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If you want a rum with pure tropical spirit, this may be it. The One Barrel rum, from the country of Belize, smells like a tropical breeze with its aromas of passion fruit, hibiscus and papaya. On the palate it is smooth and round, with just a hint of molasses flavor lingering in the background. Perfect for mixing. In June 2008 the editors at Men's Journal gave it a nod, saying: "The uncommon rum worth seeking out is Travellers 1 Barrel ($22). Made at a small distillery in Belize, it boasts a memorable flavor that's slightly sweet, slightly nutty, with s... Read More »
*Best Premium Gold Rum - 2011 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition* From the distillery: "A complex blend of Copper pot still rums aged for 12 long years, has a characterful nose, showing fruit cake, rum'n'raisin ice cream, cocoa, dried ginger, cinnamon and clove. Develops baked bananas with fudge sauce and chewy toffee notes alongside vanilla oak and a deeper note of syrupy gingerbread, with hints of orange zest. The palate evokes chocolate sauce and the sweet toffee, fudge and tropical fruit flavours from the nose. Flakes of Terry's Dark Chocolate Orang... Read More »
This is first-class Guatemalan rum is made from virgin sugar cane honey--the first press of the sugar cane that's boiled down to thicken--rather than molasses, which is a byproduct of the sugar-making process. This results in a finer, sweeter, smoother rum. Aged in the solera method, like Sherry, the Zacapa Centenario is very dark--mahogany with coppery tints--and has a clove, cocoa, cinnamon and orange peel-scented nose. The palate is sweet and smooth, with cocoa, orange and honey flavors and a sensuous, viscous texture. It finishes long and smooth. It ... Read More »
El Dorado Rum is made by Demerara Distillers Limited in Guyana, South America and is perhaps the single greatest rum producer on the planet. Having operated since the 1600s, and supplied the British Royal Navy with rum for more than 200 years, the Diamond Estate Distillery still churns out a variety of spirits today. DDL's historic stills, built in the 18th and 19th centuries and still in operation and produce a number of amazing flavors along with more than seven additional stills that create more traditional ones. The 15 year old draws its core flavor ... Read More »
El Dorado Rum is made by Demerara Distillers Limited in Guyana, South America and is perhaps the single greatest rum producer on the planet. Having operated since the 1600s, and supplied the British Royal Navy with rum for more than 200 years, the Diamond Estate Distillery still churns out a variety of spirits today. DDL's historic stills, built in the 18th and 19th centuries and still in operation, produce a number of amazing flavors along with more than seven additional stills that create more traditional ones. The deliciously supple 12-year- old uses ... Read More »
With a nod to Charles Dickens, the folks at Ferrand teamed up with renowned cocktail historian David Wondrich to create a serious pineapple rum that focuses completely on flavor, rather than sweetness. Made by infusing the flesh of pineapples in the standard Plantation Dark Rum. Then, seeking more aromatics, Ferrand distilled the pineapple rind with the classic white rum, then blended the two and matured them for an extra period in barrel. The result is something completely unexpected and absolutely delicious. Not at all sweet, goopy, or in the vein of M... Read More »
El Dorado Rum is made by Demerara Distillers Limited in Guyana, South America, and is perhaps the single greatest rum producer on the planet. In operation since the 1600s, they've supplied the British Royal Navy with rum for more than 200 years. DDL's historic stills, built in the 18th and 19th centuries, produce a number of amazing flavors. In addition, they have more than seven modern stills creating layers of flavor. The 8-year-old rum is the most ubiquitous of the line-up around Guyana, offering the best combination of maturity and value in one bottl... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Seductive nose is juicy, with ripe, fruity aromas of baked apple, baked pear, nutmeg, vanilla bean, cardamom and dried orange peel. Flavor is firm, bittersweet, focused and more maple-like than sugary. Ends moderately oily and keenly bittersweet. In that league of aged rums that begin to resemble brandies." (6/2006) K&L Notes: Gold Medal Winner 2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition. Silver Medal International Review of Spirits Award. Also **Highly Recommended** by the Beverage Testing Institute: "Rich copper brown color. Rich aromas of chocolate pudding and browni... Read More »
Haiti's finest rum! The Barbancourt family used to keep this spectacular rum for themselves, but fortunately for us and for other rum connoisseurs they began releasing small quantities in the 1960s. Aged for 15 years, this sipping rum enchants with a a full, rich palate brimming with pear and citrus flavors, warming spices and a little peppery kick.
96-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "The first couple of whiffs pick up toasty notes of caramel, almond butter, cotton candy and very old oak; with aeration, more profound aromas develop including saddle leather, vanilla, Sherry and dark caramel. Palate entry is perfectly balanced and sweet; by midpalate the flavor profile is honeyed, slightly cocoa-like, buttery to the feel and utterly decadent. Finishes long, layered, creamy and dark chocolate bittersweet." (7/2003) K&L Notes: Master of rums and the flagship of the house, Santa Teresa 1796 results from a careful blend of Santa Teresa’s finest aged spi... Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A top pick for tiki and tropical drinks, this practically begs for lime juice. Scented with warm honey notes, the palate shows lots of brown sugar and spice, plus an enticingly untamed, funky finish (the fabled 'hogo'). Since it’s 'Navy Strength,' you might not want to sip it straight up—the producer wisely recommends exploring the profile first in a daiquiri—though it’s smooth and interesting enough if you want to try." (8/2014) K&L Notes: The original Jamaica rum is back. It's been 80 years and true Jamaica pot still rum has lived only in the imagination of cocktai... Read More »
This is one of the best deals in rum--period! A select group of barrels is chosen for the Clement Agricole Barrel Select and whoever is doing the selection is doing a great job. The richness is off the charts, but while its supple and round in the mouth, the flavors are never overly sweet. The hint of agricole earthiness comes in at the end, reinforcing the special agricole flavor from Martinique. This is a great segway into the agricole category and a must-have for any serious rum fan.
El Dorado Rum is made by Demerara Distillers Limited in Guyana, South America and is perhaps the single greatest rum producer on the planet. Having operated since the 1600s, and supplied the British Royal Navy with rum for more than 200 years, the Diamond Estate Distillery still churns out a variety of spirits today. DDL's historic stills, built in the 18th and 19th centuries and still in operation and produce a number of amazing flavors along with more than seven additional stills that create more traditional ones. The El Dorado 3 year uses light to med... Read More »
Rhum Barbancourt is a superior premium dark rum distilled twice in copper pot stills. It is then barrel aged in white oak barrels. Unlike other island rums, Barbancourt is made directly from sugar cane juice, pressed from hand-cut locally grown cane. Aged 8 years. A full bodied premium "Reserve Speciale" dark rum with a velvety quality. Will enhance any rum drink.
The very special Avua Cachaca is from one of Brasil's highest quality cachaca producers. There are essentially two types of Cachaca, industrial and artisanal. This is truly the artisanal style, hand crafted from field to bottle. Because of the small scale and seasonal nature of production, each batch will be a unique expression of the soil, sun, and stills. This is not the stinky harsh Cachaca that some many people are used to. Instead, this is clean and bright with incredibly precise aromas of fresh tropical fruits and lush floral tones. A brilliant exa... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
*Gold Medal - 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition* Gosling Brothers Ltd. imported its first barrels of Caribbean rum into Bermuda in 1860. Numerous different blends were tried until one was formulated and deemed ideal. The result was a well-aged, extremely dark rum, which the firm dubbed "Old-Rum". For over 50 years the rum was sold only by draught, with local patrons bring in their own bottles to be filled. The rum continued to be sold exclusively out of the barrel until the First World War, when the company began filling champagne bottles re... Read More »
Bringing back the flavor to white rum, Banks is composed of various rums and crafted to bring out the earthy and pure cane flavors one might expect from an agricole rum, albeit not as intense. Aged rum from Trinidad, light rum from Guyana, light rum from Barbados, heavy pot still rum from Jamaica, and Batavia Arrack from Java (sugarcane and fermented Javanese rice) are all blended into one harmonious spirits and the color is then filtered out. Cocktail fans rejoice as this is one of the most flavorful and well-balanced white rums available.
Bryan Davis returns from hibernation to bring us another fantastic rum with his patented accelerated aging reactor, specially designed by Bryan to add the same richness and complexity of flavor that wood does without any of the coloring, sweeteners, caramels - or wood for that matter! If you're a rum fan, you can't say you've had it all until you've had one of Bryan's rums. It brings all the richness, mouthfeel, texture, and funky rum character for a very reasonable price. The next big thing is here and its happening right now!
From ArteNOM tequila mastermind Jake Lustig comes a new rum project that celebrates the Panama-Pacific relationship between San Francisco and the South American country. From Panama's famed growing region of La Provincia de Herrera comes a delicious sipping rum distilled from estate-grown sugar cane molasses that is then barrel-aged in 220 liter ex-Bourbon casks. Aged for nine years and imported directly to CA by Haas Brothers in San Francisco, it's an incredible new step into another exciting genre for Jake. Fans of Zafra and El Dorado 8 year will be ex... Read More »
From the same guys that first marketed the Ron Zacapa, this excellent Panamanian rum is one of the best valuees in rum. A 2010 RumXP Gold medal winner and distilled by the master of rum himself, Don Poncho, Zafra is a true 21 year old and not made using a solera system. With rich toffee, exotic fruit, and spice, the Zafra 21 year has everything you're looking for in a sipping rum. It's attractively packaged and priced to move. All rum lovers deserve to treat themselves to a bottle of this great new rum!
98 points Wine Enthusiast: "The opening aroma is marvelously beany and grassy; later, sweetish flavors of dark caramel, chimney soot, and dark, old honey make scrumptious inhaling. The palate entry is honeyed, warm, and cocoa-like; at midpalate the grassy, weedy, cane-like taste balances the honeyed sweetness. Concludes cocoa-like, intense yet smooth, and memorably sweet. Best Buy." (12/2005)
El Dorado Rum is made by Demerara Distillers Limited in Guyana, South America and is perhaps the single greatest rum producer on the planet. Having operated since the 1600s, and supplied the British Royal Navy with rum for more than 200 years, the Diamond Estate Distillery still churns out a variety of spirits today. DDL's historic stills, built in the 18th and 19th centuries and still in operation and produce a number of amazing flavors along with more than seven additional stills that create more traditional ones. The complex and ethereal 21 year uses ... Read More »
90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The aroma offers succulent dried fruit and nut surface notes plus deeper scents of oak, black raisins, cinnamon, prunes, vanilla bean and honey. Palate entry is stately and semisweet; by midpalate, lip-smacking flavors of nougat, almond butter, molasses and Sherry abound. Finishes as elegantly and fully as it started." (5/2004) K&L Notes: A superior, award winning full-bodied 12-year old rum offers a rich amber color and a distinctively smooth taste loaded with flavors of butter, toffee and baked apple. It is a pleasure to sip hand-warmed in a brandy glass, neat or o... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This nut-brown rum is scented with sweet vanilla and baking spices, though it shows a hit of booziness on the nose. Soft feel, bitter chocolate, toffee and tropical fruit notes, with a long caramel finish. A fine choice for sipping, but with its pastry-like profile, consider soaking some into a rum cake." (12/2011) K&L Notes: Centenario Gold, heir to over 100 years of tradition and the most mature member of the Flor de Cana family, is destined to continue the tradition of quality for which Flor de Cana has been recognized again and again. Centenario Gold embodies the... Read More »
Not to be confused with Lebanese Arak (an anise-flavored spirit similar to Ouzo) or Sri Lankan Arak (a distilled palm wine made from coconut milk), Batavia Arrack is a Javanese/Dutch distilled spirit made from sugarcane and fermented red rice. Prized for its ability to highlight spices, citrus and chocolate, the spirit, which was traded by the Dutch East India Company, was especially popular in the heyday of the "Punch"--between the late 17th and 19th centuries. It is a quintessential ingredient in many of the Punch recipes included in famed New York bar... Read More »
90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The first nosings find aromas of synthetic cotton; later sniffings pick up vegetal scents of peas and asparagus with a background note of wax floor polish. The palate entry is spirity and lightly toffee-like; the midpalate features accurate tastes of cane, honey, and vanilla bean. Ends on an off-dry note with smooth, biscuity, and grassy flavors." (12/2005) K&L Notes: It had been a while since I'd tasted this fabulous potion. Truly one of the most incredible agricoles available. Fresh and fragrant, this is one of the cleaner Vieux Agricoles on the market. Only a slig... Read More »
It's not often I'm on the lookout for a new Cachaça, but my good friend Val brought me this absolutely delicious, strikingly labeled liter bottle of pure bargain-priced booze. Velho Barreiro Cachaca is only $15.99 and is briefly aged in Brazilian wood (I think oak?). It's full of real rum character and should make killer drinks for those looking for a new mixer. And the price...my God! (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Top 50 Spirits 2013* Named for a wooden schooner famed for smuggling rum during Prohibition, this amber rum has a relatively light feel for a spirit aged a full 12 years. Flavors and aromas run to hazelnut, cookie dough, brown sugar and vanilla, pepped up with dark chocolate and espresso. Presented in a rotund “onion” bottle modeled after an 18th-century design." (8/2013) K&L Notes: When we tasted the Kirk & Sweeney I figured it was just 12 year old Brugal in a different bottle. Whether it is or not, I'm unsure, but I can tell you that it's soft, sweet, rich, and i... Read More »
This spectacular example of aged Jamaican rum in the Wedderburn style is the closest we've seen to the Faultline Single Barrel Jamaican that sold out years ago. The heavy dunder style made Long Pond is an authentic example of the old english style that would have been shipped back to London hundreds of years ago. Long Pond Estate in Trelawny Parish has been cultivating sugar cane since the 1700s and is famous for it's high ester style.
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The heavily fruity aroma is deceptive. Instead, this unaged, certified organic cachaça is light, tingly and spicy, with cinnamon, ginger and clove notes. Try adding this spirit to a fruity cocktail." (6/2011) K&L Notes: Novo Fogo is the first cachaça with a distinct sense of place. Coming from the Southern jungle town of Morretes, Novo Fogo represents 300 years of cachaça experience from an organic and sustainable distillery. Everything is used and reused never wasted. The quality of the estate grown cane is unparalleled and distillation is of free run, first pres... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
From the newly formed 86 Company, who makes spirits specifically for bartenders, Cana Brava Rum is a recreation of an old style of rum, and is right now one of a kind on the market. After searching the U.S. for a distillery that could make the perfect mixing rum, Simon Ford (long time Pernod-Ricard brand ambassador and industry guru) and his partners decided to go to the source. They sought out legendary rum producer Don Pancho Fernandez in Panama. Don Pancho was the Cuban minister of rum for decades and is generally credited for creating the internation... Read More »
Avuá is a small batch, single-sourced cachaça lovingly crafted by one of Brazil’s few female distillers. She uses a family recipe honed to perfection over three generations. The lush, crisp spirit, which offers up subtle botanical notes, is perfect for the art of mixology or simply shaking up a classic caipirinha. What sets Avuá apart from other cachacas is that it originates from cane that has been single-sourced from a farm in the rolling hills near Rio de Janeiro before ending up in an ancient alembic still in along thin valley between hills in Carmo,... Read More »
From ArteNOM tequila mastermind Jake Lustig comes a new rum project that celebrates the Panama-Pacific relationship between San Francisco and the South American country. From Panama's famed growing region of La Provincia de Herrera comes a delicious sipping rum distilled from estate-grown sugar cane molasses that is then barrel-aged in 220 liter ex-Bourbon casks. Aged for twenty-three years and imported directly to CA by Haas Brothers in San Francisco, it's an incredible new step into another exciting genre for Jake. The 23 year is a smooth and silky rev... Read More »
Just as its growing region in France defines Champagne, rhum agricole is made exclusively on the islands of the French West Indies. Batiste Rhum Agricole Blanc is made in small batches with the freshly pressed juice of sugar cane that they grow themselves on Marie-Gallante, a tiny coral island known for its cane. Made from sustainably grown, hand-cut sugar cane, with minimal processing so as to be less harmful to the earth and your body, it’s no wonder Batiste Rhum Agricole Blanc is the best-tasting rhum you'll ever drink. The producer's commitment to th... Read More »
90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A muted aroma of brown sugar and milk chocolate with traces of peanut and black pepper. The elegant yet assertive palate entry is firm, peppery, moderately sweet, and cane-like; at midpalate the texture turns silky, semisweet and cocoa-like to the taste, and eminently elegant and sophisticated in style. Finishes sweet, honeyed, medium-bodied, svelte and utterly yummy." (8/2005)
Antigua Distillery is the force behind this delightful, traditionally-styled rum that should please cocktail fans and serious rum aficionados alike. Not quite as powerful or funky as the Smith & Cross Jamaican, and not as sweet or caramelized as the Guyanese El Dorado rums, the English Harbour is aged in American oak for five years and shows a bit of the earthy molasses flavor before transitioning into notes of mellow caramel and citrus. Great for Mai Tais, but great on the rocks as well. A true middleground rum option.
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Top 50 Spirits 2013* Rich and succulent caramel and orange lead into dry flavors of chocolate, espresso and clove. This supersoft aged rum is flavorful and well balanced, and excellent for sipping." (8/2013) K&L Notes: This rum from Martinique is distilled from fresh sugar cane juice and aged 4-5 years at the distillery in used whisky and bourbon barrels. Golden brown, with spice, coffee and fig aromas, with vanilla, spice and candied citrus flavors. Very balanced, with a creamy, buttery finish. This is a velvety rum you'll want to sip.
Classic Black Strap Rum. The Darkest of the dark from a great distillery on St. Croix.
Inventory: Special Order
The Rum Society is one of the most ambitious new products on the market today. The result of years of development and a desire to offer authentic pot stilled rums in their true form, without the additional of caramel coloring, sugar syrups or other adulterants. The idea is to offer true pot stilled rums from authentic historical distilleries which are not on the market today. The products are much closer to what our fledgling nation would have been consuming for a significant portion of its history, but after prohibition the full flavored nature of pot s... Read More »
The striking and powerful high proof from Damoiseau is a staple at the beach bars on Guadeloupe, St Barts, & St Martin. Now you can pretend you're a Tiki god too! This is a must have for any serious bartender or rum nut. While it might not have the finesse of some its siblings from Martinque, Guadeloupes high power white is a thing of legend and should be treated with adequate respect. Try it in any number of Tiki drinks, or do it like they do in Pointe-a-Pitre and make yourself a P'tit Punch, 1 oz white agricole, 1 oz fresh squeezed lime, and a teaspoon... Read More »
The exceptional Rhum's from the Damoiseau family of Guadeloupe are finally available stateside. The famous estate and distillery at Bellevue has produced some of the French Antilles finest agricole rhum since 1942. Over 75% of production is consumed in Guadeloupe and surrounding islands. We're lucky to have this exceptional Agricole Rhum producers on our shelves. AS with AOC agricole, this is made in the traditional manner, distilled from freshly fermented cane juice pressed directly from harvest. Maturation is conducted in used bourbon casks and the dis... Read More »
Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez is one of the most renowned rum distillers in the world, today distilling out of Las Cabres Distillery in Panama after leaving his native Cuba behind. For more than 35 years Fernandez made rum in the Caribbean capital before discovering the neglected site in Panama in the mid-90s. Since that time, Fernandez has brought the Cuban method over to Panama, helping to raise the esteem of Panamanian rum globally. The Ron Duran 12 year is Fernandez's tribute to the great Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran, a blend of molasses-based... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
This is about as soft and smooth as rum gets without being overly sweet or saturated. This is a luxurious rum that still has real rum flavor and depth underneath all that richness. It's earthy and full of pure molasses notes underneath the initial swirl of silkiness, but this spirit just oozes over the palate, finishing with one of the longest and most serious rum profiles I've ever tasted. This is new world rum made for a new world palate, but my old world sense of awe is still completely taken aback. This is an expensive bottle of rum that tastes very,... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Most of us assume Cachaça culture is all about fresh cane spirit and partying, but in fact there is a rich nuanced drinking culture behind the country's national drink. Cachaça is made by countless artisanal producers whose products never make it out of the local market. Avua is bringing that rich culture to the US, one bottle at a time. The Avua oak is aged for up to 2 years in French Oak, or carvalho previously used to age white wine. Carvalho (Portuguese for Oak barrels) is the most common wood used for cachaça aging in Brazil and imparts notes of va... Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made with a blend of rums aged seven years, this silky spirit has an amber color and warm toffee aroma. On the palate, this rum is relatively dry, with clove and cinnamon spice and a lingering vanilla note. Good alcohol balance, just enough for structure." (12/2011) K&L Notes: The Ron Abuelo rums are made from 100% estate-grown and harvested sugar cane from their property in Panama. The 7 year old is one of the best deals for rum we've ever seen. Soft, supple, and with subtle sweetness, flavors of molasses and burnt sugar coat the palate without ever turning cloying.... Read More »