Spiced Rum
 

Best Spiced Rum

 

The Fifty Best Spiced Rum Tasting

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 12 spiced rums with twelve members of our spirits judging panel. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Strict tasting rules were applied. Each of the spiced rums were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles and served at room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the highest. Double Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, states/countries of origin and alcohol proofs are identified for each brand. Clicking on the brands' names will link to their websites.

DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Big Five Spiced Rum
(FL)  70° proof
Distilled from blackstrap molasses sourced locally from
South Florida sugar cane.

Nose: Orange marmalade, orange peel, orange spice, orange flowers, tangerine cream, praline, vanilla, fruitcake, pink bubblegum, cherry cola, cola, root beer, sassafras, candied ginger, ginger beer, tea, coriander.
Palate: Sweet spiced orange candy, orange, orange rind, dried orange, tangerine, cinnamon, Red Hots, gingerbread house, maple syrup, cola, sassafras, crème brûlée, almond, tarragon, clove, creamy mouthfeel, delicious.
Finish: Lovely orange, honey, vanilla, ginger, sarsaparilla, lingering cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, star anise, tea, white pepper, black pepper, flavorful, great, fantastic.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Big Five Spiced Rum



Distillery 36 Spiced Brigham Rum
(UT)  80° proof
Distilled from 100% natural cane, Rocky Mountain spring water.

Aroma: Caramel, burnt sugar, sweet cane juice, creamy vanilla, caramel apple, Bananas Foster, pineapple, carrots, cocoa, oats, wheat bread, honey almond, peanut butter, toasted pecans, black tea, cinnamon, mace, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom.
Palate: Brown sugar, vanilla, honey, coconut flakes, coconut cream, banana, sweet orange, Cran-Apple, mint, anise, Red Hots, cinnamon, clove, hint of nutmeg, mace, cardamom, chai masala, chicory, peanut butter, complex sweet-spice mix, smooth, creamy.
Finish: Sweet orange, orange peel, smooth vanilla, French vanilla ice cream, white chocolate, cream, Reese’s, gingerbread, cinnamon, clove, spiced, tea, pepper, flavorful.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal




Distillery 36 Spiced Brigham Rum



Twenty Boat Cape Cod Spiced Rum
(South Hollow Spirits, MA)  95° proof
Twice distilled from molasses and locally sourced spices.

Aroma: Coffee cake donuts, gingerbread, maple syrup, candied orange, burnt orange, dried orange peel, ripe bananas, flowering lemon, lavender, hemp, grassy, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, tarragon, mace, clove, spices, light pepper, toast, Agricole funk.
Palate: Vanilla, creamy, honey, gingersnap, orange, orange zest, gentian, mint, rosemary, distinct pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cardamom, allspice, bold spice, spicy, complex fresh pepper, peppery, oak, fiery, Agricole, lovely organic notes.
Finish: Creamy vanilla, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, allspice, mace, clove, cardamom, spice, pepper, quinine, woody, vermouth, very complex, big, bold, brash, fun.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Twenty Boat Cape Cod Spiced Rum



RATU Spiced Rum
(RUM Co. of Fiji)
Distilled from sugar cane. Aged 5 yrs in charred oak barrels,
filtered through coconut shell carbon.
80° proof

Aroma: Caramel sugar, sweet brown sugar, maple syrup, creamy, whipped cream, buttery, creamy vanilla, Creamsicle, Reece’s peanut butter cup, hot buttered rum, cola, cherry Cola, sassafras, black tea, orgeat, cinnamon, earthy spice.
Palate: Chocolate, brown sugar, toasted caramel notes, creamy honey, vanilla, Creamsicle, pecans, orange spice, ginger, anise, cinnamon candy, cinnamon, liquid cinnamon, clove, allspice, black pepper, peppery, black tea, woody, creamy, smooth, delicate.
Finish: Delicious honey, nice rounded truffle, penny candy, orange peel, orange zest, watermelon, ginger, orgeat, spicy, wood, nice heat, bright, creamy, silky, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



RATU Spiced Rum



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Khukri Spice Rum
(The Nepal Distilleries, Kathmandu, Nepal)
Aged for 12 months, matured in oak vats.
85.6° proof

Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, cream, molasses, cola, orange peel, orange zest, saffron, ginger, cinnamon stick, clove, allspice, cardamom, campfire, amaro.
Palate: Vanilla, brown sugar, burnt caramel, cola, panettone, licorice, ginger, cinnamon, cinnamon bark, nutmeg, clove, allspice, cardamom, spice, oak, a real treat, delicious.
Finish: Candy apple, blackberry, licorice, licorice root, spiced pumpkin bread, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, spicy.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Khukri Spice Rum



Devil's Reef Cinnamon Spiced Rum
(K Street Spirits, NY)  80° proof

Aroma: Cinnamon, ginger, gingerbread, apple pie, baked apples, candied apple, raspberries, toffee, candied walnuts, cloves, nutmeg, allspice.
Palate: Strong cinnamon, Red Hots, cinnamon toast, mace, allspice, nutmeg, clove, sweet almond, root beer, tea, pepper.
Finish: Cinnamon, cinnamon gum, Orange Pekoe, tasty nutmeg, pepper, earth, lingering honey, mellows out to creamy, great for a Dark & Stormy.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Devil's Reef Cinnamon Spiced Rum



Bones Spiced Rum
(U.S.Virgin Islands)  80° proof


Aroma: Cherry, pineapple, orange, lemon, citrus, spiced citrus, floral, honey, sweet cream, buttered toast, cinnamon, clove, fresh tarragon, light spice, cola nut, straw, wet stone, bark, sherry cask, bourbon barrel.
Palate: Toffee, vanilla, honey, pineapple, lemon, spiced orange, nice floral notes, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, white pepper, black pepper, faint cayenne, complex spice, lightly sweet, creamy, rich.
Finish: Honey, clementine, cola, Italian black olives, white pepper, allspice, sweet spices, softly spicy with touch of sweetness, nice, soft, balanced.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Bones Spiced Rum



Cane High Spiced Rum
(Cooperstown Distillery, NY)
Distilled from 100% Florida sugarcane.  86° proof

Aroma: Caramel, sweet cream butter, creamy, vanilla cream, soft vanilla, honey, caramelized apple, candied cherry, coconut, toasted pecans, almond, ginger, mint, Red Hots, cinnamon, clove, wood, pleasant.
Palate: Vanilla, honey, coconut, coconut cream, creamy pecan, lavender, spearmint, ginger, lots of cinnamon, clove, peppery, creamy spices, sandalwood, cedar, non-dessert sweetness, rich, creamy.
Finish: Rich dark fruits, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, lavender, nutmeg, peppery, mace, clove, white pepper, spicy heat, big, bold, note worthy.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Cane High Spiced Rum



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Kilo Kai Spiced Rum
(Curaçao)
A blend of 1 to 3 year-old rums.  70° proof

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, grape bubblegum, green apple, burnt apple, ginger, ginger beer, anise, pecans, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, allspice.
Palate: Toffee, white chocolate, light brown sugar, spicy brown sugar, sugarcane, candied orange, orange peel, lemon/lime, lime zest, lilac, ginger, minty, licorice, cinnamon, cardamom, tarragon, pepper, black pepper, very approachable, silky, velvety.
Finish: Toffee, candy, lemon-lime soda, lime peel, hint of rose, menthol, clove, spicy, old cedar, approachable, silky, savory, nice for a Cuban Mule.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Kilo Kai Spiced Rum



Clifton Estate Spiced Rum
(Nevis, West Indies)  80° proof
2 yr-old dark rum infused with orange, honey & natural spices.

Aroma: Sweet toffee, molasses, brown sugar, fermented cane, vanilla, honeysuckle, ripe banana, orange rind, orange peel, candied orange, candied apple, candied walnuts, Ceylon tea, cinnamon, light spice.
Palate: Chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, cola, root beer, vanilla, honey, orange candy, orange peel, ripe banana peel, gardenia, orange spices, cinnamon, clove, spices, balsam, nicely blended.
Finish: Sweet vanilla, brown sugar, honey, red licorice, sweet tea, orange, lemon, citrus, cumin, rich, flavorful, quite pleasant, great for Mai Tai.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Clifton Estate Spiced Rum



Wise Men Distillery Spiced Rum
(MI)  80° proof
Finished in charred white oak barrels.

Aroma: Vanilla, sweet cream butter, sugarcane, honey, apple pie, baked apples, Cherry Coke, cherries, apricot, orange, lemon, orgeat, sweet almond, ginger, cinnamon, wood, bourbon barrel, wine, cognac.
Palate: Vanilla, spiced apples, melon, orange, lemon, ginger, wheat, barley, cinnamon, allspice, clove, spicy, pepper, earth, creamy cedar, whiskey, scotch-like, nice heat.
Finish: Citrus, black pepper, spicy, burnt toast, wood, rich, pleasant, great.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Wise Men Distillery Spiced Rum



Resurgence Spiced Rum
(Fish Hawk Spirits, FL)  80° proof

Aroma: Grilled pineapple, candied pineapple, brown butter, vanilla, marshmallow, gingerbread, roasted nuts, pumpkin spices, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, black tea, smoked veggies, campfire, charred wood, sweet wood, spicy wood, sherry, agricole.
Palate: Roasted marshmallow, vanilla, papaya, melon, citrus, ginger, spicy ginger, cinnamon, allspice, turmeric, spice, cayenne, pepper, red pepper, white pepper, smoky bacon, smoke, campfire, charcoal, wood.
Finish: Peppery vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon spice, cayenne, cooked jalapeño, hot jalapeño, chili pepper, lingering pepper, spicy, smoky, mezcal.

Silver Medal
Silver medal



Resurgence Spiced Rum

 

 

 

 

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