Mount Gay Eclipse Silver (Barbados)
Distilled in Barbados since 1703, Mount Gay rums are an iconic part of the Island's culture and heritage. After spending a minimum of two years housed in oak, Mount Gay's young 'un expresses sugar cane and subtle citrus with a refreshing balance of smoothness and spice. Try this fruit-friendly rum in a daiquiri or pina colada.
Price: 750 ml/$28.95
Availability: LCBO #318667
Domaine De Marquisat De Ste Marie Rhum Longueteau (Guadeloupe)
This harsh and hefty (62 per cent ABV) rhum agricole - made from fresh sugar cane juice rather than molasses - hails from the oldest distillery still operating on the French Antilles isle of Guadeloupe. Try this bad boy in tiki cocktails or in a 'Ti Punch (Petit Punch): 2 oz rhum agricole, a squeezed lime wedge and cane sugar syrup to taste. Don't neglect to stir over ice, as dilution is key - this is a serious drink with nothing 'ti about it.
Price: 700 ml/$24.75
Availability: Vintages #233866
Havana Club Anejo 3 Anos (Cuba)
Allow me to assume that everyone in their right mind enjoys a good mojito; then allow me to suggest that this light, complex rum is perfect for the job. (The mojito is a Cuban concoction, after all.) Its pale straw tint discloses the time it has spent (three years plus) aging in oak casks, mellowing and acquiring pleasant notes of vanilla, banana and subtle smoke.
Price: 750 ml/$26.95
Availability: LCBO #337667