Easily the most identifiable producer of rum in Australia is the Bundaberg Distilling Company, who are famous for their Bundaberg Original UP Rum.
Whilst this product is best used as a cocktail base, other products by the distillery, such as the Bundaberg Small Batch Vintage Barrel Rum, has won numerous awards thanks to its exceptional quality and flavours of sweet spice and dried fruit.
Outside of Australia, Captain Morgan, which is owned by Diageo, is famous for their wildly popular Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold Rum Drink.
This rum, however, is not recommended to be consumed on its own and is most commonly used as a mixed drink with cola.
Some of the more premium bottles of golden and spiced rums available for purchase are those such as the Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, known for its smooth finish and toffee sweetness, Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Rum, which contains flavours of butterscotch, raisins, and sweet spice, and finally, Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum, easily recognisable as one of the best sipping spiced rums on the market.
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Pairing Food with Golden & Spiced Rum
As this category of rum can vary so widely in terms of flavours, quality, and price, it is difficult to generalise how best to consume every bottle of golden or spiced rum available.
Lower priced bottles such as the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold Rum Drink, Bundaberg Original UP Rum, or Bacardi Carta Oro Superior Gold Rum are often best used in popular rum cocktails, including the Rum Sour, Rum Old Fashioned, and the Ace of Clubs Daiquiri, or sometimes commonly consumed with cola or dry ginger ale.
These and other lower priced bottles of golden and spiced rums are typically enjoyed mixed due to the fact that they are rougher on the finish and the flavour profiles are too artificial or too overpowering to be enjoyable neat or over ice.
This site explores some of the best cocktails to have with these types of rum.
Some of the more premium bottles, including Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum, or Bundaberg Small Batch Vintage Barrel Rum, can easily be enjoyed in the same fashion as a good quality bottle of whisky, which is to say neat, over ice, or with a splash of water.