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Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 410 ratings Author Posted 24 Aug '22

I find that I jump around between favorite rums. But hands down my current favorite at less than $50 is Diplomatico Family Reserve. I tend to sip some more expensive rums and it ruins my pallet for some decent $30-40 rums, but Family Reserve holds its own with more expensive rums.  Sip it neat, one small ice cube but never mix it. 

Charles M 🇬🇧 | 140 ratings Replied 24 Aug '22

Quite hard to say, because of the different tax rates.

Of old, my favourite cheaper rum was Bermudez 1852 Aniverario 12yo, but then they went and changed the blend and it really isn't very nice. What I seem to have at home are some of Doorly's rums. I like them all really.

Also was a fan of Sunset Captain Bligh XO. Haven't had in a while so best get some more in. And for something a bit funky, Arcane Extraroma is top notch. But in all this, it is so subjective. And as a drink, I can't think of any other that is so varied as rum. You have a whisk(e)y, brandy, gin etcetc and sure, there are many nuances that differentiate one from another. But the huge range in rum, is far greater than say an Islay vs Speyside whisky.

One thing I do find, is that very often, the rums at GBP30-50 are better than many of the more expensive ones which have been played around with far too much. I used to like Abuelo, but then tried some of the sherry cask finishes. They were so disgustingly sweet and far worse than their normal 12yo (which was sweet enough already), that it actually turned me off most sweetened rums. 

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 454 ratings Replied 25 Aug '22


You can thank my spreadsheet for coming up with this long list of rums that costs less than $50 US and rate as an 8 from me. The first one on this list is the only one with my rating of 9. Some of these are no longer available or can be quite difficult to find. With this many good cheap rums available, you can see why I get quite reluctant to try any rum costing more than $50. I actually have $60 US as the cutoff point between cheap and expensive.


Clairin Le Rocher at 98.4 proof

South Bay Small Batch

Vizcaya VXOP 21

Ron Centenario 18 Reserva de la Familia

Chairman's Reserve Legacy

Ron Inmortal 12 Year

Plantation OFTD 138 Proof

Hamilton Florida Rum Society 90 Proof

Dictador 12

Chairman's Forgotten Casks

Blackwell's Reserve

Pusser's Gunpowder Proof

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican

Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum

Mount Gay XO Triple Cask

Stade's Bond No 8 Dark

The Real McCoy 12 Year Limited Edition

Ron Cartavio Solera 12

Clement Rhum Select Barrel

Santa Teresa 1796

Ron Alegro XO

Roulaison Barrel Aged

Matusalem Gran Reserva 18

Angostura 1919

Rum Fire Overproof 

Papa's Pilar Marquesas Blend

El Dorado 8

So how did the rest of my rums costing less than $50 US fare? Three times as many got my rating of 7, and about 6 times as many of those listed above got my rating of 6. Together, all of these make up two thirds of my cheap rums. The other one third is not even worth buying!!!!

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Jagsroy (PREMIUM) 🇨🇦 | 249 ratings Replied 25 Aug '22

For me it used to be MGXO ($47 CAD) but the Triple Cask XO is nowhere the qualityof the MGXO. So I really enjoy Appleton 12 & 15 and Real McCoy 5

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bar la moura 🇭🇷 | 131 ratings Replied 25 Aug '22

MGXO (the new one for me is better than the old version) and HSE VSOP, the real mc coy 12 (don t know if it stays in that price range in USA, i ve paid it 80 euro here)

wayoutwest 🇬🇧 | 69 ratings Replied 25 Aug '22

That's the mythical sweet spot for me, and so far challenging to fulfill. Nothing under £50 really excites me the way Hampden or clairin does, but Black Tot is my current every day rum of choice.

Looking  forward to trying Forgotten Casks and English Harbour Port Finish, and see how they fare.

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Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 410 ratings Author Replied 27 Aug '22

Wow thanks for the great replies. I find it interesting the different rums that are available in different regions, many are not readily available in my area but I will be searching for them. Anyone that likes the Abuelo from Panama might want to try the 12 year double oak, available from the rum ratings club. For some reason Ron Abuelo is currently hard to find anywhere in my county in Florida. Both the regular Abuelo 12 and double oak are good contenders. I also agree the original MGXO was a great rum. A similar rum from St Croix Cruzan single Barrel is a good contender. 

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 454 ratings Replied 27 Aug '22

If one winds up in the poor house (again), Cruzan Gold is always the best rum for the money ( I rate it as a 6). It is light years better than anything from Captain Morgan or bottom shelf Bacardi. On the other hand, if one sees a bottle of Cruzan Gold on the horizon, then let this be a warning of tough times lying ahead. And a change of fortune could happen to anyone, especially when it comes to medical problems or major financial setbacks. Enjoy all of these good rums that one can afford now, but also realize that nothing is forever.

Kevin 🇺🇸 | 55 ratings Replied 1 Sep '22

I'm back to ElDorado. The revamp of their line is outstanding. ED15 @ $46 is my new go to. Way better than MGXO. But that's just my opinion!

Charles M 🇬🇧 | 140 ratings Replied 2 Sep '22

I guess it all comes down to personal taste, but the cheap one that I find quite nice is the Bayou Reserve.

I think that they've slightly changed their line up, as when I first had their rums, it was the Single Barrel and Select. The Select seems to have gone to be replaced by the Reserve. The Single Barrel seems to be a limited run and since I had it first time around, the price seems to have gone up a lot. It was only GBP3 more than the select , but now it's more like GBP23 different from the Reserve.

stonytokes 🇺🇸 | 22 ratings Replied 12 Sep '22

kudzey (PREMIUM) 🇵🇱 | 38 ratings Replied 12 Sep '22

In this range I'd say Pusser's, Doorly's and Appleton 12 rare cask. Equiano is somehow on the edge of the price limit but I'd recommend it too.

Rumrun11 🇺🇸 | 16 ratings Replied 18 Sep '22

Wow that is a tough question. Pushing the $50 limit I would have to say el pasador de oro gran reserve followed by plantation XO and the real.McCoy 5 year.  Whether some of us are long time rum lovers or just getting into the great experience I think everyone can agree that for under $50 there are some really amazing rums out there and spending more than $50 absolutely guarantees nothing as far as getting a really better tasting rum 

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 454 ratings New Replied 30 Sep '22


I certainly hope that you fared well in Hurricane Ian. I am sure that your rum collection survived.