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5 Sipping Rums To Try

By VinePair

When it comes down to it, sipping rum is the same as sipping wine or any other spirit — you won’t know what you like until you try it. Here are five sipping rums to try.

1. Clement VSOP Rhum

Sipping rums: Clement VSOP Rhum

Rhum agricole is made from sugarcane juice, whereas rum is made typically from molasses. This rhum agricole (owned by Spiribam) is full-bodied, bright, and delightful to sip neat. Bryan uses this in an Old Fashioned variation she calls the “Chunky Monkey,” which combines 2 ounces Clement VSOP, 1/2 ounce amontillado or oloroso sherry, 1/2 ounce banana liqueur, three dashes Angostura bitters, and a tiny pinch of salt. Average price: $46

2. Appleton Estate 12-Year

Sipping rums: Appleton Estate 12-Year

Appleton is the longest-running distiller in Jamaica (dating back to 1745), and this 12-year bottle is a great one to try on its own, with notes of banana and mango. Average price: $40

3. Santa Teresa 1796

Sipping rums: Santa Teresa 1796

Santa Teresa, a Venezuelan namesake rum, is a favorite of Anderson and many others. It gets its flavor from the Spanish “solera” aging process, which produces a rich and dry rum that has flavors of toffee and some spice. Average price: $45

4. Don Papa Rum

Sipping Rum: Don Papa

Made in the Philippines, from a single island at the foothills of the active volcano Mt. Kanlao, Don Papa is one of the fastest-growing super-premium rum brands — and any of its offerings would do well over ice or neat. This one, aged 10 years in former American bourbon barrels that have been re-charred, is a darker, richer, more complex version of its rum, with hints of dried tropical fruit and vanilla. Average price: $65

5. Mount Gay XO Rum

Sipping rums: Mount Gay XO Rum

Barbados created a rum standard in America, so it makes sense that the island country continues to have a presence in the rum trade here. Perhaps one of the most well-known Barbadian rums is Mount Gay, and the XO edition is full-bodied and round, with notes of caramel, fig, and spice. Average price: $70

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