I have just recently turned 21 a couple days ago, and I am now getting very interested in the rum community. I am just looking for advice, such as: should I be spending good money on better runs if I dislike drinking them neat or even on the rocks (I usually drink with coke or ginger beer)? Thank you for all the help, really means a lot.
There is a big difference between cheap, "shooting" or mixing rum and what many might refer to as sipping rum. Probably the most diverse of the spirits, so there is a lot to try - but the good folks here might be able to help you narrow it down to some good choices so you don't blow too much money over-experimenting. I don't believe you need to spend a ton to find good sipping rums, easily get stuff for under $40-50, or less. What all have you tried that you like or don't like, and what kind of prices are you comfortable with?
So far I have had diplo, witch was good but on the sweeter end. Pricing wise I am trying to spend no more then around 40 bucks per bottle.
Here are excellent rum purchases that all cost less than $40 US and that are all rated as an 8 by me.
Plantation OFTD 138 Proof
Hamilton Florida Rum Society 90 Proof
Pusser's Gunpowder Proof
Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican
Stade's Bond No 8 Dark
Ron Cartavio Solera 12
Clement Rhum Select Barrel
Ron Alegro XO
Matusalem Gran Reserva 18
Rum Fire Overproof
El Dorado 8
I'll second that Hamilton Florida Rum Society choice as well, recently got a bottle of that one and really enjoy it. I'm also a fan of El Dorado 12 yr. We get it for around $34.00 in my neck of the woods, though some places charge into the $40s for it. I also like the Plantation 5yr. Barbados for around $22.00.
Thank you Paul and DB for the help!
Keep us posted on your journey!
More than 5 years ago, ED12 was my favorite rum. Then I found this site and realized how much sugar is added. After trying their entire lineup all the way up to their 21 Year, I now stick with ED8, which has a lot less added sugar. As for Planation 5 Year Barbados, I bought that one once and never again.
I do like the ED8, but it is definitely not as well groomed as the 12 (IMO). I don't think they're putting as much sugar in ED in general as they used to. Have you tried recent bottlings? The Plantation Barbados just does a lot more for me than other low-priced Bajan rums - I've had a few rum haters actualy warm up to rum after trying this one. I love the spice profile that I get from it.
I tried the ED12 about six months ago. I could not wait to get rid of it, so I drank it all up in about one week, swearing to just stick with ED8 that I always keep on hand. It also works great in dark roast coffee.
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