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Jun 7, 2012 10:50 AM

Rum: What's good? Anything new to try?

I'm not a rum drinker - at least not yet - but my wife is. Right now, she's a fan of Captain Morgan's dark.

I've tried it and while I find it okay, I don't know enough about rum to know if it's "good" or not... What's out there for a rum newbie to try, and maybe even spring something good and different on the wife?

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  1. Oh there is a world of rum that awaits. Captain Morgan is not what I would consider good rum

    Here's a site to help get you more acquainted

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    1. re: scubadoo97

      scuba, that's a pretty good list Jimbo compiled, but I just e-mailed him to add Cacique from Venezuela, a pretty good all-purpose budget rum.
      Buen provecho.

      1. re: Veggo

        Thanks for the heads up Veggo. I'll look for to try

    2. If you're looking to stick with spiced, I like Kraken quite a bit more than Captain. My favorite is the El Dorado, but it's next to impossibly to find here in the Carolinas ( I had to go to Atlanta).

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      1. re: Nocturnalbill

        I'm a fan of ED 12 and 15. Excellent sipping rums

        1. re: Nocturnalbill

          Nocturnalbill - but when you went to Atlanta, I hope you loaded the boat, because the price down there ($20 for the 12 yr at Total Wine) is as good as I have seen anywhere. I have a friend who brings it back for me. At that price I consider it far and away the best liquor deal I have personally yet come across.

          1. re: ncyankee101

            Oh let's not get me started on the haul back in March. Raided Holeman and Finch's Bottle Shop. 3 bottles of Dolin Blanc, 2 of El Dorado 12, Lemon Hart 151, Bitter Truth Pimento Dram, Redemption Rye. I had entirely too much fun. Some friends are coming up next weekend and restocking the Dolin blanc. Can't find it or El Dorado around here.

        2. I'm a big fan of Appleton 12 year old and Mount Gay Extra Old, or if you are primarily mixing try Appleton VX. Havana Club Anejo Reserva is an absolute joy....If you are outside the U.S.

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          1. re: mongo59r

            Mt. Gay Extra Old is the most delicious rum I have ever had. The best to add to eggnog. It was a revelation after years of Bacardi.


            1. re: mongo59r

              I recently got a bottle of the new Mount gay Eclipse Black, it is 100 proof and quite good for the $20 I paid. It has some similarity in its flavor profile to the Extra Old.

              1. re: ncyankee101

                Yum, yum! Do you think it's better than the Extra Old? What do you drink it with?


            2. El Dorado 12 or 15 or Barrilito 3 Star, all for sipping.

              1. Capt Morgan isn't really much good. It's cheap rum with cheap spices and vanilla added. But if you are mixing it with Coke, it really doesn't matter what rum you use.

                Now sipping rums and used in fine rum cocktails, that's a different story. Try any of the excellent Plantation rums. Put out by Ferrand Cognac who sources barrels of rum, then further ages them. El Dorado are also good.

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                1. re: JMF

                  Plantation just launched its Three Stars White Rum. I look forward to trying it.

                  1. re: JMF

                    I tried the Plantation Three Star White rum last night when I ran into the area manager. Very good.

                    1. re: JMF

                      How does it compare to Flor de Cana 4 year - better / worse?

                      1. re: Dapuma

                        First, it is a white rum, a blend of rums from three countries. I haven't had Flor de Cana in about 6 years, so I can't remember what it is like. as for what the Plantation is like, it was after being to a high end cognac tasting, then a stretch limo ride with a bottle of amazing Chilean pisco being passed around, then several tiki drinks made by Beachbum Berry, so things were a bit hazy by the time I tasted it, but it was good.