If you win the lottery and fancy celebrating with a special bottle of rum, it is unlikely you will find anything more special than the rums listed here. I have researched the internet to find the most expensive rums (price/litre) at the cheapest retail price that I could find. Some of these rums are very old and some are very rare but if any of these rums are in your collection then you will have a great story to tell.
Please note that this list was collated and accurate as of 9th August – in some cases there was only 1 bottle available, so they may have sold out by the time you are reading this.
The Top 10
1. Legacy by Angostura
Made up of a special blend of seven of the brand’s most rare and precious rums. This vanity liquor retails for around £4000 a shot at London’s Playboy Club!
£43,159.30 (Price per Litre)
2. Clément Tournaire 1966 Very Limited Release
Founded in 1887 by Homère Clément, Rhum Clément is a treasure of Martinique. There was only one bottle of the 1966 made – priced at $100,000 but the 8 “ were more modestly priced at £19k!
3. Santiago de Cuba 500
A very decedent release from Santiago de Cuba, released in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the eponymous city, presented in an incredibly stylish decanter and large, handsome case.
4. Caroni Guyana 1994 23yr Full Proof
Caroni 23 years old is the first of the Caroni that was aged in Trinidad until 2008, and subsequently at Demerara Distillers Ltd in Guyana. This release contains the oldest Caroni aged 100% in a tropical climate offering an over 85% angel share.
5. Appleton Estate 50yr old – Jamaica Independence Reserve Rum
Released in 2012 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence, this is a 50-year-old Appleton Estate Jamaican rum. Only 800 bottles of this special release were produced making it a prestigious collector’s item for rum enthusiasts.
6. El Dorado 50yr old – Guyana Independence Special Reserve
El Dorado 50-year-old was released in 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Guyana’s independence. The rum comes packaged in a crystal decanter with a 24k gold medallion and as only 600 bottles were released, it is a very special rum to have in your collection.
7. Trois Rivières Millesime 1980
Very, very old Martinican rhum agricole from Trois Rivières, distilled in 1980! To mark the occasion, they enlisted famed French crystal glassware manufacturers Baccarat to produce a very swish decanter-style bottle for this expression.
8. J Bally 1929 Rum
The 3rd rhum agricole on the list and the oldest – from 1929. This is a complex vintage rum from Martinique aged in oak barrels. Each of these vintages bring their very own character to the final product.
9. Black Tot 1975 – 70° Anniversario Velier
This premium rum was distilled in 1975 and is a very rare 42-year-old Demerara cask. Limited to only 24 bottles, this is a genuine gem in any collection mostly because of the history. Black Tot is a marvellous symbol of an era that no longer exists.
10. Bacardi Superior Rum (Spain) Bot. 1940s
A 1940s presentation of Bacardi Superior white rum. This particular release was produced in Spain and is not only extremely old but is extremely rare – hence the price!
There are three notable omissions from this: Clement Tournaire 1966, the Barbados Private Estate 1780 and the J. Wray & Nephew 1940. None of these rums are available for retail but it is fair to say that all 3 would dominate the top 5 if the list included rums bought at auction.
The Barbados Private Estate dates back to the 1780s and fetched a king’s ransom when it went to auction in London – approx. £80k for the first 12 bottles, and then £135k for 16 bottles a year later, bringing the total for 28 bottles to £214,000 – or £7,500 a bottle which would make it 5th on the list below.
The Wray and Nephew 1940s rum which was the original rum used by Trader Vic to create the first ever Mai Tai cocktail in 1944. The drink was so popular that supply of the 17-year-old rum eventually ran out by the 1950s. In 2004 when Wray and Nephew carried out an inventory of their stores, they discovered a barrel with 12 bottles. Of those, only 4 remain and each one has a staggering price tag of £42,000 which would comfortably place it in 2nd place of the list of expensive rums but as it is not available for sale, we will leave it off.
Finally, the Clement Tournaire – this bottle has broken down the barriers when it comes to rum. The bottle is Baccarat crystal with a yellow and rose gold stopper, comprising of a 200g of precious metal and encrusted with over 4 carats of diamonds. In order to live up to the bottle, Clément chose a 1966 vintage. Bottled in 1991, this 25 year tropically aged rum cannot be found on the market – a fact that contributes to the £78,000 price tag which would see this rum sitting comfortably at the top of the list of the world’s most expensive rums.
If you have ever tried any of these, if anyone has seen a bottle that is missing from this list or you know of a place that stocks any of these at a lower price then please get in touch!