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How many cheap rums made it to your rating of 8 or higher?

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 426 ratings Posted 20 Jan '22

For those of you with 100 ratings or more, how many rums costing less than $30 US have made it to your rating of 8 or higher? In my case, it is 6 out of my 49 ratings at 8 or higher.

Anyone can spend the big bucks and have a really good chance of rating them at 8 or higher, but it is a matter of luck to find cheap rums winding up with the big boys. And this luck is what makes this journey worthwhile!

For those familiar with my posts, I have often said that if one spends $80 US or more on a rum, it had damn well wind up with a rating of 8 or higher. As you can see from the enclosed chart of 27 expensive rums plotted, only 13 got my rating of 8 or higher and another 5 almost made it. This makes it a 2 out of 3 chance that these expensive rums will satisfy. On the flip side, four of them were really sorry purchases.

Yohobro 🇨🇦 | 37 ratings Replied 20 Jan '22

What were the 6 rums that ended up making the cut? 

Personally, I take price into account for my rating so if I have a decent rum that is around the $30USD ($37CAD) point it will automatically be bumped up a couple points. I agree with what you said, an expensive rum better be damn tasty. Conversely, in my opinion, if a cheap rum is damn tasty, all the better! 

Jagsroy (PREMIUM) 🇨🇦 | 229 ratings Replied 20 Jan '22

Personally I have never found any decent rums in Canada under $37 CAD ($30 USD) but have found what I consider cheap (under $50 CAD) rums in Canada that I really enjoy and have scored an 8 +, they are:


Mount Gay XO ($47 CAD) …so sad it is no longer available. Appleton Estate Rare Casks 12 yr ($42 CAD) Cruzan Barrel Estate ($40 CAD)
Paul B 🇺🇸 | 426 ratings Replied 20 Jan '22


Ah, you were the first to ask what these six great cheap rums are:

Plantation OFTD

Hamilton Florida Rum Society Blend

Blackwell's Reserve

Stades Bond No. 8

Rum Fire Overproof

El Dorado 8 Year

Conversely, when trying to find a good cheap rum with a rating of 7, one's chances get very slim. There is a lot of crap for sale out there, which is why this site is needed.

Yohobro 🇨🇦 | 37 ratings Replied 21 Jan '22

I wish I could get plantation OFTD for that cheap haha! Blackwells & ED8 are on my list to buy. 

To answer your question, these are all 8s for me:

Matusalem 15 $35CAD 

Blackpool Spiced $38CAD close enough...

English harbour 5 year $32CAD


For 7s, a couple:

Angostura 7 $27CAD

ED12 $32CAD


@jagsroy, what happened to MGXO? I've been looking for it everywhere with no luck. 

Paul B 🇺🇸 | 426 ratings Replied 21 Jan '22


Those are all good cheap choices, but prices up there in Canada are much higher than down here in southeast Louisiana. Our Cajun ancestors actually came from Nova Scotia, where Jagsroy is from.

As for MGXO, it has been replaced by MGXO Triple Cask. I personally like this one much better than the original. Reviews on it are mixed between love and hate.


I empathisize with you having limited rum choices where you live, let alone at bargain prices. Keep up on your good reviews, brother!

As for my favorite of Hamilton Florida Rum Society, I just made an 800 mile round trip to stock up on another year;s worth of that rum (7 bottles at $27 each). It is 35% Worthy Park Jamaican and 65% Guyanese Demerara blended perfectly. You may be able to order this one from the Florida Rum Society web page. I cannot have any spirits sent to where I live, nor can I send any.


Jagsroy (PREMIUM) 🇨🇦 | 229 ratings Replied 21 Jan '22

MGXO was discontinued and replaced by MGXO Triple Casks ($99 CAD) with a blend not as old or good as MGXO. Glad I bought several bottles prior to being discontinued. Still have 5 MGXO unopened.

Jagsroy (PREMIUM) 🇨🇦 | 229 ratings Replied 21 Jan '22

Hey Paul, tell me about your ancestors...Family names, Places they were living in Nova Scotia... Would love to hear your ancestors stories...

Paul B 🇺🇸 | 426 ratings Replied 21 Jan '22


I did say "our Cajun ancestors" and not mine. This means south Louisiana as a whole. My ancestors actually came from France and they were flat broke.


Toni (PREMIUM) 🇩🇪 | 30 ratings Replied 21 Jan '22

Appleton 12 rare and Mount Gay XO were available for 25 to 35 €uros  here.  They are fitting perfect in this category.

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