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May 1, 2008 01:44 PM

Good Sipp'n Rum

There have been a few recommendations here for Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star Reserve Speciale. So I thought I would try it today. It's a great price and a nice bottle.

But... I wasn't too happy with the way it tasted and nosed; neat. Barbancourt has a very strong "cane sugar" taste and smell and it's border line "finger nail polish" for my taste. There are a few Tequila's that I am the same way about, like Patron.

After I mixed it with some Diet Pepsi and lime it got a whole lot better, but it still has a pretty strong "cooked sugar cane/ finger nail polish" taste though. So I will most likely use it as a mixer.

So anyway, my question is. I don't like Capt. Morgan's and or Bacardi. I've tried Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, which is another pretty good mixer.

But that's about the extent of my Rum experience.

So, I'm looking for a good spiced rum that I can drink neat. Any suggestions? My price range is from $16.00 to $30.00.

A few that I'm looking at are:

Appleton Special Jamaica Rum or Appleton Estate Reserve Rum

Cruzan Estates Single Barrel


Mount Gay Eclipse

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  1. I don't think this falls into the under $30 range but I would recommend Pyrat XO.

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    1. re: cocktailqueen77

      my local liquour store has the 750ml XO on special for $14.99. To the OP question. There are many good rums for under $30 but depends on what state your're in as taxes vary greatly. I'm a big fan of El Dorado 12 and 15. Both under $30 in my area. I would also suggest moving away from spiced rums for sipping. Rums can be enjoyed on their own without flavorings added. A dash of water or a couple of ice cubes can help round it out for those that are not use to drinking spirits neat.

    2. Okay, just did a quick Google search...

      Pyrat is available for under $30...

      Description from site:

      "Pyrat XO Reserve is a select blend of fine, 15 year old Caribbean rums. It’s smooth taste and delicious flavor is complimented by it’s rich amber color. Pyrat XO Reserve is excellent over ice with a twist of lemon or as an ingredient in a premium rum drink."

      The bottle presentation is beautiful as well. The "charm" that comes with it means "protector of bartenders", gotta love that.

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      1. re: cocktailqueen77

        I've read that Pyrat XO has mango notes but the bottle I have comes across to me more like a prune juice kind of heavy fruit note. Too heavy fruit for my tastes. I use it for baking. Beautiful bottle though.

      2. While hearing that you mix with Diet Pepsi makes me hesitate, one excellent rum is 10 Cane.

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        1. re: AlbertaHound

          Agree with 10 Cane as well. As a mixer, Gosling's Dark is good.

          1. re: cocktailqueen77

            I love 10 Cane, both for sipping and for mixing.

            My next bottle might be Oronoco for its even richer mouthfeel, though I think it runs closer to $40.

          2. re: AlbertaHound

            Marketing is indeed a wonderous thing, 10 cane in the 70's and 80's used to be called "Drummer Boy" and came in a cheesy decanter for the tourist trade at the airport in Trinidad. In those days it went for $14.00 tt/ $5.00us. Then as is the case with the industry, rum became the flavour of the month, as vodka, tequila and gin before it. Then came the new bottle, the new press, and in turn the new devotees, at $32.00 a bottle. To me It's still Drummer Boy.

          3. There was a good article on quality rum ("Rum Gets Serious") in the 4/25/08 issue of the SF Chronicle.


            1. El Dorado Rum 15 years a Demerara Rum from Guyana. It doesn't get any better than this at any price.

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              1. re: 2top

                I agree, but authentic 15 year old is hard to find. About 10 years ago the distiller was labeling it's 5 year old as 15 years aged in barrels when they fell onto some hard times. This fact was well known in the Guyanese population and at that time was also a way for the government to charge more duty.I understand this practice has since stopped but there are a lot of infant rum in teenage bottles out there.

                1. re: currymouth

                  Just to go with your post, most producers find it hard to believe and are very skeptical, even if they aren't vocally so. Most agree that aging rum that long is a tough task as it evaporates rather quickly and very little would be left after a decade in the tropics.

                  1. re: Icantread

                    Exactly. Thus the price difference between a standard bottle and a "Aged" spirit.Having grown up in the WI and exposed to rum of all ages it is still very hard for me to tell which is truly a 10/15/20 year old rum for the simple fact that there are so many imposters out there. Mind you I don't claim to be a authority on rum but having drank my share of the spirit, I can pretty much guess when I am being sold a "pig in a poke"