Try Not To Become An Addict: The 10 Best Rum Brands In India

Rum is a celebrated and integral element of every drinking occasion in many parts of the world. It’s different variants going from light to dark and spiced to flavoured go amazingly well with boozy cocktails, fine food and exquisite desserts. It is versatile and has something to offer for every possible palate. We have curated a list of the 10 best rum brands in India, especially for you.

1. Old Monk

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Considered by many to be one of the best rum brands in India, Old Monk doesn’t advertise and still enjoys ground-breaking success, thanks to their loyal fan base. Their six variants include:

  • Supreme Rum
  • Gold Reserve Rum
  • XXX Rum
  • Deluxe XXX Rum
  • White Rum
  • Legend-Limited Edition Rum

In each variant you further get to choose between a 7 year aged and a 12 year aged version. Their most popular one has to be the original Old Monk version because of its classic taste, slight vanilla flavour & dark brown colour. Old Monk is produced by Mohan Meakin Ltd.

Alcohol Content – 40%

2. Captain Morgan

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This Jamaican bestseller is known all over the world for its unique flavour. Marketed in India by Diageo, it is a Spiced Rum with a molasses base. It offers many unusual variants that are available in international markets but not in India. In India only the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and Captain Morgan Black Jamaica Rum are available. But it is still one of the best rum brands in India. Being super cocktail-friendly, their white rum makes for a great Pina Colada while the dark variants works wonders with ginger ale.

Alcohol Content – 42.8%

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3. Havana Club

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Manufactured by Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government, Havana club have a plant in Punjab. Their variants range from 1 year to 7 year aged rum. The rum has notes of vanilla and chocolate and is mild & reliable. Works well for Mojitos and also as a base for Pina Coladas.Some of their variants are Añejo Blanco, Añejo 3 Años, Añejo Especial, Añejo Reserva & Añejo 7 Años.

Alcohol Content – 40%

4. Bacardi

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Bacardi is considered to be one of the best Rum brands in India and it definitely enjoys a niche market here. It was founded by a Cuban family unit in 1862 and has been serving up clean, crisp and refreshing cocktails ever since. Depending upon the hue and intensity, their rum has three main flavours. These are:

  • Dark Rum – Bacardi Select
  • White Rum – Bacardi Superior
  • Gold Rum – Bacardi Gold

They also produce unique fruit-flavoured rums which taste sweet and fruity with notes of vanilla. Having a White Rum, these flavours include:

  • Limon
  • Orange
  • Raspberry
  • Apple
  • Dragon Berry

Alcohol Content – 42.8%

5. Old Port

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Produced by Amrut Distilleries, Old Port is charcoal-filtered and rich in molasses, which makes it one of the best rum brands in India. It is heady with plenty of woody notes, vanilla and butterscotch flavours and ranges from dark brown to reddish brown hues. Some of it’s variants include:

  • Old Port Deluxe Rum
  • Old Port Matured Rum
  • Amrut XXX Classic Rum

Alcohol Content – 40%

6. Contessa

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Coming from the house of Radico Khaitan, Contessa has a major share in the defence segment, which is the largest consumer of rum in India. It is probably the best rum in India, as far as that particular segment is concerned. They have been awarded a Silver medal at Monde Selection (2008) and a Bronze medal at International Wine and Spirit Competition in (2007). It is the only rum in India which is produced from cane juice spirit. Their Special XXX Rum is dark coloured and has a slight taste of raisins.

Alcohol Content – 42.8%

7. McDowell

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McDowell’s No.1 Celebration Rum is the best Rum in India according to the PASH Beverage Report (2008). Their other accolades include Silver from the Beverage Tasting Institute (2008) & Bronze at Monde Selection (2006), to name a few. Their white rum is called the McDowell’s No.1 Caribbean, but the real punch is packed in the dark one, which has a distinctive flavour of vanilla and caramel.

Alcohol Content – 42.8%

8. Malibu

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Coming from the Caribbean region, Malibu is famous all over the world and its unique coconut flavour is widely considered as the rum in India. It is a preferred base for many cocktails due to its white base and slight sweet taste. Malibu Black is the dark rum of the brand. Malibu is also available in various flavours, the most widely known are:

  • Island Spice
  • Sunshine
  • Sundae’
  • Swirl
  • Mango
  • Banana
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Island Melon

However in India, only a few flavours are available. These are:

  • Original
  • Red (Blend Of Rum & Tequila)
  • Snowcoco

Alcohol Content – 21%

9. El Dorado

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El Dorado is one of the best rum brands in India of the demerara kind. Demerara rums have a deep and intoxicating flavour that is aromatic with notes of burnt sugar, molasses and  cocoa. Their 5 year old golden variant offers an incredible mix of spicy notes with a touch of toffee.

Alcohol Content – 40%

10. Hercules

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Hercules Rum is extremely popular and another one of best rum brands in India pertaining to the Defence segment. Their three variants are:

  • Deluxe Rum (Dark)
  • XXX Rum (Dark)
  • White Rum

Alcohol Content – 42.8%

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