It is August and especially hot—almost as if our climate has been systematically changing over the years?—and it’s time for a daiquiri. Or a piña colada, or some slushy drink served in a coconut. So maybe you’re googling for the “best rum in a daiquiri,” and, on seeing the pages of answers and litany of bottles and stupefying range of tasting notes, you realize there’s a whole lot of stuff out there about rum, and you know very little of it, and you just wanted a good drink but are now utterly adrift in the choppy waters of ignorance.
A boutique Spanish bottle well worth the $100 price tag. Ample time in olorosso sherry casks has given it a viscous, syrupy body, but instead of cloying sweetness, it’s actually one of the driest-tasting spirits on this list. There’s jolts of smoke and leather and burnt nuts, then a dynamic aftertaste that lingers in your throat. Weird rum. Good rum.