Enjoying good rums along with all you like minded friends, I have had several tasting parties with local friends. We have done around the world night, many different countries, top shelf rums over $100, Ron Abuelo night starting with, Anjeo, 7, 12, 2 oak, port finish, sherry finish, and Napoleon finish, Four square night... I'm looking for ideas maybe 12 year old rums $40-50 Appleton, Eldorado, Abuelo, anyone have some other 12 year olds to add to the list? I have thought of special finish night rums finished in port casks, or other options.
I enjoy sharing my hobby / passion with others, so any thoughts are welcome.
Hey Jimmy, sounds like rum-soulmates. ;-)
I do the same thing every year with my friends in my back yard, bonfire included. I start with a blind tasting (always Thai rum so far). Then we go through the styles, start with Agricoles for aperitif, then Soleras for dessert and English-style for the rest of the night.
For example, Thema special finish: Mekong, J.M Calvados, Bonpland Blanc, Pancho Villa, Bonpland Rouge, Renegade Guyana 2001, Arcane Flamboyance was last year. Black edition the year bevor: Sang Som, Andersrum, Clement by night, Barcelio Onix, Cashcane black, Zacapa Negro, A.H. Riise black edition, Pusser's black label. This year, very soon the next rum round is going on with some rarities. I'm not saying anything yet.
12-year rum: Cockspur, Doorly's, Real McCoy, Arcane Extraroma....
@ kudzey, yea, tasting the same distillery, great input.
I heard about the dilemma of ordering spirits in the US, it's very sad for Paul B and all others in the same position. Here in Switzerland, the rum variety in a bar is the same boring thing.
I host around 10 people and after usually the bottles are emptier then full. The rest I enjoy to drink alone with a nice cigar or on weekly meetings with my guys. At the moment opened bottles 48 of 88 (includes 10 bottles mix rum)
After trying 418 different rums in nearly 4 years, I think that I have tried enough and don't need to order any. In the US, it illegal to use the US Mail to ship spirits anywhere. In my state, one cannot even use UPS or Fed Ex to ship spirits in or out of here.
And wouldn't you know it, the fairly new arrival of Shibboleth has now become my new number one rum because of no damn bourbon notes. I went through great efforts to get my second bottle that was found within my own state. No telling when I will find another one.
Since you liked JM Rhum XO, I can wholeheartedly recommend JM Rhum 10 Year from 2008. I just bought my fourth bottle yesterday for $110 from Total Wine. It is worth about twice the price of their excellent XO.
As for Clement, their Homere is a very unique and super smooth agricole at about $93 US. I have several of those bottles stashed away.. It is also one of the few rums whereby the rum inside is even better than the gorgeous bottle. Keep those empty bottles for filling them up with cheap rums to serve to the chronic moochers! I also shy away from all other Clement rhums.
As for Dictador rums, if you were not all that impressed with their 20 Year solera, then save your money and don't try their XO Insolent. The company stores their coffee beans in those barrels, which are also used to age aguardientes. The combination of these two flavors in the barrels is why you probably don't care for their rums. They also do not add sugar. One either loves them or hates them.
Only after Foursquare ECS Shibboleth was recently released did that one finally replace my top two rums rated as a 10, which are both from Dictador. The Shibboleth also does not fit the standard profile for Foursquare ECS, which is probably why I love it.
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