Barbados

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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.


Top rated Barbados rums

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR

9.4/10

64 ratings

Rum Artesanal Barbados Rum Rockley Style BBR

Heinz Eggert GmbH • West Indies
1986   34yr   53,7%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Exceptional, honey-sweet, complex, well-balanced with a sublime, creamy texture.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados BRS

9.3/10

25 ratings

Barbados BRS

Silver Seal • West Indies
1986   33yr   58,8%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“An extraordinary, intensely flavorful rum with a perfect balance. Unforgettable.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Single Cask Rum BRS

9.3/10

16 ratings

Single Cask Rum BRS

Duncan Taylor • West Indies
1986   25yr   52,7%   €€€€

Top review from Zucker und Zeste:

"Ich fand ihn etwas frischer als den Rum Artesanal, dafür war dieser noch eine ganz kleine Spur komplexer und reifer. Bei beiden Abfüllungen ist es erstaunlich wie genial Alkohol in einen Rum eingebunden sein kann."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Destino Richard Seale

9.2/10

26 ratings

Destino Richard Seale

Velier • Foursquare
2003   2yr - 12yr   61%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Incredible rum, the best Foursquare, fruity, balanced, long soft finish.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Destino

9.1/10

76 ratings

Destino

Velier • Foursquare
2003   14yr   61%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Complex, balanced, intense; coconut, vanilla, spices. Best Foursquare ever!”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum No. 3 Rockley BBR

9.1/10

37 ratings

No. 3 Rockley BBR

Nobilis Rum • West Indies
1986   34yr   54,7%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Enchanting complexity; honey, tobacco, fruits. Velvety and indulgently spiced.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Absolutio

9.0/10

42 ratings

Absolutio

Velier • Foursquare
2009   15yr   62%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Amazing balance; rich, complex flavors with perfect port integration. Outstanding!”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum 2006

9.0/10

57 ratings

2006

Velier • Foursquare
2006   10yr   62%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Velvety smooth, richly complex; a truly exceptional, must-try rum.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum 12 Years old

9.0/10

8 ratings

12 Years old

St. Nicholas Abbey
12yr   40%   €€€€

Top review from Stefan Persson:

"Best Bajan rum I’ve tasted so far. If I have understood it right is it Foursquare that have produced it for St. Nicholas Abbey, cause they hadn’t this aged rum at this stage of their production."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Wild Series Rum Barbados No. 25 (Batch 1)

9.0/10

15 ratings

Wild Series Rum Barbados No. 25 (Batch 1)...

Romdeluxe • Foursquare
2007   14yr   62,3%   €€€

Top review from Kevin Sorensen 🇩🇰:

"This is a great Barbadian. Once poured you know you're in Barbados. I love the coconut that is there from nose to finish. Seems like they hit the right barrel for this release. Well balanced overall and natural sweetness on the palate. Price to quality is very good."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Finest Barbados Rum (Imported West Indies)

9.0/10

22 ratings

Finest Barbados Rum (Imported West Indies)

R.L. Seale’s • Foursquare
12yr   46%   €€€

Community opinion:

“Smooth, fruity, and warm—worth every penny. Highly recommend!”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Master Series No.2 (Concierge Total Wine)

9.0/10

7 ratings

Master Series No.2 (Concierge Total Wine)

Foursquare
12yr   62%   €€€€

Top review from Peter Bosel:

"All the elements of Foursquare's usual flavor profile, but this somehow is a tad richer. It's worth adding to your shelf."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados Rum

8.9/10

5 ratings

Barbados Rum

Watt Rum • Foursquare
2007   13yr   57,1%   €€

Top review from Rhum Mirror 🇧🇪:

"Au nez, il y a de la coco à profusion. Aucun doute sur la provenance de cette quille. On est en plein dans le stéréotype de Foursquare ! Mais pas que … c’est boisé (14 ans de vieillissement, ça se sent), avec de belles épices poivrées et de muscade fraichement râpée. On a également quelque chose de plus lourd, de résineux (colle, vernis). C’est plutôt bien attractif et concentré comme nez. En bouche, c’est très gourmand, c’est épicé, mais pas trop. Beaucoup de douceur avec les fruits secs, le chocolat noir et le tabac. Les fruits sont également de la partie ! Les notes traditionnelles de la maison ne font pas défauts : vanille, noix de coco, réglisse, miel … La finale est plutôt soutenue sur le chocolat et l’orange sanguine ! En conclusion, c’est une belle réussite."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Triptych

8.9/10

84 ratings

Triptych

Velier • Foursquare
12yr   56%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Rich, complex, balanced Foursquare; subtle sweet, woody with smooth alcohol.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Destino Richard Seale

9.2/10

26 ratings

Destino Richard Seale

Velier • Foursquare
2003   2yr - 12yr   61%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Incredible rum, the best Foursquare, fruity, balanced, long soft finish.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum No. 3 Rockley BBR

9.1/10

37 ratings

No. 3 Rockley BBR

Nobilis Rum • West Indies
1986   34yr   54,7%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Enchanting complexity; honey, tobacco, fruits. Velvety and indulgently spiced.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum 2006

9.0/10

57 ratings

2006

Velier • Foursquare
2006   10yr   62%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Velvety smooth, richly complex; a truly exceptional, must-try rum.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum 12 Years old

9.0/10

8 ratings

12 Years old

St. Nicholas Abbey
12yr   40%   €€€€

Top review from Stefan Persson:

"Best Bajan rum I’ve tasted so far. If I have understood it right is it Foursquare that have produced it for St. Nicholas Abbey, cause they hadn’t this aged rum at this stage of their production."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Triptych

8.9/10

84 ratings

Triptych

Velier • Foursquare
12yr   56%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Rich, complex, balanced Foursquare; subtle sweet, woody with smooth alcohol.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Plenipotenziario

8.9/10

191 ratings

Plenipotenziario

Velier • Foursquare
2007   12yr   60%   €€€

Community opinion:

“Rich, complex, delightfully smooth with a tropical fruity punch.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Wild Series Rum Barbados No. 22 (Magnum) BMMG

8.9/10

6 ratings

Wild Series Rum Barbados No. 22 (Magnum) BMMG...

Romdeluxe • Mount Gay
2001   20yr   56%   €€€€

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Sassafras

8.8/10

180 ratings

Sassafras

Velier • Foursquare
2006   3yr - 11yr   61%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Elegant, rich Foursquare with complex cognac influence; spicy-sweet, worth savoring.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Raconteur

8.8/10

165 ratings

Raconteur

Velier • Foursquare
2006   17yr   61%   €€€€

Top review from DomM:

"Velier FS (+ a fee spected other contenders) blind cross tasting: Honestly, the results here were very close. The Belier bottlings display a very high quality thourgout the range. Triptych and Pleni came out on top for me closely followed by Destino. I was somewhat surprised, that Sassafras and 2006 came out rather at the bottom, while I enjoyed both very much on their own. Raconteur also quite low in the ranking with Principia clearly at the bottom."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados Rum

8.8/10

5 ratings

Barbados Rum

Single Cask Nation • Foursquare
2010   10yr   55,9%   €€

Top review from Amit Bentabou:

"What a treat! A bit of acetic acid on the nose, with the typical foursquare varnish orange notes."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Barbados

8.8/10

20 ratings

Barbados

The Colours of Rum • Foursquare
1998   22yr   59,9%   €€€

Community opinion:

“Exquisite Foursquare rum, uniquely bold with perfectly interwoven alcohol and tastes!”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Green Label

8.8/10

6 ratings

Green Label

Cadenhead‘s • Rockley
1986   15yr   46%   €€€€

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rockley Still

8.8/10

31 ratings

Rockley Still

Bristol Classic Rum • West Indies
1986   26yr   46%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Elegant, complex rum with harmonious sherry notes and a rich profile.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Principia

8.7/10

92 ratings

Principia

Velier • Foursquare
2008   3yr - 6yr   62%   €€€

Community opinion:

“Rich, bold Foursquare with sherry sweetness and spicy oak finish.”

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8.1/1014692 ratings
Community rating

Flavour profile of Barbados

Most frequently mentioned flavors

Aroma

Vanilla Coconut Woody Caramel Fruity Dried fruit

Taste

Vanilla Woody Coconut Caramel Sweet Oak

Finish

Woody Vanilla Oak Roasted Caramel Spice

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