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Anyone ever try and blend your own signature rum blend from your collection?


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Earl Elliott

Posted 15 Feb '21 from Canada with 202 ratings

I was watching a youtube video about Scotch blending by master distillers and I recalled that the same process is followed by Rum masters and thought, hey I could make my own blend. So I took 6 of my better rums that I thought would work well in a blend and made my own creation. I am pretty happy with it, and although it's probably a sin to have done this, however I tested it out and my friends tell me it's fantastic.
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Paul B

From United States with 420 ratings Replied 16 Feb '21

Earl: Welcome back to the discussions and thanks for all of your added sugar postings!!!!! I try lots of different blends, but have never had the urge to create my own signature blend. My case is always like, "Holy shit! This rum reminds me of another one in my collection (Facundo Eximo/Exquisto vs South Bay), so let me find out the right mixture to recreate it". On a recent case of Hamilton's Florida Rum Society, I tried like hell to recreate it from my own collection so that I would not have to drive back to Florida to get more. Guess what? I had to drive back to Florida to get six more bottles and I soon figured out that all I had to do was the math from three different Hamilton rums that are fairly easy to get. Also in my notes is adding Ron Medellin 8 Year as a way to improve sugar bombs that have deteriorated in the bottle after a month or so. From what you have shown, I gather that your inspiration was to improve upon that bottle of Relicario, which I was not too impressed with. I only once tried to blend my Eximo and would not even dream of blending any of the others. The master blenders usually achieve perfection before sending their bottles out to be sold. Improving upon cheap rums is the key!
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Earl Elliott

From Canada with 202 ratings Replied 16 Feb '21

I was trying to recreate the Dos Maderas 5+5 PX. The key rum for this mixture was the 1931 as it smoothed out the harshness of the Relicario and added some depth to the blend. The other key rum was the Nativo 15 year old. Lots of flavours in the combined 6 rums. On their own they all seem to be just short of great, but together it's a winner. Cheers.
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Paul B

From United States with 420 ratings Replied 16 Feb '21

Earl: Trying to recreate Dos Maderas 5+5 from six rums with very little sherry in them is quite a feat. You are a much braver man than I am!!!
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Earl Elliott

From Canada with 202 ratings Replied 16 Feb '21

Paul. There’s a bottle of Graham’s 20 year old Tawny Port missing from the picture. I use a dropper full of the port to get the blend closer to the Dos Maderas.
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Paul B

From United States with 420 ratings Replied 16 Feb '21

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vomi1011

From Germany with 395 ratings Replied 18 Feb '21

I've tried to create some navy blends. Or to increase complexity of some Demeraras. It works. I often use two rums. With three rums it's more difficult, it's not easy to find the right proportions. I like my own Demerara blends much more than what is sold on the market. The last good Demeraras were bottled by Luca. Since these days DDL is blinded forever, because they wanted to cancel the relation with Luca. You need good rums to create good blends. Old tropical aged TDLs or Clarendons are great to increase complexity. To recreate a Tiger Shark we need rums in the price range of 60-120€. The Last Ward or an old TDL, a good Demerara, tropical aged Clarendon and a good WP. You can also use sugar syrup (Monin) to create sweet rums. Then the blends became milder. I think you need this also when you want to recreate the Dos Maderas.
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RumGuy1

From United States with 53 ratings Replied 19 Feb '21

Yes. But i never produced a rum blend that was better than one singular component.
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Mr. Rumantic

From Germany with 152 ratings Replied 19 Feb '21

I made a Blend with an aged sweet Panama Rum and a drop of my Ardbeg 10. The final Blend was quite good. Had a great peated finish and some good spice on the palate. And much faster than storing it in a barrel for years 😅😋😉 Blending at Home is fun.
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 262 ratings Replied 19 Feb '21

Vomi, Well then we must recommend the DDL to replace their “stupid” Master Blender with you. 😂
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vomi1011

From Germany with 395 ratings Replied 19 Feb '21

I would appreciate that, but they didn't even want to work with Luka, they want to go their own way. All great releases of the last years were bottled by independent bottlers: REV 1994 Rum Artesanal, 32y Enmore TheRumCask, MEC 1992 Flensburg, KFM 1991 Flensburg, Corman Collins Enmore 1992, VSG Barikenn 2012, Valinch & Mallet 1993, Valinch & Mallet 1994 Enmore, 16y MDXC TheRumCask, 2004-2016 VSG (MDXC) Rum Artesanal, 2004-2021 VSG (MDXC) Rum Artesanal. What do we saw from DDL: "Blended in the barrel selection" of overpriced rums that achieved 79-83 rating points with great effort. https://singlecaskrum.com/2020/02/06/el-dorado-blended-in-the-barrel/ Who is willing to pay over 150€ for such blends? People pay a lot of money for the old Velier bottlings. If I were a Master Blender I would ask myself why and why I don't create such bottlings.
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kudzey (TASTING CLUB)

From Poland with 37 ratings Replied 15 Mar '21

This discussion just brings to my mind a question if rum companies enter such sites like RR and seek for feedback on their rums. I believe reading this topic could be interesting for the DDL if they care what their clients need.
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vomi1011

From Germany with 395 ratings Replied 15 Mar '21

They are successful, they may not want to serve this niche market anymore. I mean if you sell 200 bottles of very good 20y old rum for connoisseurs it's nothing compared to a million bottles of Dictador 12. We can still enjoy the old stuff from the idependend bottlers. But the Demerara stock seems empty. Last releases were from 2010. That's a pity, but on the other hand they wanted to go this way.
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Rumexplorer

From Netherlands with 8 ratings Replied 2 Jun '21

I have seen you ratings and can you help me find a good rum for mixed drink not of brand Bacardi or Captain morgan?
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Charles M

From United Kingdom with 140 ratings Replied 14 Jul '21

I blend rums I really don't like to try and finish them as I don't like throwing them out. The last one was the Kirk & Sweeney 12 Reserva. I like their 12yo, but found the 12 Reserva to be absolutely disgusting. Question was what to mix it with, and I found it went quite well with Pussers bog standard rum but at IIRC 54% ABV (I think since rebranded Gunpowder strength). I drink my rums neat, and don't really like going above 48%, so was happy to blend the Pussers away. It was a few months ago that I did it and can't remember if it was 1:1 or not, but think it was. It actually turned out to be quite a nice drop.
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Althaur

From United States with 20 ratings Replied 21 Oct '21

I realize I am resurrecting an older thread, but I just found it today. I made an old-fashioned with my house blend tonight. After reading some ideas on infinity bottles, and house blends, I decided to make my own. When I first made it and tried it I thought I royaly screwed it up. After it sat for a couple days all of the flavors seem to settle down. I added a cherry stick for some additional flavoring for a little over a week that seem to bring everything together. It has a nice spiciness to it. So far, everyone who has tried it has really enjoyed it. It makes an absolutely perfect old-fashioned

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Paul B

From United States with 420 ratings Replied 3 Nov '21

Earl:

I gave it a try this afternoon, inspired by the three main countries used in Black Tot, wisely leaving Trinidad out. For my first try, I always use equal parts. The countries were Jamaica, Guyana, and Barbados.  Using equal parts did not appeal to my pallette. So I tried improving on this. Damn it if I got it right on my second try!!!

So here is my results to make one 24 ounce bottle of Paul B's Tot  Start with 4 ounces of Jamaican (Appleton 8 year), 8 ounces of Guyana (El Dorado 8), and 12 ounces of Barbados (Mount Gay XO Triple Cask). Notice that all three are affordable and easily replaced. Keeping it this simple is the key. And this was lots of fun!

So why have I chosen to leave Trinidad out? I just bought a bottle of Bombarda Falconet and it's youger brother Culverin. The 5 Year Culverin is good but the 8 Year Falconet has a bitter finish. Both have rums from Panama and the Dominican Republic as their base. The younger Culverin adds rum from Barbados. The older Falconet adds rums from Guyana and Trinidad. So which country is responsible for the bitter finish on the older one? From my experinece with one bottle each of Caroni and Scarlet Ibis, Trinidad is the guilty one. For those that want a taste of Caroni on the cheap, it is hiding in bottles of Bombarda Falconet!!! How on earth could they afford that is beyond me!

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Charles M

From United Kingdom with 140 ratings Replied 3 Nov '21

Question is Paul, and I think I know the answer, is the whole better than the sum of its parts?

 

I guess that's the art of blending. 

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Paul B

From United States with 420 ratings Replied 3 Nov '21

Charles:

I must have really lucked out today. What I have created is sligltly better than the new Mount Gay XO Triple Cask that comprises half of my new blend, and then adding the right amounts from Jamaica and Guyana.  This is the absolute first time that I ranked one of my own blends and it came out as an 8. So the sum of the cheaper parts winds up being a LOT better than the Black Tot 5 Year that I just opened up. Granted that one has another 10.2% ABV, but that burn actually detracts from the wonderful flavor combination that I have blended today. And my version was only $35 compared to $55-$65 for theirs. Maybe I should apply for Master Blender somewhere since I am retired.

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Earl Elliott

From Canada with 202 ratings Replied 3 Nov '21

Paul B.

Here in Ontario, there aren't many top rums on the shelves unless you want to pay $500 for an El Dorado 25.  Everything else is meh, so I had to do some more blending to get an Earlwibbean rum mixture.  Glad to hear that your mad scientist project worked out.  

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Paul B

From United States with 420 ratings Replied 3 Nov '21

Earl:

Thanks so much on the compliment for me being a mad scientist. I had a chemistry set in my pre-teens. Well, one day  my mom came home to hook and ladder fire trucks parked in front of our house. My neighbor saw smoke coming out of our shed and called the fire department. My mom usually got very upset on these kind of things, but not this time. What was the problem? I had finally figured out how to make gunpowder from scratch at a tender you age. It almost burned my face off, but I was lucky.  In her mind, she knew damn well that her oldest boy would go very far in life and he did indeed! So glad to still be a mad scientist!

 

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Mr. Rumantic

From Germany with 152 ratings Replied 6 Nov '21

60% Foursquare ECS 2007, 30% Plantation One Time Limited Australia, 10% Flensburg Hampden C<>H. Makes a great Navy Style Rum. 😁😇😉

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I3R0K3N7FEET

From United Kingdom with 71 ratings Replied 23 Nov '21

Actually  a little while ago I hand around 15 different rums on my shelf, ranging from various mainstream cheap brands, to some artisinal rums, to some upper end stuff (to name a few in my selection so people can get an idea, I had a bottle of cpt morgans spiced, sailor jerry, Kirk and sweeney, plantation dark double cask, libations, don papa sevilliana, havana club 7, skipper, kraken,  and various others including black tot, old J Cherry, kopparberg dark fruits which were pretty awful). I am not a fan of kirk and sweeney at all, but I appreciate that it is a good quality spirit, albeit dull and lifeless and relatively dry, so used it as a base for blending to make a selection of drinks I would actually use. I made 3x full 70cl bottles with a different mix. 1. 30% kirk and sweeney, 20% Skipper, 20% Havana club, 10% Plantation dark, 10% morgans spiced, 10% Don papa sevellana. - This turned out to be an amazing sipper2. 30% K&S, 30% Sailor Jerry, 20% Libations, 20% kraken (with trace/leftover amounts of old J Cherry. I found the libation rum, despite having a faint honey essence, actually lacked sweetness, and was going for a complex mixer. was a little disappointed, but this was actually the first bottle to disappear as it was very easy to drink mixed. 3. 30% K&S, 40% Skipper, 10-15% black tot with the rest made up with kraken, a little morgans spiced, I think there was a double shot of rumbullion, basically was similar to the first, but with more dark/spiced rums. This turned out to be my favourite of them all. Generally, I dont drink a huge amount and as I love rum I tend to buy bottles faster than I drink them (especially when I get gifted some- often rums  I wouldnt normally drink) so found that blending different rums, especially when you are aware of the flavour profile, and what you do like, can actually create new/interesting experiences. Again, I would hazard against hap-hazardly throwing any-old rum together, as the aim at least in my mind, was to create something more balanced and overall drinkable. mixing too many complex drinks together wouldnt work, or just mixing sweet mixer rums together again might not work out either.

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