15 Best Rum Brands To Drink Right Now

Ask any pirate, the best rum brand is a hotly-contested topic. But whether you like to drink it straight, on the rocks or blended with your favourite mixer, one thing you can’t deny is that rum is a pretty versatile drink. It can be confusing too, with different styles and flavours from across the globe.

With rum able to be paired with just about anything, it can make it hard to decide which to buy and what are the best rum brands. To help take the load off your shoulders, we’ve pulled together the best releases and drops to score. Here is a list of the 15 best rum brands for spice-lovers, straight molasses men and hard-nosed drinkers.

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Don Q 151 Rum 700mL Best Rum Brands

1. Don Q 151

One of the more versatile rum brands on this list, Don Q 151 Rum is a high-strength golden rum, that is aged for up to three years in oak barrels. The result is its signature flavour mix of vanilla, smoke and tobacco flavours. This rum is perfect to make a tropical or Tiki style drink.

Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Alcohol content: 75.5%
Size: 700mL

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Best Rum Brands - Appleton

2. Appleton Estate Signature Blend Jamaica

This signature blend rum is perhaps Appleton Estate’s best-drop. Using the traditional method, this release is a combination of several rums of different styles and ages. This blend captures the best of each rum giving it complex flavours, perfect on it own or mixed your favourite mixer.

Country of Origin: Jamaica
Alcohol content: 40.0%
Size: 700mL

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Mount Gay Eclipse Rum 700mL Best Rum Brands

3. Mount Gay Eclipse

Mount Gay Rum is widely recognised as the oldest rum in the world. Known for its taste and smoothness. Mount Gay Eclipse Rum is aged in charred, American oak barrels for a minimum of two years. Producing a marvellous, semi-sweet Rum that has flavours of apricot, banana and vanilla with a smokey finish. Perfect on it own or mixed your favourite mixer.

Country of Origin: Barbados
Alcohol content: 37.5%
Size: 700mL

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Best Rum Brands - BACARDi GRAN RESERVA LIMITADA

4. BACARDÍ GRAN RESERVA LIMITADA

We know Bacardí for the affordable price points and heavy alcohol content, but the Gran Reserva Limitada is a quality release from one of the world best rum brands. This limited reserve rum is made from a blend of exceptionally old barrel-aged rums of up to 17 years with younger aged rums to produce a rich flavour. Producing flavours of Dry vanilla and dark fruit notes that have an oaky smooth finish. This rum is perfect when just splashed on the rocks.

Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Alcohol content: 40.0%
Size: 750mL

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Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold 700mL Best Rum Brands

5. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold

Another cheaper release that is surprisingly excellent, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold is made with a secret blend of Caribbean rums, mellow spice and other natural flavours such as vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon. This smooth and medium-bodied rum is aged in charred white oak barrels. Giving it a smooth taste, perfect on its own or mixed.

Country of Origin: Jamaica
Alcohol content: 35.0%
Size: 700mL

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Best Rum Brands - DIPLOMaTICO RESERVA EXCLUSIVA

6. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is a dark rum and is made from a blend of 20.0% light column distilled rums with 80.0% pot still rums. That is then aged up to 12 years. This blend gives the rum a slight touch of sweetness and a distinctive flavour. perfect with your favourite mixer or on the rocks.

Country of Origin: Venezuela
Alcohol content: 40.0%
Size: 700mL

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Best Rum Brands - BACARDi SUPERIOR

7. Bacardi Carta Blanca Superior White Rum

This is possibly one of the most famous white rums in the world. This light and clean spirit is filtered through charcoal and aged in white oak for character. It blends well with other flavours to give an amazing cocktail no matter the mix. Irrespective if you aren’t really a rum drinker, chances are, you’ll find a fantastic cocktail combination to tickle your fancy.

Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Alcohol content: 37.5%
Size: 700mL

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 J.M. XO Tres Vieux Rhum Agricole 700mL Best Rum Brands

8. J.M. XO Tres Vieux Rhum Agricole

J.M. XO Tres Vieux Rhum Agricole is an amber coloured rum is aged in re-charred Bourbon barrels. This rum is packed full of flavour with notes of toasted nut, lemon and sage. The flavour palate of this rum includes mango and passion fruit flavours with accents of white pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. As one of the most well-loved rum brands on the planet, this one is a major winner.

Country of Origin: Martinique
Alcohol content: 47.0%
Size: 700mL

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Bundaberg Underproof Rum 700mL Best Rum Brands

9. Bundaberg Underproof Rum

Bundaberg Underproof rum is made from 100 per cent Queensland sugar cane and aged in large Oak vats for a minimum of two years. The aging gives this smooth Australian rum a full well-balanced flavour with hints of caramel and molasses. This rum is perfect on its own with ice or mixed.

Country of Origin: Australia
Alcohol content: 37.0%
Size: 700ml

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Barbancourt 5 Star Old Rum 8 Years Old 700mL Best Rum Brands

10. Barbancourt 5 Star Old Rum 8 Years Old

This Barbancourt rum is double distilled in copper pot stills and is aged for eight years in white oak barrels giving it a light amber colour with a classic rum taste. You can smell subtle hints of vanilla, but as you drink you will taste bitter candy with hints of spices topped by ginger and orange peel, with a flavour finish of caramel, licorice, and orange marmalade. Put that all together and you’ve got a major taste sensation from one of the best rum brands in the world.

Country of Origin: Haiti
Alcohol content: 43.0%
Size: 700mL

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Gosling's Black Seal Rum 700mL Best Rum Brands

11. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum 700mL

The spirit that launched the Dark n Stormy, Gosling Black Seal rum is a full-flavoured dark rum, made from a combination of rums from both pot and continuous column stills which are aged slowly. This rum had been produced in Bermuda since 1806. As you drink flavour’s jump out, you’ll taste butterscotch, vanilla and caramel. This rum is perfect on its own with ice or mixed.

Country of Origin: Bermuda
Alcohol content: 40.0%
Size: 700mL

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Bundaberg Master Distillers' Collection Small Batch Vintage Barrel Rum 700mL Best Rum Brands

12. Bundaberg Master Distillers’ Collection Small Batch Vintage Barrel Rum 700mL

Bundaberg Rum Small Batch Vintage Barrel is handcrafted by blending the finest Bundaberg Rum with the richest 8-year-old reserves. The release is then aged and matured in 100-year-old Port Barrels, giving the rum exceptional fruit and dessert flavours and the perfect balance of rich caramel and oak. This Rum is perfect when mixed but tastes wonderful when splashed on the rocks.

Country of Origin: Australia
Alcohol content: 40.0%
Size: 700mL

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Cruzan Single Barrel Rum 750mL Best Rum Brands

13. Cruzan Single Barrel Rum 750mL

Cruzan Single Barrel Rum is made from a unique blend of vintage rums that are aged for up to 12 years and then it is aged a second time for another 6 to 12 months in single white American oak barrels. This double ageing gives Cruzan Single Barrel Rum its signature taste of caramel sweetness and oak with a warm buttery finish. To truly enjoyed this rum sip neat or on the rocks.

Country of Origin: US Virgin Isles
Alcohol content: 40.0%
Size: 750mL

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Bumbu Bumbu The Original 700mL Best Rum Brands

14. Bumbu Bumbu The Original

Bumbu The Original is an all-natural craft rum which is made with native Caribbean ingredients and the finest sugar cane. The rum is aged for up to 15 years in Grade A oak bourbon barrels. this aging period creates an effortlessly smooth and balanced rum with a mild sweetness and an aroma of Madagascar vanilla, soft caramel and toasted oak.

Country of Origin: Barbados
Alcohol content: 35.0%
Size: 700mL

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Flor de Cana 12yr

15. Flor de Cana 12 Year Old

Flor de Cañ 12yr is a sugar-free ultra-premium rum that is full-bodied with an amber colour. This rum features the fresh aromas of red fruits, honey and toasted nuts with flavour notes of wood, vanilla and baked apples. The finish is smooth and well-balanced, resulting in a rum that is best enjoyed on the rocks or with a dash of quality sparkling water. Sustainably produced and Fair Trade certified, this is a premium rum from a 5th generation family estate who was recently awarded “Best Rum Producer of the Year” ?in 2017 at the prestigious ‘International Wine and Spirit Awards’.

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Alcohol content: 40%
Size: 700mL

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General FAQs

What's the difference between Cachaça and Rum?

The major difference between Cachaça and Rum is that rum is usually made from molasses. While Cachaça is made from fresh sugarcane juice.

What is Spiced Rum?

Spiced Rum is essentially different rums that blended together with other spices to add or enhance flavour.

Which Australian Rum is best?

Australia has some pretty good rums, each smooth with tasteful flavours. But the best would have to be Bundaberg Master Distillers' Collection Small Batch Vintage Barrel Rum.