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Your Guide To The 16 Best-Selling Rum Brands In India

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - June 29, 2020 9 min read

It's not easy to predict someone's favourite kind of alcohol, but in India, it's safe to say that at least 2 out of 5 people you drink with, would order for a glass of Old Monk. Such is the popularity of the celebratory sweet drink of Rum. Whether it's dark, white or spiced, there probably exists a Rum you'd happily sip on given the chance. And looking at India's historic relationship with the spirit and its base ingredient of sugarcane, both during the more defined periods of British Raaj and vague mentions in mythology, the love for rum really doesn't strike as surprising at all. 

 

Having said that, this preference for the alcohol seems to be largely centred around a few top rum brands including the iconic name of Old Monk. But don't you think this delightfully yummy spirit, deserves to be explored a tad more deeply? Okay, even if you don't agree, let us at least brief you on your best rum options when you're out getting a bottle. To make searching for the best rum in India, slightly more convenient, we've listed the 16 best rum brands available. And trust us when we say we've done our research, for this guide includes everything, the best white rum you can get as well as the best dark rums in India, both cheap rums and top shelf rum brands. If that got your curiosity kindled, let's dive head-first!  

 

1. Ron Zacapa 

 

Price 

INR 7,250 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

40% Onwards

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One of the most premium rum brands in India, the spirits by Ron Zacapa are produced in Guatemala and carry a distinct taste of molasses and vanilla. There are 4 best-selling variants of Ron Zacapa rums, namely, Zacapa 23, Zacapa XO, Zacapa Edicion Negra and Zacapa Royal, the first one being the most sought-after rum type. Ron Zacapa 23 is immensely smooth, and often features under the most pleasurable dark rums to sip neat on a night of indulgence. 

 

2. Clement 

 

Price 

INR 4,857 for 700 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

40%

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Now mind you, this one is a rhum, and not a rum, and yes, there's a stark difference between the two. The latter mostly comprises of industrial rum that's distilled from molasses while Rhum Agricole is the closest you will get to pure, natural rum. Clement Rhum constitutes of brilliant alchemy, and the spirit is crafted and matured carefully. VSOP Rhum by Clement is brimming with a subtle, mellow character and comes in a startling mahogany hue. Clement is indisputably one of those top shelf rum brands every enthusiast needs to try at least once. 

 

3. El Dorado 

 

Price 

INR 4,500 (approx.) for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

40% 

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The rums by El Dorado are actually remarkable blends of selected vintage rums. The aged rums are created on the banks of the Demerara River in Guyana, and have been awarded by numerous titles all of which indicate one thing, El Dorado is one of the best rum brands in India, along with the globe. Aged in former Bourbon casks, El Dorado rums are uniquely complex and distinctly flavourful. 

 

 

4. Angostura

 

Price 

INR 3,200 (Approx.) for 700 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

40% Onwards 

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One of the leading rum brands straight from the Caribbean, Angostura gained rapid worldwide fame owing to its high-quality bitters. Angostura sells both white and dark rum variants, although it's recognised primarily for its superior aged dark rums, each of which is a blend of cherry-picked mature rums. With a rich, warm flavour of vanilla and an incredibly smooth finish, Angostura's creamy, gentle rums have snagged an assured place on every list of the best rum brands in India. 

 

5. Mount Gay 

 

Price 

INR 3,000 for 700 ml.

 

Alcohol Content 

40%

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Made from molasses and water filtered by natural coral, Mount Gay rums are recognised by every rum enthusiast across the world. The most famous variant arguably is Mount Gay Barbados Eclipse, which is known for its fruity and well-rounded palate, boasting of enticing notes of banana, vanilla and toasty oak. A sip of this excellent rum carries subtle hints of spices, that make for a mouthful of delicate and delightful dark spirit. 

 

6. Malibu

 

Price 

INR 2,980 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol By Volume

21% 

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One of the best-selling rum brands in India and the world at large, Malibu's Coconut flavoured liqueur is absolutely mouthwatering. It's like a vacation in a bottle, one that's full of tropical fresh coconut flavours with notes of vanilla custard. More than anything, the stuff goes down remarkably easily, considering its sweet fruity taste and charming coconut aroma. One of the best rum brands we've ever tried, Malibu rum can be downed just by itself, or by throwing in with some pineapple juice or flavour liquor. 

 

7. Appleton Estate 

 

Price 

INR 1,800 (Approx.) for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

43% 

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The Signature Blend by Appleton Estate is touted to be amongst the best rums in India, and one sip of it's fruity, tasty flavours later, it becomes starkly clear why. Imagine some alcoholic salted caramel, and you've got a pretty good idea of how Appleton Estate's Signature Blend rum tastes. It's a pot-distilled Jamaican rum, with a super smooth and bold profile of flavours, and the palate has lovely notes of oak, nutmeg and exotic spices. 

 

8. Goslings 

 

Price 

INR 1,600 (Approx.) for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

40% to 75.5% 

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Of all the sublime variants produced by Goslings, it's Black Seal rum is perhaps the most famous considering there's a popular cocktail (Dark "n" Stormy) dedicated to it! It's a full-flavoured dark rum, aged in re-charred American oak barrels, and carries a fine balance of thick sweet spices and stewed fruits. It comes with a delightfully warm and spicy finish, and the taste lingers long after you've swallowed your gulp of this fabulous rum. 

 

9. Bacardi 

 

Price 

INR 800 - INR 1,500 for 750 ml.

 

Alcohol By Volume 

35% Onwards 

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Bacardi is indisputably one of the best rum brands in India, one that offers an assortment of exciting flavours to its eager customers. In addition to the terrific fruity flavours such as Apple, Strawberry, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange and Raspberry, Bacardi also has a white, black and gold rum up for grabs. Their unique blends come with remarkable taste and fragrant aromas, and while the gold variant is certainly one of our favourites, we'd suggest you try all before settling on yours! 

 

10. Captain Morgan 

 

Price 

INR 1,472 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

35% 

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Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum is a true classic in the category of the best rum brands in India. One of the most top rated rums for mixing in splendid cocktails, this one boasts of rich flavours of vanilla, brown sugar and aromatic spices, topped off with a hint of oak and a beautifully balanced, smooth finish. It's an affordable rum brand, that also tastes great, and blends wonderfully well into fancy drinks. 

 

11. Havana Club

 

Price 

INR 1,100 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

40%

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The most popular Havana Club rum is the Anejo 3-year-old, that's aged for three years in bourbon casks, and comes with a clean round palate comprising of fresh notes of citrus, oak, vanilla, some spice and lemon. One of the best budget-friendly rum brands in India, this one doesn't compromise on taste or quality one bit. It's one of the most distinguished light Cuban rums, perfect for pouring into any rum cocktail, throwing in with some mixer, or just a few blocks of ice, all in equal measure. 

 

 

12. Hercules

 

Price 

INR 672 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

42.8%

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Easy on the wallet as well as your tongue, Hercules is one of the best selling rum brands in India, especially in the Defence segment of the country. The brand produces both white and dark variants, but it's the Deluxe 3X dark rum that's consumed most commonly. It's a relatively smooth dark rum with a rich, complex flavour profile, making this one of the best rated budget-friendly rums available in the market. 

 

13. Old Port

 

Price 

INR 650 (Approx.) for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

40% Onwards 

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One of the best sweet rum brands in India that also falls within the confines of a reasonable budget, Amrut's Old Port Deluxe Rum is cherished for its mouthwatering balance of sweet, spicy, nutty and ripe fruit flavours. The rum comes in a silky copper shade, and your nose is greeted by the aroma of vanilla, pistachio and decadent spices. A sip of this rum leads to a flood of honey-sweet and butterscotch flavours, with refreshing notes of orange zest. 

 

14. Old Monk

 

Price 

INR 466 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

42.8% 

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Now, this iconic rum brand doesn't exactly need an introduction, does it? Extremely budget-friendly yet effective, Old Monk has been the most adored dark rum in India since 1954. Known for its soft taste palate, comprising of vanilla, cola, spice, roasted coffee beans, and caramel flavours, Old Monk is cheap, accessible, and absolutely yummy by itself, with some water, or a soft drink mixer, all in equal measure. 

 

15. McDowell's No. 1

 

Price 

INR 343 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

42.8% 

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Not just one of the top selling rum brands in India, but McDowell's Celebration rum has been amongst the best selling rum brands in the world for a while now. It has a distinct taste of sharp vanilla and caramelised sugar, with subtle flavours of tea leaves, citrus zest and dry tobacco rounding off the palate. Throw it into a glass with some soft drink mixer, or ginger beer if you're in the mood for experimentation. 

 

16. Contessa 

 

Price 

INR 300 (Approx.) for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

42.8% 

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This one offers a decently smooth and bold taste, which at this price makes this rum a total steal. The flavours are warm and mellow, and Contessa rum boasts of a pronounced woody taste. This cheap rum brand in India, has won several awards for its quality, including a Bronze at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2007 held in the UK. 


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