The 11 Best Spiced Rums

Rum is considered to be one of the most well-loved spirits on the planet. Its deep earthy notes are a hit with people of all (legal) ages. But with the addition of spices, spiced rum is quickly taking over as the rum of choice!

We’ve discovered the top 11 best-spiced rums guaranteed to turn you into a spiced lover. Read on below for more information and prepare yourself to fall in love with each and every one of these deliciously tasty spiced rums.

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Kraken rum was originally launched in the UK in 2010 and this brand has proved to be a strong contender on the spiced rum market. 

With aromas of caramel, toffee, and spice, this rum not only smells delicious but tastes it too. The flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg can be easily identified and are a real treat for the taste buds.

The dark, rich palette of this rum is perfect for those fans of the rich, navy-style rum you often come across. 

Named after the legendary sea monster, Kraken is an excellent spiced rum with deep notes of golden syrup, nutmeg, and charred oak. Mix with tonic, ice, and a squeeze of lime to get the most out of this delicious drink. 

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Sailor Jerry is known for being a rum that delivers, and its spiced rum is a firm favorite with fans across the globe.

With hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and rich vanilla, this rum is warm and deliciously tasty. It has a long, dry finish but is also perfectly balanced with the sweetness of toasted toffee.

This spiced rum is versatile and mixes well with classic drinks such as ginger ale and lemonade, and can also be enjoyed simply poured over ice.

If you’re looking for a mixed rum with depth, richness, and also a sweet edge, Sailor Jerry is the rum that will tick all the boxes for you. 

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Boukman Botanical Rhum is packed full of flavor with notes of bitter orange peel, allspice, clove, vanilla, bitter almond, and cinnamon.

This dry, complex rum is derived from two of Haiti’s rich cane fields, in the north and south of the country and truly is a delight to drink.

Infused with botanicals and barks, this rum has an elegant finish and is perfect for drinking neat, on the rocks, or used in cocktails.

The dry, intense flavor of this rum stands out from others, and although it is packed with flavor and spice, it’s more of a ‘grown-up’ spiced rum. 

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This deep golden bronze spirit is filled with the aromas of orange zest, vanilla, caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon with the addition of honey to create that hit of sweetness.

If that wasn’t enough ingredients for you, there’s also cardamom, coffee, and cocoa notes which help add depth and extra flavor to this delicious rum. 

This rum is considered to be one of the best on the market with the Miami New Times calling it ‘possibly the tastiest rum in the world’ as well as winning the award for Best Spiced Rum of the Year 6 years in a row at the Rummy Awards.

If you’re a diehard spiced rum fan, this should be the top of your list to try. 

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Captain Morgan is another popular choice when it comes to spiced rums. The brand dates back to 1944, and with its popularity showing no signs of diminishing, this company must be doing something right. 

With aromas of vanilla, caramel, and molasses as well as hints of oak, this rum has an almost light refreshing taste that makes it easy to consume.

After the addition of spices, the rum is then aged in charred white oak barrels which creates a subtle smokey undertone to its lightness. 

This rum is perfect to use in your favorite cocktails or alongside a classic squeeze of lime and soda. Delicious!

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Alander Nordic Spiced Rum may be a brand that you’re unfamiliar with, but one sip of this delicious rum, and we guarantee it’ll be your new favorite. 

Made in small batches, this rum is infused with whole bean spices that are typically found in Scandinavian baking.

They’re infused by hand for maximum taste and once combined, the flavors create a smooth texture with clean, defined flavors. 

The notes of this rum include allspice, nutmeg, clove, and ginger snap cookies - a big yes from us!

There are also background aromas of cardamom, butterscotch, and mocha which add an incredible depth of flavor to this rum, and you may even be able to pick up on the sweeter notes of caramel and banana bread.  

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Bayou Spiced Rum takes on a new approach to creating excellently blended rum and is quickly proving extremely popular with rum lovers across the globe. 

This rum is so well blended and balanced. All the notes completely complement each other to create a smooth and easy-to-drink spiced rum.

With a blend of maple, banana, allspice, clove, vanilla, and pepper, your taste buds will come alive with the sweetness of this drink. 

Whether you drink it on its own or pair it with soda, the aroma of cinnamon and sweet banana will satisfy the spiced rum lovers amongst us.

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Hand sliced and crushed whole allspice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla are the notes that bring this rum to life along with hand zested oranges, osmanthus flower, and molasses for a sweet floral edge.

With a taste very similar to gingerbread, Greenbar Spiced rum is elegant and warm, with a subtle hint of sweetness. 

Pair with ginger ale to truly experience the depth of this rum or simply drink it neat.  Either way, you’ll be impressed!

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Filled with notes of blended spices with delicious cherry and vanilla notes, this spiced rum certainly has a subtle fruity edge that is smooth and creamy.

Created with tropical spices and cinnamon, this run is an aged Virgin Island rum that is distilled from fermented molasses. If you’re a fan of rum but want to be a little more adventurous with your choices, this is certainly one of the best to try. 

Smooth enough to drink straight, or perfectly flavored to pair with tonics and soda, this rum is guaranteed to be a delicious treat for those willing to try it.

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This delicious golden rich rum is considered to be an ‘adult’s version to the classic, overly sweetened spiced rums’ you commonly come across in this market. And we can’t agree more. 

This rum is perfectly balanced with notes of light cola, cinnamon, and cacao as well as subtle scents of baked baklava, honey, and freshly chopped walnuts. The combination of these ingredients produces a dry and crisp spiced rum with an additional undertone of cooked caramel. 

This silky smooth rum is impressive no matter how you consume it, however, we’d recommend trying it with a squeeze of lime and cola, or on its own over ice. Perfection.

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This spiced rum stands out from the crowd thanks to its crystal clear color and addition of coconut flavoring. 

With a fresh aroma of sun-ripened coconut alongside a blend of warm Caribbean spices, this rum is deliciously refreshing and yet also deep with flavor.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and coconut are combined to create a truly unique taste that brings the taste of summer to your palate as no other spiced rum does. 

To make the most of this delicious taste, pair this rum with fresh pineapple juice or lemonade and sit back, relax, and let your taste buds experience spiced rum at its finest.

Buyer’s Guide

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Spices Used

Every spiced rum you come across will use different spices to infuse the rum. The main spices used will typically be a combination of vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves.

If there are some spices that you aren’t a fan of, do your research before trying the rum and settle on a brand that incorporates what you enjoy. 

Proof

Depending on what you want to use your rum for, whether it’s part of a cocktail or to drink alone, you will need to check the proof of the rum. Some are very low proof, such as 35% ABV.

If drinking alone or with tonic and soda, this is okay, but if you want to use it as part of a cocktail you will need to look for something at least 40% ABV for it to stand out. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can You Pair With Spiced Rum?

Spiced rum can be paired with your favorite soft drinks, however, to make the most of its flavor, we recommend using fresh juice, such as apple, pineapple, or orange. These juices work well alongside spices and will bring out the different elements in your spiced rum. 

You can also use ginger ale, cola, or lemonade, with a little squeeze of lime to create a classic taste. 

Final Thoughts

Spiced Rum is a delicious drink no matter what you pair it with or what time of the year you enjoy it. As our guide shows, there are so many delicious rums to choose from, each catering to different tastes and delivering a slightly different taste to the next. 

So whether you like your spiced rum dark, smooth, and smokey or you prefer it light, refreshing, and zingy, choose a brand that delivers on your taste buds and enjoy the flavors of your new favorite drink.

Mandy Winters

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