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Old 08-23-2008, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Inspired by a vodka thread, let's talk RUM!

I did a search, and unfortunately rum is too short of a search term, so I apologize if this topic has been done before. Heck I might have started one before and forgot about it. I love rum, it is by far my favorite liquor, and I try to sample as many different ones as I readily can. Anyhow from what I have seen, $12-$15 seems to be the starting point of good rum. In general if you're spending less than this, you probably are getting a harsh flavorless waste of molasses. Anyhow, some of my notes on different rums:

Pusser's Navy Rum - A bit more alcohol burn than some others at the price, but makes up for it with a great sugar cane aftertaste. Also comes in a kickass looking decanter if you want to waste an extra $40 on it.

Sailor Jerry - A slightly overproof rum, it's a bit harsher than most I'd normally drink, but it has a hint of cherry to it that makes it interesting.

Gosling's Black Strap - This one has so much going for it for the cost. Very mellow, rich, and full of flavor. Get some of this in a ginger beer for a wonderful dark & stormy.

Myer's - Overpriced dreck. Not horrible, but for the same price or less there are so many better rums. If you want a truly dark rum get Goslings, or a more neutral dark rum, Appleton Estate or Flor de Cana

Flor de Cana 5yr - One of my go-to rums. Smooth, good flavor, and is all around a great value rum. I've tried their longer aged, and they are similar, though slightly smoother and more refined. The 5 yr however gets more time due to cost.

Appleton Estate - A great neutral rum. Smooth with a good but not overpowering flavor.

Bacardi - BWAHAHHAHAHAHAHA omg hehe, yeeeah, let's move on from this shall we? I asked for a top shelf rum in a bar once and they said they had bacardi. I ordered a beer. Sugar cane deserves better than ending up as this swill.

10 Cane - This is really more a Cahaca than a rum. A bit pricey but there aren't a lot of higher end light rums.

Sea Wynd - Eh, it was good, but not for the price. Not as smooth and flavor didn't make up for it enough. If you see this on the shelf, then you're going to have other better options too.

Mt Gay Extra Old - Pricier rum as you might expect with the "extra old." Smooth with good flavor. Not a disappointment at the price, though there are others out there I like better.

Pampero Anniversario - Ahhh the leather pouch of joyous imbibing. This stuff is divine. This is my favorite rum to date. Smooth with a wonderful flavor. If I'm in the mood to buy a pricier rum, I'll tend to get this one.

Dogfish Head Brown Honey rum - A specialty sweet rum that's smooth and easy to drink. An occasional guilty pleasure when I go to the Dogfish near me.


The Captains - Spiced Rums just don't quite fit in with normal rums. I don't get a spiced rum instead of a normal rum. I don't have it often so I don't have a wide listing.

Captain Morgan - Your everyday sweetened spiced rum. If you want a spiced rum, it's pretty basic

Captain Morgan tattoo - Reminds me of goslings, but then they decided to keep cramming more flavor into it. They ended up with a gimmick liquor that tastes too weird to drink.

Captain Morgan Private Stock - Okay, this stuff is tasty. It's sweet and smooth and a bit too easy to drink. If I'm in the mood for spiced rum, I tend to get this.


Anyhow, I know I've tried more than that, but that's all I can remember right now. Comment, question, or whatever!

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Old 08-23-2008, 07:24 PM   #2
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:40 PM   #3
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i am a fan a sailor jerry...despite its higher alcohol content, i found it to be smoother than other rums i have had and i also enjoyed the flavor

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I too am a huge fan of Sailor Jerry's. Really good rich flavor, bigger bang for the buck in the ABV department and it is really, really good with creamy mixed drinks. I love putting a couple shots of Jerry's into some eggnog. I make eggnog each holiday season and glug accordingly.

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Old 07-20-2010, 12:14 AM   #6
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I haven't really gotten the chance to get into rum. 10 Cane was the first "good" rum I ever bought. I drink a LOT of Scotch though. Maybe I'll try to branch out with some of your suggestions!

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Old 07-20-2010, 02:33 PM   #7
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I've always been fond of Cavalier, after spending 16 months stationed in Antigua.

I'm in a bar ordering rum on ice. The bartender is trying to bump me to the expensive imports. I say, "I really like Cavalier Gold." He argues. Then a voice from the clouds says, "Give my friend a double, on me. He's got good taste." I turn around and look UP. There's this black guy, about 6'8". He owned the distillery. Got a tour and a huge hang-over out of it. Shipped a case home when I left the Navy. In 1979, it was $1.20 an Imperial quart and the duty was only 50 cents a bottle.

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FYI, Sailor Jerry is also a spiced rum.

I tried The Kraken (a black spiced rum) a while back. Seems to be more about the marketing than the product. Cool bottle/label though.

I've heard good things about the Bacardi 8 if you can find it at a good price, but I haven't tried it myself.

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I too am a huge fan of rum. Definitely my favorite liquor at the moment...although gin is giving it a run for its money. I have next to no experience with various types I've tried though, I'll need to give some of the ones you listed a try, haven't had all of em yet!

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I've always been fond of Cavalier, after spending 16 months stationed in Antigua.

I'm in a bar ordering rum on ice. The bartender is trying to bump me to the expensive imports. I say, "I really like Cavalier Gold." He argues. Then a voice from the clouds says, "Give my friend a double, on me. He's got good taste." I turn around and look UP. There's this black guy, about 6'8". He owned the distillery. Got a tour and a huge hang-over out of it. Shipped a case home when I left the Navy. In 1979, it was $1.20 an Imperial quart and the duty was only 50 cents a bottle.
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