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Review: 10 Cane Rum

Read any bar menu and you’re likely to find at least one cocktail containing 10 Cane Rum. Why’s it so popular? Let’s explore.

For starters, unlike most rums, which are made of molasses, the 80-proof 10 Cane is made from pure, pressed sugar juice. Though it’s technically a white rum, it’s also aged in oak barrels for a spell, which makes more of a golden yellow instead of clear.

Taste 10 Cane and you’ll immediately see a difference vs. other white rums: It’s oily and a bit smoky, and the oak is palpable; it’s much more similar to a cachaca (which is also cane sugar-based) than to Bacardi. This isn’t really a rum for drinking straight: It’s less sweet and less spicy than the best white rums, but really no white rum is designed for drinking solo. In Coke it gets a little lost, but in cocktails it really does work out pretty well. I tried it in a Between the Sheets (1 oz. each rum, brandy, and Cointreau, plus a splash of lemon juice), and the spirit shined. Maybe 10 Cane is so popular with bartenders because it’s both versatile and because that smoky-oaky character adds something a little different to your average rum cocktail. I’d buy that argument… wouldn’t you?

Try it if you’re a cachaca fan and see if you don’t agree with me.

80 proof.

B+ / $30

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Christopher Null

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

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  1. Edoc January 16, 2009

    Interesting, but you can get a fine bottle of Barbancourt 8 yr for $20, which is quite a good rum and is also made from cane juice. Not sure it would be worth the extra money for 10 Cane.

  2. Edoc June 6, 2009

    I’m wondering how 10 Cane compares to Seagram’s new (and cheap) Brazilian Smooth Rum. I saw SBSR on the shelf the other day, the big 1.75 liter bottle, and it was around $17.

  3. Edoc July 22, 2009

    Now that I’ve had Seagram’s Brazilian Rum, I can say that 10 Cane is a lot more rum-like than Seagram’s. Seagram’s Brazilian Rum tastes a bit like tequila– a smooth taste followed by a fiery vapor.

    In comment #2 I mentioned Barbancourt 8yr, but I recently bought and tasted the Barbancourt 4yr, which is a lot closer to 10 Cane in all respects. The Barbancourt 4yr can be purchased for about $17.

  4. Pete January 13, 2010

    10 Cane is the bomb.

  5. J WHITE March 2, 2011

    I comment at about cocktails says it like licking a battery while the about review says its award winning? Is there any cane juice rum or white that can be drank straight from the bottle?


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