It's time to give my list of bone dry rums ranked in order with my rating shown to the left. Technically, I consider dry rums to have less than 10 grams per liter of added sugar, but I have only included those rums known to have zero gpl of added sugar. I certainly do not want the sugar police coming after me.
Barbados lays most of the claims to having no added sugar, but only wound up with less than 30% in this list. I will let you count the other countries. Notice that my top ranked dry rum happens to be from Plantation as well as being an overproof. This is because it was created by a panel of experts. Check my list below to see where your favorites fit in. Also note that most of my initial ratings often evolve as the bottle slowly disappears over time.
8 Plantation OFTD
8 Appleton 21
8 Kirk & Sweeney 23
8 Don Q Single Barrel 2005
8 Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican
7 Don Q Single Barrel 2007
7 Foursquare Zinfandel Cask
7 Flor de Cana 12
7 Appleton Reserve Blend
7 Carta Vieja 8 Anos
7 Hamilton Demerara 86
7 Ron Medellin 8
7 The Real McCoy 12 Year Old
7 St. Nicholas Abbey 10 Year
7 Flor de Cana 7
7 Angostura 7 Year
7 Cruzan Single Barrel
7 10 Cane
7 Marlin & Barrel Bearing Amber
6 Foursquare 2004 Single Blend 11 Year
6 Grander 8
6 Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12
5 Plantation Xaymaca
5 Mount Gay Black Barrel
5 The Real McCoy 5 Year Old
4 Chairman's Reserve
4 Cockspur 12
3 Mount Gay XO
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I am unable to get rums from Mauritius over here, but thanks for the tip.
What about Dictador 12 Year from Colombia?
When I first compiled my list, Dictador 12 had an added sugar of 5 gpl and not zero. This is still dry, but it probably has zero. Since I don't have a hydrometer to test my bottle, i will leave it as is with it being uncertain, 0 or 5?
I hoped, you might probably have a more precise Information than the one from the known lists. Yes, leave it as is, since the list says 0-5 gpl.
Have a good day!
That's an impressive list. I also think highly of Flor de Cana 18 and Foursquare 2005. I personally think that Flor de Cana is a grossly underrated brand. Their expressions are excellent. Foursquare goes without saying. I'm also impressed by the fact that even with 0 sugar added, many of these rums come across balanced with a perception of sweetness that makes them very smooth and enjoyable to sip.
On another note have you been able to experience either the rums of Privateer in MA or the rums of Prichard's in Tennessee? I've had the Prichard's Fine and like it but have not been able to acquire anything from Privateer as yet. Both distillers are pot still and no sugar added. Cheers.
I have seen too many bad reviews for Prichard, so I have avoided them like the plague. They are also quite expensive.
I found most of Foursquare rums boring with the exception of their Zinfandel Cask aging. That varietal also happens to be my favorite from my wine drinking days, uniquely Californian.
Choosing the right pre-sweetened cask is the key to having slightly sweetened rums without having any added sugar. However, those casks of sherry, port, and madeira can be quite expensive. Recycled bourbon barrels come quite cheap, but there lies a risk of the rum tasting too much like bourbon. Clement 10 year from Martinique is a prime example of this, and rhum agricoles seem to be highly susceptible to this phenomenon.
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