Best Rum Under $50

Rum used to have a bad reputation in the world of Spirits, but has undergone a revival and made a great comeback, not only among the seafarers.

With a wide range of styles and hues to choose from, Rum is one of the most varied and difficult-to-navigate Spirits categories, so choosing the right bottle can seem daunting.

Fret not! From complex sippers, to barrel-aged spiced Rums and golden cocktail-friendly Caribbean offerings, here is the list of best-rated Rums can get for $50 or less.

White Rum, Gold Rum, Dark Rum, Navy Rum, Spiced Rum, Demerara, Solera, Ron, and Rhum - take your pick. All the ages, flavors, and brands are here: Ten To One, Bumbu, El Dorado, Ron Zacapa, Bacardi, Diplomático, Mount Gay, Don Papa, Bacardi, Ron Colón, and others!

Hint: the first five bottles are Flaviar Community Favorites which means you’re getting the most for sugar cane Spirit for your $. They’re followed by other incredible Rums that will wow your palate.

Feeling adventurous? Check out our list of Best Rums under 100 or try a flight of different Rums with one of our Rum-themed Tasting Boxes.

Top 5 Rum Under $50
1.

Bumbu

The Original Rum

X marks the Jackpot. Welcome to Barbados. The Caribbean paradise known for sea, sun and sand is also home to another treasure – Rum. Did you know that Barbados is widely regarded as the birthplace of this delicious golden nectar? Barbados first started making Rum back in the 17th century and remains the place to go if you want the sample the very best the Rum world has to offer. And that’s exactly where we’re taking you. At Bumbu Rum Company, they pride themselves on making their products as authentic and traditional as possible. Their Rum is based on the original recipe created by 17th century sailors of the West Indies, who blended native Caribbean ingredients into their rum and called it "Bumbu" – the original craft Spirit. Using the same natural native spices and no artificial additives, distilled in small batches and blended by hand, their Rum is an authentic revival of this piece of Carribean history. Almost 400 years of experience in the distillation process is no joke and Bumbu Original Rum is a testament to that. The payoff is a work of art in style and substance. What does that mean? Well, the extravagant bottle with a big X on the front is truly stunning. Just look at it. But only once you pop the cork, can the real adventures begin. The Rum is crafted from first-class sugarcane that’s been gathered throughout the West Indies and aged up to 15 years in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. This is a super smooth sipping Spirit with stellar balance as well as complexity and represents everything you could possibly want in an ultra-premium Rum. Every little thing about this product just screams Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y. Except the price. The price is right and then some. Jackpot, baby!

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2.

Diplomático

Reserva Exclusiva

A Rum Classic. The beginnings of this distillery goes back to the 18th century, when Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez started exploring the sources and processes responsible for the many alluring flavors of traditional beverages. Tirelessly looking for ways to refine his own products, he would study the methods employed in Jamaica, and look for inspiration from the islands of the Antilles as well. Today, Ron Diplomático is one of the most respected producers in the World, with a selection of exciting Rums that have captured the attention of many Rumminados. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is their most award-winning Rum. It was produced in the honor of Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez. It's a complex blend of copper pot still Rums made from sugar cane juice, and matured for up to 12 years in ex-Bourbon casks. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva + Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill: The Reserva Exclusiva is a staple in every Rum aficionado’s collection. Its caramel and vanilla sweetness with a hint of charredo oak, pairs pleasurably with the RyJ Short Churchill’s rich and creamy, floral notes. The chocolate undertones play nicely off of the Diplomatico’s orange, date and ripe berry notes. Romeo and Juliet aside, this is definitely not a tragic love story.

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3.

Ron Zacapa

Solera 23

Rum from above the Clouds. Ron Zacapa is named after a town in eastern Guatemala. Their plantation is located higher on the volcanic plains of Retalhuleu, 1148ft (350m) above sea level. Most Rums use molasses as their base, Zacapa, however, to impart a sweeter and smoother flavor, uses only the concentrated first press of sugar cane, known as virgin sugar cane honey. When it’s time to start the fermentation, a strain of yeast extracted from pineapples is used, which produces unique ‘Zacapa’ aromatic compounds.  The Rum is then distilled at sea level in continuous column stills and moved higher into the mountains where the maturation takes place. In the highlands of Quetzaltenango, 7544ft (2.300m) above sea level, lies The House Above the Clouds. This stunning location – one of the highest ageing facilities in the World – is where Zacapa slowly develops its complex flavor and character over time. After the initial three years of maturation in a solera system, the Rum is transferred to large American white oak casks for an additional year, before they're finally bottled. Rums between 6 and 23 years old are used in the blend of Ron Zacapa Solera 23. Smartass corner: The lower atmospheric pressure helps intensify the infusion of flavors from the barrels. Barrels previously used for ageing Bourbons, Sherries and Pedro Ximénez wine are used.

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4.

Papa's Pilar

Dark Rum

Named after one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century, Ernest Hemingway, and the boat he used to travel the world, Pilar, this is an artisan brand based in the USA. Marrying together Rums from around the world they create two expressions, Blonde and Dark, and pay homage to a great man and a great drink.    Papa’s Pilar Dark is made of hand-selected Rums Solera aged in Bourbon and Port Wine casks and finished in Spanish Sherry casks, giving it a spicy and sweet oak wood flavor. It is made up of Rums from Florida, Central America and the Caribbean. Like most Rums, it has a traditionally sweet overtone, but has a wonderfully dark and bitter undertone, full of coffee and dark chocolate, to complement the caramel perfectly.

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5.

Kirk and Sweeney

23 Year Old Rum

Time to set sail. Let’s be clear. Sonoma County in California is first and foremost wine country. August Sebastiani, the president of 3 Badge Beverages, is a fourth-generation member of one of its oldest wine families. Based in this fertile valley along the rugged Pacific coastline, the company, you guessed it – produces wine. Lately, they’ve broadened their portfolio to Spirits as well. Happy times. Their commitment to craftsmanship and a deep connection to the family history transcend the make of the drink. The company offices are held in the same fire station Sebastiani’s grandfather helped build and where he volunteered. Their spirits division named Mixology includes the Rum brand Kirk and Sweeney, named after the wooden schooner best known for smuggling Rum from the Caribbean to the United States during Prohibition. With a load full of liquor, Kirk & Sweeney was seized off the coast of New York. Yikes. A good story doesn’t necessarily imply a good product, but in this case, it does. The adjective good doesn’t do it justice either. In fact, it’s one of the best artisan Rums on the market. Of course, every fleet needs a flagship, so to say. Kirk and Sweeney 23 YO is the cream of the crop. Not just among the Kirk and Sweeney lineup but overall. The Rum is crafted in the Dominican Republic from raw sugar cane and aged for 23 years in American oak casks. A treasure from stem to stern, matey. Trust us or trust the awards, but this is as rich and complex Rum as you’re gonna get. Taste is subjective, of course, but if you like good Rum, it’s safe to say you’ll really appreciate this one. Even after you’re done with it. What does that mean? Well, the unique bottle, even empty, belongs on a mantelpiece. But the cargo inside is even more alluring and desirable. After almost a quarter of a century spent in a barrel, the Spirit is fully matured and ready to be enjoyed. From nose to finish, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better Rum on the market. Time to set sail! 

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