Mount Gay Rum, Extra Old, Barbados 750ml (Previously $50)
This dry rum has a soft amber color and an enticingly warm caramel fragrance. On the tongue, it has a soft feel, with crème brûlée and banana flavors, braced up with lightly tannic black-tea notes and a baking spice finish. While a versatile choice for all manner of cocktails, the spice profile seems a natural for enlivening warm winter toddies.
Bourbon drinkers, take note. This is the crossover rum you've been looking for. So much like bourbon that a blind tasting would fool almost any professional drinker. Aged in bourbon casks, the rum has soaked up every ounce of the barrel flavor, making it smooth and supple. Gold Medal Winner - 2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition.