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The 2013 Rum Howler – Top 30 Rums

On My DeckHere is my 2013 year-end listing of the 2013 Rum Howler – Top 30 Rums available today, based upon all of the rums I have personally sampled during the last four years. If you compare this list with my Rum Howler 2012 – Top 30 Rums you will notice more than a few differences. This is because new rums became available to me to sample in the last year, and because this listing is based upon my review scores rather than completed with a judging panel to assist me.  As well some rums seem to be vanishing from the market (For example: Plantation Guatemala Gran Anejo Rum), and I decided that if I could not determine whether a spirit was available for retail, then it would be best to drop it from the list.

30)  Pampero Anniversario Reserva Exclusiva  (90)
29)  Diplomático Reserva   (90)
28)  Bacardi 8 Yr Old Rum  (90.5)
27)  Rhum Barbancourt 15 Year Old Estate Reserve  (90.5)
26)  Ron Matusalum Gran Reserva 18 Rum   (91 pts)
25)  Santa Teresa 1796 Antiguo de Solera  (91,5)
24)  Dictador XO Perpetual   ( 91.5)  
23)  El Dorado 25 Year Old Vintage Reserve Rum  (92) 
22)  Dictador 12 Year Aged Solera Rum  (92)
21)  Rum Nation Panama (Aged 21 years)  (92)
20)  Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old Rum  (92)
19)  Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Barbados Rum   (92)
18)  Ron Zacapa Centenario XO 15     (92.5)
17)  Ron Millonario Solero 15 Reserva Especial Rum  (92.5)
16)  Flor de Caña Centenario 12 Year Old Rum   (92.5)
15)  Havana Club Selección de Maestros  (92.5)  
14)  Dictador 20 Year Old Solera Rum   (93)
13)  Rum Nation Demerara 23 Year Old   ( 93)
12)  Appleton Estate Master Blender’s Legacy  (93) 
11)  Juan Santos 21 Year Antigua Reserva Rum   (93.5) 
10)  El Dorado 12 Year Old Special Reserve Rum   (93.5)   
09)  Ron Zacapa Centenario (23 Solero)   (94)
08)  Cubaney Ron Tesero Grand Reserve 25 Year Soleras Rum   (94)
07)  Reimonenq Vieux 9 Year Old Rhum (Distilled 1999)  (94.5)
06)  Ron Zacapa XO (25 Year Solero) Rum (95)
05)  Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial Rum  (95)
04)  El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve Rum  (95)
03)  Panamonte Reserva XXV – 25 Year Old Rum   (96)
02)  Diplomatico Exclusiva Reserva   (97)
01)  Flor De Cana Centenario 21 Commemorative Edition   (97.5)

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14 Responses to “The 2013 Rum Howler – Top 30 Rums”

  1. Mark Hall said

    Great blog, Chip! And congrats on the most recent recognition. You’ve put a lot into this and it shows.

    My wife and I moved from Boston to the Cayman Islands in September (I know, pinch me). It’s as good as you can imagine – better, in fact. I’ve been a single-malt junky for 20+ years, as well as brandy and cognac. I’d never had a good rum, though, to my shame. Your blog has been the foundation of my rum trek through the Caribbean, Central and South America. I’ve been able to find most everything on your top 30 list on island and feel justified in supporting the “local” economy. Honestly, rum tastes like it belongs here – particularly on a night like tonight as I enjoy a glass of Flor de Cana sitting on our back porch in 80 degree temps watching night descend over Governors Harbour. Let me know should you find yourself heading this direction.

  2. John lelekis said

    Congratulations Chip for the Best Rum Blog in Cyberspace.
    Keep on the good job…

  3. Chris said

    Thanks for this. It’s amazing how little attention is given to a good rum, and how few such lists there are. Everybody seems to care so much about Scotch, that a quality rum is too often disregarded. So anyway, this is helpful to me, as I agree with much that you’ve said about the dozen or so rums on this list that I’ve also tried, so I suspect that I will agree with your other picks, and will watch for them when I’m shopping… ;)

  4. John lelekis said

    A few days ago i managed to get a bottle of the “Flor de Cana Centenario 21 Commemorative Edition”.
    Can you infrorm me how many of them have been bottled ?
    (My bottle’s number is 101462 if I’m not wrong).

    Thank you in advance,

    John

  5. Dean Baker said

    I went into a liquor store looking for a sipping rum. I picked up the Diplomatico Exclusiva Reserva in a gift boz. Great rum, and it was under $30. If it is number 2, it is a great bargain!

  6. russ said

    enjoyed all but a couple on the list..well thought and turned out…a lot of agreement… some choices not so much..enjoyable read as always…happy new year and best wishes as we start our boat drinks down here in south beach…..gonna be a long day! lol russ

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