Pineapple and rum go together like peas and carrots, and as flavored rums go, Don Q’s Pina — made in Puerto Rico with rum aged 12 to 18 months and naturally flavored “with 100% natural pineapple juice” — feels tailor made for your pina colada, or whatever other tropical concoction you have in mind. Quite sweet but not overblown, the pineapple notes come across more like sugared and dried pineapple slices, with a straight granulated sugar confectionery base underneath. The finish is a rush of brown sugar, the lightly aged rum in the mix finally showing its stripes.
Naturally, all of this reserves Pina for duty strictly as a mixer — it’s a one-note rum without much versatility beyond the world of tiki — but at $13 a bottle, that’s not such a bad thing.
60 proof. Aka DonQ.
B / $13 / donq.com