This thread refers to sipping rum.
Beyond the frequent descriptions of the addition of water or ice to fine drinks as sacrilegious, as if it could impair the rum's flavour profile, it is worth noting that this can help open up a rum in many cases. However, it is as always a matter of taste, of course, and never malpractice.
I was wondering how you usually have your rum.
Do you have it neat? Perhaps with some ice? Or adding a bit of water to open it up?
Most importantly actually, if you usually have it neat, do you add ice/some water for cask strength rums?
I personally tend to have rums neat, especially milder and medium-bodied ones. For stronger ones I sometimes add some cold water. In fact, I have noticed with whiskys that the aromas really do "open up" upon addition of a bit of water, which makes all the difference for me with the Islay ones.
I have recently bought my first >46% rum (Foursquare 2005, at a mighty 59%) and I am fairly certain I will add ice or water to this one for it to open up.
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I do agree with a cube or two of ice "opening up" the taste and flavours of the rum.
I find most rums aged from about 7 or 8 years and up can be enjoyed in this way, but it does depend on the kind of rum and flavours that you like.
There are some flavoured and spiced rums on the mass market which seem to be made with the intention of mixing. Bombo and Cloven Hoof spring to mind here. Oh and the dreaded Captain Morgan Spiced...
It’s about temperature for me, I much prefer chilled. Big ice cube, glass with a stem, swirl it around gently. A big ice cube won’t melt too much. Just a little bit of melted water from the ice cube does open it up nicely too.
Me neat. And therefore every rum is a sipping rum, just that some are a lot more enjoyable than others :)
I dilute my rums with water frequently, since I like to buy overproof rums. Drinking a 54% ABV rum is IMO not a good practice, because alcohol tends to numb tongue at such concentration. When you dilute, some of the aromatics are forced out of the solution, so you get a nice aromatic blast when drinking, it's fantastic. It's similar to absinthe - buy as strong as possible alcohol, dilute right before consumption.
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