9. Zaya (Guatamala and/or Trinidad)
Another dark and lovely zyrup from Guatemala, Zaya might be higher on the list except for a few key factors working against it. 1) It’s hard to remember the next morning whether or not it was actually Zacapa. 2) Ever since the brand was bought out by multinational liquor-corp Diageo the word on the lane is that the original production facilities have been shuttered and operations shifted to Trinidad (see labels in photo above) second only to Puerto Rico as a producer of mass-market rums designed to be drowned in sour mix and paper umbrellas. A good one but as with 90s rap music, you got to check the label.