My new favorite, which changes with the tide, is Matusalem 18. Not too sweet & not to dry. A good bang for the doubloon at $30. Wish I could find the 23 but only found that in Mexico. Then again the 18 is well worthy seeing the 23 was over $50 in Mexico. Will be adding this to the bar for sure. Just found the 23 for $100. I'll stick to the 18 for $30. Way too much difference in price. That's 3 for 1. Obviously when I go back to Mexico I will stock up at 1/2 price.
My go to rums on a regular basis are Pampero Anivisario, Eldorado 12 or 15, Brugal 1888, and always Pussers. I do jump around and there is a European 70cl Diplomatico Family Reserve at Total wine that is awesome. Then there are Panamanian Abuelo 12, & double oaks also great, along with Mt Gay triple Cask or XO, and Appleton 12, 15, and the awesome 21.
As a newbie to rum, I've been keen to find rums in that sweet spot of affordable, accessible and enjoyable. It's been interesting to see how my palate has evolved along the way. Two that have grown on me to become sweet spot go to rums are Black Tot and R L Seale 10. They both more than hold their own against any whisky I could buy for similar money. Funnily enough, they were two of the first rums I tried, but it took trying a whole bunch of others to really appreciate them. I guess though that that's the journey!
my go to rum is not just one bottle, all open bottles i have at home i drink 2 of them daily (one after lunch and one after dinner) here the list: savanna le must, dictador 20 (old bottle), appleton 12 (old bottle), hampden 8, hampden overproof (must rate it), clement VSOP (my wife love it, i prefer their XO a lot), hse VSOP, la hechicera 21, longueteau XO, la favorite cuvee de la filibuste, santiago de cuba 12, other rums are for mixing so i not mention them here ...
i have more to say, with rum i smoke a cigar (half after lunch and half after dinner), here in my shop i can find many cubans, davidoff and some nicaraguans (oliva and nub) and when compared what i spend on rum, i spend a lot more on cigars, a bottle of rum give me cca 14/20 servings, cigars i buy 10/20 each time and i spend more on them ...
Wow how my journey has changed sincw starting this thread in 2017 ..
I now won't touch plantation at all until they change practices .
My go to currently is most things Jamaican after visiting the island this year..
Favourite is Hampden but also love Worthy Park...
When it comes to affordable (cheap) everyday rum, I have one from more or less every area in the Caribbean. Here are some of them.
Antigua: English Harbour 5yo
Jamaica: Smith & Cross
Barbados: Doorly's 12yo
St. Lucia: Chairman's Reserve Legacy
St. Vincent: Captain Bligh
Grenada: Clarke's Court Old Grog
Guadeloupe: Montebello 3yo
Martinique: Dillon Hors D'Age 9yo
Trois Rivieres VSOP, Santa Teresa 1796, Rumbullion,
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