You need to upgrade the home bar with the top 10 best and most popular rum liquor brands. If you need to select the right bottle of rum then this article will help you. Most of the rum brands come from places where sugarcane and molasses are produced. Those are the main ingredients of rum. The history of rum stretches towards the 1500s.

Mainly five main categories of rum are available in the market. Gold rum, white rum, navy rum, spiced rum, and dark rum are them. All of them have unique tastes and are ideal to sip with your friends. You can taste it with Mai Tai, Mojito Daiquiri, or any rum cocktail if you don’t prefer direct sipping of rum.

Mount Gay

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Mount Gay is one of the famous rum liquor among users. It was established in 1703 and still runs smoothly. Mount Gay rum brand uses history, craft, and expert knowledge to produce this well-known product. Each and every bottle of rum comes with the seal of approval by Master Blender Tudiann Branker. So you will never get a Mount Gay rum bottle having inferior quality. The Eclipse Rum of Mount Gay is a gold rum having a brilliant amber color. It has a strong flavor too. Eclipse Rum combines fruity and floral notes for a distinctive aroma of vanilla, apricot, and banana.

Your first sip will give a medium-bodied spirit having a bright finish. More than that will offer you a smokiness stemming from the aging process inside toasted Kentucky oak barrels. The price of Mount Gay comes at an affordable price.


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The Bank is a brand that does explorations about Rum. It was started by botanist Sir Joseph Banks in the 18th century. He combined more than 20 rums of various ages from Jamaica, Indonesia, Barbados, Trinidad, and Guyana. It offers a sophisticated characteristic of Rum. The Bank brand itself is an example of the marvelous taste of combining rums from different regions. The Bank’s 5 Island Blend Rum uses the blend of five rums aged between 3 to 12 years from Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad. Finally, the Batavia arrack from Java is added to the mix. This Rum has spicy, vanilla, cinnamon, and creamy notes.

You can mix the Banks rum with a Mojito, a Daiquiri, a Zombie, or a Dark and Stormy for a better taste.

Appleton Estate

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Appleton Estate was founded in 1749. Now, it has passed centuries of distilling. The sugarcane grown in Appleton Estate is used to produce rums of this brand. The first Master Blender Joy Spencer is the perfect woman behind the brand.

The 50 Year Old is regarded as the oldest rum in the world. The dark, dense, and amber color liquid offers honey, molasses, and soft spices. One sip from Appleton Estate Rum will bound you towards this brand. You won’t find Appleton Estate Rum for a cheap price.

Diplomatics Planas Rum

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Diplomatics Planas Rum is one of the best white rums available in the world. It is a slightly upscale white rum that is compatible with cocktails including Dark n’ Stormys, Daiquiri’s, and Mojito. The Diplomatics Planas Rum has a super robust flavor. It will give your tongue a whirl but still a balanced feel.

Don Papa

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Don Papa comes from the Philippines. It comes in intricately detailed bottles with several flavors to match. The high-quality ingredients in Don Papa let you bound to this rum brand. Don Papa Rum brand was launched in 2012. Within a very short time, it comes to popularity around the world.

There is a limited edition release called Don Papa’s 10 Year. It has a slightly higher ABV and a darker, richer, and deeper taste. The ten years is further aged in re-charred barrels. It comes with the notes of cacao, dried fruits, and a hint of oak. You can either taste it neat or on the rocks.


Richland Rum | Image Credit: npr

Richland is the only single-state distillery in the United States. The world ‘single states’ tells that the rum is entirely manufactured at the same place. No, outside pieces, ingredients, or products are used for Richland rum. It originates from Georgia. The rum is produced in Richland. The name was taken from the town it produces.

You need to taste Richland’s Single State Old Georgia Rum. It is a smooth rum comprised of a clean taste and has an initial caramel flavor. You will smell a cane syrup at the initial sip. This rum balances dryness and sweetness in one sip.

It is better to sip Richland Rum slowly to recognize all tasting notes.

Brinley Gold Shipwreck

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Brinley Gold Shipwreck comes from the beautiful islands of Saint Kitts. It is one of the best-tasting rum brands that is owned by a family.  Brinley Gold Shipwreck owned several offerings. The brand uses the finest ingredients to make delicious and smooth rum.

Brinley Gold Shipwreck has a spiced rum. It is four years old aged and contains nutmeg, island spices, clove, vanilla, and orange. The first bottle of this rum was released in 2011.

Havana Club

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If you are searching for an all-rounder rum that suits any occasion then Havana Club is the best choice. The first founder of the Havana brand is the Arechabala family and it was in 1878. The name Havana Club is registered in Cuba in 1934. The most awarded rum brand is the Havana club. It got more than 27 medals for the last few years.

Both European and American people love the taste of Havana Club Rum. You will find it at many bars across the world.


Foursquare Rum | Image Credit: chambersstwines

Foursquare is also named “The Puppy of Rum”. It is a premium brand that comes from Barbados. You will find a range of spirits and dates through five generations. The sophisticated flavors and expressions improve the popularity of this rum brand. Foursquare’s Cask Strength has a higher ABV of 59%. The rum is easy to sip as well as has a good balance. The first sip will give you a lot of spice taste.

Ron Zacapa

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Ron Zacapa originates at 2300 meters above sea level in Quetzaltenango. It is a combination of quality, richness, and mastery. The Ron Zacapa 23 years Centenario does not have an exact age of 23 years. It is in between 6 and 23 years. You can sip it with ice cubes to have an oak, vanilla, spicy touch of cinnamon and ginger, and dried fruit notes. It is an ideal rum brand for both experts and novices. The complex aroma will let you sip more than a single sip.