The ten Rums selected for this guide cover multiple countries; each selected for the unique experience they provide the imbiber and showcase some of the best expressions available during the holiday season.
It is our hope that this list assists you in selecting the perfect present for the Rum enthusiast in your life.
1. Plantation Isle of Fiji
The Wine is then distilled using a combination of column and pot stills and aged in used Bourbon barrels for two or three years before being sent to France where it is aged an additional year in Ferrand Cognac casks.
2. Privateer New England Reserve
One of their offerings is their New England Reserve Rum. The Rum is created by blending two to eight-year-old Rums with aged water and then recasked in used Bourbon barrels.
After this blending process liquid is allowed to rest in the barrels until it has achieved the desired flavor profile and blended to 45% ABV. This 90-proof dynamo is remarkably versatile and a sure fire hit for any gift giving occasion.
3. Don Q Reserva 7
This molasses-based Rum is produced in Ponce, Puerto Rico and created using a blend of heavy and light column still Rums that have been aged in used American White Oak barrels for a minimum of seven years.
Bottled at 40% ABV this product is a fine addition to their portfolio and a must have for anyone that enjoys robust Spanish style Rums.
4. Appleton 8 Reserve Rum
Appleton 8 Reserve Rum is a blend of column and pot still Rums that has been aged a minimum of eight years in used American white oak Bourbon barrels. The Rum is blended to 43% ABV and no flavoring agents are added to the Spirit.
Versatile as a quality sipping Rum and outstanding in a variety of classic and tropical cocktails, this Rum is a great value that will be an exciting discovery for any Rum lover to unwrap this holiday season.
5. Equiano Rum
This blend delivers a unique flavor experience that became an instant hit during the year and would be a pleasant surprise for any Rum enthusiast to unwrap.
6. 2020 Hampden Estate The Great House Rum
Blended to 59% ABV this robust Jamaican Rum will be hit the mark for any fan of Jamaican pot still Rums.
7. Chairman’s Legacy
For those who appreciate the Chairman’s Reserve line this is a bound to be a delightful discovery this holiday season.
8. Mount Gay The Port Cask Expression
Limited to 6570 bottles worldwide these bottles are a favorite for connoisseurs and collectors and if spotted in a shop or online an easy gift to purchase during the holidays.
9. Worthy Park Single Estate 2006
The Rum is aged for twelve years in used American white oak Bourbon barrels, non chilled filtered and bottled at barrel strength 56% ABV.
What makes this vintage a great gift for fans of Jamaican Rums is it is the first vintage release from Worthy Park and is one of the few 100% pot still Jamaican Rums that has been aged for 12 years.
Not exactly new for 2020, the company has gained a major foothold in shops around the globe this year, making it more available than ever before. Worthy Park Single Estate 2006 is an impressive selection for enthusiasts with a strong appreciation of Jamaican Rums.
10. Foursquare Détente
Released just in time for the holidays, this limited edition product will be a surefire hit for any fan of Barbados Rums and specifically Foursquare exceptional cask series.
When creating this guide, I looked for Rums that were released in 2020 or part of a line that had expanded globally so that they were “new” to many markets. It is my hope this guide gave you some good ideas and that your gift recipients enjoy what your select for them.
May your holiday season be a happy one that is full of Spirits new and old. Cheers!
Cover photo: Chairman's Reserve Rum