Advice on buying my frist rhum agricole
Hello all. I recently had my 21st this spring. My experience with rum can be summed up with; Mount Gay Ecplipse. I found that dissapointing, as well as countless other spirits. As opposed to light and refreshing, I simply had trouble finding any taste to enjoy. I can say the same for the few scotches and whiskeys I've tried. Too boozy and not enough malt flavors! I discovered and become enamored with rhum agricole after reading about them in the December 06' Saveur magazine. I'm hoping sugar cane rum is going change my mind about never finding a spirit I will enjoy!
I'm wondering if my assumption that I'd enjoy a darker rum is correct? I'm looking for a sugar cane rum with the richest, fullest flavors. After my bad experiences with old scotch, I dislike anything too boozy or firey. I've done enough review reading that I could name you almost all the Martinique distillers off my head, but I'd like to hear your opinions first hand on what might be the perfect first rum agricole for me. I perfer sweeter, full bodied spirits.
Ironicaly, I received Depaz's Blue Cane Amber rhum for Christmas. I'm sure some of you would be thrilled to recieve that.. it sounds wonderful, but I'm going to be an ungratefull ba**ard and assume I will not like it because it is light. I was told that I may take it back.. and it was 40 dollars. I'd like to assume you could buy a much darker full bodied rhum for that much? So what are your recommendations and how much will they set me back?
To recap.. I like something on the sweeter side, full bodied, rich, and flavorful. Not too boozy or hot. Something at 40 dollars would be nice, but I know we aren't talking about muppets here and I'll be willing to pay a few dozen more for the right rhum!
Also, not to be picky, but I'd like to know whats going to have more sugar cane flavors(and other flavors) as opposed to just overwhelming oakiness. Oak is good, but I'd like to taste more then just dust and wood if its going to be an older (vintage) rhum. Thanks for helping a neophyte out!
Edit: Better yet... as another consideration, why not try and prove my experiences wrong? Show me a blanc that is full of flavors and blows a boozy whiskey out of the water!
Last edited by Aphelion; 12-30-2009 at 10:32 AM.