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Taster’s Club Best Rum for Sipping in 2023

Written by Emma C | Updated Dec 2023

There’s no doubt that rum goes incredibly well in mixed drinks, from fruity daiquiris to simple rum and colas. You’re missing out, though, if you don’t expand your palate to the best rum for sipping in 2023. When slowly savored without mixers, you get to appreciate rum in all its nuances – as you would with any other quality spirit. From world-famous to newcomers, each rum brand brings a special take to this versatile spirit thanks to its aging process, location, and distillation method. If you’re ready to dive in, check out our Taster’s Club guide to our top sipping rums that are available in our bottle shop.

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Taster’s Club Best Rum for Sipping in 2023 available in our bottle shop.
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1. Mount Gay Rum XO

Mount Gay XO is a small-batch blend of carefully selected mature rums distilled in traditional copper pot and column stills. This round, complex rum is matured from 5 to 17 years in American whiskey, bourbon, and cognac casks.

Region: Barbados | Tasting Notes: Banana, Pineapple, Ripe Apples | ABV 43%

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2. Diplomático Rum Reserva Exclusiva

Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is a blend of exclusive rum reserves aged for up to 12 years, carefully selected by the maker’s master blenders. This multi-award winner is wildly popular among fine spirits fans and connoisseurs worldwide, thanks to both its unique body and excellent balance. The smooth rum starts with orange peel, toffee, and licorice aromas, and follows with toffee fudge notes and a long-lasting finish.

Region: Venezuela | Tasting Notes: Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange | ABV: 40%

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3. Flor de Caña Rum 25

Flor de Cana 25 Year Old Centenario is an ultra-premium full-bodied rum with no added sugar. This dark amber-colored rum offers aromas of almonds and other nuts, with a full, long finish that lingers on the palate.

Region Nicaragua | Tasting Notes:Fruity Notes Of Almond And Nuts | Abv: 40%

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4. Ron Zacapa Solera Gran Reserva 23

Zacapa began in 1976 in honor of the Guatemalan city of Zacapa’s 100th anniversary. This blend of sugar cane rums is aged 6-23 years in casks that previously held robust American whiskies and fine wines, giving it a complex, balanced sip.

Region: Guatemala | Tasting Notes:Chocolate Toffee And Espresso Bean | ABV 40%

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5. El Dorado Rum Aged 12 Years

El Dorado’s 12-year rum is round, mellow, and full-bodied on the palate, with strong fruit, tobacco, orange peel, leather, and toasty oak flavors.

Region Guyana | Tasting Notes Cocoa, Caramel, Prunes, Spices | ABV 40%

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6. Zaya Rum Gran Reserva

Zaya is a premium dark-aged rum sourced from the islands of the Caribbean. It’s purposely crafted with a blend of aged rums to achieve aromas of baked fruit and spiced vanilla, and a smooth palate of caramel and toasted oak. The spirit is deep amber in color, with a strong finish touched with a hint of smoke.

Region: Guyana | Tasting Notes:Cocoa, Caramel, Prunes, Spices | ABV 40%

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7. Facundo Rum Paraiso

A culmination of more than 150 years of passion, Paraiso is a blend of highly-prized reserves, some as old as 23 years. After aging, the rums are blended and rested in French XO casks, some over 60 years old, to impart luscious notes of vanilla, almond, toasty oak, and spice, and a rich, long, mellow finish of sweet fruit and caramel.

Region Puerto Rico | Tasting Notes: Burnt Sugar, Tropical Fruit, Tobacco | ABV 40%

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8.Ten To One Dark Rum

This dark rum from Ten To One is a masterful blend of 8-year-old Barbados and Dominican column still rums, combined with high-ester Jamaican pot still rum and Trinidadian rum. It’s aged in American white oak ex-bourbon casks.

Region: Barbados, Dominican and Trinidadian | Tasting Notes Baked Apples And Banana Bread, Leather | ABV 40%

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9. Bacardí Gran Reserva Diez

Bacardi’s Gran Reserva Diez is expertly blended and barrel-aged for at least 10 years under the Caribbean sun. It’s then filtered through charcoal to bring a smooth finish.

Region Puerto Rico | Tasting Notes Vanilla Toffee, A Hint Of Mint | ABV 40%

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10. Chairman's Reserve The Forgotten Casks

Chairman’s Reserve The Forgotten Casks is an extra-aged sipping rum crafted to mimic rum found in the original forgotten casks of Chairman’s Reserve, which were preserved from St. Lucia Distillers' horrific fire on May 2, 2007. St. Lucia Distillers continues to hold back select Chairman’s Reserve for extra aging to offer a limited release of “The Forgotten Casks."

Region St. Lucia | Tasting Notes: Toffee, Apricot, Treacle, And Coffee | ABV 40%

Keep this list of the best rum for sipping anytime the mood strikes for something new and exciting. With it, you can easily stock up your home bar to be ready whenever company drops in or you’re just wanting to put your feet up at the end of a long day. You can always join our Rum Club, too, if you’d simply rather us do the deciding for you. Once you sign up, it’s just a matter of sitting back and enjoying a brand-new rum each and every month.

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