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Rateemdijk

Posted 15 May '21 from Netherlands with 5 ratings

Hi Rum drinkers,

I just started drinking rum and really begin to like it. I enjoy the El Dorado 12 years, but i see a lot of you saying it contains so much sugar. What are your recomendations for naturally sweet rums somewhat like the El Dorado 12? Budget is around 20-40 euro's


Looking forward to your answers!







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kudzey (TASTING CLUB)

From Poland with 19 ratings Replied 16 May '21

I think Pusser's Blue Label is also sugar free but has a natural sweetness of Guyanese molasses. It should easily fit your price range.
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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 411 ratings Replied 16 May '21

kudzey and Rateemdijk:

Pusser's Blue Label is not naturally sweetened since it has 6 gpl of added sugar. The ED12 for the USA market has a whopping 35 gpl of added sugar, which is only 15 gpl shy of being classified as flavored.

There really is no such thing as a naturally sweet rum. Whether being fermented and distilled from molasses or cane juice, what comes out in the end is always bone dry, whether pot stilled, column stilled, or a combination of both. Since many distillers realize that what comes out in the beginning is rather boring, their only hope is to get flavors from the various charred barrels. And if that does not work, then they use the fast track by adding sugar, especially to appeal to the sweet tooths in the USA.

One way of using barrels with sweetening is like what Dictador does in Columbia. The company sells coffee beans that are stored in their barrels and they also use their barrels to store aguardiente made from cane juice. This produces about as much natural sweetness as possible while still remaining dry. Barrels that held sherry, port, or madeira are also used by other companies, but these all need minimal aging to avoid over doing it. Plus, these barrels are VERY expensive.

One will also find out the hard way that sugar bombs such as ED12 only last less than two months in the bottle and then their flavors change for the worse.
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Fisherrr333

From Australia with 4 ratings Replied 16 May '21

this one: La Favourite Cuvee Speciale La Flibuste
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 224 ratings Replied 16 May '21

Well, I would say that one of the sweetest sugar canes is the Demerara from Guyana which means that rum made by DDL or blended rum containing rum made by DDL has some natural sweetness. 
Then it’s possible, just as Paul B wrote, to age the rum in barrels earlier used to contain sweet spirits to get the rum sweeter without adding sugar. The ones that earlier contained PX Sherry is the ones, that as far as I know, gives the sweetest rum.
Besides this you can check out the Agricole’s. All sweetness in them are natural, but then we’re talking about a different price segment.
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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 411 ratings Replied 17 May '21

Stefan:

Which rums are aged in PX Sherry casks? Something tells me that it is Dos Maderas 5+5, which is the only sugar bomb that I will still buy.

No more reviews after my last one with Karen E, but I will still participate in limited discussions like this one. Also check the update to my review for JM Rhum XO, which you will really appreciate! JM XO is still the best agricole for the money!
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 224 ratings Replied 17 May '21

Paul,
Yes, Dos Maderas 5+5 of course, but quite many others also produce PX Sherry finished rum, some with sugar added and others without.
Some examples: HSE, Worthy Park, SBS,, Six Saints, Larimat and Don Papa
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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 411 ratings Replied 17 May '21

Stefan: Thanks. I should be lucky that I can still get Dos Maderas. I have tried Worthy Park and Six Saints, but did not care much for either. I won't touch Don Papa and cannot get the other three over here.
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rumtrinker

From Germany with 28 ratings Replied 18 May '21

Different suggestion: if you like sweet stuff, go for liqueurs and spiced rum. Cheap, sweet, jolly good fun of you are into that kind of thing. Other than that, I would second the nudge towards Guyanese Demerara rums. There definitely are runs out there that are more or less "sweet" without added sugar. Like with scotch whisky, which does not allow dosage, but nevertheless Glen Grant Majors Reserve (as a notable and affordable example) and many other whiskies are quite sweet. Not "premium rum" sweet, but still. I find Pusser's Blue and Black quite great and not too sweet. But they seem to have some sugar added.
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