Celebrate National Rum Day With These Picks From A Master Mixologist

Kendie Williams is an award-winning master mixologist at the ultra-luxurious Four Seasons Resort Nevis. It also makes her the ideal person for some expert advice on National Rum Day selections.

Williams is an island girl from the Caribbean, where rum is a staple. Her tropical background has led her to favor bolder spirits with flavors like vanilla, caramel, and toffee with a hint of spice.

“Dark rums are usually smoother on the palate and never need much to enhance the taste,” explained Williams. But for cocktails, she leans towards the lighter side and white rums.

To celebrate National Rum Day, here are some favorites from Williams’ personal collection.

This rum is very smooth from beginning to end. The balance of the sweetened fruits, spices, and the added chocolatey smooth finish will be delicious as a liquid dessert

Ron Zacapa XO, Guatemala 

This rum is creamy & thick. You’ll want another glass at the end of the night. It’s perfect as a dessert rum over ice, that’ll soften the alcohol taste & make the flavors come out.

El Dorado 15, Guyana

This one is very different from the rest; it has a dominant vanilla taste that’s inviting. It has a smoky flavor in the finish, which would complement a cigar.

Zaya Gran Reserva Rum, Trinidad 

This rum has so many welcoming flavors, making it ideal for any meal period. It’s one of my favorite rums; it doesn’t need anything and should only be used as a sipping rum.

Appleton 50 years, Jamaica

This is a sweeter rum with its primary notes from the banana and apricot. It also pairs very nicely with spicy dishes or even as a pre-or post-dinner sipping rum.

Diplomatico Ambassador, Venezuela

This rum is true to my heart because it was created for our property specifically and can only be found here. This rum doesn’t need much and can easily be a sipping rum.

Crowned Monkey Rum, Nevis

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