Sorry about that folks, but I am glad that I caught the sorting error before anyone saw it. Here is my correct order of rum producing countries based upon my average overall ranking. The first seven are my overall favorites. The rest are okay, but if any country has less than 5 rums that I have rated, then I did not even count those. This is all about quality over volume.
Barbados may have started this rum journey hundreds of years ago, but it is hard to accept that they now rank second to last in my list. And yes, Florida and Louisiana may not be countries, but are still like their own countries within the USA. Living in the USA with it's Cuban embargo, I was lucky enough to rate only one true Cuban rum, which is the reason for my high rating for rums from the Dominican Republic produced by Cuban expatriates.
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Great ranking! I would add that countries like Denmark have an interesting rum scene with interesting brands especially To Gents Rum
I cannot get any rums from Denmark way over here in Louisiana.
Great that opinions differ:-) at the top of my list
My top 4 Bajan rums out of 18 only rated as a 7. They are:
Foursquare Zinfandel Cask
The Real McCoy 12 Year Old
St. Nicholas Abbey 10 Year
A lot of flavored Bajan rums and a few disappointments from Four Square helped to lower my rating. I was really puzzled with this and went digging further to find out.
At the bottom of my Bajan's list is Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Cream and Mount Gay XO, which I have rated both as a 3. The Mount Gay XO only tastes good at first. I can't blame any added sugar for it's deterioration in taste some time later, because it has no additives.
I can understand why the barnadian style can underwhelm some as the beauty, to me, is in the subtle and perhaps underplayed notes. Just find it kinda elegant.
Here's my favorite barbadians, all 10 and 9 in my book.
St. Nicolas abbey 15 and 18
Rum sixty six
CDI barbados 16 cask strength
Mount gay 1703 (old version)
Those are all quite expensive and the only one that is available where I live is the MG 1703. After my bad experience with MG XO, I refuse to buy their 1703.
I know that Barbados has laws against adding sugars, but I have often wondered how companies like Blue Chair Bay get away with it. Malibu sends their Bajan rum to Canada for the additives and bottling. Cayman Reef sends their Bajan rums elsewhere for additives and bottling. This is outright deception. I have also included these shady companies as part of my rating for Barbados. It is not fair for me to only include Foursquare and Mount Gay.
Sure I get it, rum sixty six however fairly affordable, at least in Denmark. You should really try it if you get the chance and still feel like not giving up on the real, unsweetend Barbados. You have rated plantation 20th anniversery highly, thats barbadian rum, aged in france with added syrup though:-)
Oh yes, definitely unsweetened Barbados rum, if possible cask strength.
Love the Foursquare 2004 Full Proof and also the bottlings from the independent bottler like Duncan Tayler or 1423 for example.
My absolutely love are the Caroni distillery from Trinidad, sadly closed and very expensive if you can find a bottle.
Guyana rum accompanies my favourites, especially the pots of Ennmore followed by the Diamond ones.
Foursquare 2004 is very good value. And yes I can definately chime in on the caroni. Still have an extra unopend velier 15 year in the cabinet, but cant bring myself to open it, as I it’s becoming more and more rare, and eventually impossible to get. What a great bottle...
where is Guatamala?
At the time I wrote this, there were only 3 rums from Guatemala that I had tried, 1 from Botran and 2 from Zacapa. El Pasador de Oro has since been added to what I tried from there, but four rums are not enough to rank an entire country for their rums.
Which rums in Colombia did you try?
Three from Dictador, two from Anitigua Porteno, and one from Ron Medellin
In other words, you like sweetened rums.
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