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The Rum Howler Top 50 Rums of 2018

This year I had to pair back my list of the best rums of 2018 from 100 to 50. It wasn’t that I did not encounter enough great spirits to fill the list, rather it was that I did not have enough time at the end of the year to complete the list (see here). In fact my time was compressed to such a degree that my list is publishing about a month after the fact. I hope you can all forgive me for my tardiness.

About the list, I have  tasted each of these rums within the past three years and all of them have been given a full review on my website. You may read these reviews by clicking on each spirit in the list which opens the review page for that cane spirit.  Here is a picture of just some of the great brands I have had an opportunity to sample.



I hope you enjoy the list!


50)  Fortuna (Ron Reserva Exclusiva)
49)  Leatherback Special Reserve Rum

48)  Plantation Barbados (Grande reserve) 5 Year old Rum
47)  Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 Solera Blender
46)  Flor de Caña Gran Reserva 7
45)  La Hechicera Solera 21

44)  Brugal Siglo de Oro
43)  El Dorado 3 Year Cask Aged Demerara Rum
42)  Bacardi Gran Reserva 8 Años Rum

41)  Appleton Estate 15 Year Old (Minimum Age) Rum

40)  El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve Rum
39)  Noxx & Dunn 2-4-5 Rum 
38)  Appleton Estate 21 Yr Old Rum
37)  El Dorado 8 Year Old Cask Aged Rum
36)  Rum Nation Panama (Aged 18 years)
35)  English Harbour 10 Year Old
34)  Diplomático Reserva

33)  El Ron Prohibito Solera 15
32)  Berrys’ Finest Panama Rum (Aged 11 Years)
31)  Brugal Titanium Rum
30)  Barbancourt 15 Year Old Estate Reserve
29)  Cruzan Single Barrel Rum 
28)  Rum Nation Jamaica White Pot Still Rum
27)  Mount Gay 1703 Master Select
26)  Penny Blue XO Single Estate Mauritius Rum (Batch #004)
25)  Rum Nation Jamaica 7 Year Old Cask Strength Pot Still Rum
24)  Havana Club Selección de Maestros Rum
23)  Rum Nation Jamaica 25 Year Old Supreme Lord V

22)  Santa Teresa 1796 Antiguo de Solera
21)  El Pasador de oro XO Rum

20)  Ron Matusalum Gran Reserva 18 Rum
19)  Brugal 1888 (Ron Gran Reserva Familiar)
18)  Flor de Caña Centenario 12

17)  Rum Nation Panama (Aged 21 years)
16)  Ron Zacapa Centenario (23 Solera) Rum

15)  Plantation Jamaica (2002) Vintage Edition
14)  Angostura 1824 (12 Years Old) Rum
13)  Flor de Caña Centenario 18

12)  Ron Matusalum Gran Reserva 23 Rum
11)  Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Barbados Rum
10)  El Pasador de oro Gran Reserva Rum
09)  Ron Millonario Solera 15 Reserva Especial

08)  Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year
07)  El Dorado 12 Year Old Special Reserve Rum

06)  Pusser’s 15 Year Old Navy Rum (Nelson’s Blood)
05)  English Harbour Vintage 1981 25 Year Old
04)  Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial Rum

03)  Zacapa XO (25 Year Solero) Rum
02)  El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve Rum
01)  Flor de Caña 25 Tradicion Artisinal  

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