New XO Guatemala Rum from Kirkland (Costco)?

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SlandT 🇺🇸 | 12 ratings Author Posted 20 Jan '24

Some Costco stores are starting to carry a Guatemala XO Aged Rum for about $25.

Considering that for about a year now they've been carrying Ron Zacapa rum, which is Guatemalan, the bourbon cask aging, and the bottle's style and cork; RZ might be the origin.

If that's true, is there any real similarity between a $25 Costco rum and a $120 Ron Zacapa rum?

At the moment there is no listing for that item here on RumRatings and I'd hate to buy it blind; even if it is cheap.

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Alas (BASIC) 🇵🇷 | 498 ratings Replied 23 Jan '24

Feels like a "rate some rum" bat signal just went up.  Can't leave this plea for help unheeded, "Alexa, where's the nearest Costco?" 

SlandT 🇺🇸 | 12 ratings Author Replied 23 Jan '24

I have two stores about equal distance from me.  One has this but the other doesn't.  It helps to call first.

I wasn't a big fan of the 15 year Panama rum they had recently and a few weeks back I actually threw away my first bottle of Wray and Nephew because I found it so awful and useless since it drowned out all other flavors in a cocktail.

I've just had bad luck trying new rums lately.

SlandT 🇺🇸 | 12 ratings Author Replied 23 Jan '24

Oooh.  Was poking around on Total Wine and More and discovered El Pasador de Oro XO.

Definitely seems to be it.  So French, but $45-50 rum for $25 is still a good deal.

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DB 🇺🇸 | 67 ratings Replied 4 Feb '24

@SlandT - Yeah, Jamaican overproofs are interesting. If you don't like the W&N, don't even consider Rumfire! They do work well in certain cocktails (Almost Famous ain't half bad), or in small doses to add some extra dimension. Definitly an acquired taste though I will say I am very glad I acquired it!

SlandT 🇺🇸 | 12 ratings Author Replied 4 Feb '24

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Alas (BASIC) 🇵🇷 | 498 ratings Replied 24 Jan '24

@SlandT To increase your odds of discovering rums you like go to the rums you think are 10s and see who also rated them 10s...then check out their cabinet by clicking on their name and see what other 10s they have you haven't tried.

Kevin 🇺🇸 | 78 ratings Replied 21 Feb '24

I'm wondering if this is from Botran? I've enjoyed their 15yr old at the right price of $43 at the Panama city duty free and I had a friend snatch a bottle of their sherry cask and that was absolutely delicious. Do we know the distillery this comes from? If it's Botran I'm getting in my car right now! Patiently awaiting!