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    Rum suggestions?

    Any rum drinkers out there?

    I used to drink rum years ago, then went on to JD for a while as everyone I knew seemed to drink it and the last few years been mainly gin. On a Virgin flight to the US recently ended up drinking a few dark and stormy’s and bang I’m back into rum.

    Bizarrely for both myself and my wife, it’s now our favourite drink - dark or spiced rum with gin ale (ginger beer good too).

    We’ve tried and like Kraken black spiced rum, Luggers and Bacardi Spiced.

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    Try Cassario black spiced from Aldi. Like Kraken, similar bottle, but much cheaper. My favorite atm.

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    I always have a bottle of this in the house

    https://libationsrum.com/collections/all

    I can't say I'm a rum expert, but I know what I like and I like that.

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    For sipping - it's delicious...


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    I am not much of a spirit drinker (once or twice a year at most) so am hardly qualified to recommend anything but https://rondiplomatico.com is rather nice I like it with ginger beer (that’s the only way I can drink spirits once I have had my fill of beer)
    Failing that Kraken is very drinkable as you have found out.


    Edit Zelig has good taste as well but likely does not taint it with ginger beer,
    Last edited by Sinnlover; 24th May 2022 at 17:55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    For sipping - it's delicious...


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    This, no mixers.

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    This……https://beckfordsrum.com/product/bec...m-and-caramel/

    It is unbelievably smooth and drinkable neat on ice

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    I’ve spent years and £££ on a rum odyssey and come back to a couple of reasonably priced ones.

    Mount gay, the normal one not the extra strength is a great medium/light rum.
    Goslings black seal dark rum is fantastic on its own or with cola, ginger ale or lemonade.
    Rumbullion! Is very sweet but great to sip on neat with ice.
    Kraken is a good spiced option.

    If anyone mentions Captain Morgan we should ban them from the forum :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete-r View Post
    Mount gay, the normal one not the extra strength is a great medium/light rum.
    Yup!

    Not being a rum expert, I bought this because it was cheap on Amazon and had lots of recommendations. And it does seem to be good as far as I can tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Try Cassario black spiced from Aldi. Like Kraken, similar bottle, but much cheaper. My favorite atm.
    That's good to know, thanks for the tip!

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    Cool

    At the reasonable end of the market price wise "CUT" is an excellent brand of rum. I've had both the Spiced and Smoke rum and both were excellent. Also Bumbu is very nice too.

    But if you want to do it properly I'd go for Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Sistema Solera Rum. Not tried the Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum recommended here yet so must do that....

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    My friend is a big rum drinker and he recommended Appleton estate 12,Mount Gay XO and Doorley 12 or 14 ,these are premium sipping rums

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    I'm no expert but very fond of this. Made by Cuban women FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g40steve View Post
    This, no mixers.
    Absolutely, I have been doing the essential research and Diplomatico always trumps the competion, nice and gentle. Any improvements would be of interest ...

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    Havana 7 year old. Cheaper than Diplomatic but just as tasty
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    I’m a big fan of Blackwell. I’m no connoisseur and I think that the connection to Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye - not to mention Island Records - might be a significant factor in my appreciation!


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    Quote Originally Posted by pete-r View Post
    I’ve spent years and £££ on a rum odyssey and come back to a couple of reasonably priced ones.

    Mount gay, the normal one not the extra strength is a great medium/light rum.
    Goslings black seal dark rum is fantastic on its own or with cola, ginger ale or lemonade.
    Rumbullion! Is very sweet but great to sip on neat with ice.
    Kraken is a good spiced option.

    If anyone mentions Captain Morgan we should ban them from the forum :)
    Bit harsh, hes not that bad.

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    If you can find it anywhere, try a Tandulay rum,

    Most I have tried are very civilised, even for drinking neat.


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    Appletons all day long .


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    Sipping then the Diplomatico. Cheaper sipping and nice cocktails the Havana Club 7 which incidentally is £21 at Waitrose currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Bit harsh, hes not that bad.
    Harsh but fair 😀

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    For something different you could try Vietnamese Sampan, if you can get it.

    The overproof is delightful. I've not took the step up to fullproof yet.

    https://www.distillerie-indochine.com/en/2266-2/

    I've not tried the spice yet, but will when I see it.

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    Goslings, or for a spiced rum I love Bumbu.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Thanks everyone, some great suggestions to try . . . . . I’ll crack on with it :-)

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    'Sipping rum' makes me picture a dusty cowboy walking into a saloon, and asking the barkeep for a glass of his finrest sippin' whiskey.

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    El dorado 12 is my go to rum. Don’t think you can beat it for the quality to value.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Kenney View Post
    For something different you could try Vietnamese Sampan, if you can get it.

    The overproof is delightful. I've not took the step up to fullproof yet.

    https://www.distillerie-indochine.com/en/2266-2/

    I've not tried the spice yet, but will when I see it.
    That looks really interesting. Group buy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    Absolutely, I have been doing the essential research and Diplomatico always trumps the competion, nice and gentle. Any improvements would be of interest ...
    You don't need any mixers because this rum has so much sugar it's practically a liqueur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernestrome View Post
    You don't need any mixers because this rum has so much sugar it's practically a liqueur.
    I really meant, " if anyone can suggest an even more delicious rum, I would love to hear".

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterzero View Post
    My friend is a big rum drinker and he recommended Appleton estate 12,Mount Gay XO and Doorley 12 or 14 ,these are premium sipping rums

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    I really meant, " if anyone can suggest an even more delicious rum, I would love to hear".

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    Well, sugar additives (diplomatico, zacapa etc) glycerol and flavor additives (looking at you pyrat xo) will all sweeten and or smooth the rum on your palate. This makes it hard for unsweetened rums to compete, if your palate is used to the sugar.

    I'd recommend foursquare rums for sipping. Doorlys XO is a great starter siping rum. You can get foursquare rum under a variety of other brand names, real mccoy, rum sixty six 12yo, as well as their own premium "exceptional cask series".

    Appleton rums are also good choices. Pussers and black tot are good in the British navy style. Smith & cross and Hampden lrok/the younger are interesting but very funky, maybe not ideal for starting off with.

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    Thought I’d try that Cassario that was recommended on here. Also saw this other one so thought I’d try that too.


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    Ron Zacapa 23 on its own. Lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devonian View Post
    Thought I’d try that Cassario that was recommended on here. Also saw this other one so thought I’d try that too.


    Great starting point! Do report back please. Dead Man’s Fingers is very decent for a sub £20 Spiced Rum.

    I picked up a bottle of the Havana Club 7 year old from Waitrose just now so will try it later after the recommendations here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth-W View Post
    Great starting point! Do report back please. Dead Man’s Fingers is very decent for a sub £20 Spiced Rum.

    I picked up a bottle of the Havana Club 7 year old from Waitrose just now so will try it later after the recommendations here.
    That’s another favourite Havana 7 🤩

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    One of my friends drinks a lot of rum and I think he drinks Captain Morgan if that is known?


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    Santiago de Cuba 7 years is nice if you can get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by g40steve View Post
    That’s another favourite Havana 7 朗


    Not so sure after trying it last night!

    Seems very strong and, for me (yes I am a lightweight) it needed a mixer to take the edge off it.

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    There are so many styles of rum, it is hard to pick.

    - Plantation 3 Star is good for daiquiris
    - Goslings trademarked Dark ‘n Stormy, using their Black Seal rum.
    - Havana Club for mojitos
    - Smith and Cross is my favourite, and works well for Tiki stuff like the Mai Tai (my favourite cocktail)
    - Diplimatico Reserva has been mentioned - I don’t usually drink rum neat, but this is a good one to sip

    If you really want to go down the rum rabbit hole, I’d recommend a book called Smugglers Cove by Martin and Rebecca Cate.


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    Can’t beat Wood’s Old Navy if you’re after something a little more manly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d View Post
    Can’t beat Wood’s Old Navy if you’re after something a little more manly.
    You need your taste buds testing:)


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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    For sipping - it's delicious...


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    This, fab rum


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    Can highly recommend a visit to the Pan Pacific London hotel on Bishopsgate in the City. The Ginger Lily rum bar has a fantastic selection to choose from. https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels...nger-lily.html

    J BALLY - MARTINIQUE 50ml
    J Bally Heritage Rhum £41
    J Bally Rhum Ambre £15
    J. Bally 2002 Millesime Agricol Rhum £23

    CLEMENT - MARTINIQUE 50ml
    Clement VSOP Agricole Rum, Martinique £13
    Clement Rhum Vieux XO £19
    Clement Canne Bleue £15
    Clement Creole Shrubb £15
    Clement Cuvée Homere £32

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    SBS Dominican Republic 2006 £28
    SBS Trinidad 2006 £28
    SBS Mauritius 2008 £30

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    DICTADOR - COLUMBIA 50ml
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    Dictador 20yo £28

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    Trinidad Rum 1991, 25yo £50
    Trinidad 2003, 15yo, Asta Morris £28

    HAVANA CLUB - CUBA 50ml
    Havana Club Tributo 2019 £107
    Havana Club 3yo £10
    Havana Club 7yo £12
    Havana Club 15yo £50
    Havana Club Ritual Cubano £18
    Havana Club Professional Edition A £18
    Havana Club Professional Edition B £18
    Havana Club Professional Edition C £18
    Havana Club Professional Edition D £18

    RON ZACAPA - GUATEMALA 50ml
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    Ron Zacapa Sistema Solera 23 £19

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    Appleton Estate 30yo Limited Edition £113
    Appleton Estate 21yo £52
    Appleton Estate 12yo Rare Blend £18

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    Caroni Guyana 23 Ans 1996 Blend Tasting Gang
    Caroni Replica 90 Proof, 100th Anniversary
    Caroni 1996, 21yo
    Caroni Rum 1997 Worshipful Company of Distillers

    EL DORADO - GUYANA
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    El Dorado Port Mourant 1999, 2015
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    ENMORE - GUYANA
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    Bacardi Superior Rum (Nassau) 1970s £85
    Bacardi Superior Rum, Carta De Oro 1980s £100
    Bacardi Superior early 1900s £373

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    Hampden 1998-2018 The Wild Parrot £92
    Hampden Estate 2011, 7yo LFCH Habitation Velier £31
    Hampden Estate 8yo Rum £20

    ANGOSTURA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 50ml
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    CHAIRMAN’S RESERVE - ST. LUCIA 50ml
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    Chairman’s Master Reserve Selection 2006 13yo £46

    FORSYTHS – JAMAICA 50ml
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    LONG POND - JAMAICA 50ml
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    MONYMUSK – JAMAICA 50ml
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    Monymusk Overproof White Rum £18

    MOUNT GAY – BARBADOS 50ml
    Mount Gay 1703 2018 Edition £45
    Mount Gay Black Barrel Double Cask Blend £15
    Mount Gay Eclipse Heritage Blend £16
    Mount Gay Select Blend 7yo £35
    Mount Gay XO Peat Smoke £68
    Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend £22
    Mount Gay Last Ward 2007 Habitation Velier £44

    NEISSON - MARTINIQUE
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    Neisson L Esprit Bio £25

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    GUYANA 50ml Black Tot 40yo Rum £500
    Black Tot Finest Caribbean Rum £52
    Black Tot Navy Rum Last Consignment £195

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    ^^^ I am almost frightened to ask but what do those prices actually buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    ^^^ I am almost frightened to ask but what do those prices actually buy?
    Memories... memories...

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    Memories of wallet-ache, I suspect. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    ^^^ I am almost frightened to ask but what do those prices actually buy?
    Says 50ml!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Says 50ml!
    So it does.

    Eek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed335d View Post
    Can’t beat Wood’s Old Navy if you’re after something a little more manly.
    Thats my tipple of choice , not a big fan of the spiced rums

    Used to knock back a few Screeches in Newfoundland but ive not seen any for sale over here

    https://screechrum.com/

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