I was talking to Tony, Joe from Rockford and Jake recently about some blended rum I was drinking (blended by me). I have found that blending rum is different from blending bourbon or malt or other Scotch. The results I prefer best are to balance out young rums, including some white ones (which may have a few years since the colour is often taken out by some form of filtration), with medium and old rums. If you use only old ones or old and medium, I find the taste too woody. There are some great old rums ones I know, e.g. Zacapata 23 (spelling may be off there), but in general I find wood does not necessarily make a better rum whereas it does so with bourbon and rye up to a point. It doesn't matter really too how many rums you use, as long as the balance is of specific components. I find this way, the drink has a milky mouth-feel, and the fine flavours from the older stock rolls in more as it goes down, not upfront on the palate. When I used to smoke cigarettes (many years ago), I used to like a glass of rum with it (well, bourbon too). Sometimes I dream still of smoking a cigarette. One day I might try one again just for fun. I used to like strong ones, like Philip Morris or Camel plain ends, or Export A in Canada, very heavy flavours. Or Sweet Caporal with the fly fisherman on the yellow pack (aging myself here). It's been almost 20 years since I stopped but I don't rule out the possibility of doing this with a glass of rum one day, maybe.