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Posted 4 Jul '20 by Alas from Puerto Rico with 38 ratings

"Best bet is Louisville, there’s a restaurant next to the big statue of David called Proof on Main that has a good selection a lot of foursquares etc and they referred me to a little known fine spirits store close by that they get their rum from, I’d call them and ask.

Cheers!"

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Posted 3 Jul '20 by Paul B from United States with 310 ratings

"Ian H:

You are in luck! One of the largest liquor store chains is called Total Wine And More. The closest ones to you are two in Lexington, then two on the east side of Louisville, then one in Knoxville TN. If they don't have the rum that you are looking for, they can get it. They also carry some of the very expensive ones as well. Check their website to see what each store has in stock before driving over there. One of their stores just opened up only 40 miles away from where I live in Louisiana. Walking through their aisles is drool worthy!"

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Posted 2 Jul '20 by Ian H from United States with 4 ratings

"I live in Richmond, Kentucky which has a phenomenal bourbon selection, but not the best rum options. Over the past 1-2 years, I have really been getting into rum, but it’s tough to find good bottles. Does anybody have suggestions of good liquor stores/bars for rum? "

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Posted 2 Jul '20 by looseal from United States with 0 ratings

"Has anybody seen info about 10 Cane being re-certified with any new distillery. Any still available anywhere? It was our crews signature toasting rum after sailing victories..."

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Posted 1 Jul '20 by JohnnyLuvsRum217 from Canada with 0 ratings

"I would consider myself a beginner with a limited palet, but maybe I'm a bit different. The Appleton Estate Rare Blend was my first attempt at buying a sipping rum and I couldn't believe how good it was. I also bought the El Dorado 15 YO and love it equally even though it is sweet."

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Posted 30 Jun '20 by Immiketoo from Greece with 14 ratings

"Yeah! Looking forward to trying them all"

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Posted 30 Jun '20 by DFW.TX from United States with 21 ratings

"Nice trifecta! "

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Posted 30 Jun '20 by Immiketoo from Greece with 14 ratings

"Just bought Dictador Insolent, Appleton Estate 21 and Plantation 20 year. I’m drinking the Dictador now, and my GOD what a rum. If I become an alcoholic, it will be because of this rum!

I swear I taste butterscotch in this one, amongst a host of other flavors. If you have a chance to get some of this, do it!"

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Posted 30 Jun '20 by vomi1011 from Germany with 153 ratings

"Most rum drinkers are started with openers like Diplomatico or Zacapa.
The palet is not developed in the beginning, I think no one can start with dry Jamaica or Guyana rums.
I can't understand why anyone should start with dry rums when their palet is limited to the essentials.
There is maybe just one reason, to stop drinking alcohol at all.
Just start with the Diplomatico RE, it is mild and quite good to start with. After that you will find you way to dry rums."

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Posted 30 Jun '20 by vomi1011 from Germany with 153 ratings

"I would go for the XO, it's a masterpiece and very affordable. It's a good starting point to understand Zacapa Rum.
I like the balance between the freshness and the maturation.
After that I would go for Edicion Negra (it's not that balanced and heavy) or for the 2019 edition and then for the Royal.
Royal is the oldest and finest. You need more time, understanding and the right nosing glas for the tasting.
It's of course the best one, but if you make a misstake during the tasting you would not get the most value of it.
Enjoy it and have a good time."

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Posted 30 Jun '20 by Immiketoo from Greece with 14 ratings

"Ahahahahahahahahahahah! In some parts of the world, that’s an expensive hoe :)"

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Posted 29 Jun '20 by Paul B from United States with 310 ratings

"P3terK:

I reviewed Drunken Sailor Spiced Rum two days ago as a 6 out of 10. Within all 26 spiced rums that I have rated, it comes in at number 13, so it is just an average tasting spiced rum for me. The label is hilarious!!!!

Immiketoo:

I forgot which of my reviews the "12 dollar hoe" crept into, but that was a true story from Hurricane Issac in 2012.. I chose to ride that one out because it was not supposed to be bad. So I did that with a belly full of booze. Then tree branches came crashing down and ripped shingles from my roof. In between feeder bands and with the nerve acquired from all that booze, I climbed up on the ladder to use that 12 dollar hoe to remove the rest of the branches so that they would not do any more damage. I assure you, the double meaning of "12 dollar hoe" was intentional!"

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Posted 29 Jun '20 by P3terK from Slovakia with 3 ratings

"Paul B:
Please do let me know how did Drunken Sailor stand in your test, the reviews are really good so if it would be possible for me I'd have a bottle at home already.
Unfortunately, it's impossible to get it in the Europe, although I still didn't open the Rumbullion and I'm very excited to try it out. I will write a review on that one for sure soon. "

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Posted 29 Jun '20 by Immiketoo from Greece with 14 ratings

"Looks like you’ve already decided, but if you like sweet, the Zacapa XO is quite good. Have you tried it yet?"

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Posted 29 Jun '20 by Immiketoo from Greece with 14 ratings

"I must be doing it wrong. I have a bottle of Rhum JM VSOP and o think it’s great for cleaning carburetors. Can’t get into it."

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Posted 29 Jun '20 by Immiketoo from Greece with 14 ratings

"Nothing like a cheap hoe to ride out a hurricane, Paul..."

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Posted 29 Jun '20 by Immiketoo from Greece with 14 ratings

"They are helpful, plus my local rum pusher is very knowledgeable and has tried a lot of rums, plus, he can get nearly anything I want to try if at a premium.

Once I find what I like I don’t mind bargain hunting online though. I’m torn between supporting local businesses and saving a buck.

Im already over 1000 euros into this endeavor and I’ve barely scratched the surface!"

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Posted 29 Jun '20 by Paul B from United States with 310 ratings

"Immiketoo:

Rum tasting is a pretty expensive and fun hobby, but when paying for it out of one's own pocket, the reviews can be unbiased. Many of my fans have always liked my fist-in-the-gut reviews for the lowest ratings. Luckily, I have not gotten stuck with anything that I rated below a 5 for a very long time. Most of the new ones start out as a 7 or a 6, because these reviews have led me away from the dreck."

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Posted 29 Jun '20 by Immiketoo from Greece with 14 ratings

"Paul, I have been studying your many reviews, and I’ve learned a lot. Like any hobby I pick up, I’m all or nothing :)

I just finished a glass of Ambassador after building a few IKEA bookshelves. I needed a drink! Tastes good again, so I’m pleased about that and I learned rum and pepperoni isn’t the best combo!!! Only 200 more rums to try and I’ll be satisfied!"

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Posted 29 Jun '20 by Paul B from United States with 310 ratings

"Harrie and Immiketoo:

Both of you guys are great writers and welcome to Rum Ratings! I have already picked both of you as the next superstars on here. Keep up the great work! Desk top or lap top writing beats the hell out of any smart phone (which I don't even own)."