“This is a really nice pot-and-column blend from Barbados, which is aged and filtered,” says Beary. Master distiller and rum legend Richard Seale is behind this Foursquare Distillery creation, skillfully combining sweet candied fruit notes with creamy vanilla and tingly spice for a markedly layered and well-balanced light option. There’s also a lower proof version, which cuts out a chunk of the depth but comes in at less than $20 a bottle. “The 92 proof is a step up from their 80 proof, and it makes a hell of a daiquiri. It’s a very good universal white rum.”
Best Dark: Coruba Dark
“Dark rum’s a tricky one because the majority are un-aged rums that they just heavily color,” Beary notes. “Unless you’re using it for a very specific purpose, it’s something you probably wouldn’t even want to buy, but this is usually the one I go with.”
Inexpensive dark rums like these are best reserved for tropical cocktails that call for a bold, assertive anchor like a Planter’s Punch or a simple Dark ‘n Stormy. When in need, reach for this Jamaican pot- and column-still blend, aged for a minimum of two years in American oak and chock full of smoky molasses, funk, spice, and a tinge of dried citrus.
Best Spiced: Chairman’s Reserve Spiced