Hi. I tried rum about 25 years ago and haven't touched it since. At the time, the sweet stuff seemed pointless and bring new to alcohol, the dry stuff was unbearable.
Anyways, I got a single shot bottle of Captain Morgan's White Rum when picking up some wine at the liquor store this evening and ended up drinking it neat out of an old fashioned glass. It was wonderful and now I'm kicking myself for having waited so long to have tried rum again.
So now I'm wanting to try more varieties to see what the best options are for my price range.
$20 I'd the most that I'd spend on a 750 ml bottle outside of special occasions, buy If rather keep it under $15.
I'm not interested in mixing with anything else.
I'm not interested in liqueurs.
What should I be trying? I was under the impression that sliced rum was a liqueur but after reading a little, it looks like some are and some aren't. I always assumed 70 proof meant a bunch of sugar was added. Not so? If I like CM White straight, am I likely to like CM Spiced (original)? Should I be sipping on gold or dark instead? I enjoyed the vanilla notes and slight residual sweetness in CM's white rum. Are those characteristics that I should expect in most rums?
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Hey Jangles, it's hard to go wrong with Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. It's probably the highest rated for the buck rum on the site. It may go for more like $30, but for me the extra cost far outweighs the quality increase from a $20 bottle
Diplomatico is a good suggestion. If you have a Total Wine in your area you are in luck. Seale, Doorlys and Old Brigand will fit nicely into the $15-$25 range. These will show how good a rum without additional ingredients can be.
As a beginner, you should definitely start with the Appleton Estate 50-Year. It's worth grabbing a bottle or two. Nice sipper but works great as a mixer. Nothing taste better with ginger beer than a 50 year old rum.
I definitely agree with the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva! If you can't afford it, the Diplomatico Reserva is pretty good too.
And you can't go wrong with RedBlaze's suggestion. ;-D
I'm not ready to shell out this kind of money for my evening nightcap. I have picked up a small assortment of sample bottles, pints, and half pints in order to try a variety without breaking the bank. So far, Cruzan Gold is my favorite for sipping. I tried Captain Morgan's Spiced straight and didn't like the astringency of it so I tried to dilute it with Orange Crystal Light and it tasted just about like a Creamcicle - very nice low carb cocktail!
I picked up a point of Myer's Dark a little bit ago. It's cooling off in the fridge, which is the temp that I one sipping on.
I wonder what other sliced runs might be worth trying in my price range.
I was very close to picking up a bottle of Gosling's Black Seal but decided to wait on that. Is it good fit anything besides dark and stormy? How does its taste compare to Myer's? I'm also wondering about Kraken.
Jangles, there's nothing wrong with those rums for cocktails but the better sippers rarely come in mini or pint sized. Unless buying drams from MasterofMalt.com, you will probably have to hit up a bar/restaurant that has a wide selection or just commit to buying a whole bottle.
I recently tried Don Q Añejo. I thought it was pretty good as a stand alone sipper. At $18-$20 a pop, it's worth buying.
Life is short. Cough up a few more dollars and end your night on a high note. The last drink of the day is the most important.
OK, so I tried the Myers's Dark Rum. There's no way I can drink it straight as it reminds me too much of whiskey and I hate whiskey. Even my Orange Crystal Light isn't helping it. I might go get some Vanilla Coke Zero to mix with it as I hate pouring out. :(
May want to chill with the crystal light. Give some ginger beer a try. It goes well with most rums.
I stick with diet and did try diet Canadian Dry with both Cruzan Gold and Capitan Morgan's White. It just didn't work for me. Maybe I should try Canadian Dry 10. There's no other diet ginger ale around here.
Plantation XO 20th Anniverssary is a pretty good sipper as well as Vizcaya VXOP. El Dorado 12 & 15 are also good IMHO. Kirk & Sweeney rums all are good with the 18 and 23 being quite good.
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