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Rum Howler Top 50 Rums of 2016

On My DeckFor the first time in 5 years, I did not publish a daily countdown for the Best Rums of the Year. I did however compile a list, and this is my reveal of the Rum Howler Top 50 Rums of 2016.

Every year when I publish my annual list I receive emails wondering why certain rums were left off. It always boils down to the same two answers.

  1. That particular Rum just wasn’t up to the standard of the rest of the spirits on the list.
  2. That particular spirit was not made available for me to taste and access in time for inclusion.

On the first score, I make no apologies for my rankings. Just because some other publication or a particular marketing campaign says that such and such a rum is the Elixir of the Gods, that doesn’t make it so. I trust my tasting sessions. I do not trust marketing hype.

On the second score I readily admit that quite a few premium rums are simply not available to me. Although many producers jump through the hoops of the Canadian tax and excise system to make their spirits available for me to review, it is simply impossible for me to obtain a sample of every premium rum in the world.

I am always striving to do better, and to that end I have created a new page on my website here (Sample Policy) which I hope will encourage many more companies to make the effort to direct samples my way. In that way my year-end lists can be made even better.

Every year my list undergoes a few changes. Some of my favourites drop a little in rank, while others move up, and some new rums have entered the list. I should note that this year I expanded the list to a full 50 rums making this my best annual Top Rum list yet.

And so with no further ado, allow me to present my list of The Rum Howler – Top 50 Rums of 2016:


50)  Plantation Barbados (Grande reserve) 5 Year old Rum  
49)  Reimonenq Vieux 5 Year Old Rhum (Distilled 2006) 
48)  Bacardi Gran Reserva 8 Años Rum 
47)  Old Monk Supreme Rum  (Very Old Vatted)
46)  Doorly’s Fine Old Barbados Rum (XO)
45)  Appleton Estate 21 Yr Old Rum 
44)  Brugal Siglo de Oro   
43)  Rum Nation Panama (Aged 18 years)
42)  Panama Red 108 Overproof Rum 
41)  Penny Blue XO Single Estate Mauritius Rum  
40)  El Dorado 3 Year Cask Aged Demerara Rum
39)  Noxx & Dunn 2-4-5 Rum
38)  Plantation 3 Stars Silver Rum
37)  Cockspur 12 Bajan Crafted Rum 
36)  Barbancourt 15 Year Old Estate Reserve 
35)  Cruzan Single Barrel Rum 
34)  Brugal Titanium Rum
33)  Diplomático Reserva 
32)  Flor de Caña Centenario 12 
32)  Rum Nation Jamaica White Pot Still Rum
30)  El Dorado 8 Year Old Cask Aged Rum
29) Dictador XO Perpetual
28) Rum Nation Barbados Anniversary Edition (12 Years Old)
27)  Havana Club Selección de Maestros Rum
26)  Rum Nation Jamaica 25 Year Old Supreme Lord V 
25)  Santa Teresa 1796 Antiguo de Solera  
24)  Dictador 12 Year Solera 
23)  Ron Matusalum Gran Reserva 18 Rum
22) Brugal 1888 (Ron Gran Reserva Familiar) 
21)  Flor de Caña Centenario 18
20)  Dictador 20 Year Solera Rum
19)  Rum Nation Panama (Aged 21 years)
18)  Ron Zacapa Centenario (23 Solera) Rum
17)  Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva 
16)  Angostura 1824 (12 Years Old) Rum
15)  Ron Zacapa Centenario XO 15
14)  Juan Santos 21 Yr Antigua Reserva Rum
13)  Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Barbados Rum
12)  Ron Millonario Solera 15 Reserva Especial 
11)  El Dorado 12 Year Old Special Reserve Rum 
10)  Rum Nation Demerara 23 Year Old
09)  Appleton Estate Extra Old 12 Year
08)  Pusser’s 15 Year Old Navy Rum (Nelson’s Blood)
07)  El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve Rum
06)  Rum Nation Caroni 1998 (Bottled in 2014 @ 55%) 
05)  Reimonenq Vieux 9 Year Old Rhum (Distilled 1999)
04)  Zacapa XO (25 Year Solero) Rum 
03)  Dictador XO Insolent Rum
02)  El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve Rum
01)  Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial Rum




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