This month, Cruzan Rum unveils the Cruzan Distiller’s Collection, a line of super-premium, blended aged rums. Comprised of Cruzan® Estate Diamond Dark Rum and the new Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum, along with the popular Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, the collection stays true to the spirit of The Don’t Hurry and doesn’t rush the aging process, waiting until each rum is aged to perfection.

The Cruzan Estate Diamond rums were originally created by Hardy Nelthropp, who served as Cruzan Master Distiller from 1959-2007 and bottled the rum to share with his close friends on St. Croix. Each rum is aged between five and 12 years and, like all Cruzan rums, is made from tropical rainwater, high-quality molasses and distilled to be the cleanest-tasting rum on the market.

“I’m thrilled for Cruzan fans to experience our Distiller’s Collection,” said Gary Nelthropp, President and Master Distiller of Cruzan Rum. “We take great pride in the craftsmanship of our aged rums, and the Cruzan Distiller’s Collection offers consumers the opportunity to enjoy some of my family’s favorite expressions.”

Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum is carefully charcoal filtered and contains subtle vanilla and oak cask flavors, while Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum is expertly crafted to bring out the complex flavor of barrel-aged rum. Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, one of the most awarded aged rums on the market, uses a unique blend of vintage rums that have been aged for up to 12 years and bottled one cask at a time. The term “single barrel” refers to the fact that after its initial aging, the rum is picked and blended before it is barreled for a second time in new American oak barrels and slowly aged again. All three rums are equally enjoyable neat, on the rocks or as a base in classic cocktails. Jesse Card, Master Mixologist for Cruzan Rum, created the following recipes to introduce the new collection to cocktail lovers:

Cruzan Fig Pie 

  • 2 parts Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum
  • 3/4 parts Orange Juice
  • 1/4 parts 1:1 Brown Sugar Syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water)
  • 1 tablespoon Fig Chutney

Method: Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake hard for 15 seconds, double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg & skewered fig.

Cruzan Winter Break 

  • 2 parts Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum
  • 1 parts Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 parts 2:1 Muscovado Syrup (combine 2 parts Muscovado sugar, 1 part water)
  • 5 parts Hot Peppermint Tea

Method: Combine rum, pineapple juice and Muscovado syrup in a toddy glass and stir. Slowly add tea to the glass and garnish with fresh grated cinnamon and stick.

Cruzan Sidecar

  • 2 parts Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
  • 1 part DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur
  • A splash of Lemon Juice

Method: Combine ingredients and shake with ice in a mixing glass until chilled. Pour into a cocktail glass (a sugar-rim garnish is optional).

All three products in the Distiller’s Collection are available nationwide. Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum and Estate Diamond Dark Rum have a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle, and Cruzan Single Barrel Rum features a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 750ml bottle. The Distiller’s Collection joins the Cruzan portfolio of rums that include Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Cruzan 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum and 13 flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, key lime, passion fruit, coconut, mango and strawberry. For more information, please visit,, like us on or follow us on Twitter @CruzanRum.

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  1. Jeremy McDaniel September 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the two Estate Diamond expressions! Glad to see that Cruzan is putting effort into coming out with true rums and not just the flavored variety. Heard nothing but great things about how good Estate Diamond Dark use to be.

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    RumShopRyan September 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Me too Jeremy, I have a couple bottles on the way, I’ll let you know how they taste. I’m glad to see Cruzan making a strong play in the higher end rum market. It’s definitely a growing market!

  3. Bashment October 5, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I’m from the Virgin Islands so I’m Very Proud of all Cruzan Rum Products. When I Saw they had New Rums coming out I just had to go & Buy them right away, I Searched High & Low until I Found them lol (I Live in Miami now so its Kinda Hard to find Select Cruzan like I Did back Home on St. Thomas where you could Walk into any Store & “Wa La” Magic its there)

    I’ve Started a Cruzan Collection & have only 6 more Bottles to Locate here in Miami (Or I will have to take a Lovely Trip back to the Beautiful Virgin Islands to Finish this Journey Of Rum up) Anyways I Hope Cruzan Rum Continues to Create more Incredible Rums for My Display Collection & My Drinking Collection. I Love the Taste of all the Cruzan Rums I’ve Had so far & can’t Wait to Try the Distiller’s Collection (I’m Honored to have come From this Fine Island which makes these Delicious Rums & I will Always Support My Country’s Greatness lol so I’m always good for 2 Bottles)

    Oh & the New Rum Cream from Cruzan is Out People!!! Its Called Velvet Cinn & I can’t wait to Try it after I Track it Down

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    RumShopRyan October 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for the comment Bashment. Yes, the Distiller’s collection is quality rum and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. I’m happy to support the USVI rum brand as well, though I’m a fan of many other rums from the Caribbean and all over the world. Cheers!

  5. Bashment October 14, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Hey I Tried the Cruzan Winter Break Recipe & it was alright tasting (Didn’t really like the Pineapple Juice & Cinnamon in there) So I made It again Without & it was Killer lol I drank it Hot & it Warmed me right up (Now that’s what I call a NightCap)

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    RumShopRyan October 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks drink review Bashement, I’ll have to try with the changes you suggested. Cheers!

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