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boss302
03-03-2009, 22:14
I'll post on a spirit that seems, at least to me, to be a natural progression in spirits taste from bourbon, and that is aged rum.

One of my favorites has been Angostura 12-year (Trinidad), but I recently purchased a bottle of Mount Gay Extra Old (Barbados)-- a collection of batches aged up to 17 years. I got it at the State Store for $45/btl.

IMHO, this is one of the better aged rums. While it does still have a gentle burn to it (which most bourbon drinkers should be accustomed to), it is quite refined, with ample notes of vanilla, caramel, nutmeg, and allspice. There is also definitely a hint of butter toffee in the nose-- in fact, the nose of this rum has a unique "buttery" quality that I haven't experienced in any other rum as of yet.

T47
03-03-2009, 23:35
I have gotten into Rums a little and found a few that I enjoy very much. My favorite at this point is Ron Zacapa Centenario Reserva, followed closely by Zaya Gran Reserva. I find they both have wonderfully rich flavors. I have enjoyed most of the others I have tried (Mount Gay Extra Old, Appleton Estate V/X, Angostura 1824 and Barbancourt 15) but the flavor just does not seem as rich or deep to me. The only one I have not enjoyed is Pyrat XO. I found the orange flavor over powering, one friend described it's flavor as like an orange liquor...and I think I agree. I won't give up on the bottle, its OK just not what I was looking for.

kickert
03-04-2009, 04:52
I am a personal fan of the Flor De Cana 7 year. For a $20 bottle, it is excellent.

Josh
03-04-2009, 11:06
As cheesy as it looks, the Sailor Jerry is some really good stuff, too. Don't know if it qualifies as fine, aged rum, but it's a damn good beverage.

boss302
03-05-2009, 12:04
I have gotten into Rums a little and found a few that I enjoy very much. My favorite at this point is Ron Zacapa Centenario Reserva, followed closely by Zaya Gran Reserva. I find they both have wonderfully rich flavors. I have enjoyed most of the others I have tried (Mount Gay Extra Old, Appleton Estate V/X, Angostura 1824 and Barbancourt 15) but the flavor just does not seem as rich or deep to me. The only one I have not enjoyed is Pyrat XO. I found the orange flavor over powering, one friend described it's flavor as like an orange liquor...and I think I agree. I won't give up on the bottle, its OK just not what I was looking for.

The Ron Zacapa and Zaya Gran Reserva are going to be my next two purchases-- they were right next to the Mount Gay XO, which I have been wanting to try for ages. The Ron Zacapa looks particularly-interesting, since the batches are married in a Spanish Sherry Solera, with batches aged in bourbon, sherry... and some other type of cask I can't quite remember...

MissingKY
03-05-2009, 19:41
I've been trying to learn more about rum lately, too. I've really loved my bottle of Appleton Extra (aged 12 years and somewhat bourbon-like; I can really pick out wood/barrel characteristics). I also have bottles of Matusalem Gran Reserva, which has a nice flavor but a finish that's too short, and Pusser's, which has a smoky flavor that I really like, that I've been enjoying. I've got a Mount Gay Extra Old, but I haven't cracked it yet.

I'm with T47. The only thing I've bought that I haven't really enjoyed is a 375 ml bottle of Pyrat Pistol. It's by no means a bad drink, and if you think about it as an orange liqueur and have a little cordial glass of it, it's pretty tasty. As a neat drink in a tumbler, though, it's got such an overpowering sweet orange flavor that I can really only drink 25-30 ml of it.

swampguy
03-05-2009, 19:50
I like El Dorado 12 and 15 years. I actually like the 12 better. Rum is a wonderful drink and almost ever Carbi island and central American country has its own. I hope to try them all.

Megawatt
03-08-2009, 08:41
The good ones I've tried are El Dorado 12, Flor de Cana 7, and Angostura 8. Appleton's Reserve is pretty good as well, more of a rich taste than the others.

jonholl
03-21-2009, 07:16
I've tried some of the aged rums, but "bang for the buck" is Gosling Black Seal for me. Most of the aged rums were good, as was S. Jerry's & the Flor de Cana but I mostly buy the Gosling these days for summer drinks.

sailor22
03-21-2009, 17:53
I agree a good aged Rum is a wonderful pour. There are so many Rums that I like a lot;
Zacapa 23 Anjos - I find it more complex than the current 23 solara
the previous iteration of Zacapa XO is really special too - I haven't tried the new US version.
El Dorado 15, 21 and 25.
Mt Gay XO, Cruzan Single Barrel, Monte Christo 12, Cubaney 15, Both Zaya's - Trinidad and Guatamala, Barbancourt Reserve Dumaine 15yr all deserve a spot on the shelf.
I loved the Pyrat from a few years ago and thought the older Cask was really special - but none of the current offerings get poured any more. They all taste like "flavor infused" cheap liquor to me.

I just tried some Depaz Blue Cane and thought it was really good and different than the previously mentioned mostly dark Rums.

YUM!

Lost Pollito
03-21-2009, 18:25
I like El Dorado 12 and 15 years. I actually like the 12 better. Rum is a wonderful drink and almost ever Carbi island and central American country has its own. I hope to try them all.
I love this entire line. The 21 was amazing. I met the owner...I think, or at least a hancho last year, and I can tell you He was a super great guy. He sent me a mini of each and even wrote me a Thank You e-mail for my interest in the brand. Gotta love that.

Martian
03-22-2009, 08:16
I just tried Brugal Anejo and was pleasantly surprised with its depth, balance and reasonable price.

DowntownD
03-23-2009, 19:22
I just tried Brugal Anejo and was pleasantly surprised with its depth, balance and reasonable price.

Brugal Anejo, from the Dominican Republic (and identifiable by the yellow netting surrounding the bottle), is my favorite Rum to date. Inexpensive too. When I have it with coke, a 60/40 or 50/50 mix does the trick and goes down smooth and easy.

jburlowski
03-29-2009, 07:00
Add me to the list of Zaya Gran Reserva fans.

goodyrb
04-08-2009, 17:18
I am a personal fan of the Flor De Cana 7 year. For a $20 bottle, it is excellent.
Try the 18 yr Flor de Cana if you can find it. $40 in NJ, but absolutely worth the price. I like the sugar cane rum from the French speaking islands, this is the exception.. Fantastic!

doubleblank
04-09-2009, 07:03
My favorite has been the El Dorado 12yo. I often find the 15yo too sweet. The 21 yo recently showed up in Houston and it is first class. Much drier than either the 12 or 15 and lots of refined spice flavors bouncing around. Runs $65 +/-.

Randy

JMac72
04-13-2009, 22:07
As a long time rum fan...try the following for sipping:

Diplomatico Reserva...very sweet but smooth,
Zacapa 15 as it is less sweet than the 23,
Matusalem Grand Reserva,
English Harbour 5 year,
Appletons Estate 12 year,
Zaya
Ron Barrilito 3 Star
FDC 12 or 18
Montecristo 12

For long time bourbon drinkers..try something heavier like Pussers, Sea Wynde, or Banks XM etc.

Pieface
04-16-2009, 18:26
With the dearth of bourbons available to me I have been reading through this thread a bit more closely.

Not being much of a rum drinker I have put my toe in the water with a Very Old Mt Gay purchase. If I like it I'll be happy as rum seems to have much better availability here in Aus. I have seen the Pyrat XO, Matusalem range, Appletons etc on the shelf.

I also bought a local drop http://www.canefire.net/KRCbackburn.htm I recall it being quite pleasant when I visited the distillery.


Hopefully this rum caper is as enjoyable as my bourbon experience has been!

T47
04-16-2009, 23:08
I have seen the Pyrat XO

This is my most disapointing bottle of any liquor I have purchased to date. Tastes like orange liquor to me...nothing I expected and unlike the other rums I have tried so far. Maybe one day I will find a cocktail to enjoy it in?

augustgarage
04-17-2009, 07:36
My favorite has been the El Dorado 12yo. I often find the 15yo too sweet. The 21 yo recently showed up in Houston and it is first class. Much drier than either the 12 or 15 and lots of refined spice flavors bouncing around. Runs $65 +/-.

Randy

Have you tried the 25yo?

doubleblank
04-17-2009, 08:29
I haven't tried the 25yo....nor will I be buying a bottle at the prices I have seen. Ouch! But I would try it at a bar if I ever see it in one. Anvil Bar and Refuge here in Houston carries the 21yo.

Randy

augustgarage
04-17-2009, 13:22
I haven't tried the 25yo....nor will I be buying a bottle at the prices I have seen. Ouch! But I would try it at a bar if I ever see it in one. Anvil Bar and Refuge here in Houston carries the 21yo.

Randy

Yeah, BIG (http://www.drinkupny.com/El_Dorado_25_p/s0680.htm) price jump - I've been looking for a bar that serves it for the same reason...

Pieface
04-20-2009, 00:40
Tried out the Mt Gay Very Old on the weekend and I enjoyed it. Much lighter bodied than I expected but with a pleasant enough nose and a surprisingly long finish.

boss302
06-26-2009, 21:42
Matusalem Grand Reserva,
Zaya


Just picked up a bottle of that Matusalem Gran Reserva today. I was initially interested in it because it followed the principle of my favorite cigars-- developed in Cuba, then moved to the Dominican Republic in 1959, following the Communist takeover.

The tobacco houses of Carlos Torano and Arturo Fuente are the most notable examples. Ron Matusalem can be added to that list.

Aged in French Oak, then married in the tradition of the Spanish Solera system, this is a nicely-executed rum-- much lighter than I expected, especially for a 15-year rum. Definitely has a light butteriness, with a few notes of vanilla and caramel, followed by a tinge of allspice in the finish.

Unfortunately, as I was expecting a heavier, bolder flavor, I paired it with an Ashton VSG cigar-- a very nice cigar, but too bold for the rum (probably would have gone better with my Mt. Gay Reserve). I would recommend an Ashton Cabinet Series, Torano Exodus 1959, or Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva as better pairings.

This became available in PA just a month ago, and I'm very glad I jumped on it at ~$25/bottle.

TNbourbon
06-26-2009, 22:07
My favorite has been the El Dorado 12yo...
Seeeee, Dawn, seeeeee?! Here's a palate we both respect! (Aside: I sent this bottling to luv2hunt last year -- she is originally a rum drinker, and had never had it. Reports that I recall indicate she liked it!)
I have a bottle (not my first!) on the bar unopened just awaiting an excuse. Any excuse. Heckuva value-per-$ liquor.

doubleblank
07-02-2009, 04:45
I just returned from a trip to London and Paris. Paris Duty Free had a Havana Club product I hadn't seen before (in addition to the white, anejo and 7yo anejo on the shelf). It was in a box that said something like "cask strength" and "special edition....limited release", etc which immediately caught my attention. Upon further reading it appears they select barrels and blend them, get the proof to 90 and then rebarrel them in "new" barrels to help meld the blend. Then bottle it "straight from the cask". They had a bottle open for tasting and it was quite good. More oak and vanilla than I get from their 7yo anejo. But I didn't pull the trigger on it as I had already bought enough things on this trip.

BTW......the current bourbon selections at CdG in Paris suck.

Randy

Vange
07-06-2009, 10:45
Randy,

Is this it?

Frodo
07-09-2009, 17:32
Sounds like the Barrel Proof to me. This is my choice when friends and family vacation in Cuba and are willing to bring me back something.

kbuzbee
09-10-2009, 05:07
This is my most disapointing bottle of any liquor I have purchased to date. Tastes like orange liquor to me...nothing I expected and unlike the other rums I have tried so far. Maybe one day I will find a cocktail to enjoy it in?

Really Todd? I know Pyrat XO isn't well liked on this board but I just don't understand why. I really enjoy it.

Day in, day out it's Bourbon (or the occasional Laphroaig) but every now and again, I find myself on a tropical island (occasionally physically but more often just a mental state:grin: ) and Pyrat XO really fits that bill. It's rich and full. Great mouth feel (I've a few nice Bourbons I wish had that viscosity) Maybe a touch too sweet for some and I get it has that orange thing going on but it's a great tropical drink. I wouldn't see a need to mix it with anything, including ice...

I have to admit to not having sampled a lot of good rums (5-6 maybe) and maybe there are others out there I would like much better but for now Pyrat XO is a great diversionary(?) pour, for when, as Jimmy Buffett says "I have to get back to the island".

Anyway, now back to the "good" rums.....:grin:

Ken

IronHead
09-11-2009, 13:37
I really like Pampero Anniversario, El Dorado 12 and the Zacapa 23.

smokinjoe
09-11-2009, 14:28
I really like Pampero Anniversario, El Dorado 12 and the Zacapa 23.

I like your call on the Pampero Anniversario. It is my absolute favorite sippin' rum. :yum:

kbuzbee
09-13-2009, 06:27
I like your call on the Pampero Anniversario. It is my absolute favorite sippin' rum. :yum:

Quite the recommendation... So I just put in an order.... I'll let you know when she lands....

Anticipation....

Ken

IronHead
09-13-2009, 07:27
I like your call on the Pampero Anniversario. It is my absolute favorite sippin' rum. :yum:

Agreed. Tasty, tasty stuff.

Frodo
09-15-2009, 10:10
Really Todd? I know Pyrat XO isn't well liked on this board but I just don't understand why. I really enjoy it.

...Maybe a touch too sweet for some and I get it has that orange thing going on but it's a great tropical drink. I wouldn't see a need to mix it with anything, including ice...

For me, this rum is just too sweet - almost artificially so.

swampguy
09-15-2009, 14:55
I have always found the Pampero to be one of my favorites. I still haven't figured out what to do with the leather bag. It is just made wrong to do much with but hold the rum.

kbuzbee
09-15-2009, 15:45
For me, this rum is just too sweet - almost artificially so.

Oh, I get that. It's super sweet. It would never be a regular pour for me but there are times when it's just perfect. I always want a bottle on hand.

Currently working my way through a bottle of Diplimatico Reserva Exclusiva... Really tasty. I've read the PA is similar. I hope so.

Ken

RWBadley
09-16-2009, 16:53
I recently lucked into two very nice rums. Barbancourt 15yo for $28 at our local liquor store. I was standing next to a guy and we were talking about various booze related stuff when I saw two bottles on the lower shelf. I said at that price it was a no brainer so we both got one. If he hadn't been standing there I would have bought both of 'em.

The other is a pre embargo Cuban Bacardi Anejo from the 50's. Really delicious, one of the best spirits I have tried. I wish I had more of that one. I was selling some items for an estate and one bottle went for $440. Ouch, I was hoping to get the bottles for much less, now all the heirs just have dollar signs in there eyes.... sheeesh

Cheers,

RW

TomH
09-29-2009, 17:29
I think I've found a new favorite rum....unfortunately I can't bring it home.

I've started a love affair with Havana Club. Last night at a restaurant here is Aruba, I had a pour...don't know the age of it..... just to see what it was like. It was fantastic. Extremely smooth with a hint of the Pyrat sweetness that was tempered by a body that was closer to El Dorado. I plan on doing some Gillmanizing with my rums to see if I can get close to the taste when I get home.

Tonight, I picked up a barrel proof bottling of Havana Club which is also great. Hopefully I won't leave much behind when I leave in 3 days.

Tom

kbuzbee
09-30-2009, 06:37
Tried a bottle of Pampero Anniversario. It's good but not quite up to the Diplomatico RE IMO. Tried blending it 50/50 with Pyrat XO... Hmmmm... Very nice!

Ken

kbuzbee
09-30-2009, 06:40
I still haven't figured out what to do with the leather bag.

I'm gonna use it for my chess pieces. Should work great for that.

Ken