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Top 10 Rums

Spirit of the Caribbean

Pyrat Cask 1623 is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Rums

The Finest Sipping Rums

First distilled on sugarcane plantations in the Caribbean beginning in the seventeenth century, rum has enjoyed a long history in popular culture as the preferred drink of pirates, sailors and daiquiri-swilling tourists on tropical vacations. While early descriptions of the molasses-based spirit refer to it as a "hot, hellish, and terrible liquor," today we know rum as the base alcohol in tiki bar staples such as the mai tai, blue Hawaii, piña colada and the aforementioned daiquiri. However, although rum has gained a reputation as a mixer in sweet drinks, the bottles on GAYOT's list of the Top 10 Rums exhibit a bold, complex character that is best experienced straight or on the rocks. Made from high-quality sugarcane crops and patiently distilled and aged in oak barrels, these spirits represent the finest output from across the Caribbean.

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