After 464 reviews in 5 years, I have totally given up on trying new rums. Since I can't remember posting a discussion on my all time worst rum purchases, I present my 20 worst ones here. Prices ranged from $20 US to $231 $US. Ratings ranged from 5 to 1. Starting with the absolute worst:
Gosling's Family Reserve Old
Old New Orleans 1718 Tricentennial Blend
Providence Dunder & Syrup
Clement 10 Year
Papas Pilar Dark
Mount Gay XO
Diplomatico Vintage 2004
Flor de Cana 18 Year
Wray & Nephew Overproof 126
Old Man Guavaberry 5 Year
Hampden LROK 2016 5 Year
Bacardi Gran Reserva 8 Year (from the Bahamas)
Foursquare ECS 2009 12 Year
Hampden Estate 8 Year
Wish I would' be seen this list before I went to the one door store. I got flor de cana 18 and their 7yr blows it away! Also got a MG black barrel and that a blows away their XO at 1/3 the price. Seems your right on target! Cheers!
Surprised with some of them Paul but I. A Hampden funk geek ..
Worst purchases not samples for me
Two shallows caramel shite
Compagnie des Indes Boulet de Canon 10
I now present my list of rums that are all worthy of repeat puchases. Under the column for Code, you will see five of them with FLA. These all require a 200 mile drive to my beloved Florida, which it has now been more than a year since I last visited. I now no longer drive more than 25 miles to stock up on rums. Also notice the OLD and NEW designations. The OLD ones were available when I started writng on here way back in December of 2017 and are still available. The NEW ones have appeared since then. New rums are what keep us all trying and buying.
am surprised to see hampeden... its generally held in high regard ...i like the 8 year old made me a fan ..of jamican funk surprised to see Clement as well never had it but .. people seem too like it
Respectfully I disagree with Pilar. Otherwise, thanks for the info!
Kevin i agree with the black barrel its better value
Paul this pains me to read. It seams like a lot of the expensive 20+ year old rums take a path of no return. Too much port aging like the Ambassador too much something aging in the oak. I try not to think about the bombs, by the way I'm looking at a bottle of Izalco 15 that was complete crap still on my bottom shelf. A bottle from TW Concierge The Royal cane 20 year old from 2002 distilled at Foursquare taste like paint thinner, a few Chairman's Reserve small batch releases24 years that I find hard to drink
Good to hear from you again, my rum brother! I also tried the Izlaco 15 year, which I thought was worse than crap and I never even bothered to submit my review. It was so bad, that it inspired me to quit submitting reviews for a while.
Nothing worse than spending more than $65 US on a new bottle of rum and only finiding out that it is total crap. This is why I posted my list to warn fellow reviewers.
The most that I have ever spent on a bottle of rum was $231 for a bottle of Diplomatico Ambasador. I finished it off in my back yard after Hurricane Ida nearly killed me riding her out. My impression was that it had WAY too much sherry cask aging.
My second most expensive bottle was $190 for one of the last bottles of Caroni. I rated it as a 7 out of 10, but definitely not worth the price. Those die-hard fans must love the feeling and taste of being run over by a car tire. Not this puppy!
As for the Foursquare ECS series, I gave up doing that wild goose chase whereby investors scoop them up rapidly to sell at auction. There is a reason why their 2009 blend is still available. Word has gotten around that this one sucks!
Have a good one, brother Jimmy!
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My 20 absolute worst rum purchases after more than 5 years