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Posted 11 Jun '19 from United States with 12 ratings

Hey everyone! So Ive been trying a few rums (Mainly samples I found at Bevmo!) But I would like to expand my options and start buying full sized bottles.

Admitting, I started my rum journey when I had malibu (Yes laugh at me). But from that I decided to start trying less sugary rums and get into the real thing. My favorite and go to at the moment is Kraken, as it seems to be the only one that doesnt hurt my stomach very much. Captain killed me, Sailor Killed me, Diplomatico was AMAZING but $7 for a 50ml taste was a bit to steep to keep this as a go to.

Either way, I was hoping you guys could help me find some good go to rum (Not expensive $30< but that tastes good for a nightly pour). Yes I do like to mix it coke BUT on the rocks is my favorite way to drink it, so either is fine.

Also! If I could get just 1 expensive bottle, what should it be. Like my once or twice a year kind of bottle. Also any tips in how to properly store these bad boys




From United States with 369 ratings Replied 11 Jun '19

Greetings If Its broken fix it! That's a well chosen handle of a name!

Since I have lots of data in my complex spreadsheet, I was able to easily rank all of my ratings into the two price categories that you requested: $30 or below or anything costing more. I kept in mind that my suggestions should all be of good value. Two of the "expensive" rums wound up costing $32 each. Read my reviews on all of the ones shown below for further details. Then read other reviews with various ratings.

Value rums that cost $30 US or less:
Blackwell's Reserve
Plantation OFTD (great overproof for on the rocks)
El Dorado 8

Value rums that cost more than $30 US:
El Dorado 12 ($32)
Plantation XO 20th Anniversary ($42)
South Bay Small Batch ($32)

Money no object (and my top two overall):
Dictador XO Insolent ($100)
Dictador 20 ($65 with very similar tastes to Insolent)
However, both of these rums are sweet tasting with no added sugar because of the barrels that they were aged in, which had stored coffee beans and were used to age aguardiente in Columbia.

Reading these reviews and finding fellow reviewers with tastes similar to your own based upon rums that you already know about is your best and cheapest way to start. You can waste a LOT of money experimenting without any background. Also try to determine which reviewers are generous with their ratings and which ones like to rate low. Theoretically, all of one's reviews should follow the bell shaped curve with very few rated at the extreme ends. However, with the help of all of these reviews, the bulk of my ratings wound up as a 7 or 6. Anything that I have rated as a 5 or less are ones that I will never buy again. The morning after is what caused me to rate The Kraken in the 5 or less ratings group.

Good luck!

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