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 A lovely barmaid introduced and offered me a slice of this last night. 

 

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75% and a mean kick if you're not prepared. Work colleague was smashed after two licks. I rather enjoyed it. 

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Hurrah a Rum thread!

 

Current favorite is Diplomatico Reserva as a straight sipping rum, quite sweet and very palatable:

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diplomatico-Rum-Reserva-Excl-70/dp/B0090I3YSS/ref=lp_1756921031_1_1_a_it?srs=1756921031&ie=UTF8&qid=1506192677&sr=8-1

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And for spiced rum I like Rumbullion (also good straight) :

 

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For those who struggle with straight spirits, I find with one or two parts coconut water to on part rum finds a nice balance (and makes the drink last longer)

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This keeps popping up on Amazon deals at £75 (which is about 10% cheaper than i can see it elsewhere) and I am sorely tempted, but £45 a bottle has been my previous ceiling and i am struggling to break that psychological barrier.

 

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My wife drinks rum and I'll have the odd measure if it's decent.  One's i've liked are El Dorado 15 year old, R L Seals 10 year old and I quite like wray & nephew overproof if I want a strong rum cocktail.

 

Diplomatico is lovely too so i may have to get some at £36. That Zapac 23 year old sounds great too.

 

Too much nice booze and not enough money...

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Last time I was in Vilnius I found an amazing rum bar named Rhum Room. Wall to wall of every rum you can think of. Had a shot of some of the more expensive rums I wouldn't be able to afford a bottle of, but by far the best was this bad boy -

https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/15260/diplomatico-ambassador

I went in fairly cynical, I mean can a bottle of rum really justify that price? It really does. Glorious stuff.

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Used to hate Rum, obviously because I'd tried nothing but Bacardi but over the last year have acquired quite an affection for Kraken.

 

http://www.krakenrum.com/age-gate/

I'm quite a lightweight when it comes to drink and find most spirits undrinkable unless I've literally drowned as much of their taste as I can with a mixer but I'm quite happy drinking Kraken neat with some ice. Lovely stuff with a nice bottle too.

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5 hours ago, Glasgowchivas said:

Used to hate Rum, obviously because I'd tried nothing but Bacardi but over the last year have acquired quite an affection for Kraken.

 

http://www.krakenrum.com/age-gate/

I'm quite a lightweight when it comes to drink and find most spirits undrinkable unless I've literally drowned as much of their taste as I can with a mixer but I'm quite happy drinking Kraken neat with some ice. Lovely stuff with a nice bottle too.

 

Amazon had the 1l bottles for £25 last christmas.

 

I'm fiendishly enamoured with Matusalem 23 at the moment. smooth as hell although Diplomatico Rum reserva definitely beats it on price

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I bought some of this Santiago de Cuba 12-yr old in Cuba when I was there and it’s extremely nice. Quite anfew

locals recommended this over Havana Club. They don’t export it a lot unfortunately so it’s a little pricey when places do get it.

 

https://www.masterofmalt.com/rum/santiago-de-cuba/santiago-de-cuba-12-year-old-extra-anejo-rum/?utm_content=santiago-de-cuba/santiago-de-cuba-12-year-old-extra-anejo-rum&countryCodeShort=GB&currencyCode=GBP&utm_source=database&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=mom_base_1&agegate=true&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4J2nuKvk1gIVBxIbCh1d-gHKEAQYASABEgJBzvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Ok it's not actual rum that you can drink but has anyone else tried Aldis Rum Raisin and Nut chocolate bar? It don't half make your tabs laugh.

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I got some Banana Bombo over Christmas. My God, it tastes exactly like banana flavour Toffos. You can't drink too much due to the sweetness but it's pretty amazing neat with a few ice cubes.

 

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The guy that was the driving force behind Old J rum (recreating the old Sailor Jerry recipe that they doscontinued) left the drinks company that he worked for and launched his own, his first drink is the below and it's cracking stuff, definitely a mixer rather than a sipper (and pokey at 65%) and goes incredibly well with coke, amazing pineappple and salted caramel flavours without feeling cloying.       

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pineapple-Grenade-Spiced-Rum-65/dp/B07J5PY3NW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544823207&sr=8-1&keywords=pineapple+grenade+rum

 

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Just ordered a bottle of that. £38 for 50cl so it's bloody expensive as far as spiced rum goes. Expecting big things!

 

Also got some Diplomatico Reserva and two bottles of Old J, so I'm set for Christmas on the rum front.

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20 hours ago, The Fox said:

Just ordered a bottle of that. £38 for 50cl so it's bloody expensive as far as spiced rum goes. Expecting big things!

 

Also got some Diplomatico Reserva and two bottles of Old J, so I'm set for Christmas on the rum front.

 

If you enjoy the sweeter end of the scale like OldJ  hopefully it'll work for you, I found my first taste a bit unusual as it's quite 'out there' in terms of flavour, but then worked my way through the bottle I got for Christmas so quickly I've now bought a second (even the wife really enjoyed it and she normally won't go near anything involving fat-coke)

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Picked up a bottle of Bumbo run for Christmas - know nothing about it but I’m always looking out for something new for my Xmas tipple. Anyone tried? - if nowt else the bottle is cool. 

 

 

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Sipping on a glass of it now neat with a touch of ice very tasty - not sure if it’s worth adding a mixer maybe a touch of ginger ale so I don’t end up bladdered on Xmas day. 

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On 20/12/2018 at 12:54, Gaz said:

Stiggins Fancy is gorgeous Pineapple Rum, if that's your thing.
 

 

I just bought a bottle of this. Just had my first taste of pineapple rum - I made a daiquiri to start - and it definitely gets the thumbs up from me. 

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I've never tasted a rum that was nice straight. I mean it's drinkable straight unlike bourbon but not actually nice like Irish/Scotch whiskey.

 

Love dark rum in a mixed drink though. Cant beat a dark and stormy. As for the rum the cheaper the better. 

 

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There's a bog difference between sipping rums and mixing rums, so it depends on what you've tried.

 

Like most things it's personal taste, so it's not for everyone but I'd argue that a decent rum is just as complex and interesting as a whisky/whiskey.

 

 

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I think Rum can actually be more interesting.

For something to sip which is closer to whiskey I really like Diplomatico and Brugal 1888 is also lovely.

If you like the peatier styles, then Agricole or Jamaican rums will fit the bill. Smith & Cross is fantastic and Trois Rivieres is a good value agricole.

I really love Paranubes rum at the moment, it's an agricole style rum distilled in Mexico from sugar cane juice but it tastes like no other rum - the flavours for me are something like tapenade, black olives, sundried tomato, cracked black pepper. It makes an absolutely phenomenal daiquiri.

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On 20/05/2019 at 01:36, Raoull duke said:

I've never tasted a rum that was nice straight.

I'll drink a half decent rum straight. Even a Havana Club will do. Obviously really cheap stuff like Old Navy wouldn't get sipped, but I can drink most.

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I have two rum related questions:

 

1) What's the best bottle I can get for around £20? Ideally from a supermarket or Amazon Prime as I need it for Sunday. It's for a gift so bonus points for a cool bottle/box.

 

2) What's the best mixer for rum? My go to tipple if I'm not on the beer is a house rum and coke, but I always feel a bit...unrefined when I order it. Should it just be drunken neat or over ice, like whisky?

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