10 Rums That Will Spice Up Your Summer for Less Than $35
Warm weather calls for mai tais, mojitos, daiquiris, and other refreshing rum drinks. But store shelves are crowded, and plenty of rums good enough for sipping neat or on the rocks cost $60 or more. Cheapism.com has ranked 10 of the best bottles available under $35, starting with the results of the 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, which is respected for its tasting methodology and well-known judges. Those scores were cross-referenced with online reviews and, of course, prices. The final list includes three white rums, followed by seven darker rums that have been aged longer, starting with the best.
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From St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands comes this deep, dense, and indulgent rum. Although the price is on the high end for this list, it reflects up to 12 years of aging. Touted as one of the best rums under $35 by The Pour Fool, this spirit adds considerable complexity to a cocktail and might be best enjoyed neat. Its big, boozy body is velvety on the palate, with lasting flavors of molasses, vanilla, and spice cake.