I just answered 2 emails about Boston liquor stores that carry a good selection of rums. I figured I’d just re-post what I wrote to them.
I frequent a few places in and around Boston:
Blanchard’s in Jamaica Plain (You can order online and pickup there, so it’s great. Mediocre selection, really, but they’re the only place around that sells El Dorado. Check online first.)
Liquor Mart in Boston on Mass Ave – huge selection
Brookline Liquor Mart
Kappy’s – These last 3 are in a 1-block area – VERY convenient, and always a great selection between the 3. This is easily my recommended stop, since you get 3 for one.
For agricoles, especially the high end, there’s a place in Back Bay called Charles Street Liquors. They’re small, and not cheap, but when they have something good they have the great stuff. I was there once and saw the Clement Cuvee Homere and their XO – both very highly recommended, if you have the cash.
I go into NYC once in a while, and hit Astor Wines. If you’re ever dying for a dozen new rums to try, that place is worth a once-a-year trip.
Not quite so far from Boston, but barely an hour away, is Joyal’s in Warwick, RI. They have their inventory online so you can check before you go. Damn, they don’t anymore. What a bummer. But they are worth a trip, honestly.
Also, Julio’s out in Westborough is worth the trip. Ryan knows his rums.