Limited releases take all of my rum fire away

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 470 ratings Author Posted 30 Dec '22

The latest limited release rum is already gone from the store shelves after only 3 months. This one is Myers Single Barrel Select aged in Sazerac Rye Whiskey casks. I loved my first bottle and went back to that store to stock up on more. I now have one bottle opened and one as a backup. It is already no longer available and this rum only cost me about $32 US per bottle. I need to save this rum as if it were gold.

I never thought that a rum this cheap would join the likes of Foursquare ECS. With those rums, the really good ones are gone immediately and only found again at auction (which I refuse to do). The really bad ones from ECS stay on the shelves for months because word has gotten around about how bad they are. Or rum fans in the know have given up on the ECS wild goose chase.

I have made great efforts over these past five years to find the best possible rum at a decent price. And just when I find them, they are also soon gone. For example, the Dictador XO series is no longer available and the Dictador 20 blend has changed with the new bottle. Because old favorites may no longer be available, one's rum quest can be never ending. For me, it is time to stop searching after 464 reviews. I do have to give credit to the Plantation bar series for all still being available after 5 years. And don't worry, I will still take part in some of the Discussions.

Listed below are my recommended buys that are STILL avaialble after 5 years.

Plantation Artisinal 3-Stars

Rhum J M XO

Dictador 12

Plantation OFTD 138 Proof

Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican

Ron Cartavio Solera 12

Clement Rhum Select Barrel

Matusalem Gran Reserva 18

El Dorado 8

Plantation Original Dark Double Aged

Appleton Reserve Blend 8 year

Doorly's XO

Chairman's Reserve Spiced


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Andy (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 135 ratings Replied 31 Dec '22

It seems to be a tactic used by so many industries nowadays, from shoes to cars. In rum I could imagine it's less risky to make limited edition runs rather than make a larger upfront investment and potentially not sell all their stock.

I wonder if there's a way we (eg the RR community) could somehow derisk some of our favorite rums by purchasing upfront so they'd make larger quantities? But the downside is we wouldn't exactly know if we'd like the rum... and I guess back to the circle of not knowing purchase quantities and therefore more limited releases.

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 470 ratings Author Replied 31 Dec '22


Like it or not, any large company can do whatever they want. However, it is up to us consumers to not buy what they offer and spead the word.

Your idea is a far fetched solution, but it would have almost no chance of working. People like me keep no more than 8 bottles of a favorite rum on hand. Ten months ago, I drove more than 200 miles to pick up 7 bottles of a favorite rum.  I still have four bottles left. Me not wanting to make that long drive again has inspired me to hoard these rums.

I forgot to mention one special case of old versus new rums from one company. Mount Gay produced their XO for many years. The newer version is called XO Triple Cask. I hated the old version and love the new one. Fans of the old version feel the exact opposite. So, Mount Gay has gained sales from people like me and lost sales to fans of the old XO.

I do have one more option for Myer's Single Barrel Select. When I bought four bottles a few months ago, they were not in the data base for the store. I found them hiding on the bottom shelf. It is quite possible that they have some more, but just won't post this on their website. I am crossing my fingers for a morning visit on the last day of this year.

Happy New Year! Good riddans to 2022 for me!!!!! The new year cannot possibly get any worse.

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Stefan Persson (PREMIUM) 🇸🇪 | 479 ratings Replied 31 Dec '22

Andy & Paul,

It's probably no chance to change anything around this.

There's one thing that confuses me a bit and that's why the producers do like this, cause it's not they who earns the big money instead is it the guys that just buying as an investment and sells it on auctions.

Happy New Year to both of you!

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 470 ratings Author Replied 31 Dec '22

I went looking today for another bottle of Myer's Single Barrel Select and found just one that was not in the data base for Total Wine. This one is aged in Sazerac Rye Whiskey casks and is unique to Total Wine. Then I went to another store without a website and there was a bottle of this rum sitting on the shelf for $5 cheaper. Upon closer inspection, the label just read "Reserve Dark". The color comparisons are TOTALLY different. After I open my new bottle of Reserve Dark, I will post an update. This is another tactic to fool consumers, as both bottles look exactly alike in shape. The more expensive bottle rates as an upper 8 for me.