Review: Tommy Bahama Rum – White Sand and Golden Sun

Review: Tommy Bahama Rum – White Sand and Golden Sun

When the Wall Street Journal’s Eric Felten named Tommy Bahama white rum his favorite of some 10 rums in a blind tasting, I figured I had to try it. The company was kind enough to send both of its rums, light and dark, to be put to the test. Both are bottled in Barbados (not, er, The Bahamas) and both are 80 proof. (And these stout bottles… sheesh, you could knock out a mugger with one of these!)

Tommy Bahama White Sand White Rum – This is a pretty standard, though woody, white rum. Not sure what Felten was so enchanted with, but, hey, it’s better than the usual fare. As with a lot of white rum, charcoal is pretty heavy on the palate. It’s a good rum, nothing wrong here at all. Works well in cocktails or with simple mixers, but I’m not over the moon about it. B+ 

Tommy Bahama Golden Sun Dark Rum – This dark rum is aged at least three years in oak, giving it a distinct whiskey character, with a strong, sugary undercoating. I enjoyed this straight, on the rocks, but there’s a hint of charcoal in the aroma that makes everything a little off… just a little. A little bitterness plays out in the taste, rubbing up against the coffee notes the way old, burnt coffee can taste. Weird in a rum, but it’s really just a hint of that, nothing major. Again, Golden Sun works better in cocktails, but rum aficionados may find it interesting to compare against their favorite grog. B+

both $30 /

Tommy Bahama White Sand White 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. brett on September 23, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    i only tried the clear one and it was great.
    it has a cork.

  2. Tony on December 26, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I almost exlusively drink rum of all stripes. Tommy Bahama Gold is my favorite sipping rum over ice by far. Better than Pyrat XO Reserve by far – not as fragrant, but much smoother. I think Pyrat is too fragrant, but it’s a premium rum that many other here may have tried. You must try Tommy Bahama Golden Sun over ice. It’s really nice.

  3. walter on January 5, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I have been a rum fan for more than 40 years. Both the rums are palatable but you can get much better rums for the price. This stuff is over priced by $10 per bottle.

  4. Tommy Bahama Bedding on February 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I personally like TBGS rum.

  5. trish on August 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    The bottle is thick and heavy and very ‘hip’ looking. I think you are paying a lot for the packaging, not what is in it. Same goes for Pyrat, very fancy package, average rum.

  6. deej on December 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I love the golden sun, but can’t find it anymore! :(
    A local store ordered it in and charged $40 for the1.75, and 877liquors wants $99 for it. OUTRAGEOUS!
    anyone know where to get it for $30? I’d gladly pay that. This is the smoothest rum I’ve ever mixed in a drink.

  7. Anonymous on December 31, 2010 at 9:56 am

    well i just baught this bottle 1.75 i guess its huge for $14 at my liquor store

  8. qwert on January 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    >well i just baught this bottle 1.75 i guess its huge for $14 at my liquor store

  9. George on January 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Qwert, I just did the same thing! 14.95 for a 1.75L. I was about to pay 17.10 for a liter of bacardi and I saw this and I was like “You gotta be kidding!” Checking to see if maybe it was a crappy rum but apparently we did get an awesome deal.
    I got it at a Military Class 6 FYI.

  10. Anonymous on January 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    i work in a military class six store in massachusetts and we got a whole s### load of it in. i mean almost too much. selling from 15 for a 1.75 to about 9 for a .750. it’s okay but, have any of you noticed some weird crap floating around in the golden sun bottles?

  11. Joe on January 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Just cleaned out my local liquor store of the last remaining bottles (white and dark) at $13.99 each!!

  12. LYNN NORMAN on November 11, 2012 at 11:36 am


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  14. Joe on February 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Its really good stuff! Discontinued, buy now before its all gone, well worth it!! check smaller liquor stores as the big ones are already sold out. It provides a nice comfortable buzz, love it!! some stores its still $30 but others its only $15!!

  15. Anonymous on September 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Does anyone know where I can find the golden sun rum in NYC or Long Island, NY?

  16. Brenda Sprague on August 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I just found a golden sun bottle in my cabinet. Is the bottle worth anything since you no longer make it?

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