Our Favorite Rums From April 2017

These ten rums were the Distiller Tasting Table's favorites from April 2017.
May 01, 2017
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    10 Cockspur Old Gold Rum
    72
    Sweet & Woody
    Cockspur's West Indies Rum Distillery is located on Brighton Beach in Barbados near the capital city of Bridgetown. It is here that the Stade Brothers perfected their continuous still process for a "crisp" rum finish. The Old Gold is a blend of light and pot stilled rums that are aged in ex-bourbon casks.
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    9 Facundo Neo Silver Rum
    78
    Sweet & Fruity
    Facundo is a collection from Bacardí named for the company's founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó. Neo ("new") is a blend of Bacardi "library" rums aged up to 8 years that have been charcoal filtered to a clear/silver color, while retaining the flavor influences of the barrels. Note: The sirens depicted on the bottle reflect the history of the original Bacardi offices located on the port of Santiago de Cuba.
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    8 Sugar Shed Rum
    79
    Sweet & Spicy
    Of Queensland make, the Sugar Shed rum comes from the Sarina Sugar Shed, originally a cane plantation turned sugar mill. The mill uses its sugar cane and molasses to craft a syrup used in the making of the Sugar Shed. The distillery also boasts a wide range of liqueurs. Note: Available only in Australia with your best chances at a bottle by going to the Sugar Shed directly in Queensland.
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    7 Westerhall Plantation Rum
    80
    Sweet
    Westerhall is produced in St. David, Grenada. The estate name, Westerhall, is said to have been changed from Grand Bacaye when a Scotsman named Sir William Johnstone purchased it back in the 1700's and named it after his ancestral home.
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    6 Sergeant Classick Silver Hawaiian Rum
    82
    Fruity
    Sergeant Classick is based in Mountain View, California, near San Francisco, yet they make what they call Hawaiian Rum. So what's the deal? Sgt. Classick makes their rums with Hawaiian molasses from Kauai, using an Alembic style copper pot still they obtained from Bordeaux, France. The brand is named in homage to master distiller Dave Classick Sr., a Vietnam War veteran.
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    5 Old Salt Rum
    82
    Herbal & Earthy
    This rum is actually distilled in England in Cambridgeshire from sourced molasses. A 200L copper pot-still is used and the rum is batch distilled three times. It is sold in 500ml sized bottles and is currently not available in the US.
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    4 Rational Spirits Santeria Rum
    86
    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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    3 Ron Caribe Rum 5 Year
    87
    Rich & Sweet
    This rum is made in Mexico using only Mexican sugar cane and is produced using modern technology while still adhering to traditional rum making principals. It is aged in the tropical climate of the Yucatán Peninsula, resting in select American oak barrels previously used to store bourbon.
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    2 The Devil's Own Spiced Rum
    91
    Fruity
    Exhibiting a mid-caramel color derived from barrel aging, the molasses and cane sugar--based spirit has been twice distilled in a reflux still with an optional double column that can be variously configured. The final spirit is infused with pineapple, coconut, vanilla and other spices.
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    1 La Mauny V.S.O.P.
    94
    Rich & Fruity
    La Mauny hails from the island of Martinique, producing rhum agricole alongside more widely known brands like Clement. Per the company, the minimum age is four years, with an average of six. The distinctive shape of the bottle brings to mind rum vats--and stands out on shelves. Although not explicitly stated, it’s highly likely this rhum is aged in French oak. It’s unfortunately not currently imported into the U.S.