BevX Reviews Rumson’s Grand Reserve Rum

February 3, 2016

Rumson’s Grand Reserve Rum


The Data

Category   Rum/Rhum

Sub-Category   Rum

Origion   MA

Retail Price   $45

ABV   40%

In the Glass


Brilliant amber with hints of bronze.


The nose is filled with the sweet and decadent scents of brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, and brown baking spices with treacle, leather, cigar box, and rustic oak notes.


The palate echoes the nose delivering a lush and sweet core of brown sugar and treacle with waves of spice, gingerbread, and sexy oak accents.

Intensity & Texture

Full-bodied and certainly sweet while never finishing heavy benefiting from a generous dose of spice and just enough acidity to keep it vibrant.

Cool Factor


I love Rums from Trinidad and I love a great blend that features the opulent aspects of ultra-old Rum with younger Rums in the mix to keep vibrancy and vigor.

Value Grade


At $45 it’s a fine, fine example of a very old Rum showing once again that the Rum category is your destination when seeking well-matured brown spirits.


Rumson’s Grand Reserve is the older sibling of their standard Rum (that is far from standard in the glass) being a blend of Rums ranging in age from five to 23 years in age. It’s a big and sweet, old Rum that no doubt has massive appeal with spirits drinkers of all backgrounds. If pressed I may have to give a slight nod to their standard Rum but their Grand Reserve is so gorgeous it’s hard to find a reason to stop sipping. In sum, you just can’t go wrong with either of these beauties.

How to Enjoy

This beautiful old Rum is meant to be sipped neat or perhaps on the rocks. I, too, like it in cocktails as the rich, sweet core comes shining through in a tasty Rum Sidecar, a bold Mai Tai, or the heart of the best Dark & Stormy you have ever had.

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