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Djmillard (TASTING CLUB)

Posted 16 Jun '21 from United States with 20 ratings

Good evening all, 

After getting into rums gradually over the last year (I have never liked straight spirits of any kind, and haven't been much of a drinker, period) I've jumped into a small but wide variety of bottles to sample around.

My favorite of the pack has been Xaymaca Special Dry. I have no other experience with Jamaican rum, but I love the dryness and the relatively potent aroma and flavor. It is my standout favorite. 

Saying that, where should I go next, preferably in the $20-50 range? I've noticed that Minnesota doesn't seem to have the widest selection, even at our larger liquor stores, so more widely available is also preferable. Appleton 12 Year is the only one currently on my radar that I'm sure I can find. Any input most welcome! 

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Curelin

From Italy with 5 ratings Replied 16 Jun '21

Appleton Estate Rare Blend, go straight on it.
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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 414 ratings Replied 16 Jun '21

DJmillard:

Plantation Xaymaca happens to be an oddball. Many fans of rum just love the hogo funk found in pot stilled Jamaican rums. However, this Xaymaca uses the ones with lower esters and then ages them in casks that once held cognac. This basically removes most of the hogo funk that most of us desire. Since this was mentioned as your favorite, you probably would not like most of the high ester Jamaican rums. However, as Curelin mentioned above, you cannot go wrong with Appleton Reserve Blend, which is aged 8 years. Appleton 12 Year may also appeal to you, but that one has even more hogo funk than the Reserve Blend.
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kudzey (TASTING CLUB)

From Poland with 25 ratings Replied 16 Jun '21

I'd also add Appleton 12 yo rare blend, it should not exceed your price range. You might also try some rums from Barbados like Doorly's or Mount Gay.
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Djmillard (TASTING CLUB)

From United States with 20 ratings Replied 16 Jun '21

Thanks for the input, all. I have gone through a bottle of Doorly's 12 Year and it was very good, if not as flavourful as the above. I have also had Plantation's Isle of Fiji, which was very interesting and pretty good. I notice similarities between it and the Xaymaca, which I attribute to the cognac barrel aging. However, it doesn't have the sour, earthy, dry fruitiness that the Xaymaca does. I'm kind of assuming that flavor dimension is the "funk", and I think I gotta try something with more of it to see if I love it. Varies Appletons added to the wishlist. Much obliged!
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