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Posted 1 Aug '21 by kudzey from Poland with 26 ratings

"I think the dark mode color version of the app would be quite cool. I would defenetely use it."

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Posted 1 Aug '21 by brapuano from United States with 0 ratings

"Is the below list a good start for aged premium rum?  Thanks in advance for the advice.  I am primarily a bourbon and rye drinker. 

Appleton Estate 21 Year

Kirk and Sweeney XO

Diplomatico 2002 Botucal Single Vintage

Flor de Caña 25-Yea

Ron Zacapa XO

Diplomatico Ambassador Selection

Centario 30 Year

Zafra Master Reserve 30-Year

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Posted 31 Jul '21 by vomi1011 from Germany with 369 ratings

"What is in your glas to celebrate this historic day?
New Black Tot 50th 2021 was also released.
https://www.cityam.com/how-to-celebrate-black-tot-day-with-a-special-rum/

Cheers


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Posted 24 Jul '21 by Paul B from United States with 416 ratings

"When I first started my rum journey on this site almost four years ago, collectible rums were unheard of. Gradually, they have come to the forefront. About a year ago, I tried in vain to get a separate category for collectible rums and was knocked down by the collectors.

My mindset came from being an avid concert attendee. Dirty rotten ticket brokers would scoop up all of the best seats with no intentions of attending each show. This really screwed over the die-hard fans like me who really wanted to see their favorite artists up close in concert. So we came up with an acronym for these creeps, SOTE, which stands for Scum Of The Earth.

With the introduction of collectible rums, I initially referred to the collectors as SOTE because all of the best bottles would fly off the shelves into the hands of money hungry collectors instead of those who truly loved the liquid in the bottle. However, I have since found myself owning about a half dozen collectible rums for my drinking purposes only. Some were intentional purchases knowing that they were collectible and others wound up being accidental.

This has lead me to a new conclusion. The collectible rums generally do not appeal to the wider audience because they cost too much in the first place.  There are now so many choices in rums out there which leads one to say, "So what if all of the Foursquare ECS rums disappear off the shelves into the hands of greedy collectors". There are others. Some are better. Most are not as good. But all are cheaper. I will savor my only bottle of Foursquare Shibboleth and I won't drive 90 miles to get another bottle.

As for those thinking that they are onto something with rum investments, I have news for you. The obscene after market price increases on a few American bourbons makes rum investments look like chicken scratch. Get a life!  It has now become the drinkers versus the hoarders. I am so glad to be the former instead of the latter."

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Posted 23 Jul '21 by Paul B from United States with 416 ratings

"This is the largest group by far, with rums costing between $25 US and $79 US. None have my rating below a 7. These are all best bets for starters. All are ranked in order of being best buys.

Plantation OFTD
South Bay Small Batch
Hamilton Florida Rum Society
Dictador 12
Clairin Le Rocher 2018
Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican
Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum
Pusser's Gunpowder Proof
Clement Rhum Select Barrel
Ron Centenario 18 Reserva de la Familia
Vizcaya VXOP 21
Chairman's Reserve Legacy
Chairman's Forgotten Casks
Ron Cartavio Solera 12
Dictador 20
Ron Alegro XO
Matusalem Gran Reserva 18
Angostura 1919
Plantation XO 20th Anniversary
Calazan Reserva 10 Year
Frigate Reserve 15 Year
Bacardi Reserva Ocho 8 Year
Bayou Single Barrel Select
Appleton Reserve Blend 8 year
Roulaison Barrel Aged
Rhum J M XO
Kirk & Sweeney 18
Santa Teresa 1796
Bacardi Limitada (on clearance)
Don Q Single Barrel 2005
Kirk & Sweeney 23
Plantation XO Guatemala
Clairin Sajous 2017
Admiral Rodney HMS Princessa
Rhum J M VO
Papa's Pilar Marquesas Blend
Bumbu XO
Bacardi Facundo Eximo 10 year
Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez
Don Q Single Barrel 2007
Pusser's 15
Wildcat Brothers Noire 5 Year
Pampero Aniversario
Barbancourt Estate Reserve 15
Clarke's Court Old Grog
Flor de Cana 12
Clement XO
Lemon Hart Blackpool
Dos Maderas 5+5
Bayou Mardi Gras XO
Wildcat Brothers Fifolet Spiced
Carta Vieja Golden Cask 18
Clement Canne Bleue
El Pasador de Oro XO
Diplomatica Planas
Ron Duran
Kaniche XO
Foursquare Probitas
El Pasador de Oro Gran Reserva
Neisson Rhum Agricole Blanc

Marsh House White
Optimus 15
Plantation Trinidad 2009
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Paranubes
Don Pancho Origenes 8
Admiral Rodney HMS Royal Oak
St. Augustine Pot Still
Ron Barcelo Imperial

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Posted 23 Jul '21 by Paul B from United States with 416 ratings

"It is MUCH more challenging to try and find really good rums on the cheap like these listed below. This represents only 11% of all 182 rums that I have tried that cost less than $25 US. So in some ways, this initial venture was more expensive than trying the highly rated expensive rums, but I was glad to have been the guinea pig on this. I had to omit Cana Brava 3 Year Old because it is no longer available. If you find a bottle grab them all!!! Only the first two in this list have my rating of 8, while the rest are all rated as a 7. And here they are, in order:

Blackwell's Reserve
Rum Fire Overproof
El Dorado 8
Plantation Original Dark Double Aged
Carta Vieja 8 Anos
San Zanj
Doorly's 8 Year
Doorly's XO
Ron Centenario 9 Commemorativo
896 8 Year
Foursquare Spiced
Plantation Artisinal 3-Stars
Selvarey White
Oak & Palm Spiced
Bounty Spiced
Chairman's Reserve Spiced
Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced
Alleyne Arthurs
Vizcaya Cristal
Navy Bay

Hopefully, this will help the newbies on this site.





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Posted 21 Jul '21 by Paul B from United States with 416 ratings

"When I started out on this journey, I put a $50 US per bottle limit on myself after not liking Don Q Gran Anejo at all. As you can see from this list, this has changed. I chose $80 US for my minimum cost because quite a few ran at this same price and the next one down was $72 US creating a gap. My maximum spent was on my only bottle of Caroni at $190 US. Next in line was the $138 that I spent the other day on my bottle of Foursquare Shibboleth.

The way that I calculated these rankings is that taste counts twice as much as cost, plain and simple. My maximum cost has been $120 US for that part of the calculation, and the aforementioned two went over that amount. For taste, it is VERY important that I properly rank all of my rums, which lets me know if a rum falls in my upper percentage or lower than dirt. Don't laugh, this works for me! I first tried a complex QPR formula and that did not work. KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid.

And now for my ordered list:

Highly recommended
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Dictador XO Insolent
Dictador XO Perpetual
Clement Cuvee Homere
Frigate Reserve 21 Year
Bacardi Facundo Exquisito
Chairman's Reserve 1931
Ron Zacapa XO
Don Pancho Origenes 18



Good if you have the money
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Admiral Rodney HMS Formidable
Bacardi Gran Reserva Especial 16 Year
Rhum J M 2008 10 Year (just bought my second bottle)
Appleton 21
El Dorado EHP Single Barrel
Foursquare Shibboleth 16 Year ($100 would be a better price)
Hampden Estate Great House 2020
El Dorado 15 Year Madeira Sweet Cask Finish
El Dorado 21

Never to be purchased again!
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Carupano 21 Year (I would not let anyone pay me to try this one again)
Caroni 2000 110 Proof 17 Year (if it were only $100, then that would be a much better buy)
Diplomatico Vintage 2004 (Very disappointing)

I hope this helps."

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Posted 19 Jul '21 by Bonandy from Poland with 51 ratings

"How can give like for somebody?"

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Posted 17 Jul '21 by dae from Macao with 0 ratings

"Anyone has any idea of good online shops in Asia? I can't seem to find much besides a couple in Singapore and a few in HK (very inflated prices)"

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Posted 17 Jul '21 by Paul B from United States with 416 ratings

"For those of you who are familiar with my discussions, you very well know that I absolutely hate links to other websites (because some of them have been flagged as being dangerous, but not this one). However, this excellent 75 minute video on Cuba starts with their very early history and goes all the way up to the present. It is from Havana Club Rum. It is in Spanish with English narration, pero no es necesito para habla espanol (but it certainly helps).

To understand Cuban rum, one needs to understand their melting pot of people, their music, their cigars, their creativity of dealing with what little that they have, and their all around happiness. However, this video was done before the current protests began about a week ago, so things may very well change again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1gWkBw_TxE


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Posted 13 Jul '21 by Jimmy Cliff from United States with 315 ratings

"I need to say that Rum Ratings has been a great escape for me during the past  year or more from Covid. I really enjoy reading others opinions and reviews of rums, those that coincide exactly with mine ant those that don’t. And it’s been a great adventure going from novice on my first day of lockdown in Florida that by the way pissed me off because I’m one of the most rum aficionados in our area, but I joined years ago and forgot about things before Covid. Now I’ve rated over 300 rums. 

I’m not a Tick Tock Instagram Facebook or other social media groupie so your site has given me a great place to expand my love knowledge and education of rum and occupied my little free time during Covid, like right now at 9:30 after work and dinner. 


Now I’m a big fan of the rum club and the great bottles of rum I’m able to get, that are not available locally with no freight charges. 

Looking forward to my 3 bottle Abuelo finish collection coming soon. I had them all in Panama on fishing trip in March, absolutely wonderful. 


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Posted 11 Jul '21 by kudzey from Poland with 26 ratings

"I found a new app called "rum journey". It allows to book tours at nine Puerto Rican distilleries. The app is not a UX design masterpiece but seems useful if you plan to visit Puerto Rico.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fortnessintelligence.rumjourney

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Posted 11 Jul '21 by kudzey from Poland with 26 ratings

"Remember when I last said here that is difficult to monitor prices of rums? Apparently this problem has been addressed by Velier, who featured a huge dataset of rum prices from auctions, including both the sellers' expenses and buyers' income. I can't say I fully understand the structure of this database but I think predictions of the prices for 2022 are also included. 

Enjoy: https://www.velier.it/en/rumbase?mc_cid=b2b0bb5da9&mc_eid=fcd10590e2"

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Posted 9 Jul '21 by vomi1011 from Germany with 369 ratings

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https://www.franzose.de/en/News/PaName-OSS-One-Stop-Shop-EU-Umsatzsteuerreform-im-Online-Handel-Digi...
There is a new regulation for the EU, shipping from outside and within the EU has been made more difficult.
I think we can expect higher costs and a lower supply, which will lead to rising prices.
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Posted 7 Jul '21 by Paul B from United States with 416 ratings

"Over here in the USA, I was never on lock down since the pandemic began in March of 2020. I simply stayed home where I live in a rural area and only ventured out every few days wearing my mask to get groceries and more rum. With restaurants all closed, this helped me to lose weight while saving lots of money. When our new President took office, he made a massive push to get as many people vaccinated as possible. I got my single dose J&J version on March 10th of 2021 and was fully vaccinated two weeks later. With my newly found freedom, I made a 1300 mile round trip to obtain two bottles of Chairman's Reserve 1931 and quite a few other rums that I could not get where I live.

There are still many people over here who refuse to get vaccinated and many of the vaccines are expiring and going to waste. This is from shear stupidity from those living in "red state" areas. I only wish that these unwanted vaccines could get sent to Europe so that many of you can finally get out of lock down. THE VACCINES WORK!!!! Those that are getting sick are the ones who have NOT been vaccinated. My state is one of many that have created a lottery for a chance at some serious money just for having been vaccinated. Still, many are too stupid to get vaccinated.

If any of you in Europe get the slightest chance to get vaccinated, GO FOR IT!!! Life has returned back to normal over here, which includes concerts, movies, bars, restaurants, and sporting events. Rum got me through most of the pandemic and now it is time for me to back off. I have enough rum to last me for a year and only about 10 percent of all that I have reviewed qualifies for my repeat purchases. They range in price from $13 US to $93 US.  There are many more good ones that I like, but I am no longer willing to drive more than 200 miles to get them. That was one really crazy rum running trip that I made after I first got fully vaccinated."

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Posted 6 Jul '21 by Curelin from Italy with 5 ratings

"Ok, I'm looking for the next bottle. Definetely I'm for the sweet side of the rum. I don't disdain the dry ones, I have a bottle of Doorly's XO and it's very good, but the natural sweetness of guyana-style rums it's more in my strings. For example, I've a bottle of El Dorado 12 years (EU version, not the sugar-bomb!) that it's often my choise.
What I really love of this rum it's the powerful taste of coconut that punch me directly on the face. 

What should be the next buy, according to that?"

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Posted 2 Jul '21 by vomi1011 from Germany with 369 ratings

"There's a new guy, he's called the Rumhunter.
He has very entertaining videos and shows what is worth collecting and drinking.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3RarxtaG44&ab_channel=DiaryofaRumHunter
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Posted 1 Jul '21 by kudzey from Poland with 26 ratings

"I've just spotted two bottles of the new Caroni on catawiki. Each was sold for 1200 EUR, which I feel is kind of much. Have you seen them on a primary market?"

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Posted 28 Jun '21 by vomi1011 from Germany with 369 ratings

"A fresh distillery from Grenada present their first product.
We know good products from Grenada like River Antoine already.
Renegade leverages also some employees from other distilleries: Grenada Distillers Ltd., Westerhall, and River Antoine.
I think we'll hear a little more from them in the future. But Haiti is currently gaining ground.
https://cocktailwonk.com/2020/05/renegade-rum-ascends.html
https://twitter.com/renegade_rum

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Posted 24 Jun '21 by vomi1011 from Germany with 369 ratings

"https://thefatrumpirate.com/foursquare-rum-distillery-shibboleth
"To be fair demand for Foursquare rum is probably at an all time high. Initially it was only really the more limited collaborations with Velier that were selling out pretty much straight away. It was until around a year ago quite easy to pick up the Exceptional Cask Series of rum weeks and months after their release. I was able to get multiple bottles of most of the rums up to around the release of Nobillary. Since then it has become very much as case of the rums selling out very quickly here in the UK. An issue which hasn’t been helped by all the COVID-19 restrictions and a certain referendum in 2016."

It's the same case in Germany. It was difficult to find Shibboleth and almost impossible to find a 5th Employee Caroni releases. Two years ago Foursquare ECS were easily to get.
Rum demand is increasing faster and faster. I can only find the bottlings I want on the secondary market meanwhile.
Overpaying when collecting this stuff is still not a problem. Because the prices are rising fast.

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