Top Rated Spanish-Style Rums

Often referred to as "Ron," Spanish-Style rums are produced in former Spanish colonies like Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. They tend to be lighter in body and flavor. If you find any of these in the wild, be sure to snatch them up!
Jun 09, 2016
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    10 Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Rum
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    Sweet & Rich
    Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Rum was first produced in 1976 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Guatemalan town of Zacapa. It's a rum made from raw sugarcane honey grown on the Zacapa estate high in the hills of Guatemala, extracted from the first pressing of sugarcane juice. It is then fermented using a proprietary strain of pineapple yeast and distilled in a copper-lined column still. After distillation, the rum is aged in a Solera process from a series of casks which once held bourbon, oloroso sherry and Pedro Ximenez sherry. The rums in the blend vary between 6 and 23 years of age.
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    9 Angostura Cask Collection No. 1 Rum
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    Sweet & Rich
    This limited edition rum from the House of Angostura pays homage to Don Carlos Siegert, son of the brand's founder, Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, who came up with the original recipe for their famous bitters. Found notes suggest Don Carlos had envisioned a blend such as this one that never came to fruition. It's a blend of 8 and 10 year old rums that spend 12 months in first fill ex-bourbon casks.
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    8 Ron Malecon Reserva Imperial 25 Year
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    Fruity & Rich
    Bottled by Italian company Savio s.r.l., the Ron Malecon 25 is distilled in Panama. Given its age, it was likely distilled at the Varela Hermanos, best known for making Ron Abuelo, under the care of revered Master Distiller “Don Pancho” Fernandez. It lies near the top of the Ron Malecon range, alongside its 12, 15, 18, and 21-year siblings. The brand is not imported into the U.S. as of yet, but is readily available in Europe.
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    7 Ron Abuelo Centuria
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    Rich & Sweet
    The Centuria is a solera-type blend of rums from the "Reserva de la Familia" aged up to 30 years in American whiskey barrels. Varela Hermanos, the distillery in Panama that produces this and other rum products, grows its own cane and controls the entire subsequent process from fermentation and distillation to ageing and assembly.
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    6 Facundo Exquisito Rum
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    Sweet & Fruity
    A blend of rums aged between 7 and 23 years, Facundo Exquisito is then finished for a month in sherry casks. This super-premium offering from Bacardi is one of four rums in the Facundo line, which are named after Bacardi Chairman Facundo L. Bacardi, the great-grandson of Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardi Masso.
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    5 Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum
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    Sweet & Rich
    This is the Venezuelan distillery’s flagship rum, called “exclusiva” as a tribute to their 18th century founder Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez, who was always in search of exclusive flavors for his rums. It’s a blend of 12 year old copper pot-still rums made from both molasses and sugarcane honey, aged in ex-bourbon barrels.
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    4 Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel 2005
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    Woody & Rich
    The first in a line of new vintage products from Don Q. This 2005 vintage is a single barrel product aged in used American bourbon barrels. In an effort to stay true to their endeavor of creating a true single barrel product the rum is only blended with water for proofing and no other rums are used in the blending process.
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    3 Mezan Panama Rum 1999
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    Fruity
    U.K. independent rum bottler Mezan purchases stocks of Caribbean rum, then continues to age them in England. No sugar or coloring is added, making each Mezan release a valuable resource for understanding what a distillery is capable of. In this case, it’s the Don Jose distillery in Panama, owned by Varela Hermanos, best known for their Ron Abuelo brand. Distilled in 1999, the Panama 1999 was bottled circa 2014, implying 15 years of aging, although there is no age statement given.
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    2 Ron Barceló Premium Imperial Blend 30 Aniversario
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    Earthy & Rich
    Created by Miguel Barceló this anniversary blend is aged for 10 years in used American bourbon barrels. The rum is then recasked in Chateau D’Yquem barrels for two years. Each year the company allocates a small amount of this product to the world market.
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    1 Panamá-Pacific Rum 23-Year
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    Woody
    Panamá-Pacific Rum is named for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, which celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal and the rebuilding of post-earthquake San Francisco. Distilled at the famed Ingenio San Carlos (“Las Cabras”) distillery, the rum is initially rested in Kentucky bourbon casks for three years. Rum selections that are approved for an extended maturation are transferred into exhausted Tennessee whiskey barrels for further aging. Panamá-Pacific notes that the age statement reflects the youngest rum in the blend, not just a portion of it.