Rum remains an extremely popular drink worldwide and is made from sugarcane juices or molasses. First distilled in the Caribbean islands in the 17th century, Rum gradually spread to all parts of the world. Today, Rum brands are of a wide variety that makes it difficult to select. Below is a selection of some of the best Rum brands that you should definitely try.
This famous brand gets its name from Sir Henry Morgan, a Welsh Caribbean privateer who lived in the 17th century. The alcohol company Diageo produces this Rum and it has captivated drinkers worldwide. Captain Morgan White Rum was released recently along with the limited edition Sherry Oak Finished Spiced Rum to compete with other brands.
This Rum is owned by Gruppo Campari’s Appleton Estate and it has enjoyed steady sales even in times of the decline of many other brands. The distillery also has the reputation of having the oldest Rum that is commercially available – the Appleton Estate 50 Years Jamaica Independence Reserve.
Bacardi is the largest family-owned drinks company in the world today. It has many premium blends, the most notable being the Bacardi Reserve Limitada made from the finest Rums and aged as old as ten to sixteen years. The deep gold color and rich taste of dry fruits, oak, and vanilla is the result of its storage in slight charred American white oak barrels.
Contessa Special XXX Rum won the silver medal at the 2008 Monde Selection and a Bronze at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2007. Produced by the House of Radico Khaitan, who are one of the most prominent Indian spirit makers, this is the only Indian Rum made from cane juice spirit.
Despite a setback to its sales in the previous five years, Montilla still ranks higher in sales and popularity. Pernod Ricard’s Montilla Rum has its most consumers in Brazil and is named after a Spanish municipality.
A UK drinks group called Edrington owns Brugal Rum, which is one of the best selling Rums in the Caribbean Islands and Spain. Despite its numerous setbacks in sales, Brugal has managed to grow its sales to 22 percent in the US.
Established in 1878 by Jose Archebala in Santa Cruz del Norte Cuba, this Rum has enjoyed increasing sales throughout the years. It is also the most well known Rum brands in the world.