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Posted 20 Oct '21 by Paul B from United States with 420 ratings

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As most of you know, I am super accurate when it comes to record keeping. So my own questtion is how much has the pandemic caused us to increase our rum purchases? My own results were shocking! However, I will not reveal my own percentage increase to the nearest one percent until at least four others reveal their own estimates. And those that reveal their estimates are also free to guess onto my own actual results. Also notice that I did not include the word "consumption", since many of you are simply collectors.


I always like to keep your wheels turning!!!

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Posted 19 Oct '21 by kudzey from Poland with 30 ratings

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At least several times we discussed here the price/quality ratios. In my case my favourite rums are also the ones I paid the most for. Is it the same in your case? What's the most expensive rum you've drunk and have you liked it? Are your favourite rums expensive, compared to what you've tried? Have you had a disappointing rum which was expensive?

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Posted 19 Oct '21 by RumGuy1 from United States with 46 ratings

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In your opinion, what is your best bottle of rum in this price range? Over the years, I have tried 120 bottles of rum and I have my favorites. However, I’m interested to pick the brains of this rum community to see if there are some bottles I haven’t thought of. Cheers🥃

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Posted 19 Oct '21 by Jaycee from Australia with 12 ratings

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Hi All, I have a bottle of Mt Gay XO that has a sub heading of Reserve Cask but when I web search to re purchase it mostly comes up with XO Triple Cask.. Is it a case of new stock vs old stock or a completely different rum?

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Posted 18 Oct '21 by vomi1011 from Germany with 392 ratings

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I noticed big price increase of Caronis since September.
This is also reflected in the price indicator. The one year performance of 40% is higher than that of Macallan or Yamazaki Whisky with around 20%.


https://www.rarewhisky101.com/indices/distillery-specific-indices/caroni-rum-index


In addition, the prices of the independent bottlers are also increasing. So if you don't want to be late to buy a Caroni, do it now or these bottles will only be affordable for collectors. I'm not saying Caroni is a great investment (there is much better stuff), but if you're serious about drinking rum, get a bottle as a piece of history and save it. Next year there will be a book about Caroni that will give us more insider knowledge. It is foreseeable that prices will rise again.


I noticed that the offer on many platforms has shrunk. I can't find a lot of caroni anymore and that will get worse from next year.

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Posted 18 Oct '21 by Paul B from United States with 420 ratings

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Normally, I would first pose this question to Google, but I feel that fellow rummies are much more capable of answering this question.


I only had one college chemistry course, which I enjoyed very much. From those days, I know that the "legs" that show up in the snifter are caused by the viscosity of the liquid. On heavily sugared and viscous rums, the "legs" are guaranteed to show up. However, on recent purchases of rums with no added sugar, a few minor "legs" showed up on aged rums, but not for white rums. All I can figure is that the aging process introduces elements of viscosity.


Please help me to solve this mystery!


Thanks!!!!

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Posted 17 Oct '21 by RumGuy1 from United States with 46 ratings

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I’m going on a road trip to Dallas(or Houston) and I’m looking for rum that’s not in my cabinet. Any suggestions for places that have a good stock?

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Posted 9 Oct '21 by Rocky from Slovakia with 40 ratings

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Hello, just a general question - should we also rate some cheap spirit drinks that have nothing in common with real sugar cane rums? For instance here in Slovakia (also in Czech republic) there are drinks that were also called "rums" long time ago (now we have to respect EU rules so they are named "Ums" - cos everyone knows these are just their successors) but those are still made from potatoes etc. I would definitely scratch them off this database... I attach one example for all:


https://rumratings.com/brands/3503-bozkov-original

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Posted 8 Oct '21 by kudzey from Poland with 30 ratings

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As there are so many great updates on the site recently, I'd like to come back to discussing the biggest weakness of rum labeling in this site. Scrolling my wishlist I noticed that Skeldon 1978 is a "Dark" rum, while Skeldon 1973 is an "Aged" rum. Cleraly both are both "Dark" and "Aged". I remember we tried to find a solution but the topic has not been concluded (or has it?) so I'd like to bring it back. This is essential for the proffesional rum-related site not to reproduce confusion. I know I wasn't 100% in favour but Gargano Rum Classification would be much better than the current one.


I like precision and I'd be really happy if it was passible to split the "type" into several tags, like:


-raw material (cane juice, molasses, cane syrup, mixed)
-distillation apparatus
-origin: blended, single estate/single cane (whiskys call it single malt but rum is from cane, not malt :) ), single cask
-aging time (I suggest specifying the exact time for each of the rums and use range filters in the browser)
-proof (same as aging time)
-flavored (yes/no)
-spiced (yes/no)


Of course, the categories can be elaborated. If not possible or too demanding, I would strongly prefer the Gargano Rum Clessification to the current one.

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Posted 2 Oct '21 by KittieKatt from United States with 3 ratings

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I have been wondering.. I know with wine and a few other liquors there is a specific glass for best flavor..  Is there a best glass for rums?   I have never really seen one and have seen it served in an old fashioned glass as well as a brandy sniffer etc..   usually some kind of whisky or brandy glass..   

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Posted 15 Sep '21 by vomi1011 from Germany with 392 ratings

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We had searched many times for the best rums at a certain price. I also followed this approach at the beginning in order to maximize the taste. Here I would like to discuss why this is an approach that only works at the beginning of your rum journey.


A common rum journey looks like this: If you are well informed at the beginning, then you know that there are English, Spanish and French rum styles. You start with the Spanish Solera profiles. Some rums are diluted and the taste is adjusted. The prices are beginner-friendly, there are often milder or more expensive versions of the same rum. The profiles are consistent over decades.


With more experience, you begin to know more profiles. You will become familiar with the distilleries and the marks, and you can expect combinations of flavors from certain bottlings. Slowly a preference for certain distilleries and brands crystallizes. The price range is increasing, and you are hunting bottling from certain distilleries, often single casks in cask strength. You can also taste the differences between individual vintages or bottlings. From now on it is no longer about the best rum for a certain price, but about certain bottlings that are affordable for you.


In the last stage you will know most of the rum profiles, you are only interested in a few distilleries and only certain marks. You can assess new bottlings directly from the year of the distillation. You often try to find the legendary bottlings from a particular year. The price increases exponentially. You know the quality and are ready to pay for it. Now you are an expert like a wine connoisseur.


If you are more experienced the question of price no longer arises.
Because you know there is no Demerara SVW or REV under 200 Euro, or a 1996 Caroni under 300 Euro. And why that?


These marks or vintages offer special flavor profiles with more or less complexity. It is pointless to look for something comparable because there is nothing comparable. The profile is so unique that there can't be other rum to replace it. Therefore the price no longer plays a role from a certain level of experience. If you can't afford it get a sample. 5cl of a good rum that enriches your rum journey is more valuable than a whole bottle that you buy blindly.



And how can you speed up your rum journey? Look for tasting sets. I like tasting sets that represent specific distilleries like the one currently available from Worthy Park.



https://www.rum-depot.de/rum-rhum/melasse-rum/rum-gelagert/3568/worthy-park-master-class-tasting-kit-2021

https://rumratingsclub.cratejoy.com/

https://www.rumundco.de/navi.php?suche=tasting&Sortierung2=11&kf=183&hf=0&af=6&af=30&Sortierung=11&a=12009

https://www.rum-depot.de/raritaeten/r-h-um-raritaeten/3581/online-tasting-caroni-employees-4th-5th-release


Cheers and enjoy

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Posted 7 Sep '21 by FoundABottle from United Kingdom with 0 ratings

"I found this bottle in 2018 when clearing my great-uncles home. It states that Corney & Barrow Ltd manufactured it. I visited their establishment at 1 Thomas Moore Square in 2019 and showed them the bottle, yet no-one there had any knowledge of such a bottle be manufactured. I shared my contact details with them and never received any information. I am currently trying to get in contact with them again, but any help identifying the time period it was made and if it's even real would be greatly appreciated."

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Posted 4 Sep '21 by Althaur from United States with 15 ratings

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I decided to play with some various woods and spirits. I started with a bottle of 3 year old Real McCoy white rum. I tasted the unedited rum first, which reminded me of a mild tequila for some reason. Not unpleasant. 


I dropped a maple bullet into the bottle for three days, which dramatically changed the color, nose, and flavors. I pulled the maple out today. The nose was a sweet floral. The flavor had mellowed out with some sweetness, floral, and pear. I was happily surprised. 


Step two has begun now. I externally dried the bullet with some paper towels. I then put it into a bottle of ruby port, where it will stay for about seven days. After that, I'll reintroduce the bullet to the rum for about a week. Fingers crossed that it doesn't suck!


Before and current pictures are included. 

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Posted 3 Sep '21 by Paul B from United States with 420 ratings

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I was debating whether or not to submit this discussion, but what the hell.


Five days ago, Category 4 Hurricane Ida approached so rapidly to where I live that there was no time to evacuate. So if I had to ride this damn thing out, I was going to dip into my rum collection. It had to be from acceptable ones that are very affordable and easily replaced.  In other words, no gold mixers. I started off by finishing off the last six ounces or so from Appleton 15 Year Black River Cask. Then it was finishing off the last few ounces of Foursquare Probitas. This was done early in the morning of landfall as the first feeder bands hit and both rums put me to sleep.


I was awoken at 5 pm that day by high winds. The center was 70 miles away on the strong side of 130 mph winds. Then the drinking resumed with El Dorado 8 alternating with Three Roll Cinnamon. This put me back to sleep and saved my nerves all the way past the next 5 hours whereby it came closest to me at 55 miles on the strong side of 105 mph. I did not notice a thing until I saw the havoc that it wreaked the next morning. Then the real hell started with several days of no air conditioning with my home heating up to 93 degrees Farenheit inside. I had no idea how long this hell would last, so the drinking resumed. (We were without power and internet for the next 76 hours or more.)


It was actually more comfortable to sit outside on my back yard swing or anywhere in the shade. And this is where The Fly Test begins! El Dorado 8 is semi-dry and a few damn flies kept going after my snifter. I had to switch to that damn plastic cup with a lid and a straw. Then it was back to Three Roll Cinnamon. More damn attraction to flies. This gave me an idea to open up a bottle of dry and funky Jamaican white rum called Proof & Wood The Funk. Wow! The flies wanted nothing to do with it because of the funky aroma and no addded sugar. I tried another bone dry sample (which I forgot what it was) and no flies! Then it was time to break out the most expenive rum that I ever bought, which is Diplomatico Ambassador. I already knew that this one is semi-dry. Damn! This rum brought out the most flies! And as we all know, flies are attracted to turds!  Before this hurricane, this rum had tumbled in my ratings from a 9 to a 6, so that proves that I am not a fly!  My final test was Gasparilla Coconut  Rum and the flies were attracted, but not nearly as bad as to that sample of Ambassador.


So basically, to hell with using the rating system used by the so-called wine experts. It does not work for rum and The Fly Test beats it for sure. Our own rating system on this site works just fine because it is very simple and designates all of our diverse tastes. But if one ever wants to know about added sugars and any other additives, just use The Fly Test! Yes, it is disgusting, but it works!

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Posted 31 Aug '21 by Althaur from United States with 15 ratings

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I tried Foursquare's Detente and loved it.  I'm not a big fan of bourbon, which means a large portion of the ECSs will probably not be to my liking.  For those who have also tried Emperey and Sagacity, do you think they would be good options to try?  Or are they more bourbon forward?  Thanks for the help.


 


Josh

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Posted 26 Aug '21 by Paul B from United States with 420 ratings

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Like it or not, buying rum is a crap shoot, even with the benefit of all of these reviews. So, since I have stopped reviewing at 420 and have everything extremely well organized in a spreadsheet, it was time to share my final odds by five different price groups. These price groups were chosen by sorting all prices and then plotting the results to find the best price breaks. As for the most expensive price group at $80 US and above, I have always felt that for those kind of prices, they had damn well rate as an 8 or better. So the best that one can do in this crap shoot is slightly better than fifty percent. Reading these reviews from fellow respected raters will increase those odds.


Newbies can start here, but it is very important to know if one prefers dry rums or sweet rums or overproofs. A lot of spiced and flavored rums went into my final numbers, along with agricoles, clairins, and cachacas. I was never prejudiced towards certain categories. If anyone has a specific request, I can probably find that out for you. Again, these are my findings and mine only after nearly four years.


 


 

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Posted 20 Aug '21 by Jimmy Cliff from United States with 321 ratings

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When we first were sent home in Florida for 14 days from Covid, I started taking my rum tasting and collecting more serious. I've participated in 9 auctions and purchased from most of them. In the beginning I would go after very specific rums that were hard or impossible to find locally, Caroni's, rare Plantation extremes, any Cuban rum. I would do my homework check ratings and prices.


It can be a bit addictive if you strategically wait for 5 minutes before the end and go to work. The auction stays active for 2-4 hrs after closing until no bids for several minutes, so during the entire process your getting bumped. At least that's my method, along with having a spare 10 bottles of low hanging fruit to pick off. The freight from UK to US is 75L for one bottle and 120L for 6 so I always try to end up with 5-6. I admit sometimes I overpay because I really wanted something, but have finally learned to pass and next month ot two you can get something for 25-30% of last month. 

Anyway today I got 5 of my 6 Bootle haul pictures below. Bacardi Limitada I've had plenty but it was a filler at $35 for a liter to hit my magic freight for 6 bottles. I opened my Havana Club Maestros at my friend's Cuban Resteraunt tonight for him to try, which is a personal favorite and left it on the table for him after he compted my families dinner. WTF rum is to be shared with good friends. 


it's been a lot of fun this months haul is unusual but bargains, still waiting on a Clement's from the UK, I think I've had the Plantation before but the dark 20 yr old Mexican rum looks intriguing. 

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Posted 16 Aug '21 by kudzey from Poland with 30 ratings

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As I mentioned before, I think we should report all non-ratings. Sometimes it is clear that a rating should be reported in particular Title: "....", Rating: "................". But what would you do with T: "ok", R: "mhm" (it's a real example), or T: "nice bottle", R: "good stuff"? There is a retired minimum length of rating text but either it was not enforced in the past or people use spacebar to fill it. As a reader, I read the ratings to learn something about the rum, such short descriptions carry no information. 


 


I suggest that the rating should consist of at least 5 words. What do you think?

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Posted 15 Aug '21 by Paul B from United States with 420 ratings

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The common denominator on the reveiws for Foursquare ECS rums is that none have added sugar or additives. For those who are faimiar with my reviews, you damn well know that I cannot stand bourbon notes, which most of these rums are guilty of having and I don't much care for except for Shibboleth, which is now my all time perfect rum.


So, I sorted out my spreadsheet by added sugar and then by country. Here are the results other than Barbados where Foursquare is made.


St. Lucia


Guyana


Panama


Haiti


Martinique


Louisiana


Jamaica


Barbados


Trinidad


Nicaragua


Puerto Rico


 And don't ask me about the order of my rankings for each place, which is much too complicated for my little brain. Hey, once honest, always honest!


 


OOPS!!! I F'd up and let Barbados be near the bottom of my list. Blame my ratings not seen.

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Posted 15 Aug '21 by Jimmy Cliff from United States with 321 ratings

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Enjoying good rums along with all you like minded friends, I have had several tasting parties with local friends. We have done around the world night, many different countries, top shelf rums over $100, Ron Abuelo night starting with, Anjeo, 7, 12, 2 oak,  port finish, sherry finish, and Napoleon finish, Four square night... I'm looking for ideas maybe 12 year old rums $40-50 Appleton, Eldorado, Abuelo, anyone have some other 12 year olds to add to the list? I have thought of special finish night rums finished in port casks, or other options.


I enjoy sharing my hobby / passion with others, so any thoughts are welcome. 

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