Vintage rums are often limited edition issued according to the date of their distillation and or bottling, like fine wines and cognacs. A number of bottlers and producers put out special expressions of their finest vintage rums only once a year, almost always in limited supply,.

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Bristol Providence Estate 1990
Distilled 1990, bottled 2012 at 46 percent. Aromas of molasses and musty dark wood, earthy funk, prune wine, caramel and treacle, cola nut. The sweet entry of cola dries into cashew treacle, funky wood, earthiness and old wood. This gem finishes like desert Sherry, very long and satisfying.
source: Trinidad
Bristol Rockley 1986
Rockley Pot Still. Distilled 1986, bottled 2012 at 46 percent. Aromas of musty gym socks, a hint of salt, charcoal and leather, walnut shell, dried prune and apricot, dark raisin, figs, dates, root cellar, rancio, pistachio, soft rubber. The palate starts honeyed, leads into dark dried fruit and leather, nuts and burnt wood, cacao. The super-long complex, balanced finish offers echoes of charred wood and prune.
source: Barbados
Bundaberg Master Distiller's Blender's Edition 2014
Aromas of charred wood dominate a chocolate note, then dark earthy roots like anise and sassafras, dark raisin, some baking notes, fruit cake notes before honey develops as tears run down the glass. The smooth sweet honey-like entry leads to a Zinfandel mid-palate which continues to dry with notes of dark chocolate, raisins, easy on the baking spices, moving to a sherry finish with dark charred wood. Baking spices persist through the long finish.
source: Australia
Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage
Aged in oak for twelve years before a second aging in sherry barrel, Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage is a limited edition aged rum from Venezuela. Aromas of vanilla and almond lead to well balanced caramel and dark dried fruit before aromatic oak, cigar box, musk and raisin. On the palate, initial flavors of caramel, vanilla and oak are enhanced by complex dark fruit, spices and hints of tobacco. The finish dries out with very long lasting echoes of oak, raisin and toffee. http://www.rondiplomatico.com/home
source: Venezuela
abv: 43
Don Q 2005 Limited Edition Single Barrel
Aromas of delicate sweetness, toasted and charred wood, a subtle nuttiness over cane, a touch of sourdough and butter, a hint of marzipan. On the palate, a delicate entry quickly pops with warmth that brings toasted wood and butter with growing viscosity before fading into a long lasting woody buttery finish.
source: Oregon
Mezan Guyana 2005
Rich aromas of ripe fruit, funky banana, dried pineapple, buttered popcorn. The robust fermentation and a rustic distillation leaves big bold aromas in the distillate, suggesting fermented juice box, cherry almond, big funky shoe leather. The natural sweetness from the aromas isn't there on the palate. It's semi-dry thoughout. The entry of dry floral almond and perfume leads to muted dried fruit like dehydrated banana and pineapple, which remain in the long smooth surprisingly dry finish.
source: Oregon
Mezan Jamaica 2000
From Long Pond's double retort pot still. Aromas of sweet buttery charred oak and chardonnay, very ripe butter, green apple, banana, pineapple, herbaceous vegetal, fresh bread dough. On the palate, a smooth butter toffee entry leads into a very complex fruity, funky bouquet accented by an interesting briny, earthy, stingray leather tempered by wood before a very long, lingering complex finish.
source: Jamaica
Mezan Panama 2004
A molasses rum from a legacy two-column copper still. Aromas of toasted oak, ginger spiced cookie, molasses tinged with dry cedar, a hint of vanilla, bananas foster, burnt sugar/caramel, banana flavored praline, treacle, stone fruit or sour sop. On the palate, all oak and butter in the beginning, very smooth, cashew nut, coconut meat, suggestion of spices on the edge of the palate, long lasting butter, coconut, bitter cocoa nibs, vegetal and flowery notes into the long finish.
source: Panama
Mezan Panama 2006
Aromas of dark dried fruit (apricot) charred bourbon oak, buttery burnt sugar/treacle, cherry/almond, very subtle anise. The smooth brown sugar opening brings big wood mid-palate, fading to a bit of sweetness and pepper, finishes long and easy, manages to combine bitter wood, natural sweetness and smokey wood that is reminiscent of good bbq.
source: Panama
Penny Blue XO Batch 1
Named after the rarest stamp in the world, this limited edition expression is produced by the Medine Distillery from a blend of rums aged an average of seven years. Initial aromas of bicycle tire, acrylic, green apple and white grape lead to ripe mango and orange blossom, dark roasted coffee, very subtle honey, ripe banana and cloves plus wild cane grass. On the palate a light spicy bouquet over ethanol is followed by citrus and nuts, white pepper, white chocolate, vanilla and molasses, with an earthy, grassy, very hot mid-palate leading to a truffle note, dry sac sherry, with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon in the long dry finish.
source: Mauritius
Plantation 2001 Nicaragua
This 84 proof rum rests in Bourbon barrels before being finished in Cognac casks. Initial aromas of vanilla and bitter almonds lead to treacle, brown butter and roasted macadamia. The palate begins with a sweet honey note then dries out with a note of anise, lots of smoky oak with buttery fruit and cognac leading to spicy notes in the very long dry finish.
source: Nicaragua
Plantation 2003 Grenada
RumXP Award Winner At 84 proof, we get very subtle ethanol note brings flowers, leather and grassy cane, with dates and subtle white raisin over dark fruit before cedar, muscovado sugar and a hint of bitter vanilla. The palate begins with a funky honey mead note, warming up mid-palate with mixed fruit, herbs and dry vanilla followed by a dry finish.
source: Grenada
Plantation Barbados 1995
this amber gold reserve is aged in Bourbon barrels for a full flavored, well balanced, long lasting finish, featuring a rich aroma and subtle elegance from maturing in old wood
source: Barbados
Plantation Barbados 2000
RumXP Award Winner Luscious bouquet of big charred white oak, ripe banana, sweet rubber, whiskey barrel, dried apricot, citrus peel, slightly buttery, with hints of toffee and Brazil nut. The palate begins with egg cream custard, cinnamon, vanilla, butter croissant, dried fruit, leading to a growing warmth after the dryness, finishing like a buttery Chardonnay.
source: Barbados
Plantation Guadeloupe 1998
An agricole style spirit from Guadeloupe, this 42 percent abv rum is further aged in casks once used for cognac exhibiting aromas of cane, fermented wheat and burnt sugar, before salted caramel and a hint of apple cider. It's bold and complex palate of warm and sweet notes suggests roasted coffee leading to buttery caramel, graham cracker with tropical fruit chutney and white raisin before bold butter notes fading to a hint of pepper in the finish.
source: Guadeloupe
Plantation Guyana 1999
Rich, robust tones of musky wooden coffee still anchor the aromas, with apple juice, a slightly balsamic raisin, treacle and spice, light molasses, yellow cake and hint of orange peel. The taste begins with aged brandy, dried fruit, a light floral note followed by rum balls, old wood, bergamot tea and dried apricot fading into a semi-dry long finish.
source: Guyana
award: RumXP Gold
Plantation Panama 2002
RumXP Award Winner From a copper column still and aged ten years in Bourbon casks, this 84 proof spirit offers big Bourbon wood, a hint of sea salt, figs and dates before new wood. The palate leads with honey, vanilla and earthy raisin overwhelmed by big wood that gets dry and stays dry through the long woody finish.
source: Panama
Plantation Trinidad 1993
Old Reserve 1993 is a light golden rum featuring warm subtle undertones, including hints of coconut and citrus with a long lasting finish.
source: Trinidad
Plantation Trinidad 1999
RumXP Award Winner The 84 proof spirit from Trinidad opens with aromas of tangerine, buttered toast and honeyed vanilla, followed by big praline, whiskey barrel and cognac wood with a rich note of rancio. The palate reveals an initial hint of sweet apple and treacle, then toasted coconut, orange peel and charred whiskey wood with a well balanced dry finish.
source: Trinidad
Plantation Venezuela 1992
rare, authentic estate vintage rum from Venezuela with a complex array of aromas, tastes of honey, cedar and spices, tropical fruit, with a warm lingering finish fading into an oaky sweetness
source: Venezuela
RL Seale Vintage 1998
a light bodied, well aged rum that presents a nearly perfect balance of sweet and dry, with toasty oak and dried fruit leading to a medium dry, long, warm finish
source: Barbados
Samaroli Caribbean 2003
matured in Scotland, a selection of vintage Cuban rums with a smooth, clean, ample and powerful profile
source: Cuba
Samaroli Fiji 2001
a complex, balanced and expressive spirit, Samaroli Fiji Rum was distilled in 2001, but matured in Scotland for ten years, developing layers of caramelized fruit, tropical flowers and sweet spice on the nose and palate, leading to with hints of banana and coconut on the elegant finish
source: Fiji
Bristol Providence Estate 1990
Distilled 1990, bottled 2012 at 46 percent. Aromas of molasses and musty dark wood, earthy funk, prune wine, caramel and treacle, cola nut. The sweet entry of cola dries into cashew treacle, funky wood, earthiness and old wood. This gem finishes like desert Sherry, very long and satisfying.
source: Trinidad
producer: Bristol Classic
Bristol Rockley 1986
Rockley Pot Still. Distilled 1986, bottled 2012 at 46 percent. Aromas of musty gym socks, a hint of salt, charcoal and leather, walnut shell, dried prune and apricot, dark raisin, figs, dates, root cellar, rancio, pistachio, soft rubber. The palate starts honeyed, leads into dark dried fruit and leather, nuts and burnt wood, cacao. The super-long complex, balanced finish offers echoes of charred wood and prune.
source: Barbados
producer: Bristol Classic
Bundaberg Master Distiller's Blender's Edition 2014
Aromas of charred wood dominate a chocolate note, then dark earthy roots like anise and sassafras, dark raisin, some baking notes, fruit cake notes before honey develops as tears run down the glass. The smooth sweet honey-like entry leads to a Zinfandel mid-palate which continues to dry with notes of dark chocolate, raisins, easy on the baking spices, moving to a sherry finish with dark charred wood. Baking spices persist through the long finish.
source: Australia
producer: Bundaberg
distiller: Bundaberg Distillery
Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage
Aged in oak for twelve years before a second aging in sherry barrel, Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage is a limited edition aged rum from Venezuela. Aromas of vanilla and almond lead to well balanced caramel and dark dried fruit before aromatic oak, cigar box, musk and raisin. On the palate, initial flavors of caramel, vanilla and oak are enhanced by complex dark fruit, spices and hints of tobacco. The finish dries out with very long lasting echoes of oak, raisin and toffee. http://www.rondiplomatico.com/home
source: Venezuela
producer: Diplomatico
distiller: Distileras Unidas
abv: 43
Don Q 2005 Limited Edition Single Barrel
Aromas of delicate sweetness, toasted and charred wood, a subtle nuttiness over cane, a touch of sourdough and butter, a hint of marzipan. On the palate, a delicate entry quickly pops with warmth that brings toasted wood and butter with growing viscosity before fading into a long lasting woody buttery finish.
source: Oregon
producer: Stillwagon Distillery
Mezan Guyana 2005
Rich aromas of ripe fruit, funky banana, dried pineapple, buttered popcorn. The robust fermentation and a rustic distillation leaves big bold aromas in the distillate, suggesting fermented juice box, cherry almond, big funky shoe leather. The natural sweetness from the aromas isn't there on the palate. It's semi-dry thoughout. The entry of dry floral almond and perfume leads to muted dried fruit like dehydrated banana and pineapple, which remain in the long smooth surprisingly dry finish.
source: Oregon
producer: Stillwagon Distillery
Mezan Jamaica 2000
From Long Pond's double retort pot still. Aromas of sweet buttery charred oak and chardonnay, very ripe butter, green apple, banana, pineapple, herbaceous vegetal, fresh bread dough. On the palate, a smooth butter toffee entry leads into a very complex fruity, funky bouquet accented by an interesting briny, earthy, stingray leather tempered by wood before a very long, lingering complex finish.
source: Jamaica
producer: Mezan
distiller: Long Pond
Mezan Panama 2004
A molasses rum from a legacy two-column copper still. Aromas of toasted oak, ginger spiced cookie, molasses tinged with dry cedar, a hint of vanilla, bananas foster, burnt sugar/caramel, banana flavored praline, treacle, stone fruit or sour sop. On the palate, all oak and butter in the beginning, very smooth, cashew nut, coconut meat, suggestion of spices on the edge of the palate, long lasting butter, coconut, bitter cocoa nibs, vegetal and flowery notes into the long finish.
source: Panama
producer: Mezan
Mezan Panama 2006
Aromas of dark dried fruit (apricot) charred bourbon oak, buttery burnt sugar/treacle, cherry/almond, very subtle anise. The smooth brown sugar opening brings big wood mid-palate, fading to a bit of sweetness and pepper, finishes long and easy, manages to combine bitter wood, natural sweetness and smokey wood that is reminiscent of good bbq.
source: Panama
producer: Mezan
Penny Blue XO Batch 1
Named after the rarest stamp in the world, this limited edition expression is produced by the Medine Distillery from a blend of rums aged an average of seven years. Initial aromas of bicycle tire, acrylic, green apple and white grape lead to ripe mango and orange blossom, dark roasted coffee, very subtle honey, ripe banana and cloves plus wild cane grass. On the palate a light spicy bouquet over ethanol is followed by citrus and nuts, white pepper, white chocolate, vanilla and molasses, with an earthy, grassy, very hot mid-palate leading to a truffle note, dry sac sherry, with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon in the long dry finish.
source: Mauritius
producer: Medine Distillery
Plantation 2001 Nicaragua
This 84 proof rum rests in Bourbon barrels before being finished in Cognac casks. Initial aromas of vanilla and bitter almonds lead to treacle, brown butter and roasted macadamia. The palate begins with a sweet honey note then dries out with a note of anise, lots of smoky oak with buttery fruit and cognac leading to spicy notes in the very long dry finish.
source: Nicaragua
producer: C. Ferrand
Plantation 2003 Grenada
RumXP Award Winner At 84 proof, we get very subtle ethanol note brings flowers, leather and grassy cane, with dates and subtle white raisin over dark fruit before cedar, muscovado sugar and a hint of bitter vanilla. The palate begins with a funky honey mead note, warming up mid-palate with mixed fruit, herbs and dry vanilla followed by a dry finish.
source: Grenada
producer: C. Ferrand
Plantation Barbados 1995
this amber gold reserve is aged in Bourbon barrels for a full flavored, well balanced, long lasting finish, featuring a rich aroma and subtle elegance from maturing in old wood
source: Barbados
producer: C. Ferrand
Plantation Barbados 2000
RumXP Award Winner Luscious bouquet of big charred white oak, ripe banana, sweet rubber, whiskey barrel, dried apricot, citrus peel, slightly buttery, with hints of toffee and Brazil nut. The palate begins with egg cream custard, cinnamon, vanilla, butter croissant, dried fruit, leading to a growing warmth after the dryness, finishing like a buttery Chardonnay.
source: Barbados
producer: C. Ferrand
Plantation Guadeloupe 1998
An agricole style spirit from Guadeloupe, this 42 percent abv rum is further aged in casks once used for cognac exhibiting aromas of cane, fermented wheat and burnt sugar, before salted caramel and a hint of apple cider. It's bold and complex palate of warm and sweet notes suggests roasted coffee leading to buttery caramel, graham cracker with tropical fruit chutney and white raisin before bold butter notes fading to a hint of pepper in the finish.
source: Guadeloupe
producer: Plantation
Plantation Guyana 1999
Rich, robust tones of musky wooden coffee still anchor the aromas, with apple juice, a slightly balsamic raisin, treacle and spice, light molasses, yellow cake and hint of orange peel. The taste begins with aged brandy, dried fruit, a light floral note followed by rum balls, old wood, bergamot tea and dried apricot fading into a semi-dry long finish.
source: Guyana
producer: C. Ferrand
distiller: Demerara Distillers
award: RumXP Gold
Plantation Panama 2002
RumXP Award Winner From a copper column still and aged ten years in Bourbon casks, this 84 proof spirit offers big Bourbon wood, a hint of sea salt, figs and dates before new wood. The palate leads with honey, vanilla and earthy raisin overwhelmed by big wood that gets dry and stays dry through the long woody finish.
source: Panama
producer: C. Ferrand
Plantation Trinidad 1993
Old Reserve 1993 is a light golden rum featuring warm subtle undertones, including hints of coconut and citrus with a long lasting finish.
source: Trinidad
producer: C. Ferrand
Plantation Trinidad 1999
RumXP Award Winner The 84 proof spirit from Trinidad opens with aromas of tangerine, buttered toast and honeyed vanilla, followed by big praline, whiskey barrel and cognac wood with a rich note of rancio. The palate reveals an initial hint of sweet apple and treacle, then toasted coconut, orange peel and charred whiskey wood with a well balanced dry finish.
source: Trinidad
producer: C. Ferrand
Plantation Venezuela 1992
rare, authentic estate vintage rum from Venezuela with a complex array of aromas, tastes of honey, cedar and spices, tropical fruit, with a warm lingering finish fading into an oaky sweetness
source: Venezuela
producer: C. Ferrand
RL Seale Vintage 1998
a light bodied, well aged rum that presents a nearly perfect balance of sweet and dry, with toasty oak and dried fruit leading to a medium dry, long, warm finish
source: Barbados
producer: RL Seale
Samaroli Caribbean 2003
matured in Scotland, a selection of vintage Cuban rums with a smooth, clean, ample and powerful profile
source: Cuba
producer: Samaroli
Samaroli Fiji 2001
a complex, balanced and expressive spirit, Samaroli Fiji Rum was distilled in 2001, but matured in Scotland for ten years, developing layers of caramelized fruit, tropical flowers and sweet spice on the nose and palate, leading to with hints of banana and coconut on the elegant finish
source: Fiji
producer: Samaroli