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Hope this isn't taboo.....recommended rums?

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@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound started a discussion

Good day. With summer upon us, I thought about varying my liquor cabinet a bit. The Dark & Stormy has long been one of my favourite summer cocktails and I've even started enjoying darker rums neat. That said, rum is another world and I'm really not familiar with it. I've only had Kraken and Sailor Jerry neat (both are spiced rums), and while they're passable, I'm sure they are NOT representative of high quality rum. Having done some preliminary research, here's what I think a whisky drinker like me might like (and what is available for a decent price here in Stalinist Russia, er, I mean, Ontario):

  • El Dorado 12 Year Old (Guyana)
  • Flor de Cana Centenario 12 Year Old (Nicaragua)
  • Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum (Venezuela)
  • Smith and Cross Traditional Jamaican Rum (Jamaica)
  • Angostura 1919 8 Year Old Rum (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • El Dorado Special Reserve 15 Year Old Rum (Guyana)
  • Mount Gay Rum Extra Old (Barbados)
  • Appleton Estates Extra 12 Year Old (Jamaica)

Thoughts folks? Will I be banished for speaking of non-whisky spirits?

7 years ago

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@Alexsweden
Alexsweden replied

Hardly :) Personally, I'm not a big rum guy. Most often too sugary or insipid. However it can be a nice break in the whisky consumption. I have tried a pair of Plantation rums that were decent i think..

7 years ago 0

@Mancub
Mancub replied

@OdysseusUnbound I think most people here drink a variety of spirits and alcohol, though the forum centers around whisky. You have a pretty good list here, a mix of both sweet rums and non-sweet. You will quickly learn which way your palate takes you in that regard. The Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva though gets great reviews, is VERY sweet, liqueur like even (so is Zaya). The Appleton Estate 12 year is not very sweet in comparison, I would place them on opposite ends of the sweetness chart. El Dorado 12 is a great bang for your buck sipping rum. The 15 is surely better, but it's 50% more expensive than the 12 here in Ontario. That would be a good place to start in my mind. Brugal 1888 is also a rum that may interest you, as it's often referred to as a rum for whisky drinkers (matured in both bourbon and first fill sherry casks). Apart from Brugall 1888 you may have listed all of the best rums under $60 at the LCBO. I haven't tried the Smith and Cross yet as there are none available around me, but heard good things (not very sweet, very strong). A couple others that I enjoy that aren't on your list are Plantation XO (sweeter) and Ron Zacapa centenario 23 (also sweeter), but those cost more. Eldorado 12 and Appleton Estate 12 are both good starting points (you'll notice the alcohol more on the Appleton but it will give you an idea of what a less sweet rum tastes like).

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