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    Re: Rum Forum

    A couple of new rums landed today. I stumbled across the Renegade series on a long since forgotten blog post and have been curious about them for awhile. They tend to be pricey and get mixed reviews becasue they often aren't quite what people are expecting. But I can't seem to resist trying experiments like these and so recently took the plunge! Hopefully these rums were shipped to Scotland before the local producer could do much damage to it and allowed it to retain some of its true flavor. Reportedly they are unchill filtered. It is a bit unclear to me how long they spent in the Caribbean and how long they spent in Scotland as well as how long they spent in the final finishing wine cask. Some are described as very whisky-ish in nature which is most definitely a good thing!

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    First of these two is a Grenada rum from Westerhall aged 11 years and then finished in Haut Brion casks at Brichladdich. I first had Westerhall rum probably over a decade ago but the standard tourist bottling is a light rum probably imported from Trinidad and aged but not made on Grenada. This Renegade rum claims to be from the old pot stills at the distillery in Grenada and so hopefully has a bit more character. One reviewer has described it as being a bit like a dry rye. Sounds fun!

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    The second is a 16yo rum from Angostura in Trinidad which makes their own brands as well as Zaya (or at least some of it?) among others. This had a decent amount of age on it and hopefully had not been messed with prior to being acquired by Renegade (Murray McDavid) and shipped off to Islay where it was finished for a period of time (a few months perhaps?) in Chateau Lafite cask.

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    Probably won't open these up until I can gather at least a couple of like minded friends for a little tasting and with the holiday this week that may mean next week sometime. if I can resist that long!

    If anybody knows of a decent link for more information about these specific rums or this series in general I would welcome the info!
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    Re: Rum Forum

    whoa, really cool unique sounding bottles. look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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    We can add this to the table when we do the next "like minded friends" thing. I hated this one when it was first opened but a few years in a half empty bottle seem to have been good for it. More Rummy now and a lot less Scotchy. Some of the Madeira shows now and didn't earlier. Still isn't worth near what I paid for it.
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    Re: Rum Forum

    My buddy snagged a bottle of Balcones Special Reserve Texas Rum today… it was our first time to see this one. Maybe Winston can tell us the difference between this one and the plain old Texas Rum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor22 View Post
    We can add this to the table when we do the next "like minded friends" thing. I hated this one when it was first opened but a few years in a half empty bottle seem to have been good for it. More Rummy now and a lot less Scotchy. Some of the Madeira shows now and didn't earlier. Still isn't worth near what I paid for it.
    Sounds interesting! I will open mine soon and see if they are also heavy on the scotch influence. A little air time for these might be warranted as well. I doubt they are going to be worth the cost either but it won't be the first bottle I paid a lot for just to be able to try something a bit experimental.

    Some of the Woodford Masters Collection and the BTEC bottles come immediately to mind!

    I will look forward to comparing these to your 1990 Guyana.
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    Interesting article on Drink Spirits today about Bacardi's new "premium craft" rums.

    Facundo Bacardi Rum

    80 proof rum from $45 to $250? A filtered rum for $45 when excellent options like Flor de Cana and El Dorado are out there for less than half? A blended rum "up to 23 years old" for $90? Hmm, sounds like Zacapa for only twice the already high price of its fellow industry Goliath, Diageo.

    Is it wrong of me to be rather circumspect about these rums without having tried them?

    Nah, it's Bacardi. This rum Goliath is going to have to earn my trust and as much as I spend on unusual bottles this time I don't feel particularly compelled to give them my money unless I try it first. Preferably on Bacardi's dime!
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    IMHO your skepticism is appropriate.

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    Re: Rum Forum

    Recently picked up a bottle of Ron Betran Anejo Reserva and thought it was a good value on sale for $20. Not overly sweet, just the right thickness, with nice age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JVande View Post
    Recently picked up a bottle of Ron Betran Anejo Reserva and thought it was a good value on sale for $20. Not overly sweet, just the right thickness, with nice age.
    Ron Botran perhaps? Botran is the family that owns Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala which makes both the Botran line and Zacapa. I never had the pre Diageo Botran before Diageo became their partner and pushed for increased production but it seemed to have its fans. The current bottle of the Reserva is decent and interesting for being relatively dry as compared to the sweetness of Zacapa. Not sure whether Diageo has as much connection with the Botran line as they do Zacapa but given how the push to increase sales of Zacapa is straininig production capacity it seems reasonable to think it might strain the quality of Botran even if there is not a deal with Diageo for this brand.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Came across a Plantation Grenada 1998 today. The only ones I usually see are the Barbados 5yr and the Jamaica. Decided to bring it home without knowing much about it, but figured I might not see it again and at worst I'll use it for cocktails.

 

 

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