Skaalvenn’s white rum is my go to over any big name brand. Of course Caribbean and Haitian rum makers have been making rum for centuries, but you’ll pay a pretty penny for them. And mass produced varieties mean you lose out on the exciting flavors of small batch spirits. So why not support a veteran-owned distillery in Brooklyn Park, Minn.? This husband and wife team does all of their own distillation. The couple is trying to make solid and affordable rum for the average consumer. Mission accomplished. With a sweet nose, a powerful cane character for the body and a tropical finish, this rum is a go to for your next daiquiri or mai tai. Keep your eyes peeled for the bottle labeled with a Norse Viking. And if you’re feeling bold, look for their habanero white rum to spice up any classic cocktail this spring.
Graham Luterbach is a liquor specialist for Edina Liquor.