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    The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    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.
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    Re: The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    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.
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    Re: The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    I am a personal fan of the Flor De Cana 7 year. For a $20 bottle, it is excellent.
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    Re: The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    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.
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    Re: The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by T47 View Post
    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...
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    Re: The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    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.

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    Re: The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    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.

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    Re: The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    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.

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    Re: The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    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.

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    Re: The Fine, Aged Rum Thread

    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.

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