 stars
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    Fruity & Sweet
    Plantation Barbados 5 Year Rum is a blend of pot still and column still Bajan rums that are aged in bourbon casks for 3-4 years in the Caribbean. The blend is then finished in French oak casks at Maison Ferrand’s Château de Bonbonnet in the heart of the Grande Champagne district for 1-2 years more. Note: Formerly called Plantation Grande Reserve 5 Year.