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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor22 View Post
    That's a really great selection of Rums Uncle. Plenty to explore in that group for sure, your in for some delightful evenings sampling those. Anxious to hear more of your impressions as you work your way through them.

    Surprised that Zacapa 15 is still available, I thought it had been discontinued a few years ago. A very different pour than the Zacapa 23 solara if I recall correctly.
    My mistake on the Zacapa. It is, in fact, the 23 and not the 15 that I bought. I'm actually quite excited by my little haul, since the world of rum is all completely new to me. Tempted as I am though to race through my little collection to see how the various bottles differ, I plan to pace myself so that I can get to know each one before moving on to the next one. As I mentioned earlier, I was really knocked out by the Appleton 12 and Mount Gay XO (and the Bacardi 8 too for that matter), so I seem to be taking to the waters pretty easily and hope to investigate further over time. But for now, I've got a lot to look forward to with the El Dorados, Barbancourts, Zacapa, Diplomatico, Matusalem 15 and Flor De Cana. If these are anywhere near as good or better than what I've already sampled, I am indeed going to have some delightful evenings this spring and summer. Thanks again to you, Tanstaafl2 and Squire for pointing me in the right direction with such excellent recommendations. Now all I need is some warm weather, a clear starry night and some reggae out on the deck and I'll be all set!
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    Re: Rum Forum

    Don't forget the dancing girls in the coconut outfits, may as well go all out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Don't forget the dancing girls in the coconut outfits, may as well go all out.
    I'd settle for some buxom East Germans in St. Pauli Girl outfits at the moment, but I like your thinking.
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    Thoughts anyone on Ron Abuelo 7 and Ron Abuelo 12? They both seem quite affordable at roughly $24 and $32, respectively. Better to spend the extra dough on the 12 or are they sufficiently different from one another to consider both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    E and T, what do y'all think about the nose of the ED15? I picked up a bottle a few weeks ago, and have visited it several times, since. But, I have to admit that I am put off by the nose. Something funky. Sipping it, there is none of that, which is disagreeable to me. It's delightful, actually. Creamy sweet, touch of orange, and with a drying and spectacularly long finish. But, there is something on the nose that doesn't hit me right. I have a bottle of Plantation Rum Grande Reserve that gave me the same funk. What are your nosing thoughts on this?
    Quote Originally Posted by sailor22 View Post
    What you might be getting on the nose is a whiff of something the Cognac guys call rancio. Kind of a musty funk that hints at soggy old wood. As odd as it sounds if it's a balanced part of the nose and flavors it can work. Might be an acquired appreciation however.
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    Because Demerara Rum can be so cloyingly sweet I think the "oldness" and "soggy woodness" is used by some manufacturers as a kind of counterpoint both on the nose and in the flavor basket in order to move it away from the pancake syrup it can be. I have grown to like it very much. When it's present I anticipate a more complex tasting experience. It also speaks of time in the barrel which is so often absent from Rum.
    Quote Originally Posted by T Comp View Post
    I've got hours of reports to get done by tomorrow but here I am trying little pours of the ED 15 to check the funk out more . Now in the glass I'm not getting much of any rancio or even mustiness...but hold on...just shook, popped the cork and immediately took a big whiff from the bottle and damn!!!! Yep just a hint...but it's there. Rancio, mustiness or even more what I'd describe as that most definite of smells, the barnyard, and not hay...some might even call it sh*t...just like in some fantastic Rhone and Burgundy wines I've had. I find this does blow off in the glass and then there is also grapey/cognac/sherry flavors mixed in with the traditional rum sugars making this ED 15 a really unique, delicious and more complex rum...
    Having finally gotten around to reading this thread from the beginning (something I guess I should have done at the outset in order to avoid asking a series of questions that have already been covered), I see that the issue of "funk" has been discussed at length and now I'm beginning to think that the "off" aroma/flavor I was picking up in the Barbancourt 5 Star may in fact be the "rancio" you guys referred to up thread. I'll have to adjust my pointy little hat and re-frame my thinking about this component, so that I can view it as a positive and deliberate attribute instead of an undesirable one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unclebunk View Post
    Thoughts anyone on Ron Abuelo 7 and Ron Abuelo 12? They both seem quite affordable at roughly $24 and $32, respectively. Better to spend the extra dough on the 12 or are they sufficiently different from one another to consider both?
    Haven't tried the 7 but the 12 is a very easy drinking Rum that's not a terribly complex or rich pour that works OK neat or as a mixer. It's flavor has similarities to the Zafra 21 but if memory serves the Zafra is richer and more flavorful.

    The 12 is another Rum that would benefit from a little more proof if sipping is the primary goal. It just comes across a little watery with a diluted finish.
    Last edited by sailor22; 04-09-2014 at 11:16.

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    I really need to stop reading miscellaneous threads on this forum. Read through this one and honestly, my rum experience is from what I use for jello shots. Sampled some at a local store and ended up taking home a bottle of El Dorado 8 and Angostura 7. As the weather gets warmer, I can easily see these becoming summer night regulars. Hard to describe right now (beyond the obvious molasses). First glass I wasn't totally sure, but just kept liking them more and more. The El Dorado is easier to drink right now, but I'm really intrigued by the Angostura.

    My wife's gonna glare when she sees these bottles - I already feel the edge of a glare with the bourbons and now something new? Oh well ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravensfire View Post
    I really need to stop reading miscellaneous threads on this forum. Read through this one and honestly, my rum experience is from what I use for jello shots. Sampled some at a local store and ended up taking home a bottle of El Dorado 8 and Angostura 7. As the weather gets warmer, I can easily see these becoming summer night regulars. Hard to describe right now (beyond the obvious molasses). First glass I wasn't totally sure, but just kept liking them more and more. The El Dorado is easier to drink right now, but I'm really intrigued by the Angostura.

    My wife's gonna glare when she sees these bottles - I already feel the edge of a glare with the bourbons and now something new? Oh well ...
    I was eyeing the Angostura 7 too today. How do you like it?
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    Finally sampled the Ron Abuela 7 last night. Not terribly complex but definitely a very tasty rum at an affordable price. The Plantation Barbados Grande Reserve 5 Yr. Old Rum we cracked open a few days ago was a BIG hit with everyone who tried it. A perfect dessert drink at a ridiculously low price, to be sure. I can't wait to open the Plantation XO 20th Anniversary bottle I picked up too. Should be great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by unclebunk View Post
    Finally sampled the Ron Abuela 7 last night. Not terribly complex but definitely a very tasty rum at an affordable price. The Plantation Barbados Grande Reserve 5 Yr. Old Rum we cracked open a few days ago was a BIG hit with everyone who tried it. A perfect dessert drink at a ridiculously low price, to be sure. I can't wait to open the Plantation XO 20th Anniversary bottle I picked up too. Should be great!
    I think most, if not all, of the Plantations are cognac barrel finished. It is their signature style. But they also tend to have a fair amount of extra sugar added so they tend to be on the sweet side. I like rum, I like cognac cask finishes and I like sugar so not really a problem for me!
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