Best Buy rums 2023: From Caribbean spice to candy floss, these rums are perfect for sipping and cocktails

A bottle of Bacardi Caribbean Spiced rum with pineapple and coconut

Ahoy there, rum lovers! If you’re anything like us, then you know that nothing beats the sweet, smooth taste of a good rum. Whether you prefer it neat, on the rocks, or mixed into a delicious cocktail, rum is a supremely versatile spirit that can add a little tropical sunshine to any occasion.

But did you know that rum has a fascinating history? It’s said that the first rum was produced in the Caribbean during the 17th century, when sugarcane plantations were flourishing and the molasses byproduct of sugar production was fermented and distilled into a potent drink.

Rum quickly became a favourite among sailors and pirates (looking at you Johnny Depp), who would stock up on the spirit for long voyages. In fact, it’s said that some buccaneers would even mix gunpowder into their grog to make it ignite with a blue flame and an audible ‘proof!’ – hence the term which still measures the alcohol content of spirits today (not recommended, by the way).

There are countless varieties of rum to choose from, each with its own unique flavour profile and origin. From smooth and light white rums, ideal for cocktails like daiquiris and piña colada, to rich and complex dark expressions aged in oak barrels that you can sup over ice, there’s a rum out there for everyone.

These are some of our current Best Buys…

Bacardi  Caribbean Spiced

Get an early jump on summer with Bacardi Caribbean Spiced, the first premium spiced aged rum the market leaders of Caribbean rum. Just thinking about its spicy blend of coconut, pineapple, and coconut blossom, has got us in a tropical frame of mind.

Notes of caramelised pineapple, cinnamon and lightly toasted coconut, infused with a subtle oaky char from the barrel, will elevate any rum and cola, add a fresh twist to a Coconut Daiquiri, or make for a definitive Caribbean Colada. 

Then again, maybe neat is the way to go? On the palate there’s sweet pineapple, vanilla and cinnamon.  ABV is 40%.

Buy now: £24, Amazon.

Egremont Premium Reserve Rum

A blend of four cask aged rums, hand picked from across the Caribbean and Central America,  then paired with spring water from the hills of Dartmoor, Egremont is a premium sipping rum well worth auditioning.

The soft spring water, filtered by layers of ancient granite, is said to balance the alcohol in the base rum, lending a long, creamy finish. Recommended over ice, and in cocktails – Hattiers suggests a Breakfast Old Fashioned made with Earl Grey syrup (try the recipe here). ABV is 40%.

Buy Now: £42, Hattiers.

Project #173 Candy Floss Rum

This expression from Project #173 promises all the fun of the fair, a joyous mash up of rum and spun candy that we would gift in a heartbeat. On the nose there’s toasted sugar and caramelised biscuits, with silky butterscotch and marshmallow on the palate. The candy finish lingers, like a spin on a Waltzer. ABV is 42%. 

Buy now: £25, Amazon and Master of Malt.

Diplomático Selección de Familia 

Rich and spicy, this premium expression combines quality rums using a rigorous blending process. Distilled in copper pot stills, combined with batch kettle and column distillation, Selección de Familia is made from molasses and sugar cane honey, aged for up to 12 years in American white oak, ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. ABV is 43%.

On the nose this dark amber rum offers vanilla, honey and red fruits, while on the palate, plums compete with sticky toffee.

Buy now: £49 Amazon.  

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