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A Taste of the Caribbean: Great Caribbean Rums for Less than $15

Local rums can save money on vacation and make a nice souvenir or gift, too


Ron Diplomatico Anejo, Venezuela

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This aged rum from the highly regarded Diplomatico line from Venezuela is column distilled and aged for four years. It's a two-time winner of the Rum XP Gold awards at the annual Rum Renaissance Festival in Miami, a "seamless and decadent dark rum" in the words of the Beverage Tasting Institute. Rob's Rum Guide raves, "A fine mixing rum aged up to four years, delivers rich aromas and vivid flavors of Venezuelan cane for premium mixed drinks."

Santa Teresa Claro, Venezuela

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This interesting rum from Venezuela is a blend of light and dark rums, aged in oak barrels and crated specifically as a mixer for rum cocktails like daiquiris and mojitos. "Though easily classified as a light rum, Claro has more rum flavor than found in many other popular clear rums," notes the Ministry of Rum. Pick up a bottle or three when visiting Venezuela's Isla Margarita.

Wray and Nephew Overproof, Jamaica

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If you've had a rum punch in Jamaica, odds are that it was made with this 126-proof rum, the best-selling "overproof" rum in the world and the drink of choice for your average Jamaican. You'll need lots of sugary fruit juice to balance out the high alcohol content, but this clear, unaged spirit makes a formidable mixed drink. As Steve Bennett points out in Uncommon Caribbean, it's also widely touted as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments and also to ward off evil spirits, which seems appropriate.
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