It is not often that I spend more than $50 US on a bottle of rum, but at those prices it needs to be exceptional to qualify as an occasional guilty pleasure. Only the first two in my list of rankings below qualify to be bought again in the future. All are ranked in order with my rating to the left. Even if I had unlimited funds, I would still only buy those first two again.
10 Dictador XO Insolent
10 Dictador 20
8 Ron Zacapa XO
8 Appleton 21
7 Diplomatico Batch Kettle No. 1
7 Foursquare Zinfandel Cask
7 Angostrua 1824
7 Ron Cartavio XO
6 Rhum J M VSOP
6 Foursquare 2004 Single Blend 11 Year
6 Don Q Gran Anejo
4 Clement 10 Year
4 Gosling's Family Reserve Old
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Well, depending on where you live, you can hardly find a bottle of rum below 50$ 😉
But I know what you mean. Well known brands are often heaviliy overprized, (just as they are in other sectors). And some brands think, adding an XO or any number higher than 15 on the label will give them the right to double the prize. But the taste of this rums is usually not twice as good as the younger variants.
I am very fortunate to live in a place where very good rums can be purchased for between $30 and $50. Very few that cost more are really worth the extra money. It is up to all of us on this site to reveal all of the unscrupulous things rum brands use to try and get our money.
Velier Royal Navy Old Rum
Managed to procure a bottle, it's the ultimate rum experience. Well worth the high price of about 150 euro.
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