Let's make a list of rums that are excellent AND are meant to be drunk. That means they must be available constantly in certain amounts over longer time periods. Their availability and prices should not be influenced much by the secondary market. I m thinking of rums like Appleton 21yo or Diplomaticos yearly vintages. No rare or closed destilleries, no limited collectors stuff that's sold out immediately.
I really like your logic on this! Nothing worse than finding a great rum and then being unable to find it again at the same price, if at all.
I finally broke down and bought a full bottle of Appleton 21 Year. I compared it side by side to my favorite from them, which is their 8 Year. Yes, I like their 8 Year a little more and it is also easier to find.
I also broke down to buy a bottle of Flor de Cana 25 Year. The first sip had me rave about it. Then as more air got into the bottle over the next few weeks, it was just not the same as that first sip from the bottle. So I bought another bottle of their 12 Year to compare it to. At first, I found their 12 Year to be smoother. Then I realized that their 25 Year takes a damn long time to breathe in the snifter, then it was back on top.
As I mentioned in a previous post more than a year ago, what one has had to eat or drink before trying a rum will affect their overall opinion of it. Today's favorite may no longer hang onto that position weeks later. And vice versa, but on very rare occasions, one that was not so great could suddenly move to the top.
Let's start! I like Appleton 12 Rare Blend, Doorlys XO and Pusser's Blue Label.
I always keep Doorly's XO on hand because it is always availble, cheap, and not offensive at all. Sure there are better tasting rums, but not at this price and being readily available. Stades Bond Number 8 has now passed it up for all the same reasons and it even tastes better.
Great topic. I think El Dorado 21 & Dictador 20 would be my picks. Always available and sometimes on sale. On a slightly less expensive note, I would say Abuelo 12 and Plantation Stiggin Fancy. I have finished these bottles and still think of them. Problem is, there's still so many rums to explore, so I don't often repeat purchases. I may have to get these again soon...
Since my top rated rum of Dicatdor XO Insolent is hardly ever available anymore and the Dictador 20 is a close second and readily available at about half the price, the Dictador 20 is now my go-to rum that I must always have on hand. It is neither cheap nor ridiculously expensive, so it qualifies for repeat purchases. I thank you guys for jogging my fading memory!
Here is my list of great rums that's repurchable over time:
Latino style: Ron Zafra 21 and Cubaney Centenario.
English style: Appleton 21, Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve, English Harbour 10yo, St. Nicholas Abbey 12yo, R.L. Seales, El Dorado 21, Captain Bligh XO and Chairman's Reserve 1931.
Agricole: Depaz Cuvée Prestige, Rhum JM 1845, ReimonenQ Cuvée Prestige, Longueteau XO, Bologne XO and Montebello 10yo.
Good rums in the bar that should never run out ?
To mix: Plantation OFTD, Rum-Bar white Overproof, W&N white Overproof, Rum Fire white Overproof, Kraken etc.
Rhum Agricole: J.M XO, Trois Rivieres Cuvee de L'Ocean, Neisson l'Esprit
Unsweetened rums: Cockspur 12, Doorly's 8
Rum for guests and beginners: Plantation 20 Anniversary, DRE, Zacapa 23, Dictador 12/20
Two good categories there for repurchable rums for the rum bar.
My white Mixers: Rum-Bar White Overproof, W&N White Overproof and Rum Fire (But I drink all three neat as well).
My Dark Mixers: Goslings and Myers's.
For Guests & Beginners: Plantation XO 20th Anniversary and Zacapa XO.
I whole heartedly agree with how you categorize the last two rums for Guests & Beginners. When I first started my rum journey four years ago, I loved those two rums, especially for their relatively low price. I also used to treat myself to the guilty pleasure of Zacapa XO twice per year.
Well, last night, I took four expensive rums out of the cabinet and placed them on my top shelf within plain sight of the TV. This was for watching my New Oreans Saints shut out last year's Super Bowl champs by a score of 9-0. I started off with Mount Gay 1703 Master Select, and neat for all four. Damn fine rum! Then it was E Leon Jimenes 110th Anniversary. Damn smooth rum. Then it was Zacapa XO. I thought to myself WTF is this sugared mess in a very fancy bottle? I will no longer buy any more of it. I finished the game with Flor de Cana 25 Year. Ah, back to some damn fine rum!
Well, six year ago I couldn't think of anything better than a Zacapa XO.
But most of us that want to develop our rum drinking are going to do that journey sooner or later.
That's the great thing about rum, everyone starts, I think, with the sweet rum and gradually you discover new preferences.
I currently in a phase with white high proof rum.
I'm in the same phase including Agricole Blanc.
I keep coming back to Hampden 8 y or 7 high proof. It is in my opinion really high quality for that reasonable price (at least in Europe)
Great rum, but I don't believe that it's repurchable over time and therefore it can't have a place at my list.
Yes you might be right with the full proof @ Stefan.
But i hope the 8y will remain as it seems to be more of a mass production compared to other Hampdens. Cross fingers as I really looove that one.
This video fits the theme.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjnIfjf-G0Y
Barceló Imperial 30 is also not a bad rum and always available. It's not far away from Appleton 21.HSE RHUM TRÈS VIEUX AGRICOLE VSOP is worth being mentioned, it's like JM XO.
Some new impressions:
I don't quite understand the Chairmans Legacy. I'd rather go with the slightly more expensive 2005 or 2009.
I say, try it all. I still don't have a favorite and hope I never find one. The journey alone is what makes rum the best.
Im buying some different saint lucia single cask offering at the moment. 100euro/USD for 15 tropical aged potstill. Its to good to be true 😀🙂
My palate seems to be continuously evolving, so my repeat purchases have been a bit hit and miss.
Doorlys XO hasn't done it for me second time round, nor did Depaz VSOP. Hampden 8 was still great though, and Havana Club 7 has become my budget mainstay.
I'll definitely be buying Chairman's Reserve Finest again, and probably Clairin le Rocher for mental cocktails!
For me it would be Appleton 12, 15 & 21. MGXO would have been my preference until last year. While MG XO Triple Cask is now readily available it is not as good as the older version. I can think of several others but in my area they are extremely difficult to acquire therefore they don't make this list.
Rhum JM XO is an absolute must have for me. Amazing PQ. Another option is Hampden 8yo.
Papiamento (Aruba), Vizcayas (Dominicana), Zacapa XO (Guatemala) and Dos Maderas 5+5.
But my palate is still <100 rums explored.
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