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What’s the best rum in the world? Our comparison and guide

Written by Agathe Rosse

Coming from the islands, this alcoholic beverage is known today under different recipes, different flavors, to please everyone’s taste. With notes more or less spicy, fruity, for cocktails or pure, there are various rums, to be chosen carefully before tasting or offering. In order to help you in your choices, we have selected the best rums in the world, for original tastings and unmissable flavours.

🏆 The best rum in the world

How to choose a rum?

Among the spirits, rum is a very popular drink at parties and events, which can be drunk neat or mixed with many cocktail recipes such as mojito, ti punch or added to various juices such as pineapple, banana, lime etc.. White rum, amber rum, agricultural rum, the choice of drink will depend on your use, and the flavours you prefer, as well as whether you are ageing, old rum or rather young rum.

If you prefer floral and fruity notes, opt for a French rum, rather than an English recipe, which is spicier and oily. If you want a mild, rather neutral rum to mix into your cocktails, choose a Latin or Cuban rum.

 

The best rums in the world in 2019: comparison table

Discover our selection of the 6 best rums as well as their characteristics in our comparison.

The best top-of-the-range rums

El Dorado 21 year Old Rum, 70 cl
Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Sistema Solera Rum 70cl with Gift Box
Name of rum
El Dorado 21 year Old Rum, 70 cl
Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Sistema Solera Rum 70cl with Gift Box
Blood alcohol level
43%
40%
Provenance
French Guiana
Guatemala
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El Dorado 21 year Old Rum, 70 cl
Name of rum
El Dorado 21 year Old Rum, 70 cl
Blood alcohol level
43%
Provenance
French Guiana
Note
-
Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Sistema Solera Rum 70cl with Gift Box
Name of rum
Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Sistema Solera Rum 70cl with Gift Box
Blood alcohol level
40%
Provenance
Guatemala
Note
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The best mid-range rums

Opthimus 15 Year Rum, 0.7 Litre
DON PAPA PHILIPPINE RUM 070 40%
Name of rum
Opthimus 15 Year Rum, 0.7 Litre
DON PAPA PHILIPPINE RUM 070 40%
Blood alcohol level
38%
40%
Provenance
Dominican Republic
Philippines
Note
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Opthimus 15 Year Rum, 0.7 Litre
Name of rum
Opthimus 15 Year Rum, 0.7 Litre
Blood alcohol level
38%
Provenance
Dominican Republic
Note
DON PAPA PHILIPPINE RUM 070 40%
Name of rum
DON PAPA PHILIPPINE RUM 070 40%
Blood alcohol level
40%
Provenance
Philippines
Note
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The most original: the Rum Bumbu

Rum Bumbu is a very original rum made in Barbados that was voted “Best in Class” in 2018 at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. It is made from a blend of sugar canes from several origins (7 to 8 countries in the West Indies and South America).

El Dorado – Rum 1986 700 ml

El Dorado 21 year Old Rum, 70 cl
El Dorado rum is made in Guyana, in the Diamond distillery. With a unique distillation method, this prestigious rum offers you an exceptional character. Distilled in column and wooden stills, and aged for 25 years, this alcohol is one of the best rums in the world and is recognized for its exceptional quality. Enjoy a tasting of chocolate, coffee, tobacco and caramel, all in a soft, refined drink.

 

La Favorite Rum – Cuvée spéciale de La Flibuste – 1992

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Ron Zacapa 23 – 70 cl

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Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Sistema Solera Rum 70cl with Gift Box
  • Zacapa 23, the ultimate rum, contains a blend of exquisite rums from 6 to 23 years / Awarded for 5 consecutive years the best rum in the world - the ideal gift for rum lovers and enthusiasts
  • Zacapa is a true work of art - aged to perfection in the highlands of Quetzaltenango, Zacapa Rum develops its complex flavour and character 2,300m above sea level in the House Above the Clouds
  • Wonderfully intricate with honeyed butterscotch, spiced and raisined fruit, showcasing the complexity of its unique distillation process
  • Artisan rum - light mahogany, with the tones of long barrel ageing at the rim and long slow legs cling to the glass
  • Items delivered: 1x Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Rum / 1x Original Zacapa presentation box / 40 % Alcohol / 70cl

 

Opthimus – 15 years old

Opthimus 15 Year Rum, 0.7 Litre
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Opthimus 15 Year Rum, 0.7 Litre
This rum from the Dominican Republic is one of the best mid-range. Resulting from a distillation based on sugar cane molasses. Aged for 15 years in Bourbon casks, enjoy a particularly sweet and mellow rum with notes of fruit and damp herbs

 

Diplomatico 12 years – Reserva Exclusiva

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Don Papa – 7 years old

DON PAPA PHILIPPINE RUM 070 40%
Gourmet rum from the Philippines, Don Papa is distilled from the best sugar canes, and aged in oak barrels for 7 years. This nectar, which has become a classic among French bars, is very light and fruity, with a real aromatic richness: a strong note of tangerine, accompanied by candied citrus fruits, dried apricots, spices and vanilla. On the palate, you can enjoy vanilla first, followed by cocoa and fruity flavors.

 

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Best rums in the world: why trust us?

Thank you for reading this article! Because we know that it is not always easy to make the best choice without trying, each of our recommendations is the result of a long work of analysis of consumer opinions on flagship and little-known products on the market, of comparison of prices and technical characteristics, but also and above all of tests by a team of men and women constantly renewed in order to keep a real objectivity to help you in your purchasing process.

All the purchasing criteria are scrutinized for the realization of our comparative guides: budget, level of range, functional and practical aspects, design, pack and accessories, safety… All this in order to help you choose the products best suited to your needs, desires and constraints on a daily basis, at the best price!

About the author

Agathe Rosse

I have been a kindergarten assistant for 4 years now, I enjoy my free time for my passions. I love cooking (gourmet food is my biggest flaw!), adventure and sports. Writing is one of my hobbies, to let the pen express my thoughts. I never leave without my little notebook!