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Rum that you can sip??

Does anyone have a good recommendation for deep, round, smooth, tasty rum that you can sip?

I have tried some here and there and all rums seem to have a bitterness that hits me in the back of my tongue.

I've dropped cash on Pyrate OX, tried Zaya, had Appleton's Estated Xv and they all were yummy with a little sparkling water and lime juice, with coke or a biting ginger ale. But why can we sip scotch, enjoy its round flavors but we don't ask the same from our rum?

I imagine a rum that is able to be drunk neat, has a wide complex flavor that passes over the tongue without making me cringe as it makes its way down to my stomach. I'm almost embarrassed to say that the closest thing I've found is actually a $12 bottle of Bacardi AƱejo. It doesn't come in as cool a bottle as Pyrate, it's a little simple, but not half bad.

I can think of nothing inherent in rum that would make it unable to be as enjoyable as a fine single malt. Why drop $40 or $50 on a bottle of rum that you can only stand to drink mixed with a bunch a soda that's supersaturated with sugar or corn syrup??

How do you feel?

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  1. I feel that if you want a beverage you can drink like scotch...drink scotch. Different beverages have different characteristics, and it may simply be that rum is not for you.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      Fungy! Where have you been? I'd have to agree, although (and this part is directed at you, BeanBoy) one of the aged Nicaraguan Flor de Cana might be what you want.

      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        Just wanted to thank Sam and everyone else on the boards who recommended the Flor de Cana. Just got a bottle of the 4yr and can't wait to try the 12. The 4 yr cost me like $15 and would be very good at twice the price. A real gem, and yes, a good sipper too, though not so complex you couldn't mix it. Anyhow, thanks folks, I'd never have found it without you.

    2. Try Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 year, about 40$ and definitely sippable.

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      1. re: swobohe

        Centenario I like
        Brugal Rum Anejo
        El Dorado Rum

        1. re: kchurchill5

          Second the El Dorado. The 15yr is about $30 here and is a screaming bargain.

        2. re: swobohe

          Yup, the Ron Zacapa.Havana Club 7 years.

          1. re: swobohe

            The Zacapa 23 has amazing burnt caramel flavors. Please - no ice, no mixers.

          2. Real Demerara 20 year from Guyana, or Barcelo Anejo from DR, both priced around $30.00 if you can find them.

            1. you need to find a demerara rum or a Rhum Agricole. I would say a good aged Agricole is as complex, though differently, as some Scotch.

              1. Old Monk rum is tasty for around $17 in MA. Rhum Agricole is a good suggestion - Clement makes a nice one that seems pretty widely available. Dogfish Head rums, if you can get your hands on a bottle, are great. 10 Cane is nice but a little pricy.

                Some of those brands you listed are "sipping" rums. Maybe you just don't like rum the same way you like scotch?

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                1. re: mrgrotto

                  the 10 Cane I've tasted has a real funk to it that makes for good interesting cocktails but I would not recommend sipping straight.

                  1. re: mrgrotto

                    I haven't seen Old Monk in stores around Boston. Where are you getting yours? Tried it at Drink, and would be thrilled to land a bottle (or two).

                    1. re: jkv

                      I'm pretty sure that I saw it at Liquor World the toher night (where I spent waaaaay too much money stocking up on stuff)