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I found a Trader Vic's book of drinks (c) 1946 in my parents' library, so I thoght I'd make up a few batches of rum based punches on New Year's. Many of Trader Vic's recipes call for various types of rum (Jamaican rum, Puerto Rican rum, this rum that rum, many rums). Where would be the best place to find such a collection in LA? And given that I'm buying in quantity, where would the *cheapest* place to procure such be?

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  1. Trader Joe's. They have an awesome selection of Rums from various countries.

    1. Trader Joe's for value but Jerry's Liquor on Wilshire & Harvard (or is it Yale?) in Santa Monica for the absolute in variety.

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      1. re: PRSMDave

        For various rum punches I've made, I've found enough variety at Trader Joe's and the price was right. To be perfectly honest, after two or three rums, not even Long John Silver can tell the difference,

      2. Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey for VARIETY.

        1. From an old rummy, you can probably make all those receipes from two types of rum. A good dark rum and a good light rum. Throw in a strong rum, 151 Bacardi, for floaters and you have a party in a punch bowl. Everybody will have their favorite rum but it really just boils down to those three. I also believe the best rum comes from Jamaica, but like Vodka and variety, there are a thousand and one different imports from the Carribean nations.

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            Rochelle McCune

            This doesn't answer your question but here is an interesting article regarding the types of rum out there and what the differences are.

            Also, on the left sidebar is a link to Reviews of Recommended Products which may help you pick good, reasonably priced rums to your taste.

            Link: http://www.tastings.com/spirits/rum.html

            1. Frankly, trader joes or vendome liquors will have what you want for a good price. For upscale Rums, Wally's on Westwood Blvd has a good selection.

              A tip: if you're mixing, don't use an aged rum. It's more expensive and would be like putting single-malt scotch in a highball - unnecessary. Avoid, for mixing, any rum named Anejo. In general, Jamaican rums are famous as dark rums, Cuban as light rums ALTHOUGH Bacardi makes both, and Jamaican distillers also make both. The most famous of the dark rums, non-Jamaican, are the Demerara from Guyana (Lemon Hart well known) and the black rum from Bermuda, Black Seal. Black Seal mixes exceptionally well, and is NOT a good sipping rum.
              For a rum treat, pick up a bottle of the Haitian Barbancourt rum. It's is "aged" in oak and tastes like a perfectly acceptable cognac.

              Also, although it's also made of sugar cane, aguardiente is really closer to vodka than rum, being pretty much flavored neutral spirits (same for Cachaca from Brazil). Do not substitute aguardiente (even from sugar cane) for rum/ron/rhum.

              1. greetings...there are many great rums out there and many places to find them...one great rum that is gaining international recognition is FLOR de CANA (canya) out of nicaragua...it comes in various light and dark versions, with a variety of ages (1, 3, 5, 7 years and so on)...since you are buying in bulk i also found it to be sold at a great price point..imho it is the cheapest high quality rum available here .... it can be found at jons markets in the hollywood area..i would specifically try the hollywood and vermont location...bye bye.

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                  Cyrus J. Farivar

                  The best rum drink in existence, without question, is the mojito, which I had the joy of experiencing last spring in Havana. It's a Cuban cocktail, made from rum, sugar, lime juice, mint, ice and water as a filler, and is absolutely divine. The Cubans use Havana Club "Silver Dry" label for their mojitos. Due to our lovely policy towards Cuba, it's a bit tough to find, although I'm told that you can get it in Canada. For us US-bound folks, however, Bacardi is quite good. You can also do a "Cuba Libre", known in the US as a Rum N' Coke, but if you're going to get the rum...go for the mojito. I can give you more details on proportions if interested.