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Old 06-17-2004, 01:23 AM
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What's the best rum available in the US?

As stated in another thread I started in MPSIMS, my 21st birthday is fast approaching, and I want reccomendations on liquor. Quite frankly, the only alcohol I can truly handle is rum. Everything else tastes vile to me, but rum might as well be ambrosia. Anyway, probably one of the things I ask for will be a bottle of rum, and I want to know what the best I can get is. Since it IS a birthday present, money isn't really an object (if nothing else I'll just get money and buy it myself). So, what's the best rum you've ever thrown past your lips?
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Old 06-17-2004, 02:30 AM
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My favorite rum is Flor de Caña. I would suggest that you get the 7 year or better yet the 12 year, if you can find it. You can probably find the 7 year at BevMo.

I recently had Montecristo and Zacapa. Montecristo has a great aroma and taste. Zacapa is a bit stronger but has a great after taste.
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Old 06-17-2004, 02:35 AM
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Gosling's Black Seal.

It's divine, although it's a dark rum, none of that Bacardi White frou-frou crap.

It's even better with real Ginger Beer and a twist on lime in a highball glass.
It's called a 'Dark and Stormy' and I know of no better way to pleasantly and refreshingly obliterate life's concerns and many brain cells.
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Old 06-17-2004, 02:37 AM
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Old 06-17-2004, 02:52 AM
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A friend of mine had a party once and he effectively conned the folks at New Orleans Rum that he was promoting a major concert event (he got a local band to play the party ). So, the N.O. Rum folks agreed to sponsor the "event" and donated two cases of rum (one dark the other regular).

Free rum for everybody!

I even got a free tour of the New Orleans Rum HQ. Got to see to big ol' aging barrels, the label maker, and get old dirty rum all over the bottoms of my shoes.

I can tell you with great confidence that New Orleans Rum is NOT the best rum available in the U.S.

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Old 06-17-2004, 02:55 AM
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Old 06-17-2004, 03:07 AM
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There are some vintage rums out there which sell for $100 a bottle. Bacardi's Anejo is reasonably priced, and very good, as is Cruzan "single barrel estate rum".

Appleton makes some good rums, such as " Without question, the finest rum at the LCBO is the Appleton Estate 21-Year Old Jamaican Rum ( $89.95). The youngest rum here is 21-years-old!"- which i think it too expensive.

A good rum should be about $20 a bottle at a discount house. Darker the better, and none of the flavoured crap.
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Old 06-17-2004, 03:09 AM
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...Mr. tounge guy snuck in there without my consent!
A common lament.
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Old 06-17-2004, 03:10 AM
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The rummies I knew liked Mount Gay. I don't drink the stuff though.

http://www.mountgay.com/
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Old 06-17-2004, 05:59 AM
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Ron Zacapa Centenario. Highly recommended.
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Old 06-17-2004, 11:18 AM
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Gosling's Black Seal.

It's divine, although it's a dark rum, none of that Bacardi White frou-frou crap.

It's even better with real Ginger Beer and a twist on lime in a highball glass.
It's called a 'Dark and Stormy' and I know of no better way to pleasantly and refreshingly obliterate life's concerns and many brain cells.
Hey! I have some Idris Ginger beer, and a bottle of Lamb's Navy Rum. What are the proper proportions of rum & ginger beer for a good Dark & Stormy?
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Old 06-17-2004, 12:08 PM
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Not all that is Bacardi is necessarily bad rum. Bacardi puts out a quite nice amber-brown Añejo of which I'm rather fond.
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Old 06-17-2004, 12:18 PM
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If you can find it, anything made by Barbacourt is divine.

I'll second Mount Gay
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:29 PM
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I'll third Mount Gay and Cruzan for good Virgin Island rum that won't break the bank. Actually, I guess MG is from Barbados.
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:46 PM
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I can't believe no one has mentioned (So Pit me ) FREE rum! bienville, I'm very disappointed that you didn't allow for the cost of that N.O. rum!
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:47 PM
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Another possibility: Pyrat Pistol is quite good, but is very...umm...aromatic. (In other words, it smells and tastes kinda funny till you get used to it.) If you're relatively new to drinking, I'd pass on it for now, but keep it in mind for future reference. I haven't had a chance to try the other Pyrat rums yet.

You might also want to do some reading on the Ministry of Rum site.
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Old 06-17-2004, 02:09 PM
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I couldn't possibly pick just one, there are too many fine rums out there. There are regional differences (Puerto Rican rum vs Jamaican, for instance), and variations in strength and depth of flavor.

Here's my list of favorites that I'll drink like a fine brandy, i.e. straight up in a snifter:
Appleton 21 year old (Jamaica)
Cruzan Estate Single Barrel (Virgin Islands)
Rhum Barbancourt 15 year old (Haiti)
Pampero Anniversario (Venezuela)

I think these are excellent for mixed drinks:
Mt Gay (Barbados)
Gosling's Black Seal (Bermuda)
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Old 06-17-2004, 02:21 PM
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Whoops, forgot to put in the link to the rum forum on eGullet.
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Old 06-17-2004, 09:18 PM
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Bacardi rum is just fine. The best? Nah. But it's worth every single penny. And besides, I'm of the opinion that, if you're gonna spread some coin, it's better to go for a high-quality whiskey or tequila. But that's just me.

Redrum is divine, and wonderfully cheap. One of the few types of alcohol that I can drink straight, just fine.

Captain Morgan's Private Stock is a very tasty rum.
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Old 06-17-2004, 10:29 PM
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It was a Dark and Stormy night...

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Hey! I have some Idris Ginger beer, and a bottle of Lamb's Navy Rum. What are the proper proportions of rum & ginger beer for a good Dark & Stormy?
Well, this is how I learned to make them tending bar at a place frequented by a crowd of very picky and thirsty Jamaicans....

2 1/2 oz. Black Seal Rum
7 1/2 oz. Ginger Beer

in a highball or pint glass, over ice (crushed is best, cubed if not).
Full Lime Wedge.

Adjust proportions to suit taste. A true ginger beer is tangy enough to offset the sweetness perfectly, but different rums will need different levels of each to make the perfect mix.

Drink Deeply. Repeat as needed.



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Old 06-17-2004, 11:12 PM
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I'm of the opinion that, if you're gonna spread some coin, it's better to go for a high-quality whiskey or tequila. But that's just me.
Actually, have you tried some of the other "sipping rums" recommended in this thread? I think a good rum will easily match a high-quality whiskey or tequila.
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Old 06-17-2004, 11:48 PM
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Myers's Rum. It seems to be behind every bar I have been to. Is it any good?
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Old 06-18-2004, 02:44 AM
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My ex liked Pyrat Rum XO Reserve and said it was the only rum she'd ever had that she could sip straight up. But that was before we moved to St. Kitts, where they make Brinley Gold vanilla rum. We brought a lot of that back to the states with us, and everyone's loved it. You can find it all over the island in St. Kitts, but in the US it's currently only avaialble in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Fair warning, the taste of their vanilla rum has gone downhill a bit since they started making coffee and mango rum as well.

Also fair warning, I don't drink, so what the hell do I know?
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Old 06-19-2004, 01:32 AM
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I can't believe no one has mentioned (So Pit me ) FREE rum! bienville, I'm very disappointed that you didn't allow for the cost of that N.O. rum!
Inigo Montoya, if you've ever tasted New Orleans rum, you'd know it is the kind of stuff one would want to be paid to drink!

Really really bad stuff.
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Old 06-19-2004, 09:09 AM
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My friends and I drink Gosling's Black Seal rum, which makes the best mojitos.

For a mojito, mix rum with guarapo (fresh sugar cane juice). Crush fresh mint leaves and lime wedges with a mortar and pestle, put the lime and mint in a glass full of crushed ice (must be crushed!), and pour your rum/guarapo mixture over it. Stir well, and enjoy, amigos. One of the most refreshing drinks I've ever had, sweet and cool and flavored by the lime and mint, perfect for hot days. James Bond drank a mojito in Cuba in Die Another Day, the last movie, so I think that helped the classic Cuban cocktail gain new popularity.

Of course, living in Miami, we have plenty of access to Cuban restaurants and cafes where you can just order guarapo, and watch them feed a fresh stalk of green sugar cane into a huge juice-extracting machine, to get a cup to go.
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Old 06-19-2004, 05:31 PM
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Since it's a local product...

... I thought I'd throw out Prichard's Fine Rum made in Kelso TN. It's relatively new on the market and the guy who makes it has won some awards I believe, it's made with table grade molasses instead of blackstrap. Small distillery so you might have trouble finding it.
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