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Special Reserve 15-Year
One of my 2 Favorites (Thus Far)
This is one of my 2 favorites thus far (English Harbour 1981 is the other). It is an 8.5 on my scale of 10 and is amazingly smooth with a solid oak f
Recommended by the owner/bartender at the Occidental Lounge. Easily became one of my two favorite rums. A delightful mixture of strong oak and caram
12 Anos Gran Reserva
One of my favorites
One of my favorite rums thus far. Wonderful oaky finish with a bit of molasses.
A clean and rich aftertaste mixed with a good amount of oaky flavor.
A Nice Oaky Flavor
A nice oaky flavor that works well for sipping. One of my top three so far.
Signature release single barrel 2007
A nice rum
Caramel scents. Enjoyable straight with oaky flavors. Mixes well also.
Spur of the Moment Purchase
I wasn't sure what I felt like when visiting Total Wine, and the Relcario bottle caught my eye. I wasn't disappointed and have enjoyed the oaky flavo
An Occidental Find
First tried it as the Occidental Lounge and was pleasantly surprised. I subsequently purchased a bottle and am still enjoying it. I've tried it on t
Almost as good as the 23
I tried the 23 at a cigar lounge and enjoyed it quite a bit. When I purchased a bottle of the 9 and tried it at home, I found that it has a similar d
The Real McCoy
The Real Thing
I first tried the Real McCoy 12 at the local Rumfest several years ago. I liked it then and I like it now -especially since I have a whole (okay, now
Flor de Cana
Improved over time
Was a 6.5 of 10 on my scale, but the more I sampled over time, the more the oak came out and the more I enjoyed.
Deep Oak Flavor
Deep oak flavor. Less smooth, stronger, than English Harbour which was enjoyed the same evening.
9-Year Port Cask Finish
RumFest 2015 Fav
Nice molasses flavor with some oak as well. Enjoyed it at Rum Fest and had to buy a bottle.
Smooth going down. Very nice oaky aftertaste. Would like to try some of their others.
Gran Reserva 12-Year
Nice molasses flavor
Ranked 7.5 on my scale, but the bottles here are never half full. Another big box special. Quite enjoyed the molasses the more I sipped this rum.
More of that oak
Ranked 7.5 on my scale, but the bottles here are never half full. Maybe an 8. Nice oaky flavor, but missing just a bit of that molasses flavor that I
Ranked 7.5 on my scale, but the bottles here are never half full. A welcome change from what is normally found at the big box stores.
Ranked 7.5 on my scale, but the bottles here are never half full. A nice aftertaste. Oak flavor but not as rich as the 12.
Vanua Rum from the Fiji Islands
It gave me a nice warm feeling on a cold day when I had it on the rocks. It turned out to be a good mixer to boot.
Ultra Superior Light
With a Cherry on Top
Nicely done. Had not tried an African rum before and I enjoyed it. I could really taste the cherry flavors, which was a nice surprise.
Close to the Supremo
Not as good as Supremo, but a close call. Same flavors. A little harsher.
Gran Reserva Diez
A Nice Upgrade From the 8
A bit of a bite sraight, but solid oak flavoring. Mixes well and I thought an improvement to the 8.
Old Town San Diego Find
It's cluttered and there is no order to the displays, but Old Town Liquor and Deli had a nice rum selection; including the Atlantico Gran Reserva. Th
A Find at "Pig Liquor"
Ended up at a liquor store near the beach that's nicknamed "Pig Liquor" for the pig statue in front. Not expecting much, but discovered the Bacoo (al
2005 Limited Edition
Just a Nice Rum
Initially, a nice flavor. Not a strong oak or molasses flavor. Went from a 5.5 to 6.5 on my scale when I finally caught the molasses.
One of the Better White Rums
I usually shy away from the white rums, but saw this at a small liquor store and it was the only one I had not tried before. While a little strong ov
For me, it Wasn't Perfect....
A solid rum with a decent oak flavor. Hard time describing it as "Perfect" though. I'll keep tasting to see if it improves with age.
The Cuban is so Much Better
Tried this one and its Puerto Rican cousin. While both are better mixed, this one wins hands down.
Not sure where I picked this one up, but the bottle reminds me of something out of the 1970s (and I know I did not have it that long). Enjoyed the ru
20th anniversary XO Extra Old
Received the Plantation 20 XO for Christmas (thanks wife o' mine!). A smooth rum with a nice amount of sweetness. I enjoyed it but not as much as ot
Kirk and Sweeney
A good value rum with enjoyable oak flavors. A 6.5 on my scale.
A Pleasant Drink
While I have enjoyed this Ron Centenario, it did not blow me away as it has most other raters; but I suppose that happens on occasion. Perhaps just a
Karibbean Liquor Black River S.A.S.
Canasteros 21 Solera
Looking for a rum for Thanksgiving and had not previously seen this one at Total Wine. Not disappointed in this Columbian rum, and both my father-in
El Pasador De Oro
A sweet aftertaste. Not molasses, caramel, or oak. Just sweet. A 6.5 out of 10 on my scale
A touch of caramel
A touch of caramel flavor when on the rocks. Not as noticeable when mixed.
Reminds me of Papas Pilar
Strong with the vanilla flavor, similar to Papas Pilar. A nice mixer.
Might go higher
A pleasant taste. Quite oaky, even burn oak perhaps. Might go higher as I sample more.
7 Anos Reserva Superior
A Solid Go-To Rum
One of my go to day-to-day rums, and one that I bring to friends instead of wine. Mixes well and also nice over ice.
Imroves over time
Not as flavorful as some others that I have enjoyed, but still a pleasant aftertaste. Improved as I sampled more over time. A touch more flavor for m
Started off slow
Started off slow, but am enjoying the oaky flavor more and more.
Good price point and flavor
Another early rum as I expanded from Bacardi. The price point and flavor made a nice combination.
A good mixer
Tried at a Cuban restaurant, mixed with Coke. It paired well with dinner, but then there are few rums that don't. Enjoyed the vanilla flavor.
A pleasant taste
The taste is pleasant; but I have had a difficult time with what specific flavors I detect.
Flor de Cana
Extra Lite 4
An early favorite
One of my early rums as I ventured away from Bacardi. It mixed well for me at the time, but I don't know if my tastes have changed enough to change t
Continues to improve over time
Initially I had given this a lower rating, but the more that i sampe it, the more that I have been enjoying the oaky flavor. Note they have a new bot
A pleasant taste and a great price point
A pleasant aftertaste, particularly for the price point. A definite oaky flavor.
Tasty, but not quite great
It had a good flavor but nothing outstanding about it to move it higher in the ratings for me; especially for the price.
More tasting needed.
6.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. Maybe a 7. A slight hint of molasses, maybe a bit of oak. Interesting and seems to be be
Gran Reserva 15-Year
One of my early ones
6.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. One of my early non Bacardi White rums. A nice introduction to what I had been missing.
Had me at the first sample.
6.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. My first sampling was good. Strong on oak and a hint of molasses. Second time, not quite
Surprising Port Flavor
6.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. Instead of molasses or oak, a nice port flavor given the barrels used. It works for me
6.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. Lighter than I usually get, but a nice flavor and aftertaste. Not as fancy as some; but a
6.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. At first I wasn't impressed. The more I sipped, however, the more pronounced the oaky tas
Beginnings of Molasses
6.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. Oaky finish with beginnings of molasses.
Wasn't sure what to expect
A strong rum as many of the craft U.S. brands are, but not as bad as other artisanal ones that I have tried. Certainly better than Montanya, not as go
The Scarlet Ibis
Might need more time
A bit strong straight up, but it mixed okay. I will give it some more time (and tastes) and adjust the rating as appropriate. A 5.5 on my scale..
Napa Valley Distillery
A decent craft rum
Flavor fine, but a bit too much of a burn going down. Would have liked a bigger bottle for the price. Rum is a new product for the distillery and I
Smokey flavor when straight up. Nice mixed as well. Plus a cool glass stopper with a J on it that makes the wife very happy. 5.5 on my scale.
A Nice Surprise
5.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. First tried in Puerto Rico at the factory. A nice surprise given my past experiences wit
Will Give it Another Chance
Ordered it at a restaurant and was not blown away. Nothing special. Nothing bad. Might merit a bottle purchase to try it in different forms at home
Not Big on the Spice
I generally avoid spiced rums, but received a mini-bottle of the Kraken Black Spiced as a gag gift . Never to look a gift rum in the mouth, I tried i
Golden Devil Dark Overproof
Wasn't Sure What to Expect
I am generally leery about overproofs, but this one was decent. For me it was much better mixed than straight, and I am looking forward to trying som
Finally Tried It!
I have seen this at the store for years and I finally tried it. It was better than expected and rated a 5.5 on my scale. Certainly better mixed than
Stonger than Expected
I had higher hopes for this one given prior tastings of Mezan rums. Flavor was a bit strong, but it mixed fine with Coke.
Small Batch 80 proof
Northern California Coastal Find
When it comes to rum, the small distillaries can be hit or miss. This one was better than expected given the location and had somewhat of a cachaca f
One of my early ones
One of my early, post Bacardi light rums. It was fine, but have tasted many better since. Buddha was a nice touch.
XO Extra Old
I may need to sample more, but right now the verdict is that it is okay, but nothing spectacular.
A solid rum
Nice solid flavor. Touch of molasses, but not overpowering
Master Reserve 21
Wished the value was a bit better
For the price, I expected a bit better. A little oaky aftertaste, light on the molasses. Have it listed as a 5.5 on my scale, but can't get a half b
A nice recommendation
Recommended by one of the discount liquor store experts. A little lighter than I had expected, and while I was not impressed by the bouquet, the flav
Continued to improve
Another one that improved with later tastings. A bit too strong for me on the rocks, but worked out better mixed. A pronounced molasses flavor for m
Flor de Cana
Gran Reserve 7
An early favorite
One of my early favorites, but as I expanded my samplings of other rums, my early ratings dropped. I give this a 5.5, but the system doesn't let me p
Sun Liquor Manufacturing
Sun Rum Barrel Aged
Need to try straight up
Ordered with Coke at a restaurant. It had a medicinal taste, but not as strong as I would have thought. Will give it another chance when I can locate
Stolen Overproof Rum
I Loved the Background Story; The Rum, Not so Much
Described as previously undisovered 6 year aged pot still rum from a historic Jamaican distillery, and add to that a cool mini- bottle, and I was all
State of Jefferson Rum
I Wanted to Like it More
Came across the Immortal Spirits Distillery while going to watch the eclipse in Oregon. A cool pub, great t-shirts, and just an okay rum. It wasn't
A little better as I continue to sample
Initially not impressed with this rum's burnt flavors. The more I sampled, the more the molasses flavoring came out. Over timeI will see if it merit
Ordered at a restaurant and was not wowed. It mixed okay with Coke, but nothing special. Is a 4.5 on my scale.
St Lucia 14-Year
A Tough Rating
The cork broke when I tried to open the bottle and I am not sure if the bad cork had caused the rum to turn; as the taste just wasn't very good. I ga
Not as Smooth as the Cuban
Just not as smooth as the one from Cuba. This one definitely needed a mixer, and probably a better one that I had available. Would be willing to try
Hoped for Better
Had hoped that this California based rum would be better. Just too strong for my tastes, even when mixed. The price was not good value in my opinion.
Hoping it Gets Better
Received as a gift. I keep trying it straight and with different mixes, hoping it gets better. So far, it has not. A 4.5 on my scale of 10.
Merchants Reserve 8-year
Tried it on the rocks and with coke. Neither grabbed me. Had the barest of molasses flavor. Ranked it as a 4.5 on my scale of 10
Wasn't particularly smooth even when mixed with cola. Had hoped for more.
Nothing special one way or another, though a bit better the second time I tried it.
Not for me
This one wasn't for me. It had an odd aftertaste; almost medicinal.
Kirk and Sweeney
Wanted to like it more
I wanted to like it more, but did not. On par with the Botran Reserva. No enjoyable aftertaste. Not a bad one. Just not a good one. Meh.
Jury's Still Out
The jury's still out for me and Cachacas. Initially I liked the flavor, but more I drank, the less I liked. Willing to try others though to see whe
Distillers Sales Company
Cross Keys Island Tradition Barbados Rum
Improved Slightly Over Time
Started out with a 3 rating, as the flavor was nothing impressive. As I sampled over several days, it improved, but not by much.
Did not do it for me
Aftertaste has just the faintest molasses. Maybe a very small hint of oak. Mostly an antiseptic flavor unfortunately.
An early mixer
A fond reminder of Caribbean crusies, but nothing terribly special and no real aftertaste. A 4.5 on my chart.
20 Art Edition
Nice bottle, just an okay rum
Seems more a cachaca than a rum. Nice bottle, but disappointing flavor for the price. Have it as a 4.5 on my chart.
3 Star 4-Year
An okay mixer
Even as a mixer, was not as smooth as I would have hoped. Have it as a 4.5 on my chart.
Started with low expectations
Went in with low expectations and was better than I thought. Not an unpleasant taste like some, but still would have liked a little molasses flavor.
Between a 4 and 5
A blend of oak and molasses, with the former overpowering the latter a bit too much. Went back and forth between a 4 and 5, finally ending at a 4.5 o
One of my first dark rums. Initially I did not like it; but as I sampled more dark rums I began to appreciate it more, though not enough to raise its
I wish I had liked it more, but for me it had an unpleasant aftertaste, somewhat dirt flavored.
The aftertaste was somewhat unpleasant, even when mixed with cola.
A cool bottle wasn't enough
Yes, the bottle was cool, but it was also difficult to open the first time- reuslting in spilled rum. Lighter than I thought. Aftertaste not particula
I did not enjoy
I tried to keep an open mind for a rum from the Rockies, but like another reviewer, this one tasted like dirt to me.
Sun Liquor Manufacturing Sun Rum Barrel Aged
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