Rum: Three summer sippers
Rum is great in a mojito, but the fine spirits below “can and should be enjoyed by themselves,” said Laura Riley in the Los Angeles Times. If you think rum is too sweet, that may be because you’ve only tried mass-produced brands, many of which contain added sugar.
FourSquare Port Cask ($35) This aged Barbados product bears a trace of its six years in port casks, but its heart is bittersweet dark chocolate and its nose “a black pepper–forward herb bouquet.”
Appleton Estate Extra 12 ($34) Produced by a 265-year-old Jamaican distillery, Extra 12 is “delicate with oak and molasses” and “finishes bittersweet.”
Angostura 1919 ($35) Made by a Caribbean distiller known for bitters, this refined spirit can be a first step up for people who like rum’s sweetness. Its caramel nose “melts straight into the flavor of a Werther’s Original candy.”