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#151 Post by bradkaplan » July 24th, 2015, 2:44 pm

Y'all - if you see a bottle of Plantation Pineapple Rum, grab it. Seriously. Superb stuff, from Maison Ferrand and David Wondrich. More thoughts/notes over on the blog- http://www.thirstysouth.com/2015/07/24/ ... apple-rum/
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#152 Post by Siun o'Connell » September 27th, 2015, 8:24 pm

When I was at Toro in Scottsdale, AZ a few weeks ago, their "Rum Princess" brought me a taste of Smak's Chai Rum and it was delicious. I've never had a flavored rum like that but really liked the warmth of the spices with the sweet .. and could happily imagine sipping mid-winter by the fire. I haven't been able to find a source - has anyone seen it or does anyone know a good source for small production rums since I gather they only make 9000 bottles down in T&T?

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#153 Post by Ryan Kilkenney » January 11th, 2016, 1:47 pm

bradkaplan wrote:Y'all - if you see a bottle of Plantation Pineapple Rum, grab it. Seriously. Superb stuff, from Maison Ferrand and David Wondrich. More thoughts/notes over on the blog- http://www.thirstysouth.com/2015/07/24/ ... apple-rum/
Just picked up a bottle - it's delicious. Looking forward to including it in cocktails.

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#154 Post by Paul Miller » January 11th, 2016, 2:03 pm

This has become my go-to, daily-style rum. I like their 8-year rum.

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#155 Post by scamhi » January 11th, 2016, 2:22 pm

Siun o'Connell wrote:When I was at Toro in Scottsdale, AZ a few weeks ago, their "Rum Princess" brought me a taste of Smak's Chai Rum and it was delicious. I've never had a flavored rum like that but really liked the warmth of the spices with the sweet .. and could happily imagine sipping mid-winter by the fire. I haven't been able to find a source - has anyone seen it or does anyone know a good source for small production rums since I gather they only make 9000 bottles down in T&T?
check wine searcher- a few stores listed all in AZ.
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#156 Post by Scott Butler » February 24th, 2016, 5:50 am

Anyone ever try this one? I saw it in the Sint Maarten airport. Rhum Barbancourt 150 year old! Unfortunately $425 is out of my price range.

They had the 15yr for $25.99 which is a great price.
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#157 Post by Chris S p i k e s » February 24th, 2016, 8:43 am

Scott Butler wrote:Anyone ever try this one? I saw it in the Sint Maarten airport. Rhum Barbancourt 150 year old! Unfortunately $425 is out of my price range.

They had the 15yr for $25.99 which is a great price.
I wonder what % of the juice is actually 150 years old. Don't they constantly top up barrels with newer juice as evaporation happens? (can't remember the term for it, but the rum and bourbon guys will know) I would imagine that if they just put it in barrels for 150 years, they'd have black tar as the result.

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#158 Post by Michael Bowden » February 24th, 2016, 9:52 am

It's "Cuvee 150" and not necessiarly 150 years old....
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#159 Post by Scott Butler » February 24th, 2016, 9:54 am

Yeh, I'd be curious. Not that I am an expert, but what I've read about age statements is that the age on the bottle must represent the YOUNGEST liquid involved.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/ ... ot-matter/

Bacardi 8 is the only Bacardi rum to carry a number, which represents the youngest rum in the blend rather than the oldest because the “oldest rum varies as we blend to a specific flavour profile,” explained Kongsrivilai.

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Scotch whiskies are generally distilled twice, although some are distilled a third time and others even up to twenty times.[61] Scotch Whisky Regulations require anything bearing the label "Scotch" to be distilled in Scotland and matured for a minimum of three years in oak casks, among other, more specific criteria.[62] Any age statement on the bottle, in the form of a number, must reflect the age of the youngest Scotch whisky used to produce that product.

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Age Statement: A label specifying the age of a single barrel bourbon. If a bourbon is blended or a “small batch”, then the age statement is the youngest barrel in the batch.
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#160 Post by Joe B » February 24th, 2016, 9:57 am

This is currently what i am drinking and its great.
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#161 Post by Scott Butler » February 24th, 2016, 9:59 am

Michael Bowden wrote:It's "Cuvee 150" and not necessiarly 150 years old....
if that is true, than the shelf label is incorrect. It says "150 Year old Hatianrum"
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#162 Post by Scott Butler » February 24th, 2016, 10:00 am

Michael Bowden wrote:It's "Cuvee 150" and not necessiarly 150 years old....
But googling it, I suspect you are right. Bummer - not that I was going to buy it, but I thought WOW, 150 years old!
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#163 Post by Kevin Stine » April 19th, 2016, 6:37 pm

I agree with George - El Dorado -- These are awesome! The 12 yr-old is great, but the 15 yr-old is well worth the "upgrade" price. The 21 yr-old is absolutely spectacular.

My everyday go to rum (less than $20) is R.L. Seale's. Great rum for the price.

My special treat is Duncan Taylor Single Cask 1997.
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#164 Post by Sanjay Nandurkar » August 1st, 2016, 2:15 am

Had a Rum tasting recently. The one that really stood out was Diplomatico 2000 vintage.


I purchased the Diplomatico reserve recently which was much cheaper but also very nice.

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#165 Post by Drew Goin » August 1st, 2016, 5:35 am

Ron Matusalem was my favorite mixer back in the day. I also enjoyed the Mt Gay and Appleton rums that were older for on the rocks.
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#166 Post by Scott Sutherland » August 1st, 2016, 6:24 am

Two new ones for me:

Ron Abuelo 7y rum. Excellent -- reminiscent of the El Dorado 12 but perhaps rounder, smoother, and less petrol. Maybe sweeter.

Barbancourt 8. I'm bought this because it was touted by the shop as sort of agricole light and I wanted one for mixing. Solid. Drier than then Abuelo for sure with some herbal qualities -- still clearly a rum but quite interesting. Will be fun to play around with.

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#167 Post by Bill Buitenhuys » August 4th, 2016, 9:30 am

Plantation's recent re-do of their Original Dark to now include some Jamaican in the mix is pretty damned tasty.
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#168 Post by Craig G » January 22nd, 2017, 9:19 pm

This El Dorado 12 is like crack.
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#169 Post by Michae1 P0wers » January 24th, 2017, 7:07 pm

Scott Butler wrote:
Michael Bowden wrote:It's "Cuvee 150" and not necessiarly 150 years old....
if that is true, than the shelf label is incorrect. It says "150 Year old Hatianrum"

Yeah, that's the age of the Solera. I suspect in the US it would be labeled as such. I bet its still fire.

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#170 Post by Steve L Gellman » February 7th, 2017, 5:03 pm

Going to the caribbeanin a few weeks. I hope to pick up some Cuban rums. What are some recommendations

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#171 Post by scamhi » February 7th, 2017, 7:16 pm

Steve L Gellman wrote:Going to the caribbeanin a few weeks. I hope to pick up some Cuban rums. What are some recommendations
Havana Club rums from Cuba.
the 7 year is very good
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#172 Post by Chris Oxford » February 8th, 2017, 6:56 am

I have been a big rum mixer, normally ginger beer or a bit of coke, but have decided to try to acquire a few sipping bottles. I purchased the El Dorado 12 this weekend, then a client dropped off a bottle of the Plantation 20th Anniversary XO yesterday. Can't wait to get into them.

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#173 Post by GMcCarthy » February 8th, 2017, 3:05 pm

Chris Oxford wrote:I have been a big rum mixer, normally ginger beer or a bit of coke, but have decided to try to acquire a few sipping bottles. I purchased the El Dorado 12 this weekend, then a client dropped off a bottle of the Plantation 20th Anniversary XO yesterday. Can't wait to get into them.
Zacapa 23 is really nice by itself as well.
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#174 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » February 11th, 2017, 10:06 pm

And Zafra, and Diplomatica Reserva.
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#175 Post by Martin E. Pezdek » February 12th, 2017, 8:12 am

(Full disclosure, I sell this) I've been sipping on a few bottles of the Kirk & Sweeney 23yr. Smooth, with lots of toffee, vanilla, spice, and a kick of that Dominican rum-funk.
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#176 Post by Ed Steinway » February 17th, 2017, 4:51 pm

For those of you who like the Zacapa 23 Solera, it is on sale at Costco with an instant coupon for $30. At least it is in Northern California.

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#177 Post by alan weinberg » February 25th, 2017, 2:38 pm

Got Zaya for $22/b at Hi-Times but noticed the 12 year old designation is gone.

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#178 Post by Steve L Gellman » February 25th, 2017, 3:53 pm

Bought some Havana Club 7 and some Cayman rum. Some cigars as well

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#179 Post by JulianD » July 16th, 2017, 1:33 am

What are you guys using for your white/mixing rums?
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#180 Post by Eric Egan » July 16th, 2017, 11:32 am

Havana Club 15!

But make sure it's genuine. A lot of fakes around...
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#181 Post by Ari W » July 16th, 2017, 11:06 pm

Robert Pollard-Smith wrote:And Zafra, and Diplomatica Reserva.
+1 on the Diplomatico
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#182 Post by JulianD » July 19th, 2017, 1:03 am

Anyone turned off by the added sugar in diplomatica/el dorado/etc? (up to 40g/L added)
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#183 Post by Craig G » July 19th, 2017, 5:31 am

JulianD wrote:Anyone turned off by the added sugar in diplomatica/el dorado/etc? (up to 40g/L added)
My El Dorado 12 was about $30. I haven't lost much sleep.
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#184 Post by Kirk.Grant » September 17th, 2017, 2:25 am

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:My favorite is the Barbancourt 15. Would love to hear what's better than that one.
Brian, to me it depends on what kind of Rum you want...do you like one with a little sweetness or completely dry?

I've become a big fan of Rusticator - a local rum made by a friend of mine (that always sounds dangerous to me until you hear the full story). He has been a wine maker for 30+ years. He designed the still and in the first 2-3 years of his distilling spirits he's taken some silver & gold at some international spirit competitions. He's focused a lot on Brandy...but this is absolutely worth snagging a bottle ($44.99) if you find yourself in or close to Maine.
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#185 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » September 17th, 2017, 9:47 am

Diplomatico has just undergone a reformulation an rebranding. Reserva Exclusiva is the same, but if you prefer a drier rum the new 8yr expression is worth trying, it's drier than the old reserva.

Also they've just released a limited edition Distillery Collection series. The 'blue' box Batch Kettle #1 comes from their continuous column still mostly used for rye or grain whiskey. The 'orange' Barbet Rum #2 comes from their Alambic column still. Both stills were installed when Seagram built the distillery in 1959. They are aged rums with complexity and also on the drier side.
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#186 Post by danupdike » September 19th, 2017, 1:28 pm

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:Diplomatico has just undergone a reformulation an rebranding. Reserva Exclusiva is the same, but if you prefer a drier rum the new 8yr expression is worth trying, it's drier than the old reserva.
Looks like the "Matuano" is the new Reserva (8 year). The entry-level Anejo looks to be gone now.
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#187 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » September 25th, 2017, 7:59 pm

New one for me— Diplomatica Reserva 1.5 oz, 8 drops of Fee's Orange bitters, one solid ice cube. Ahhh.
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#188 Post by Bill Buitenhuys » September 28th, 2017, 8:26 am

RumFire is my latest go-to white overproof.
Lots of dunder and Jamaican funk like a slightly less intense Smith & Cross with all the proof of Wray & Nephew. For $22 a bottle, it's a steal.
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#189 Post by Joe B » September 28th, 2017, 9:46 am

I tried plantation overproof and was immediately not a fan. All burn and no flavor. Even in a coke this stuff was no good, just diluted the coke and again removed flavor.
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#190 Post by Scott Butler » March 15th, 2018, 6:16 am

I was in Belize last week and had 2 exceptional Rums.

Don Omario's Vintage Run 15yr was incredible. Drank it a few times, wish I had grabbed a bottle at the duty free, because I don't see U.S. availability. It is about $60 but worth it.

Also from Nicaragua, Flor de Cana 18yr is quite fantastic, similar in style to the 15yr Rhum Barbancourt, priced at $35 in Belize, and about $45 in the U.S.
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#191 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 15th, 2018, 8:04 am

Kirk.Grant wrote:
Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:My favorite is the Barbancourt 15. Would love to hear what's better than that one.
Brian, to me it depends on what kind of Rum you want...do you like one with a little sweetness or completely dry?

I've become a big fan of Rusticator - a local rum made by a friend of mine (that always sounds dangerous to me until you hear the full story). He has been a wine maker for 30+ years. He designed the still and in the first 2-3 years of his distilling spirits he's taken some silver & gold at some international spirit competitions. He's focused a lot on Brandy...but this is absolutely worth snagging a bottle ($44.99) if you find yourself in or close to Maine.
Good to know, Kirk. Does the Rusticator lean more dry or more sweet? I can appreciate both styles.

And, Scott, I'm going to have to try that Flor de Cana. Thanks for letting us know. [cheers.gif]
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#192 Post by jrozes » March 16th, 2018, 1:31 pm

I was able to procure a few bottles of Samaroli at too-good-to-pass prices. The 2003 Caribbean (95% Cuba, 5% Trinidad) has a beautiful, easy-going harmony and weightless elegance that demands attention and restraint. The 2001 Fiji is singular, complex and feral with a wild edge, esters and hogo for days. Very happy with both.
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#193 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » June 8th, 2018, 11:05 pm

Have you guys tried the four square rum? I loved the full proof 11 yr and have a bottle of criterion too.

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#194 Post by Adam Noble » June 9th, 2018, 10:12 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:Have you guys tried the four square rum? I loved the full proof 11 yr and have a bottle of criterion too.
I have this and the Zinfandel cask rums from foursquare. Both are excellent, and the scotch-iest rums I've ever tried. Well worth checking out.

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#195 Post by Albert R » June 10th, 2018, 5:27 am

My Dad's daily drinker is the Ron Barcelo Imperial. I would like to get him something in that style but bette/smoother for Father's Day. I am not a rum drinker.... Talk to me.....
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#196 Post by Jim Brennan » June 10th, 2018, 7:56 am

I grew up with a grandmother who used to make rum balls that were overdosed in cheap rum and avoided the stuff as a result. Recently had a relative who lives down in Nevis bring back some Brinley small batch "Shipwreck" rum. Wow, I guess I've been missing out! Smoothe, wonderful flavor... Just fantastic. No idea how this rates relative to other rums, but I'm a convert!

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#197 Post by Bob Kot » June 17th, 2018, 6:55 am

• Ron Zacapa XO
• Brugal 1888 – Ron Gran Reserva Familiar
• Ron Methusalem – Gran Reserva (15 years)
• Seralles Don Qc – Grand Anejo
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#198 Post by NED VALOIS » June 17th, 2018, 9:41 am

I just bought the following for my son & sons in law;
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#199 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » June 18th, 2018, 1:14 am

Just picked up some Foursquare premise today.

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#200 Post by S Haller » August 1st, 2018, 7:34 pm

Do NOT buy the new version of the Zaya 12. No longer an age statement. It’s a blend of “12 aged rum”. It’s also a screw cap now. If you find the old bottle version with the cork and age statement, go for it. Otherwise avoid at all cost. Overwhelming has a tobacco flavor taste and smell. Not pleasant at all and still terrible to mix as a rum and coke just to get rid of it. Not sure if I am going to be able to unless someone has an idea on how to make the tobacco go away.

My go to has been the Pampero Aniversario and the Flor de Cana 18yo. Decided to give the Zaya a shot and that was a big mistake.

My wife is picking up a bottle of the Santa Teresa 1796 from her GA trip this week. Looking forward to trying that one.
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