My top 8 rums in my final collection


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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 472 ratings Author Posted 22 Nov '23

I used to keep 14 bottles of rum opened and then reduced that to just 7 bottles. A little of this and a little of that with very different tastes for each certainly adds up. And as one would guess, this can often lead to trouble. So I will now have only one bottle opened at any given time.

These 8 rums in the photo are all rated by me as a 9 or 8. None of them are opened. The costs for each bottle ranges from $32 to $52 US. No point in spending any more than $65 US on a bottle. There are 3 rums that I have rated as a 10 (not shown because I no longer buy them). They are either no longer available or simply not cost effective.

I also had to drive about 200 miles to get 3 of these. No more of these rum running trips. And 2 of these rums were the last bottles on the shelf of the liquor stores. Time to savor them!

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Stefan Persson (PREMIUM) 🇸🇪 | 503 ratings Replied 28 Nov '23

Rumrun11,

Stades is produced by WIRD that's working against a Barbados GI and the Stades no8 have a little sugar added. If I remember right it's 6gpl.

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Rumrun11 (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 125 ratings Replied 29 Nov '23

Thanks DB and Paul B. I will see if I can get my hands on the Frigate 15 year. 

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DB 🇺🇸 | 67 ratings Replied 4 Dec '23

Dang! 39gpl!? That just seems astonishing. Just curious - but who is the current record holder for added sugar, anybody know?

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Rene Rum (PREMIUM) 🇨🇭 | 546 ratings Replied 25 Nov '23

Hey Paul, time to savor them, what wise words !

Although the stories of your rum trips were always exciting to read.

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DB 🇺🇸 | 67 ratings Replied 27 Nov '23

Paul, I've gotta know - which 3 took you 200 miles (and I hope they were all at the same time, not 3 different trips!)?

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Rumrun11 (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 125 ratings Replied 28 Nov '23

Hey Paul B!   I was a little surprised not to see Stades No. 8 in there as I know you are a fan of that one as am I especially for the price point and lack of added suagar (at least I hope given it is a true Bajan rum) and from what I saw in the photo it would be the least expensive of the bunch next to the Myers Single Barrell. BTW what is the rum next to the Yolo and Doorly's with the seagull on it? 

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 472 ratings Author Replied 26 Nov '23

Thanks Rene. I am probably the only one that you have ever heard of that bruised both of his elbows to save a drink on a 110-foot ship that was bobbing in rough seas.

It was November of 1996, and I waited until hurricane season was almost over with to book a live aboard dive trip on the M/V Belize Agressor with my ex-wife. Their motto was "Eat, sleep, and dive". One could easily make 4-6 scuba dives in one day. Bottles of Belikin Beer & Stout were on board and were free. Booze and wine were strictly forbidden. But as soon as one drank any, their dive day was over with. There were 18 type-A personalities on board to dive, and we were all there to dive instead of drink.

Damn it if Hurricane Marco did not form off the coast of Cuba that week as a Category 2 hurricane. This was about 300 miles away from us, but still created 15-foot seas. No diving until the storm was over with.  So, my ex-wife laid down in our cabin wallowing in seasickness. And you can guess what I did! Yup, I grabbed me a Belikin Stout that was mainly on board for the 5 crew members, but I was allowed to have a few as a paying guest. Well, I was walking with this wonderful bottle of stout on the port side of the top deck. Our ship hit a big wave and my fall began. All the way down, I kept telling myself to save this beer. I landed on both elbows with the tan colored head pouring out from the top of the bottle. Just as this happened, one of the main crew members opened up the door from the inside to see what the noise was all about. He saw me laying there on the deck while saving this precious bottle of stout. Of course he asked what on earth happened to me. So I told him that when one cannot dive, then feel free to drink. He just shook his head.

Now for my very short rum-at-sea story. It was another live-aboard dive cruise, albeit with only a few chances for scuba. When we got to one port, I gladly picked up a bottle of Bacardi Anejo. Back in 1989, this was considered to be a premium rum. So I told my dive buddy to just add water to it, since he had no idea what to do with rum. His favorite phrase for the rest of the trip became "rum and water is damn good". Gosh, I have not seen Bacardi Anejo in decades, and would love to find another bottle.

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 472 ratings Author Replied 27 Nov '23

DB, the three in question were obtained in one trip for two different stores. They are Frigate Reserve 15 Year, Pusser's Gunpowder Proof, and Hamilton Florida Rum Society. These rums were the added bonus to my main purpose of going back to a favorite dog beach on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 472 ratings Author Replied 28 Nov '23

Stade's #8 is indeed in my collection (with 6 gpl of added sugar), but not pictured because it is rated lower than an 8,

As for the rum with the "seagull" on the label, that bird is a frigate. This rum was the second main reason that I made this drive to get the last bottle of Frigate Reserve 15 Year. Long story on this rum, which can be found in my review from a few years ago.

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Rumrun11 (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 125 ratings Replied 28 Nov '23

thanks Paul B.  for getting back to me. I will try to search out the Frigate 15 year but as I am sure you are aware that in the U.S. rums can really vary widely depending upon location. I have learned even that a mega store like TW they cannot or will not carry the same rums in NJ or DE and they do in FL for example. When I questioned the manager at the NJ store in Cherry Hill, NJ I was simply advised that different regions for TW have different vendors and they can only order from specfic vendors. Anyway, thanks for the response. 

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DB 🇺🇸 | 67 ratings Replied 29 Nov '23

Yeah, I just happened to see it. I was just generally perusing for things lats night, and I just came across that one first after just having seen Rumrun11's post. Subsequently, did find the Frigate 15 and 21:

https://www.hitimewine.net/search.php?search_query=frigate

Not sure if they ship out of CA or not...

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DB 🇺🇸 | 67 ratings Replied 29 Nov '23

Rumrun11 - I wasn't looking for this one specifically, but did find it here:

https://www.inletliquorwpb.com/shop/product/frigate-reserve-8-year-rum/5e6bd531fbbb7f5e6ffbeed6?option-id=3aef42b4b50cb2f27f0c9a6d840589aa1df100df92fce83651eb048ee79d46f6

Not sure where you are, or if you can get it shipped to you from FL...and yeah, it's the 8 year, but....

It is true what you were told about TW. Even stores that are essentially neighbors don't always share 100% same inventory.

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 472 ratings Author Replied 29 Nov '23

Oh no!!! The 8 year Frigate Reserve is NOT recommended!!! As I previously mentioned, their 15 year is the one to buy. Check all of my reviews for al four rums from Frigate Reserve.

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 472 ratings Author Replied 4 Dec '23

As we all know, the EU changed the law a few years ago such that any spirit with more than 20 gpl of added sugar cannot be called a rum. This really affected the El Dorado line of rums. Their 12 year previously had 39 gpl of added sugar. I kept buying their 8 year because it tasted better than their sugar bombs and only had 8 gpl of added sugar. I was under the impression that the new El Dorado rums were made for the EU only.

Given all this time, I checked the most recent reviews for ED 12 on the website for Total Wine & More. One recent review specifically stated that he had been monitoring the added sugar amounts for these rums. He also stated that the EU rums from El Dorado are now availble in the US. Was I ever glad to hear that, so I drove over there and bought a bottle of ED 12 for $37 US. He was right! I compared my new ED12 to my ED8 side by side. I would guess that the new added sugar amount for ED12 is no more than 19 gpl. It now also tastes a LOT better than my ED8! I will happily resume keeping a bottle of ED12 on hand after more than 2 years.

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 472 ratings Author Replied 4 Dec '23

DB, for unflavored "rums", Captain Morgan's Private Stock has the most added sugar with 45 gpl. Hot on it's heels with 44 gpl of added sugar is Ron Cartavio XO. For any "rum" with 50 gpl or more of added sugar, these are all flavored or spiced. Malibu Coconut tops my list at 200 gpl of added sugar.