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Taster’s Club Best Rum for Sipping in 2024

Written by Emma C | Updated April 2024

Expand your rum horizons beyond cocktails into the world of sipping rums. While rum is a classic choice for mixed drinks like daiquiris and colas, exploring aged and nuanced rums reveals a depth of flavors akin to premium spirits like whiskey, brandy, and cognac. Our Taster’s Club guide highlights the best sipping rums in 2024, showcasing each brand's unique take influenced by aging techniques, origins, and distillation methods. Whether you're drawn to world-renowned labels or emerging distilleries, each bottle promises a rich experience that competes with the finest spirits. Don't miss out on these sipping rums to enhance the season. The sun is shining! Let's dive into the diverse world of sipping rums available in our bottle shop today.


El Dorado 15 Year Old

Indulge in the exquisite craftsmanship of El Dorado 15 Year Old, a rum that artfully blends marques from distinguished stills, including the EHP Wooden Coffey, Metal Coffey, Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still, and Versailles Single Wooden Pot Still. The unmistakable character of this rum is owed to the Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still, delivering an earthy, peat-like finish that lingers on the palate. Its full-bodied aroma delights with notes of dark coffee, candied orange, almonds, dark chocolate, pepper, and vanilla. With flavors of grilled tropical fruit and smooth oaky spice, El Dorado 15 Year Old promises a truly exceptional rum experience.

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Diplomático Rum Reserva Exclusiva

Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is a meticulously crafted blend of aged rum reserves up to 12 years old, curated by the expertise of master blenders. This multi-award-winning rum has garnered a global following among discerning spirits enthusiasts for its exceptional balance and distinctive character. Delight your senses with the smooth interplay of orange peel, toffee, and licorice aromas, leading into luscious toffee fudge flavors that linger in a satisfying, enduring finish. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva stands as a testament to the artistry and dedication that defines exceptional rum-making, making it a must-have for aficionados seeking unparalleled quality


Hampden Estate 8 Year Old

Discover the unparalleled craftsmanship of Hampden Estate's 8-year-old rum, steeped in centuries-old, partly secret techniques that have stood the test of time since the 18th century. As the flagship of their range, this rum epitomizes the aromatic complexity and versatility for which Hampden Estate is renowned, making it a superb choice for both sipping and mixing. Aged for 8 years in Jamaica's tropical climate, equivalent to nearly 25 years in Europe, it offers a voluptuous and intense nose filled with caramelized apple, sweet spices, and a subtle hint of smokiness. Experience the quintessential Hampden Estate style in every sip.

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Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva 23

Indulge in the exquisite complexity of Zacapa No. 23 Rum, a harmonious blend of aged rums spanning 6 to 23 years in the renowned "Sistema Solera" process. Crafted in selected barrels that once held robust American whiskey, delicate sherries, and fine Pedro Ximénez wines, this rum boasts a balanced profile of delicate and unique flavors. Best enjoyed neat, over ice, or in your preferred dark spirit cocktail, Zacapa No. 23 delivers a smooth and refined experience that epitomizes the artistry and craftsmanship of premium rum-making. Savor each sip as it unveils layers of rich character and unparalleled depth, a testament to the legacy of Zacapa's exceptional aging techniques.


Rhum Clement 10 Year Rhum Vieux

Clément 10-Year-Old Rhum Agricole, a prized selection from Habitation Clément's esteemed Grand Reserve portfolio. Distilled from freshly pressed sugarcane juice and matured for a minimum of a decade in virgin and re-charred oak barrels, this exceptional aged Agricole Rhum boasts distinctive notes of cinnamon and vanilla. Delight in its aromatic intensity, with hints of raw wood, dried spice, and toasted fruit on the nose, leading to warm bakery flavors that linger on the palate through an unimaginably lengthy finish. A limited release, meticulously aged by our Cellar Master, this Rhum Agricole embodies the unparalleled character and time-honored traditions of Homère Clément, certified under the esteemed Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée of Martinique.

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Zaya Rum Gran Reserva

Embark on a sensory journey to Trinidad and Tobago, the enchanting "Land of the Hummingbird," where nature and heritage intertwine. Zaya Gran Reserva pays homage to this mystical land, blending rare rums aged for up to 16 years. Just as the hummingbird symbolizes the souls of native ancestors, Zaya captures the spirit of the islands with its vibrant and captivating flavors. Explore the richness of Trinidadian rum-making traditions as you savor this exquisite blend, crafted to deliver an unforgettable island experience with each sip. Join the hummingbird's dance and indulge in the allure of Zaya Gran Reserva.


Rhum Barbancourt 15 Year

Experience the exclusive delight of a 15-year Rhum that was once a hidden treasure reserved for the makers' inner circle, now generously shared with discerning enthusiasts. Each sip unveils the essence of Haitian sugar cane and the legacy of 158 years of tradition distilled into every bottle. Delight in a symphony of flavors, from the warmth of tea and nuts to the richness of sugarcane, cinnamon, espresso, and oak. The long, satisfying finish is a journey in itself, beginning sweet and evolving into a nuanced interplay of citrus and spice. Complex, smooth, and utterly unique, this Rhum is a testament to craftsmanship and heritage.


Plantation Rum XO 20th Anniversary

Embark on a transatlantic voyage of flavor with Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Rum. Beginning its journey in Barbados, this exquisite rum is first aged in bourbon casks, soaking in the Caribbean sun for many years. It then sets sail across the ocean to the southwest of France, where it undergoes a second maturation in small Ferrand French oak casks—a centuries-old "double ageing" process that bestows unparalleled smoothness and complexity. The result is a sophisticated palate unveiling layers of chocolate, vanilla, ripe banana, roasted coconut, and a hint of fresh mango, culminating in a remarkably long and satisfying finish. Plantation XO 20th Anniversary is a rum to be cherished, savored, and celebrated.


Appleton Estate 8 Year

Celebrate Appleton Estate's illustrious 250-year journey with our specially crafted rum, a testament to our legacy of excellence. Aged for a minimum of 8 years in Jamaica's tropical climate, this versatile expression embodies the essence of Appleton Estate. Experience a symphony of aromas, from spicy fruit and oak to delicate hints of honey, vanilla, holiday spice, and our distinctive orange peel note. Each sip is a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, showcasing the mastery of our Master Blender and the rich heritage that defines Appleton Estate's renowned spirits. Embrace the spirit of celebration with every pour of this exceptional rum.

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Chairman's Reserve The Forgotten Casks

Indulge in a rare treasure with Chairman’s Reserve The Forgotten Casks, an extraordinary sipping rum crafted to recapture the essence of rum found in the original forgotten casks spared from St. Lucia Distillers' tragic fire on May 2, 2007. This special release pays homage to history, as St. Lucia Distillers carefully reserves select Chairman’s Reserve for extended aging, resulting in a limited edition of “The Forgotten Casks." Delve into this extra-aged rum's rich depths, where each sip tells a tale of resilience, craftsmanship, and the enduring legacy of St. Lucia Distillers' remarkable spirits.

If you are still uncertain about which Rum is right for you and looking for more options? We have many more options available in the Taster's Club Bottle Shop.

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