Review: Rubi Rey Rum

Review: Rubi Rey Rum

The red bottle screams gimmick, but the rum inside is legit: Rubi Rey, I’m happy to report, is one of the best white rums on the market, and a good deal, to boot.

Finished in white oak and marketed as a “single barrel” rum, Rubi Rey offers a very clean sugary rum flavor and a light burn (despite being bottled at 86 proof). The taste is reminiscent of really good cachaça, with that spicy, burnt sugar character in the nose and a heavy creaminess on the palate. The delicate essence of wood in the finish is just right for a white rum. I hesitate to say it, but you could actually drink this rum straight, or with a little water and maybe some sugar, something I’d never dreamed possible with a standard white rum. Naturally it shines in cocktails, too.

At just $20 a bottle, Rubi Rey is also an amazing bargain. Sorry, folks, but the Drinkhacker top shelf of white rum just got a new resident. Who will try to dethrone Ms. Rubi?

86 proof.

A / $20 

Rubi Rey Rum




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Bryan on July 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I found Rubi Rey about a year ago because my best friend sells it (SWS). I thought the same thing you did at first glance a nice bottle but when I tasted it, now its my first choice!!! Excellent Rum!!!!! :)

  2. Houdin on August 3, 2010 at 12:31 am

    where might you find it?
    I absolutely want to try it, but it is quite hard to get for i live in germany!
    Any seller in europe would be a leap forward.


  3. omega2010 on October 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    It seems that Bacardi has discontinued Rubi Rey. But they recently introduced a 1909 Ron Superior white rum that is similar to Rubi Rey.

  4. omega2010 on October 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Never mind. I’ve found a few online listings for Rubi Rey but it doesn’t seem to be found in many stores.

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