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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

Posted 22 Mar '21 from Sweden with 217 ratings

A follow up to last weeks topic about favorite shaped bottles, I’m now interested to hear about your favorite labels. As said before, don’t buy a bottle because of its nice label. But for me building up my Private Rum Bar it’s great when I find a Rum that I like with an awesome label. My choice is: Pusser’s 15yo Nelson’s Blood, I just loved this label the first time I saw it and is now the lucky owner of 4 bottles. Montebello 2009 5yo, I think labels with old sailing ships are awesome and this is the best one in my Bar. I really hope Montebello will use it again in the future. Dillon XO Grenadier, This one has a special place in my heart with a Grenadier on the label cause I belonged to a Grenadier Regiment in the military. Rivers Antoine 69%, It looks like a hand painted picture in bright colors without using new techniques. Just love it! Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros, It’s impossible to not bring up one of the worlds most well known logo types and on this bottle it’s looking better than ever. Picture: My 5 choices
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Earl Elliott

From Canada with 202 ratings Replied 22 Mar '21

I agree with the Pussers and the Grenadier labels selections. I am not aware of the other rums due to the limited selection we have in Canada. I must admit that I have purchased rums based on an attractive bottle or label. A quick search of my inventory and these were the best I could come up with. I know it's not a competition but at least we're not talking about Covid or politics.
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Rene Rum

From Switzerland with 410 ratings Replied 22 Mar '21

Ahh... great topic again, Stefan. My choice is so far: Velier Caroni 12, 15, 17 and 21yo, representing the series, the 21 year old. Old classic label with sailor scenery. Velier Single Rum label with watercolour pictures of the distilling equipment of the particular distillery. The first series La Maison du Rhum, six bottles from different countries, packed in a wooden slatted box. Nice old fashioned label design. Representing the series, Rivière du Mât, La Réunion. Zapatera vintage 1996, because of the outstanding colourful label. TATANKA painted bottles from Martinique, unfortunately no year or bottler (must be Saint James). Every bottle has a unique handmade painting on.
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 217 ratings Replied 22 Mar '21

Earl, I believe that we all have purchased rums based on attractive bottles or/and attractive labels, cause it’s the only way to check if the content matches or are good enough for a repurchase if you can’t find a sample.
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 217 ratings Replied 22 Mar '21

Rene, Great choices! I really like the Velier Caroni and the Zapatera. The only one I have owned is a Maison du Rhum Trinidad & Tobago, still have the big basket.
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Pirate

From Greece with 30 ratings Replied 23 Mar '21

Nice thread! Hmmm, mine are: Dead Man's Fingers Spiced - No1 Doorly's 14 (but all of them are gorgeous) - No2 Sadler's Peaky Blinders Black Spiced - No3 Mount Gay XO allen smith - No4 Bayou Spiced - No5
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Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM)

From United States with 274 ratings Replied 23 Mar '21

The Plantation extremes, and single vintage have great works of art for labels, my favorites. Some other ones added in.
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Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM)

From United States with 274 ratings Replied 23 Mar '21

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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 217 ratings Replied 23 Mar '21

Pirate, Don’t know most of your choices, but I also like the Doorly’s 14yo which also is a real great rum.
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 217 ratings Replied 23 Mar '21

Jimmy, Great choices, I really like the labels on the Caroni Navy Rum and the Plantations of your choice. Unfortunately I don’t have any of them.
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Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM)

From United States with 274 ratings Replied 23 Mar '21

Stefan, those are all really unique rums and quite honestly hard to enjoy. I find some extreme aged rums especially too long in Port cask don’t do it for me. Caroni in my opinion are just weird not my thing.
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Pipestone

From Slovakia with 34 ratings Replied 26 Mar '21

Foursquare for me. All their Exceptional Cask Selections have a very high ratings here.The lowest is Premise /8,2/ up to Redoutable/ 9,6/!!! Very reasonable price level.Unfortunately difficult to find.
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 217 ratings Replied 26 Mar '21

Pipestone, Looks great with the bottles toeing the line.
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Pipestone

From Slovakia with 34 ratings Replied 26 Mar '21

My Foursquare story: On the very beggining I ordered only one bottle just to test. Like Zinfandel for example. When I liked it I wanted to get second,but hoplala,sold out. Now every new ECS automaticly I order two bottles. One for me and one for cabinet. Cabinet means-for later.
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Harrie

From Netherlands with 76 ratings Replied 27 Mar '21

With labels it is a bit hard to just look at the lay-out without taking into account how much you like a rum, after all the taste and memory of a really nice rum will make the dullest label enjoyable to look at.

Anyway, here are some of the labels I like a lot; the over-the-top-retro-label of Rum-Bar Gold, any of the Doorly's labels (but the 5yo and 8yo have the nicest colours imo), the simplicity of the Mates and the sober pharmacy-like labels of Ultimatum.

I doubted to include Smith & Cross but that labels shines on a full bottle and becomes pretty dull when a bottle is (almost) empty.
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 217 ratings Replied 27 Mar '21

Harrie,
 I also like Doorly’s and Rum-Bar’s labels.
 When it comes to label versus content, I must have given an aged rum at least a 7 for it to deserve a place in my Rum Bar. For white rum I have right now lower ratings for those I rated long ago so I will have to review my rating scale for them.
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Harrie

From Netherlands with 76 ratings Replied 27 Mar '21

@Stefan;

Same here for aged rums as they need a 7 before I rebuy. But sometimes price is a factor too; I rebuy some 7's all the time and some 8's never. I think it is a bit harder to review (and rebuy) white rums; there is so much uninteresting stuff but also some real beauties, they are just a bit harder to find.
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 217 ratings Replied 27 Mar '21

Harrie, Yes, the same goes for me. Price is definitely an important factor. When I build my Rumbar I want to have at least one bottle from most of the brands or/and islands in the Caribbean and it can’t always be their most expensive rum. About white rum I can recommend to test the Jamaican Overproof’s especially Rum Fire, the Agricole’s Blanc (Right now is the Montebello 50% the best I’ve tasted, but there are many more for me to taste.), the Rivers Antoine Royal Grenadian Rum (Best white I’ve tasted so far) and finally the Clairin’s which I’m not finished with yet.
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