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10 Best Sipping Rums Under $50: Affordable Luxury (2023)

Last Updated on September 13, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Looking to elevate your sipping experience without breaking the bank? Then, opt for budget-friendly yet smooth, flavorful rums. But how can you find such excellent bottles? We got you!

As rum fanatics, we’ve explored a variety of rums, and we’re thrilled to share our top picks.

You don’t have to splurge to enjoy the right blend. Below are the best-sipping rums for under $50.

Top 10 Sipping Rums Under $50

1. Rhum J.M. Rhum Vieux Agricole VSOP

Close Up Image of Rhum J.M. Rhum Vieux Agricole VSOP Bottle

Average Price: Around $49.99/700ml (Mash&Grape)

Alcohol Content: 43% ABV

Nose: Fresh and earthy

Palate: Long, funky finish

Star Rating: ★★★★

Why We Like It: Distilled in column stills, this rum gives a unique experience with its splash of fresh, earthy aroma and distinct green, petrichor notes.

This rum packs a punch, and we appreciate its long, funky finish and textural tension. Also, it’s attractively priced and showcases the nuances of sugarcane juice-based rum.

Tip: If you’re seeking more alcohol, Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Gold Rum (93-proof) is a good alternative. 

2. Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema 23 Solera Gran Reserva

Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema 23 Solera Gran Reserva Bottle with Can of Coca Cola and Glass

Average Price: Around $50/750ml (Wine-Searcher)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Deep, caramelized sugar

Palate: Luxuriously mellow

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: This matured spirit exudes a blend of rums, providing a harmonious taste. We like the punch of sweetness, which transitions to a mellow, velvety palate.

“Savor in style, savor the moment, and discover affordable rum excellence.” – Liquor Laboratory

Also, this spirit provides a complex flavor profile in every sip, thanks to its Solera process.

3. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva (Venezuelan Rum)

Opening Bottle of Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva (Venezuelan Rum)

Average Price: Around $44.12/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Rich caramel notes

Palate: Velvety smoothness

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: We’re living proof that Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is a true masterpiece. It’s a mixture of rums, matured up to eight years.

Its captivating aroma leads to an exceptionally smooth and rich taste. This rum’s 12-year maturing process in casks imparts complexity and balance, making it a top spirit choice.

4. Ron Abuelo 12 Year Old Gran Reserva

Bottle of Ron Abuelo 12 Year Old Gran Reserva with Box

Average Price: Around $40/750ml (Wine-Searcher)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Subtly oaky and caramel-y

Palate: Luxuriously well-rounded

Star Rating: ★★★★

Why We Like It: Aged for 12 years in selected tanks, it exudes refinement and elegance. There’s subtleness on the nose, while the palate provides a luxuriously well-rounded experience.

Its excellent character stands out whether sipped straight, paired with dark chocolate, or alongside mature tobacco cigars.

5. Brugal 1888 Doblemente Añejado

Bottle of Brugal 1888 Doblemente Añejado

Average Price: Around $44/750ml (Wine-Searcher)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Warm vanilla and toffee

Palate: Smooth, flavorful, and balanced

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: Brugal 1888 stands out for its exceptional double-aging process, combining the best of sherry and bourbon barrels.

We adore the inviting bottled aroma with a perfectly balanced, smooth, and flavorful palate. This Dominican gem packs a punch, providing a rich, full-bodied experience that’s truly exceptional.

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6. Flor de Caña 12-Year-Old Centenario Single Estate Rum

Two Men Drinking Flor de Caña 12-Year-Old Centenario Single Estate Rum

Average Price: Around $38/750ml (Wine-Searcher)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Wood, molasses

Palate: Smooth and refined

Star Rating: ★★★★

Why We Like It: Flor de Caña is a true gem among rum bottles. Aged for 12 years in bourbon casks, it gives a smooth and refined blend. We appreciate its smooth, bourbon-like, well-rounded flavor.

Whether sipped with a splash of sparkling water or in classic mixed drinks, it’s a delightful and budget-friendly choice.

Alternatively, you can opt for Foursquare Zinfandel Cask Blend, bottled by Foursquare Distillery.

7. Plantation Double-Barrel Rum

Bottle of Plantation Double-Barrel Rum

Average Price: Around $30/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Complex and interesting

Palate: Smooth and refined

Star Rating: ★★★

Why We Like It: Plantation Double-Barrel is another matured rum with a bold and inviting aroma and a smooth, refined palate.

The rum’s journey – from the distillation through bottling, making it a delightful choice for savoring on its own, in mixed drinks, or with a splash of water.

8. Angostura® 7 Year Old Rum

Bottle of Angostura 7 Year Old Rum

Average Price: Around $31.60/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Maple and chocolate

Palate: Rich and full-bodied

Star Rating: ★★★

Why We Like It: Matured for seven years, this spirit delivers an intense and mouthwatering experience. We like its rich, full-bodied taste, and it’s one of the rums with a silky smooth texture.

It’s an excellent choice for savoring on its own or over ice, and it can also create and elevate classic cocktails [1] like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned.

9. Ron Centenario 7 Year Añejo Especial Rum

Man Holding Bottle of Ron Centenario 7 Year Añejo Especial Rum

Average Price: Around $20.49/750ml (Total Wine)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Fresh apple, cherry, and melon

Palate: Fruity and slightly sweet

Star Rating: ★★★

Why We Like It: This is one of the budget-friendly rums with a vibrant blend, resulting in a refreshing fruity experience.

“I also love a little rum, 7 years aged, brown, when it is chilly, before dinner.” – Christian Louboutin, French Fashion Designer

Its slight sweetness, great body, and mouthfeel make it perfect over ice or in tropical and citrus-based drinks.

10. Rhum Barbancourt 4-Year

Bottle and a Glass of Rhum Barbancourt 4-Year on a Wooden Table

Average Price: Around $23.99/750ml (Total Wine)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Light and grassy

Palate: Crisp and vibrant

Star Rating: ★★★

Why We Like It: Rhum Barbancourt 4-Year stands out for its heritage and unique production method, using sugar cane juice rather than molasses. So, this is the perfect bottle for you if you’re after lighter rums.

We recommend this for beginners as it is not intense. Whether enjoyed neat or in with other spirits, it’s a refreshing choice for those seeking a different experience.

 *Note: The star rating was determined based on a blind test, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Each product was evaluated on its quality, flavor profile, complexity, smoothness, and enjoyment.

FAQs

What type of rum is good for savoring on its own?

The type of rum good for savoring on its own includes aged and premium rums, especially those rums aged for several years in oak tanks. They offer complex flavors and smoothness.

What is the sweetest rum to consume straight?

The sweetest rums to drink straight are flavored or spiced rums, like coconut or vanilla-infused rums.

Is sipping rum good?

Sipping rums is good, especially if you appreciate nuanced flavors, smoothness, and complexity. You may also try Scotch whisky or bourbons.

Key Takeaways

In the world of affordable rums [2], we prefer Rhum J.M. Rhum Vieux Agricole VSOP. Its rich, mature character and delicious flavor notes create a bottled mix – worthy of its value.

While Rhum J.M VSOP stands out among other budget rums, we suggest exploring all these spirits from other brands like Zinfandel Cask (Foursquare Distillery) and Mount Gay – Black Barrel Rum to find what suits your taste.

References:

  1. https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/5-things-you-didnt-know-cocktails-bartending.htm
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/rum-liquor

Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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