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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 201 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 (PREMIUM)

From United States with 369 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 201 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 (PREMIUM)

From United States with 369 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 201 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 (PREMIUM)

From United States with 369 ratings Replied 16 Feb '21

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vomi1011

From Germany with 293 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. DDL has no idea what a good Demerara should taste like. The last good Demeraras were bottled by Luca. Since these days DDL is blinded forever, because they were stupid enough to cancel the relation with Luca.
They have diamonds in their storage, but they can't create brilliants out of it. They throw these rough diamonds on the market in the hopes that people will see their value. As we can see, they are not very successful with it.
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 41 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 83 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 (PREMIUM)

From Sweden with 207 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 293 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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