If the phrase “delicious spiced rum” seems like an oxymoron, chances are you had a bad run-in with the spirit in college or one-too-many tropical drinks at a mediocre resort bar. We feel your pain. Lots of spiced rums on the market are laden with sugar, artificial flavors and coloring, which makes both the drinking experience and the resulting hangover extremely unpleasant. But not all spiced rums are created equal, so we decided to defend the good stuff by highlighting our favorite bottles. These spectacular craft spirits will help change your mind about spiced rum.
Don Q Barrel-Aged Spiced Rum ($29.99, coming January 2017)
This barrel-aged expression is the brand’s first foray into the spiced category. Master Blender Silvia Santiago uses a mix of Puerto Rican rums, the youngest of which is three years old, and ages the blend further in American white oak barrels. The resulting liquid is pleasantly sweet with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, caramel cream and honey. Drink this one on the rocks following a good meal.