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HipFlask
12-06-2009, 08:31
Looking for suggestions for a good sipping rum. I want to move up the shelf from Sailor Jerry or Captain Morgan.

spun_cookie
12-06-2009, 08:50
Some of the very best is the Pyrat Cask 23. It is pricey, but very, very good...

The Zanya is a middle shelf sipper that mixes well or is good straight...

IronHead
12-06-2009, 11:12
Pampero Anniversairo, Ron Zacapa Centenario and El Dorado 15 year are three of my favorites.

sailor22
12-06-2009, 11:34
Some of my favorite sippers;

El Dorado 15, 21, 25
Zacapa 23 (anjos) and XO
Zaya Guatamala
Barbancourt 15
Pyrat cask 16
Ron Botran 18
Cubany 15

enjoy

silverfish
12-06-2009, 11:34
The Ministry of Rum forum has a sipping rum thread (http://www.ministryofrum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3051). There is also
a Greatest Sipping Rum thread (http://www.ministryofrum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2732), though that one is members only).
Figger they'd be the folks to know. Edward Hamilton is the grand
poobah over there and seems quite knowledgeable.

I'm partial to Kilo Kai Spiced Rum, Old New Orleans 10 year old (http://www.drinkupny.com/Old_New_Orleans_10_p/s0762.htm),
10 Cane, and Havana Club Anejo Reserva (if you can find it! :grin:)

Sin
12-10-2009, 00:01
There are so many premium rums; about as many as bourbon. From where you're starting, Myer's is the next step. I love this rum. It's been my favorite for years. But, it's still an 'entry level' rum, though. I just suggested it to you so you can try it. It's cheap, but good quality.

It has a mildly-sweet taste, but not too sweet while thick and full-bodied. It has a taste of toasted coconut husks, fine oak, mild spice, strong molasses and dark caramel. Very smooth stuff, that isn't harsh or bitter. Mixes well, too.

However, if you want something the opposite of Myer's. Something light-bodied, mellow, fruity and lighter in color, go with Cruzan Single Barrel Rum. It has the nose of tropical fruits, like banana, mango and a splash of citrus like tangerine and lime. Aged in oak barrels for 8-10 years, it has that classic woodsy, oak taste and the usual hints of maple, butterscotch, vanilla and caramel.

T47
12-10-2009, 07:11
I love the Zacapa 23; my favorite is Zaya 12 though. The Pyrat I bought had such an overwhelming orange flavor I really disliked it, it almost seemed like and orange liqueur, I don't know if all the Pyrats share that theme though.

sailor22
12-10-2009, 07:49
The current Pyrat XO is much different than the juice that originally made Pyrat popular. Your right, it might as well be orange liquer. The cask version suffered with the change of ownership also but not as much.

The old Pyrat can still be found occasionally - it came in a real hand blown bottle, white box, and had two different color satin ribbons tied around the neck. It is a really good pour and makes a great sipper. It is not over infused with gooey flavorings like the new juice.

Jono
01-20-2010, 08:51
With the Haitian devastation going on it brings to mind a question about their products.....specifically Rum. I have not tried any but here is an example:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/obama-agenda-in-peril-after-gops-historic-win/article1437064/

Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star 8 Year Old Haitian Rum 750ml

Does anyone have an opinion on the quality etc. of Haitian rum?
Is there anything unique about it?

> The French style...double distilled, "heavier" rums....."exceptionally smooth tasting."
http://www.tastings.com/spirits/rum.html

I know the Haitian soil has been devestated by poor agricultural use...sugar cane etc. over the centuries.

StraightBoston
01-20-2010, 09:18
A vote for Rhum Barbancourt and also Goslings Old Rum (spendy.)

Has anyone tried the new Kraken spiced rum?

emr454
01-21-2010, 13:31
I will be trying the Zacapa 23yo in the not too distant future. I saw it locally for around $30, cant beat that price IMO.

Eric

Martian
01-23-2010, 12:40
My favorite two reasonably priced sipping rums are Flor de Cana Gold and Brugal Anejo. The Flor de Cana is a steal.

The Boozer
01-27-2010, 12:23
Flor de Cana Grand Reserve is a great sipper, dark, sweet (but not overly sweet) with nice molasses flavor. Gold is a great mixer. Rhum Barbancourt 8 yr is also very good. All well prieced under $25, and gold should be under $20.
TJ

Jono
01-27-2010, 14:09
http://cocktails.about.com/od/rumreviews/ig/Cruzan-Rum-Distillery-Tour/Barrel-House-at-Cruzan-Rum-.htm

The article states that Cruzan Single Barrel uses bourbon barrels (most from Jim Beam) and that they impart a slight bourbon flavor.

Sounds like a nice one to try.

How about: http://www.crownwineandspirits.com/p-1310-pussers-84-proof.aspx?vid=1596

Pussers....the single malt of rum...84 proof..hmm.

Jmac stated on the Fine Rum thread:

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

Martian
01-28-2010, 12:01
Cruzan Single Barrel is excellent and always scores high in blind tastings.

bvscfanatic
02-27-2010, 10:08
Sailor Jerry hands down. I'll never buy any other rum. Everyone who tries it in my home falls in love with it. It's unique, it's delicious, and it's a bargain to boot. Oh, and it's 92 proof.

Dramiel McHinson
02-27-2010, 11:11
Sailor Jerry hands down. I'll never buy any other rum. Everyone who tries it in my home falls in love with it. It's unique, it's delicious, and it's a bargain to boot. Oh, and it's 92 proof.

Man-o-Man! this thread has me drooling like a hound dog in a cow pond.:yum: I like Prichards rums. They remind me of a smooth cognac. I visited their distillery, set up in an old school house, and like thier handmade small batch style. They use table grade molasses instead of blackstrap. That makes it more expensive to produce and the result is a smooth, lightly sweet rum.

Not everybody likes the style. if you can secure one of their 375ml bottles you can give it a try and if it doesn't suit your taste then use it on all those fruitcakes you get during the holidays to improve the fruit cake's palate and mouthfeel.......:grin:

HipFlask
03-06-2010, 00:09
I picked up a Kraken Black Rum today but have not yet opened it. Can anyone tell me what to expect?

Dramiel McHinson
03-06-2010, 12:08
I picked up a Kraken Black Rum today but have not yet opened it. Can anyone tell me what to expect?

I haven't tried it yet but I've heard it is better than Goslings and compares to Cruzan Blackstrap. I'm curious to know myself so when you crack it open, please let us know your impression.

Gillman
03-06-2010, 13:01
Myers's (the regular dark rum) is a rich-tasting rum which the label states is pot distilled. Bourbons and malt whiskies are distilled at a low proof associated with pot still production (even though most bourbon is not pot-stilled of course), and you can see the connection, Myers's has a heavy-bodied, rich taste. Great for neat sipping or on the rocks. There are many fine rums mentioned in this thread but IMO you get a great quality with Myers's at a price far less than many of those.

Gary

RamblinWreck007
03-14-2010, 16:02
Goslings Black Seal rum is my on-hand "sipping rum". That and for Rum Shrubs and Dark N' Stormy's

silverfish
03-19-2010, 08:45
I recently received a bottle of ZAYA (Trinidad - not Guatemala
or "Old Zaya" no longer produced dusty) and agree with those
who recommend it. It comes with a neck tag which reads
"World's Finest Sipping Rum" and 12 year old and five times
distilled. It is some of the smoothest rum I've tasted.

My only complaint - and not regarding the rum itself - is the
little knob in the bottom (top?) of the punt/kick-up on the
bottle bottom. I can't imagine what purpose that serves?
Is it to provide "thumb control" and assist in pouring?...

Odiedog52
03-19-2010, 17:59
I'm a fan of the Zaya as well.

Just ordered a bottle of Barbancourt 15 year old .. Their estate reserve or whatever they call it. I'm down here in Haiti and have been wanting to try it, but we aren't allowed to drink. So ironically, even though I'm but miles from the distillery, I ordered it from the US to my home of record in the states. Lol

chazjaz
09-13-2010, 14:56
If you are a bourbon drinker and are interested in sipping some decent rum you might consider Bacardi 8 anos (Bacardi in general is held in the same light by rum afficiandos as Beam is by the bourbon crowd) as it has a complex flavor profile for a rum. Also Cruzan Single Barrel is excellent IMO. Of course taste is subjective, but I think these two are affordable and would probably be appealing bourbon drinkers.:cool:

cigarnv
09-13-2010, 16:15
Dipimatico is great stuff.

sailor22
09-13-2010, 17:26
I have been working on a bottle of Matusalem Gran Reserve over the last week or so. It splits the difference between the heavy sweet Demerara Rums like Zaya and the Lighter Cuban style like Cruzan Single Barrel. It's approachable and delicious if not especially complex.

cigarnv
09-14-2010, 01:34
Got back on the rum kick with the boys here on Sunday.... sipped on a bit of Havana Club Barrel Strength last evening with a short cigar..

texascarl
09-14-2010, 20:00
I picked up a bottle of Flor de Cana 7yr based on recco's here. Glad I did, it's great stuff. Got some 4yr dry (white) as well for mixing, looking forward to the weekend. Cheers!

Megawatt
09-15-2010, 18:23
I just tried Appleton's 12 year old for the first time the other night. By far the best rum I've had.

texascarl
09-16-2010, 20:15
Picked up a bottle of Aniversario Pampero from suggestions here, and some Spiced Jack 94 rum for mixing ($10 rebate means the spiced rum costs $3, should make a good party-mixer) Really like the Pampero.

callmeox
07-01-2011, 19:21
We are on vacation in Florida this week, so I figured that I would grab a bottle of Zacapa 23 as my vacation treat. I sampled a bit of it at Dougs this past spring and I came away very impressed. It is a superb neat sipper.

tmckenzie
07-10-2011, 04:48
My liquor store man knows I like good rum, so he suggested I pick up a new one they brought in. Ron Abeulo anjeo rum. 10 bucks for a 750. I said what the hell. Hands down the best value on the market. It is made in Panama from cane juice and molasses. Great stuff.

Jono
07-17-2011, 18:16
Just picked up some Pyrat XO....wow, very good and unique. Almost bourbon like in taste with a sweet pineapple like note.

chperry
09-05-2011, 16:23
English Harbour 5 Year old Antigua rum. Great stuff for sipping. That and Goslings (for dark and stormy cocktails) are my two favorite rums.

fivedime
11-27-2011, 15:47
My long-time favorite non-spiced rum is Appleton Special (which is, ironically, their lower grade rum). Mixes better with Pepsi or RC than Coke (not a knock against Coke, it mixes best with Captain Morgan for example), and is smooth and flavorful enough to sip if that's your thing. Usually costs in the low teens for a 750 ml bottle.

I won't (can't) swear to it, but I believe it is aged in used Jack Daniel's barrels, for those who will admit to liking Jack around here LOL. I have been told various parts of the story on various distillery visits, but Jack does ship out most of their used barrels, of course; some barrels go to Jamaica; Appleton is made in Jamaica; both are BF brands; and the flavor profile might well be described as a rum version of JD.

sailor22
11-28-2011, 06:41
If you run across either Atlantico or Zafra you might want to pick them up as they are both worth a try. I find them both nicely balanced sippers without the weight or syrupy character of some of the darker Demerara juice. The Atlantico has a buttery taste and the Zafra has subtle and delicious caramel undertone. Neither is extremely complex but both have just enough going on to keep your interest as a sipper.

For more complex sippers look at El Dorado 15 and 21 along with Zacappa 23 and XO. Zaya would be high on a lot of peoples list also.

Bourbon Boiler
02-08-2012, 18:48
The Flor de Cana line is my standby if I'm looking for a sipping or a mixing rum, although either occasion is rare. Tonight happens to be one of those nights.

I received a bottle as a gift just prior to Thanksgiving, and it changed my opinion on rums in general.

moose
02-08-2012, 21:30
Just picked up some Pyrat XO....wow, very good and unique. Almost bourbon like in taste with a sweet pineapple like note.

Same here, Picked up some Pyrat XO when I saw it for $19.99. Has a unique presentation, hand numbered bottles (glass is really heavy and thick). The stuff inside is good, doesn't taste like any rum I have ever had, good notes of orange marmalade and some honey sweetness to it. I don't think I'll be drinking it often until it gets warm out. But so far I have been impressed, very good rum.

Jwilly019
02-09-2012, 00:14
The Flor de Cana line is my standby if I'm looking for a sipping or a mixing rum, although either occasion is rare. Tonight happens to be one of those nights.

I received a bottle as a gift just prior to Thanksgiving, and it changed my opinion on rums in general.

I really enjoy the Flor de Cana line. El Dorado rums are great as well.

Parkersback
02-23-2012, 14:53
I picked up a mini (50ml) of Zacapa 23yr Solera. Now, my rum literacy is basically nil, but I can say this was pretty tasty. Very, very sweet. Then you think about it a moment and you remember, "Yeah, this is distilled sugar." And that's about what it tastes like. But with some depth and contour.

But here's the part I don't understand: a full 750ml bottle of this stuff is like $35-$40, which is fine. But the mini bottle I got was $1.50 out the door.

My math isn't all that great, but they're not giving me a lot of incentive to pick up the big one.

Kalessin
02-24-2012, 12:04
I picked up a mini (50ml) of Zacapa 23yr Solera. Now, my rum literacy is basically nil, but I can say this was pretty tasty. Very, very sweet. Then you think about it a moment and you remember, "Yeah, this is distilled sugar." And that's about what it tastes like. But with some depth and contour.

But here's the part I don't understand: a full 750ml bottle of this stuff is like $35-$40, which is fine. But the mini bottle I got was $1.50 out the door.

My math isn't all that great, but they're not giving me a lot of incentive to pick up the big one.

Wow... I don't know that I've ever seen Zacapa in mini-bottles. Possibly something limited?

At that price... I'd get a bucket of the little guys!

Parkersback
02-24-2012, 13:09
I've spent some time searching and cannot find any info on the laws concerning rum. I was wondering if there were any additives in this it was so sweet. Is anyone aware of what the rules are for rum content?

Shuboy
03-02-2012, 19:43
I'm surprised no one mentioned Mount Gay Extra Old. It's presently my favorite sipper alongside El Dorado 15. In his rum reviews week, Ralfy gave Mount Gay XO a very high score http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juDutlFhNDo.


I've spent some time searching and cannot find any info on the laws concerning rum. I was wondering if there were any additives in this it was so sweet. Is anyone aware of what the rules are for rum content?
Unfortunately there are no universal laws on rum due to the sheer amount of nations producing it. As such any number of rums can be doctored in some way.

redbear
03-02-2012, 20:10
Went to a Macallan's tasting recently. They gave a sample of the Brugal 1888, which is a rum aged in their sherry casks. For a rum it was pretty tasty!

scubadoo97
03-08-2012, 15:52
I've spent some time searching and cannot find any info on the laws concerning rum. I was wondering if there were any additives in this it was so sweet. Is anyone aware of what the rules are for rum content?

Lots of additives to rum. From caramel coloring to sugar and flavorings. It is not a pure spirit but it's still enjoyable

Jwilly019
03-08-2012, 22:27
Lots of additives to rum. From caramel coloring to sugar and flavorings. It is not a pure spirit but it's still enjoyable

Some of them are, but unfortunately, many are not.

Bmac
03-09-2012, 16:29
Mount Gay XO is indeed tasty...but Mount Gay cask 1790 (prolly wrong number listed.) Wasnt as good as I had hoped for such a high price and 30yr old rum

HP12
03-09-2012, 16:42
Mount Gay XO and Appleton 12yo. Very nice, neat sippers.

Bmac
03-10-2012, 14:27
My absolute fav rums right now are Ron Zacapa 23yr and Ron Matuslem Gran Reser e 18 yr. Dangerously good stuff.

Wedge
03-11-2012, 18:29
I also felt that the Appleton 12yr was delicious but realized after I returned home that it tastes way better when I am lounging on the beach in Negril.
El Dorado 15yr is my choice.

Bmac
03-11-2012, 21:28
For some reason no store that I have found in Dallas sells El Dorado rum :(

bearmark
04-20-2012, 15:36
For some reason no store that I have found in Dallas sells El Dorado rum :(

I found them at Specs last week.

sailor22
04-20-2012, 15:45
If you run across it give Zafra a try. Not sure how widely it's distributed.

WhiskyToWhiskey
04-20-2012, 15:55
I got the el dorado 3 pack samplers with the 12, 15 and 21. The 21 is really good. ron zacapa 23 solera (not 23yo rum...a blend of rums between 6 and 23 years) is available, but for $80 here so i havent tried it. My favourite was the havana club barrel proof i had 4 years ago...can't find it anymore.