Rum connotes freedom and island life, with a hint of renegade energy. Often drank in a myriad of cocktails, straight up, or on the rocks, this spirit stands apart for its sweet flavor and historic background. The spirits awarded here have achieved distinction through amazing flavors, captivating packaging, and marketing contributions. This combination truly makes them the best in the industry. Below you will see 10 Best Rum's alcohol awards. These are considered to be the Best Rum Brands.

#1 Award for Best Rum Brand

Ron Zacapa Rum

#1 of 10 Best Rum Brands

Established in 1976 and produced in the high mountains of Guatemala, Ron Zacapa is a premium brand of rum that is difficult to match. The ingredients used to make Zacapa rum are slowly aged and processed in ideal conditions that include thin air, low pressure and cool temperature more than 7,400 feet above sea level in one of the tallest liquor aging facilities of the world. Fine traditional craftsmanship describe the taste and texture of Guatemala's premier liquor exports. The rum barrels of Ron Zacapa are formulated according to Spanish traditions that date back to the age of exploration more than 500 years ago. Today, Zacapa rum is available for responsible drinkers to enjoy all over the world.

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#2 Award for Best Rum Brand

Motu Rum

#2 of 10 Best Rum Brands

Consumers who prefer bold adult beverages may enjoy dark rum brands. Whether attending a corporate function or a social event with a few friends, a consumer can relax with a finely crafted rum. Known for exotic flavorings and for its subtle notes, the Motu Rum brand is recognized as a crowd favorite. Motu Rum has received international awards for quality and taste. Consumers may try Motu Rum over a glass of ice or with a coconut flavored beverage.

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#3 Award for Best Rum Brand

Maximo Extra Anejo Rum

#3 of 10 Best Rum Brands

Maximo Extra Anejo is a brand of rum made by Havana Club. Released in 2006, the rum has been labeled as "ultra-premium extra-aged rum" by rum experts. What makes Maximo Extra Anejo so special is that it is a combination of several different ages of rum. These rums are blended repeatedly with fresh sugarcane to further distill and age the spirit. According to Cuban rum expert, Don Jose Navarro, "There will never be a rum that better expresses the Cuban rum culture and its rich tradition than Havana Club Maximo Extra Anejo." The rum has an alcohol content of 40% ABV. Havana Club is a rum distillery headquartered in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba. Founded in 1798, the company is now operating on an international in Paris, France.

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#4 Award for Best Rum Brand

Vizcaya Rum

#4 of 10 Best Rum Brands

Vizcaya sets itself apart from other distilleries because they extract their spirits from pure Dominican sugar cane at the height of its ripeness, and then ferment and age the liquid in aged oak barrels that previously held bourbon. This bourbon to rum barrel trick is the secret to Vizcaya's world-famous taste, and is a process known in the rum industry as methode agricole. Instead of fermenting in large amounts like other rum distilleries, Vizcaya employs the time-honored trick of distilling only in small batches to help better preserve the spirit's flavor. Rum made by Vizcaya has a maple and butterscotch taste, with a rich, complex aroma featuring notes of cinnamon, vanilla, clove, and ginger. Although Viscaya is best enjoyed as a sipping rum, you can also enjoy it on the rocks.

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#5 Award for Best Rum Brand

DonQ Gran Anejo Rum

#5 of 10 Best Rum Brands

DonQ Gran Anejo is a popular rum made by DonQ, a distillery based in Puerto Rico that has more than 148 years in the rum business. Gran Anejo is a spirit comprised of rums aged between 3 years and 12 years, generating a flavor and aroma that dry, slightly sweet, and not overwhelming. The rum is perfect both on the rocks and straight. As a company DonQ cares not only for the quality of its rum, but is famous for is sustainable approach to spirits making. They have a waste reclamation center on-site that allows the brand to reduce costs and cut down on water, fuel, electricity, and industrial supplies. The company invested millions of dollars in this center to ensure it was on the cutting-edge of eco-friendly rum production.

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#6 Award for Best Rum Brand

Cruzan Single Barrel Rum

#6 of 10 Best Rum Brands

Cruzan Single Barrel Rum is a dark, complex liquor. This award-winning spirit is smooth and has a full, rich flavor. It not only has a beautiful smoky oak flavor, it tastes of vanilla, toffee, maple and molasses with a slight fruitiness. There is an aftertaste of spices such as cinnamon and doesn't have that familiar alcohol burn. The bronze-colored drink is a blend of rums aged from five to twelve years that is then aged in new oak casks for about a year. This gives each batch a slightly different taste and color. It's perfect as an after dinner drink or a sipping rum on a hot summer's day.

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#7 Award for Best Rum Brand

Ron Barceló Rum

#7 of 10 Best Rum Brands

Machine-made liquor generally has a bad reputation in the world of spirits. Ron Barceló, however, uses a rum elaboration plant to consistently produce some of the world's best rum. The distillery -- or, rather, the plant's -- secret to success is the quality of their machines and the excellent care and upkeep of those machines the plant works to maintain. Ron Barceló has specialized machinery for alcohol aging, bottling, and sensory evaluation. Unlike some rum distilleries that are known for only one rum, Ron Barceló has a broad, diverse spirits portfolio that covers everything from rum cream, middle tier rums, golden-aged premium rum, and white high-end premium rum. Ron Barceló was founded in 1930 in the Dominican Republic by a man named Julian Barceló, who was originally from Mallorca.

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#7 Award for Best Rum Brand

Santa Teresa Selecto Rum

#8 of 10 Best Rum Brands

Santa Teresa Selecto Rum is distilled by Santa Teresa, a company headquartered in Venezuela. Santa Teresa is unique among South American rum distilleries because the wood used to make their handcrafted oak barrels from France and America. The company's oldest rums are aged up to 25 years. The Santa Teresa Selecto Rum is aged between 3 and 9 years, and has an ABV of 40%. Additionally, Santa Teresa has a fast field-to-distillery time. That is, the company always harvests its sugarcane from the fields and begins distilling it within 24 hours to ensure that their rum carries with it a ripeness and freshness that is associated with Venezuelan sugar cane. Snata Teresa uses molasses during its fermentation process to give their rum a unique brown coloration and slightly syrupy taste.

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#9 Award for Best Rum Brand

Rogue Dark Rum

#9 of 10 Best Rum Brands

Rogue's Dark Rum is a decadent medum-bodied spiced rum. Though it's made with only 100% Pure Hawaiian Cane Sugar, Free Range Coastal Water and Champagne Yeast, it has a variety of aromas and flavors. It smells like the dark sweetness of brown sugar and caramel with a hint of nutmeg yet has traditional flavors of sweet oak, delicious spices and roasted nuts. This premium 80-proof liquor has a deep amber color and a bold, smooth taste that any rum connoisseur will appreciate.

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#10 Award for Best Rum Brand

Kinkynero Dark Rum

#10 of 10 Best Rum Brands

Kinkynero Dark is produced by a company located in Trinidad and Tobago called ASM Liquor. This rum is aged in a barrel for over two years, and possesses a taste that is reminiscent of cocoa, vanilla, and even raisins. Kinkynero is popular as a standalone as well as in cocktails. Although ASM is fairly unknown outside of a rum connoisseurs, the Caribbean company won a 2010 World Spirits Award as well as a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Besides Kinkynero Dunk Rum, ASM also offers vodka, gin, scotch, and bourbon.

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For many reasons, rum has become one of the top distilled alcoholic beverages on the market. Today, it is typically made in the Caribbean and Latin American countries, but it is produced and consumed all over the world. In fact, the history of rum dates back to the arrival of Columbus, who brought sugarcanes, in the West Indies in the late 1400s. By the 1700s, rum was a popular drink in New England, and the rest is history. Rum is made with sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses. It is fermented, distilled and stored in oak barrels to age. Light rum is suitable for most cocktails whereas dark rum is made for solo consumption or cooking. It is not uncommon to see people mixing dark rums into cocktails as well.