NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- From Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island to Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, rum has been the favored drink of pirates for ages. Bottles of rum have inspired countless sea shanties and beachside freak outs.
Rum is made from sugarcane juice or molasses, and it's thought to have been first distilled in Caribbean sugarcane plantations in the 17th century. Barbados is traditionally though to be the location of the first distillery, though rum was also produced in Brazil in the early 17th century.
Today, rum is produced all over the world, with many of the best distilleries in the Caribbean, Brazil, and several other countries. But the question is, what is the best bottle of rum?
This list collects 10 of the best rum winners of the 2014 International Wine & Spirits Competition to help you choose which is the best rum for you.
Rhum Agricole Vieux Niesson
Rhum Agricole Vieux Niesson comes from Neisson Distillery in Martinique, which has been distilling spirits since 1931. Rhum Agricole is a French term for cane juice rum, which sets this apart from the other bottles of rum on this list.
Here are the notes the IWSC judges took of the drink:
"Medium bright gold colour. Nose leads with ripe fruit, treacle and rich, brown sugar aromatics. Complex characters of citrus, ginger and caramel follow. Well managed entry with supple flow and great distribution of flavours. Molasses, treacle, caramel and vanilla all in beautiful balance with fine oak support. Great complexity in elegant presentation. Long, slow finish where everything repeats. Very satisfying and rewarding."
A 700ml bottle of Rhum Agricole Vieux Niesson costs about 48 euros.
Angostura Gran Anejo 7 YO
The Angostura Gran Anejo 7 year old rum is the last from Angostura on this list. The company is second only to Demerara Distillers in terms of bottles with awards from the IWSC. The difference is Angostura has more brands of rum while Demerara has more ages of El Dorado on the list.
Here's what the IWSC has to say about this one:
"Mahogany amber colour, deep and rich. Dried fruit aromas with lashings of vanilla and christmas spices, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Plenty of oomphy character on the palate. Big, rich, round, smooth and flavoursome."
A 750mL bottle of Angostura Gran Anejo 7 year old rum costs about $23.