Barbados

About rum from Barbados

There are 761 rums from Barbados in the RumX database.

Barbados is a 167 square-mile island in the Lesser Antilles and it’s the most easterly in the Caribbean. Spanish conquerors took hold of the island in the 15th century, and it was under Portuguese rule for a while as well. The island was abandoned in 1620 but reclaimed by the British in 1625; they controlled the Caribbean island for the next three hundred years.

The sugarcane arrived on Barbados in 1640, and the island became a sugar and rum powerhouse fuelled by the slave trade, mainly by plantations worked by enslaved Africans. Barbados is the “birthplace of Caribbean rum”, and the style is inherently British.

Four major distilleries call Barbados home: Foursquare, Mount Gay, St. Nicholas Abbey and West Indies Rum Distillery. The rum style is darker and fuller compared to other Caribbean rums, thanks to higher molasses concentration and the use of pot stills. The rum usually ages in ex-Bourbon barrels for long periods, making the style particularly appealing for whiskey drinkers.

Although column stills are now also used by the island’s rum producers, pot stills are still relevant, differentiating this rum style from others. For reference, Barbados rum is more similar to what you’d find in Jamaica than the rum produced in Spanish- and French-style producing countries — it has no added sugar.

Barbadian rum producers are pushing for their own Geographical Indication, standardising and improving the rum quality and international exposure. Still, producers have yet to agree on what Barbados rum should be and how it should be produced and aged. The future is bright, though, for Barbados rum.

Community author: Oliver

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Flavour profile of Barbados rums

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Nosing associations

Vanilla Woody Coconut Caramel Dried fruit Fruity Oak

Taste associations

Vanilla Woody Caramel Coconut Sweet Oak Spicy

Finish associations

Woody Vanilla Oak Spicy Roasted Spice Chocolate

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RX7784
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR
Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR
Heinz Eggert GmbH • West Indies
1986   34 years 1mo   53,7%   €€€€

94 /10052 ratings

RX3896
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados BRS
Barbados BRS
Silver Seal • West Indies
1986   33 years   58,8%   €€€€

93 /10023 ratings

RX1028
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Single Cask Rum BRS
Single Cask Rum BRS
Duncan Taylor • West Indies
1986   25 years   52,7%   €€€€

93 /10011 ratings

RX635
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Destino Richard Seale
Destino Richard Seale
Velier • Foursquare
2003   2 years - 12 years   61%   €€€€

92 /10017 ratings

RX53
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Destino
Destino
Velier • Foursquare
2003   14 years   61%   €€€€

91 /10045 ratings

RX12303
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Wild Series Rum Barbados No. 25 (Batch 1)
Wild Series Rum Barbados No. 25 (Batch 1)...
Romdeluxe • Foursquare
2007   14 years   62,3%   €€€

91 /1005 ratings

RX9620
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados
Barbados
Wealth Solutions • Foursquare
1998   22 years   59,9%   €€€

90 /10013 ratings

RX168
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum 2006
2006
Velier • Foursquare
2006   3 years - 7 years   62%   €€€€

90 /10036 ratings

RX9395
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum No. 3 Rockley BBR
No. 3 Rockley BBR
Nobilis Rum • West Indies
1986   34 years   54,7%   €€€€

90 /10022 ratings

RX11907
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados Rum (Nectar 15th Anniversary)
Barbados Rum (Nectar 15th Anniversary)
Watt Rum • Foursquare
2007   14 years   57,1%   €€

89 /1005 ratings

RX126
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Triptych
Triptych
Velier • Foursquare
12 years   56%   €€€€

89 /10057 ratings

RX113
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plenipotenziario
Plenipotenziario
Velier • Foursquare
2007   12 years   60%   €€€

89 /100126 ratings

RX12160
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Wonders of the World #7
Wonders of the World #7
Swell de Spirits • Foursquare
2006   15 years   60,6%   €€€

89 /10019 ratings

RX9563
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Wild Series Rum Barbados No. 13
Wild Series Rum Barbados No. 13
Romdeluxe • Foursquare
2005   16 years   63%   €€€€

89 /10017 ratings

RX338
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Exceptional Cask Selection V Criterion
Exceptional Cask Selection V Criterion
Foursquare
2007   10 years   56%   €€€€

89 /10019 ratings

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RX7784
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR
Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR
Heinz Eggert GmbH • West Indies
1986   34 years 1mo   53,7%   €€€€

94 /10052 ratings

RX9395
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum No. 3 Rockley BBR
No. 3 Rockley BBR
Nobilis Rum • West Indies
1986   34 years   54,7%   €€€€

90 /10022 ratings

RX126
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Triptych
Triptych
Velier • Foursquare
12 years   56%   €€€€

89 /10057 ratings

RX113
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plenipotenziario
Plenipotenziario
Velier • Foursquare
2007   12 years   60%   €€€

89 /100126 ratings

RX7456
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Sassafras
Sassafras
Velier • Foursquare
2006   3 years - 11 years   61%   €€€€

88 /100123 ratings

RX90
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Principia
Principia
Velier • Foursquare
2008   3 years - 6 years   62%   €€€

88 /10060 ratings

RX5776
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rockley Still
Rockley Still
Bristol Classic Rum • West Indies
1986   26 years   46%   €€€€

88 /10015 ratings

RX40
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Exceptional Cask Selection III 2004
Exceptional Cask Selection III 2004
Foursquare
2004   11 years   59%   €€€

87 /10052 ratings

RX10192
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados Rum
Barbados Rum
Cave Guildive • Foursquare
2005   15 years   60%   €€€

87 /1006 ratings

RX8388
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Exceptional Cask Selection XV Redoutable
Exceptional Cask Selection XV Redoutable
Foursquare
14 years   61%   €€€

86 /10089 ratings

RX3490
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BBR
Cadenhead‘s • West Indies
2000   11 years   59,1%   €€€€

86 /10011 ratings

RX111
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Patrimonio
Patrimonio
Velier • Foursquare
2004   15 years   58%   €€€

85 /10066 ratings

RX7603
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Master Blender Collection - Port Cask Expression
Master Blender Collection - Port Cask Expression
Mount Gay
1 years - 14 years   55%   €€€

85 /10026 ratings

RX1520
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plantation Barbados
Plantation Barbados
Maison Ferrand • West Indies
2005   13 years   42,8%   €€

85 /10013 ratings

RX11383
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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados Pure Single Rum
Barbados Pure Single Rum
Les Rhums du Sud • Foursquare
13 years   61,2%   €€

85 /1007 ratings

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