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Mar 3, 2011 02:08 PM

Ron de Jeremy - The "Adult" Rum

I almost spit the water I was drinking onto my keyboard when I saw this. It's a new rum by porn star, Ron Jeremy. Has anyone tried it? WOULD anyone try it?

BTW, no nudity on the site, as far as I can tell -- if that sort of thing offends you.

Here's part of the description:

Ron de Jeremy Rum is an exceptionally well-balanced 7-year old rum from Panama. It has an inviting light amber color with very attractive copper hues. The aroma is that of carefully aged rum, with a harmoniously balanced orchestra of oak, fruit and spices. In the palate it opens up smoothly, showcasing a high level of craftsmanship. The oak comes through robustly and satisfyingly, yet gently enough to allow hints of vanilla and raw sugarcane to reveal them selves. The finish is elegant and long, true to the aromas and flavors previously experienced. Ron de Jeremy sips perfectly, naked or savored over the rocks, and mixes beautifully to make Ron’s many signature drinkxxx. It is the adult rum.

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  1. I am debating whether or not to order some. It appears to be a serious shot at creating a good rum, despite the mixed message of the advertising. I find it to be rather humorous, and I'm a fan of Panamanian rums in general so I kind of want a bottle. Plus, it will look really cool on the shelf next to my other rums :-) ... But I may wait until some reviews appear...

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    1. re: davis_sq_pro

      This is just funny enough that I've actually got a shopping cart open with it... no pre-release reviews that I could find. I'm still thinking on it. I love finding something that makes folks laugh.

      Funniest line I did find:
      "Yes, it turns out legendary adult film star Ron Jeremy will be releasing a fluid into your mouth soon."

      (from )

      1. re: davis_sq_pro

        I'm curious as well. A 7 year Panamanian rum, which actually will have much older barrels in the blend, since to call it a 7 year means that's the age of the youngest barrel, has great odds of being excellent. I haven't run across it yet, but I assume I'll meet the brand rep as soon as it's rolled out in NYC. So far I haven't had a bad, or even mediocre, Panamanian rum.

        One thing I found is that they are marketing "Master Distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez" who isn't really any of the above, as the distiller. He works in the beverage industry, but the only rum associated with his name is Abuelo, for which he was the blender, not distiller, for a period of time. And then the Zaphra rums, which he may not have even been the blender for, let alone distiller.

        I liked Ed's insight into this over at the Ministry of Rum.

        1. re: JMF

          I am sorry to report that in my quest to try every Panamanian rum I can get my hands on, I had the misfortune of buying my first mildly-bad bottle, last week: Carta Vieja anejo. Not really bad, but it has a somewhat strange flavor with a note of anise (or similar), and I suspect has been dosed with a large amount of caramel to make up for a lack of proper aging. It's not going to go down the drain but I'll use it up in a strongly-flavored Punch or something similar.

          No matter who the blender was, I found my bottle of Zaphra 21 to be quite enjoyable, if a bit sweeter than I would have preferred. I agree wholeheartedly with the people at the Rum Project on Zacapa 23 and other "liqueur" rums; they're not great. Although I do have to say that Zacapa works very nicely in a mai tai, perhaps alongside some Myers's Legend. Always fun to create a cocktail at home that costs about as much to make as something I can buy out.

          1. re: davis_sq_pro

            Zacapa was great until around 12 years ago when they sweetened it up. The newly released Botran rum is also too sweet, a very decent rum at a good price, but I like my rum with only natural residual sweetness. (Botran is the family name of the folks who make Zacapa. Zacapa is the name of the village.)

            1. re: davis_sq_pro

              I recently acquired a bottle of Zacapa XO at a very good price ($49 vs the usual $80-100) and I have to say it is more of the same, very similar to the 23 yr but in an absolutely gorgeous bottle with a lovely brass trimmed stopper. Enjoyable in its own way but not at all challenging.

              This would be a great rum to impress someone who doesn't really like rum.

              I also recently got ahold of some Scarlet Ibis - now THAT's a serious rum.

        2. Having not tried the rum, nor having any interest, I must say that Mr. Jeremy did hire a fairly decent copywriter for the blurb.

          1. How bout the fact that the company is "One Eyed Spirits."

            1. Part of my review on the sample I was sent, "On the nose, the rum possesses notes of caramel and leather. The sip has a bit of body to it and contains vanilla, clove, and tannin notes; the latter aspect comes across as a wood note that was a little rough. My assessment was that this rum is no joke and would make a good mixing rum but perhaps not a sipping one. Mixing could tame some of the sharper edges and perhaps offer some spice and intrigue to a cocktail. The rum is perhaps priced a little higher than I would like at $30-35 per 750mL bottle; that puts it in the same price league as Smith & Cross, Scarlet Ibis, and El Dorado 12 which is some stiff competition. Moreover, if you forget that I said leather, wood, rough, and stiff in this paragraph, you might even forget the marketing behind this spirit."

              The rest can be read here:

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              1. re: yarm

                "Stiff" competition! That's what she said!

                (Sorry, no choice but to go there, given the rum in question!)

                1. re: davis_sq_pro

                  It was har-- er, difficult not having double entendres appearing. So instead, I ran with it if it came out naturally. Wait, that didn't sound right either.

                  I did get a photo op with Ron Jeremy when he was Tales of the Cocktail this year. Unfortunately, he was in party mode and looked um, altered, so I did not have a chance to speak with him. When he was at the bartender's ball on the last night, he was in professional mode and even played harmonica with the band. Very talented and did a good job with "When the Saints Come Marching In" and other songs (it was unscheduled, but he asked the band). A curious fellow, indeed.

                  1. re: davis_sq_pro

                    "Leather, wood, rough, and stiff", oh the things I learned today about Mr Yarm....

                    1. re: EvergreenDan

                      Don't forget "tobacco notes." (Thank you, President Clinton, for adding that one to the arsenal!)

                  2. re: yarm

                    I am sure they were disappointed that this bottle design was already taken