Father’s Day Gift Guide 2024: The Best Rums

Food & Drink

Rum makes a fantastic Father’s Day gift because its versatility is unmatched. Whether your dad enjoys sipping spirits neat, mixing cocktails, or experimenting with new recipes, rum offers a wide range of flavors to suit his palate. From the light and sweet notes of white rum to the complex, smoky characteristics of aged dark rum, there’s a variety to explore.

The rich history of rum adds to its appeal. Originating from the Caribbean, rum is steeped in tales of maritime adventures, pirates, and tropical escapades. This storied past gives it a unique charm and makes it a great conversation starter. Gifting a bottle of rum can evoke a sense of nostalgia and adventure, transporting your dad to exotic locales with each sip.

Best of all, rum is accessible at a wide range of price points, making it a thoughtful gift that can suit any budget. From affordable, high-quality options to luxurious, aged selections, you can find the perfect bottle that reflects your dad’s tastes and your appreciation for him. It’s a spirit that tastes great and carries a sense of adventure and sophistication, perfect for celebrating the special day with your dad.

Here are nine tasty rums that should put a smile on dad’s face this year and help him realize how much you appreciate the job he did raising you.

Dos Maderas 5+5

Made from rums produced in Barbados and Guyana, this beautiful dark rum is rich and robust. That’s due to its unique aging and blending process. After spending five years in barrels in the Caribbean, both base rums are shipped to Jerez, Spain, where they are blended and undergo an additional three years in Palo Cortado Sherry casks. Then, that final liquid takes another two years to finish in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks. Hence the 5+5 moniker. The resultant liquid features fig and raisin notes with tropical spices and oak notes. It costs an affordable $49.99, and you can purchase it here.

Mount Gay Rum The Master Blender Collection, Coffey Still Expression

For the father who is a history buff, the world’s oldest-running rum distillery, Mount Gay, just released its seventh Master Blender Collection,The Coffey Still. This limited-edition release honors the late distiller Reynold “Blues” Hinds, who was the driving force behind restoring the historic Coffey Still at the distillery. The rum offers a glimpse into how rum was made back in the 19th century, bridging the gap between history and modernity. With distinct floral aromas and pear, grapefruit, and honey notes, The Coffey Still is a pleasurable trip back in time. It costs $240, and you can purchase it here.

Club Kokomo Artisanal White Rum

If your dad dreams of the surf, then look no further. Club Kokomo Spirits was launched this year by Brian Love and his father, Mike Love, one of the founders of the Beach Boys. Their initial release of three rums has turned heads in the awards circuit. Perhaps none more than their Artisanal White Rum, which took home a Double Gold Medal and was named a Best in Class White Rum Finalist at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). A demerara cane sugar rum made in San Diego, it’s perfect for cocktails or sipping neat. It costs $29.99, and you can purchase it here.

Zacapa 23 Rum

Aged 7,545 feet above sea level and crafted in the lush highlands of Guatemala, Zacapa Rum rivals the best cognacs and bourbons, making it an ideal choice for a whiskey-loving father. While traditionally known for its rum, Zacapa’s aging process in whiskey barrels imparts a depth of character and richness that stands toe-to-toe with the best Bourbons. Zacapa 23 is one such bottle. It is aged in American whiskey, sherry, and Pedro Ximénez barrels resulting in a complex rum that is best served neat or on the rocks. It’s a beautiful bottle that dad will love. It costs $54.99, and you can purchase it here.

Kraken Gold Spiced Rum

Too often, spiced rums are overlooked or downright ignored, but they shouldn’t be. A well-crafted one, like Kraken Gold Spiced Rum, offers drinkers a wide range of flavors that can make each sip an adventure. Named after the mythical nautical beast that sailors feared, this rum releases flavors of molasses and dark spices up front with a vanilla and oak finish. It’s perfect for that dad who spends hours prepping his steaks for the grill with his secret spice recipe. It costs $21.99, and you can purchase it here.

Flor de Cana 18

This rum is the perfect gift for the father who loves nothing more than sitting back and sipping on a nice drink. For over a century, the rums from Flor De Cana, a family-owned distillery located in the heart of Nicaragua, have wowed judges (it’s an SFWSC finalist this year) and rum lovers. Nestled at the foot of the San Cristóbal Volcano, the volcanic soil, enriched waters, and favorable climate allow its distillers to craft unique and smooth rums. Flor de Caña 18 undergoes a meticulous aging process that imparts distinctive flavors and aromas, resulting in a rum of unparalleled depth, complexity, and character. It costs $50.99, and you can purchase it here.

Don Q’s Gran Reserva XO

Any rum lover, not just dad, should have a bottle of Don Q’s Grand Reserva XO in their bar. Made from a blend of rums aged between 9 and 12 years in American white oak barrels, with an addition of Solera rums aged up to 55 years, it offers a fantastic liquid at an affordable price. It has won numerous awards over the years due to its exceptional balance and smooth, sweet flavors. It costs $58.99, and you can purchase it here.

Pussers Rum Blue Label

If your father is into military history, this bottle is for him. Pussers Rum dates back to the Royal Navy, as early as 1655, when sailors were issued a daily rum ration by the ship’s “Purser” to celebrate a win or ease the feelings of a loss. The term “Purser” was later coined by sailors as “Pusser.” The Pusser’s Blue Label highlights tradition and history with a styled bottle inspired by the Admiralty’s blending recipe, last used when the Royal Navy discontinued its daily ration. It costs $29.99, and you can purchase it here.

Ron del Barrilito-Three Star Rum

For over a 140 years, the family behind Ron Del Barrilito Rum in Puerto Rico, has been crafting fine rums using ages old techniques. Their Three Star Rum offers a high-quality rum at an affordable price. Aged six to ten years in white oak barrels that were previously used for aging Oloroso Sherry in Jerez, Spain its overflowing with rich tropical flavors. If you father fancies himself a collector of interesting bottles this is one for him. It costs $43.99, and you can purchase it here.

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