Spiced rum is a great spirit to bring the heat, especially in the colder months. It comes in many variations with different herbal flavors and spices.
Notably, the higher-quality brands are typically aged in oak barrels that give the rum a darker color. In contrast, caramel is more commonly used in the cheaper brands to achieve that amber hue.
I’ve compiled a list of the most popular spiced rum that packs a punch while delivering flavor profiles with layers of heat. So let’s take a look at these tasty and complex spirits!
Best Spiced Rum
The Salford Spiced Rum
A spiced rum from the United Kingdom, specifically Manchester, this spirit comes in a beautiful ceramic bottle with illustrations from a local artist. The manufacturers were inspired by the imports coming into the bustling port city. This golden rum has been infused with nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, and tropical fruits for a robust flavor full of spice notes.
Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum
This spirit hails from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia and finishes the rum with local fruits and spices. The rum ages in used Bourbon barrels, enhancing the heat from spicy elements and highlighting soft sweet tones of vanilla. Bright citrus flavors are also present on the palate, balancing out the other tastes in this rum.
Another English example of exquisite spiced rum, Rumbullion! is an award-winning spirit that boasts a rich and decadent flavor. The nose is full of strong spices like clove, contrasted by the subtle sweetness of vanilla. These flavors are also present with citrus notes adding complexity. Expect an exceptionally long finish from this rum, with a creamy mouthfeel.
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
Kraken produces a spiced rum that is exceptionally dark, the color indicating its robust flavor. The aroma of this spirit expresses the sweeter notes of the rum, with caramel and toffee notes being the most apparent. When tasting the rum, spicier notes build alongside sweet vanilla. Finally, the spirit ends with a long-lasting spicy finish.
Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold
Another gold rum, this spiced spirit from Captain Morgan, has lots of sweet notes from dried fruit and rich brown sugar. More spice notes come out after the aging process from the oak barrels. The combination of sweet and spicy brings balance to this spirit without anyone flavor becoming overpowering.
Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced
Don Q emphasizes the extended time for their barrel-aging process. This blended spirit spends three years in oak barrels, creating rich golden color and oaky flavor notes. Complex sweet flavors, like toasted coffee and warm spiced caramel, are also present.
Black Tears Spiced Rum
The name of this Cuban rum was inspired by the legend of a grieving woman crying into a barrel of rum. This emotional expression also reveals itself in the taste of the rum, which is a unique bittersweet flavor due to its low sugar content. Rich, complex flavors like coffee and cacao characterize this spirit, along with a peppery finish.
Foursquare Spiced Rum
Foursquare Spiced Rum is a multiple award-winning spiced rum that comes from Barbados. The spirit has spicy and caramel notes paired with a super smooth finish that makes this rum excellent for sipping as well as mixing in spirits. Strong spicy notes like cinnamon and nutmeg lend heat to this rum.
Sailor Jerry Rum Spiced
Sailor Jerry starts with quality Caribbean rum to create this blended spiced rum. Vanilla and cinnamon are two of the most prominent flavors, making it a smooth combination of sweetness and spice. More spicy notes build in the undertones, with a long-lasting spicy finish and smooth mouthfeel. This is an excellent option for mixing in warm or cold drinks.
Whatever type of cocktails you plan on making with the spiced rum, these options will bring the heat while adding intriguing spicy notes. Enjoy them in hot drinks or cool cocktails, or try sipping these complex creations!
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