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Your One Stop Guide To 18 Best Rum Brands In India

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - March 17, 2019 9 min read

'There's Naught, No Doubt, So Much The Spirits Calm As Rum And True Religion'. Rum is a celebratory beverage and there is a reason why rums are more popular in India than clear spirits. Indians have always had a preference for dark spirits. It might be because the armed forces got it as part of their stocks, or in their canteen stores. Most of the rum-producing nations are in Latin America or around the Caribbean Islands, which says its connection with sailors. Rum grew rapidly than gin or vodka and is produced with the use of sugarcane and the liquid is then aged in oak barrels. India is also a notable exporter of rum to the world. Rum is one of the highest consumed drink in the Indian market and ranges from dark rum, flavored rum to spiced rum. With more and more brands entering the market, it can be quite intimidating in choosing the best. Check out the list of these 18 best rum brands in India and keep your spirit alive.



1. Bacardi

Bacardi is a family owned spirits company that has more than 200 brands and labels. Founded in 1862, it now has sales in more than 150 countries. Bacardi’s black, open-winged fruit bat logo is world-famous. Don Facundo, the founder, himself invented the logo, which at the time symbolized self-confidence and brotherhood. Bacardi Rum has 3 main flavors - Bacardi Select (Dark Rum), Bacardi Superior (White Rum) and Bacardi Gold (Gold Rum). The rum has a sweet and fruity taste with notes of vanilla.best_rum_brands_india_bacardi_image

Alcohol Content: 42.8%

Price: 1 litre – INR 1300


2. Malibu

Malibu is made with Caribbean rum and has a coconut flavor. The owner, Pernod Ricard, calls it a 'flavored rum'. There are many different versions of Malibu rum which are flavored with various tropical fruits such as banana, pineapple, passion fruit, island melon and mango. Also, there is a mingle with mint, known as Malibu Fresh, tequila known as Malibu Red and a double strength version known as Malibu Black.best_rum_brands_india_malibu_image

Alcohol Content: 21%

Price: 750ml – INR 1650


3. Captain Morgan

Named after the 17th-century Welsh privateer of the Caribbean, Sir Henry Morgan, Captain Morgan is a spiced rum which is marketed in India by Diageo. Since 2011, the label has used the slogan 'To Life, Love and Loot'. This rum is distilled from sugarcane and then is aged in oak barrels for up to a year, which adds a golden color and character to it. After that, the flavors and spices are added. The variants available in India are Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and Captain Morgan Black Jamaica Rum.


Alcohol Content: 42.8%

Price: 750ml – INR 780


4. Havana Club

Created in Cuba in 1934, Havana Club is one of the best-selling rum brands. It is the 5th largest rum brand in the world and is sold in over 120 countries and is bottled in India since 2008. In India, it has its plant in Punjab and has notes of chocolate and vanilla. Variants range from 1-year to 7-year aged rum and these are- Havana Club Añejo Blanco, Havana Club Añejo 3 Años, Havana Club Añejo Especial, Havana Club Añejo Reserva and Havana Club Añejo 7 Años.best_rum_brands_india_havana_image

Alcohol Content: 40%

Price: 750ml – INR 800


5. Hercules

Hercules is a popular brand in the country and is mostly sold in the defense segment. It is usually enjoyed with a soft drink and does not leave you with a hangover. It produces both white and dark rum and has 3 variants- Hercules Deluxe Rum (Dark), Hercules XXX Rum (Dark), and Hercules White Rum.


Alcohol Content: 42.8%

Price: 1 litre - INR 527


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6. McDowell's No.1

McDowell's No.1 is an Indian brand of spirits manufactured by United Spirits Limited (USL). Awarded with many prestigious awards including Silver from the Beverage Tasting Institute (2008), the brand overtook Bacardi as 'world's best-selling rum brand' in 2015. It was launched in Celebration (Dark) and Caribbean (White) variants in 1990-91 and is sold in 13 countries. This popular rum has a dark color with a different kind of vanilla and caramel flavor.best_rum_brands_india_mcdowells_image

Alcohol Content: 42.8%

Price: 1 litre – INR 376


7. Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger is an authentic dark rum giving an exotic taste in every sip. The rum is blended with original matured Jamaican pot-still rum and natural spices and is made of fermented molasses. Having a rich aroma and well-balanced taste, it comes in an elegantly designed family bottle.


Alcohol Content: 42.8%

Price: 750ml – INR 270


8. Contessa

Contessa rum is a brand from Radico Khaitan and is highly popular with the armed forces. It is made from cane juice spirit and has notes of cocoa, vanilla and dried fruits and is aged for 12 years. Sold over 60 countries, it has been awarded many awards including a Silver medal at Monde Selection (2008).best_rum_brands_in_india_Contessa_rum_image

Alcohol Content: 42.8%

Price: 750ml – INR 260


9. Old Port

Amrut Distillery began manufacturing rum and brandy in 1948, which he supplied to army canteens throughout India. It became very in the country and contains hints of flavors of vanilla and butterscotch with a dry and fruity palate. Rich in molasses and having bright copper color, this brand has 4 variants which are - Old Port Deluxe Rum, Old Port Matured Rum, Amrut XXX Classic Rum, Amrut XXX. Amrut Old Port Deluxe Rum was awarded 91 points and the “Excellent, Highly Recommended” in 2014.


Alcohol Content: 40% (approx.)

Price: 750ml –INR 260


10. Sailor Jerry

Sailor Jerry, originally an American tattoo artist, started Sailor Jerry Ltd. in 1999 which produced an array of things along with Sailor Jerry Rum. This is one of the top favorite spiced rum having a fragrance of vanilla that makes an incredible spiced mojito. The recipe was recently changed and made slightly less sweet but spicier. It has a decent amber color with a bit of a red _rum_brands_india_sailor_jerry_image

Alcohol Content: 46% (approx.)

Price: 1.5 litre – INR 3604


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11. El Dorado

Produced by Demerara Distillers in Guyana, El Dorado is a range of superb Demerara rums which have consistently won the highest International awards. Its unique taste of burnt sugar and oak wood is mostly because of the tropical climate of the lush country of Guyana. The aging process is greatly increased by the steady temperature and high humidity – resulting in rums that age between 15-25

Alcohol Content: 43%

Price: 700ml – INR 4500 (approx.)


12. Ron Matusalem

Ron Matusalem is a Caribbean premium rum which was started by the Camp brothers in 1872 as a family affair and is now produced in the Dominican Republic. During the 1950s, the brand was one of the top premium rums in Cuba and main aromas are caramel, chocolate, fruity, floral, phenolic/vanilla and nutty. The key to its complexity is the Solera aging process where various mature rums are blended together carefully.best_rum_brands_india_ron_matusalem_image

Alcohol Content: 40% (approx.)

Price: 700ml – INR 7900 (approx.)


13. Ron Zacapa Centenario

Produced in Guatemala, Ron Zacapa Centenario is a premium rum with complex flavors which is distributed and marketed by Diageo. It was created in 1976 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Zacapa, a town in eastern Guatemala and was the result of the blending, stabilization and maturing processes of long-aged rums. The rum won first place in the premium rums category 4 years in a row at the International Rum Festival and is the first rum to be included in the International Rum Festival's Hall of Fame.best_rum_brands_india_ron_zacapa_image

Alcohol Content: 40% (approx.)

Price: 700ml – INR 7000 (approx.)


14. Mount Gay

Mount Gay rum is produced by Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. of Barbados and is one of the world’s oldest commercial rum distillery. It is sold in 110 countries and is a product of 310 years of knowledge, refinement and experience. The rum has a very distinctive flavor and is commonly used in cocktails.best_rum_brands_india_mount_gay_image

Alcohol Content: 40%

Price: 1 litre – INR 2500 (approx.)


15. Appleton Estate

Appleton Estate is the most famous and oldest of all of Jamaica's sugar-cane estates. It makes rich and aromatic rums with cinnamon and butterscotch flavors and is known for its long-aged editions. Appleton's 21 Year Old is a particular favorite of experts and has many more variations. Due to the island’s warm climate, there is a much higher rate of evaporation that led aged Jamaican rums for between 25 and 35

Alcohol Content: 40%

Price: 700ml – INR 1500 (approx.)


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16. Angostura

Angostura is a smooth rum with deep flavors of clove, tamarind and cinnamon. The owners claim that 'the rums are 100% Trinidadian, made in one distillery on one Island'. The aged rums are blended, re-casked, and upon maturity hand-drawn for bottling and are truly smokey and oaky.best_rum_brands_india_angostura_image

Alcohol Content: 44.7%

Price: 750ml – INR 700 (approx.)


17. Barcelo

Founded in 1930, Barcelo is the name and brand of different types of rums from the Dominican Republic and has its plant and distillery in San Pedro de Macorís. The flavors are strong- sweet and spicy with a hint of caramel. It has 8 variants and is sold in over 50 countries, ranking it the 4th largest exporter of rum in the world.best_rum_brands_India_barcelo_image

Alcohol Content: 38%

Price: 750ml – INR 2000 (approx.)






18. Old Monk

Ending the list with the most celebrated rum in India, Old Monk was introduced in 1954 and is a dark strong rum. The rum is dark brown in color and has a slight vanilla robust flavor. It is blended and aged for a minimum of 7 years. The rum is produced in Ghaziabad and without any advertising, it has been the biggest IMFL brand for many years. This rum is sold all over the world and has 6 variants- Old Monk Supreme Rum, Old Monk Gold Reserve Rum, Old Monk XXX Rum, Old Monk Deluxe XXX Rum, Old Monk White Rum and Old Monk Legend-Limited Edition Rum.best_rum_brands_india_old_monk_image

Alcohol Content: 42.8%

Price: 1 litre – INR 264


Rum has something to offer for any kind of palate and is an integral part of every drinking occasion. This was our bucket list and we hope you are now all sorted and ready to make drinking plans.


Q. What are the health benefits of Rum?

A. Lowers blood pressure and lowers the chances of heart diseases.


Q. Is rum gluten free?

A. Rum can be produced only from fermenting sugarcane juice which is a syrup from molasses or from sugar itself. So, rum must be gluten free as there is no grain involved.


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