Blame it on Blackbeard and Prohibition-era bootleggers for rum's decades-long snub by high society. Thankfully, things have changed: Rum is enjoying a renaissance as forward-thinking distilleries release increasingly high-quality hooch suitable for sipping. Sure, you can still blend rum into a thirst-quenching piña colada or refreshing mojito, but today's best rums can also be enjoyed neat.
The bottles featured on GAYOT's list of Top 10 Rums span a variety of price points, flavor profiles and ages (because older doesn't necessarily mean better). While any of these options are great for cocktails, we prefer them straight up or on the rocks.