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Old 06-04-2009, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default Long overdue Intro from The Bahamas

Good evening fellow rum lovers of the world. This intro is long overdue and I thought that before I posted my 50th message I should do an introduction to Gecko.

My desire for rum started (yes on the island we start early) when I was about 12 years old. I had a scout leader that worked with the Bacardi plant here in the Bahamas and as tradition would have it, he received 2 750ml bottles of Bacardi Silver every weekend. Our troop met on Friday evenings and on occassion he would bring a bottle with him. Rum and Coke at 12 was the bomb. As I got older, I became a noted soccer player (footballer) and I moved over to lager as many of my mates drank beer after the matches.

As most youths, I tried a number of beverages but as I became wiser, I returned to the spirit of The Caribbean "RUM". I was inspired by a very good friend David "BROSE" to start collecting rum and some nine years ago the collection began. I have travelled the world to find aged bottles of rum from the back streets of Cuba to Paris and beyond and at this point in time, my collection is beyond 85 bottles of at least 5 year old and above rum (yes I have many other bottles of white or light rum and flavoured rum also not included in the collection).

My collection includes the like of the following unopened bottles:
Abuelo
Admiral Rodney
Aplleton everything including 250 Anniversary
Angustura 1919 an 1824
Bacardi everything including Millennium
Barbancourt 15, and 5 star
Barcelo everything
Bermudez 1852 & Don Armando
Ron Botran Anejo & Solera 1893
Brugal everything including Unico and Siglo de Oro
Ron Centenario Anejo Especial & Commemoratino
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX Anos
Chariman Reserve
Clemete everthing including Homere
Colombus Anejo
Cruzan Single Barrell
Ron Cubaney Anejo & Reserva
Don Q Grand Anejo
Reserva Anejo Puerto Rico
Dorly's XO
Cockspur Special Reserve
English harbour
Flora de Cana everything including 21
Havana Club everything including 15 yr but not Maximo yet
J. Bally 1992
Macorix 8 anos
Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva and 15 yr from Santiago de Cuba
Mt. Gay everything including Tri
Olde Brigand Anejo and Black Label
Pyrat XO Reserve & Cask 1623
San Cristobal de La Habana Ron Anejo Solera
Ron Santiago de Cuba
Saint Etienne Reserve Speciale VSOP
Rum San Pablo
Tuduay 15 yr
Ron Varadero Anejo 7 anos
Zacapa everything including XO
Zaya Guatamala
Gosling's Family Reserve
Trois Riviores 1977
Ron Atlantico Private Cask
Diplimatico Reserva

My standard pour at my house or my pool bar which is known as "The Big Dog House" is Bacardi 8. My preferred rum is Zacapa XO or Matusalem Gran Reserva and now because of Miami and Robert the Ron Atlantico Private Cask.

Besides for Rum consumption and collecting I have a pretty good stock of Gin, Vodka, Scotch, Wines and a really impressive collection of Port (my wife's favourite) and good cigars.

I enjoy fishing, golf, soccer, public speaking and dogs "Rotties or Bull Mastiffs"

I found this site back in 2007 when I was looking to find a bottle of Ron Matusalem for Santiago de Cuba.

This site really and I am now a confirmed MOR junkie.

Thanks for all the great info and chats.
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:59 AM   #2
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Gecko, you rock!! and thank you for the chance to welcome you officially to the for-rum!!
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:12 PM   #3
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There are many of us with similar stories of addiction, welcome. As another collector I can appreciate the complete line especially clemente. Thats both tough and expensive.

We go through Nassau twice a year on our way to Eleuthra. Lets get together on a layover for a Dram or maybe some trading as I am in the 200 and have been working on some doubles.

congradulations and welcome,

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Old 06-04-2009, 01:29 PM   #4
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My collection includes the like of the following unopened bottles:
Abuelo
Admiral Rodney
Aplleton everything including 250 Anniversary
Angustura 1919 an 1824
Bacardi everything including Millennium
Barbancourt 15, and 5 star
Barcelo everything
Bermudez 1852 & Don Armando
Ron Botran Anejo & Solera 1893
Brugal everything including Unico and Siglo de Oro
Ron Centenario Anejo Especial & Commemoratino
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX Anos
Chariman Reserve
Clemete everthing including Homere
Colombus Anejo
Cruzan Single Barrell
Ron Cubaney Anejo & Reserva
Don Q Grand Anejo
Reserva Anejo Puerto Rico
Dorly's XO
Cockspur Special Reserve
English harbour
Flora de Cana everything including 21
Havana Club everything including 15 yr but not Maximo yet
J. Bally 1992
Macorix 8 anos
Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva and 15 yr from Santiago de Cuba
Mt. Gay everything including Tri
Olde Brigand Anejo and Black Label
Pyrat XO Reserve & Cask 1623
San Cristobal de La Habana Ron Anejo Solera
Ron Santiago de Cuba
Saint Etienne Reserve Speciale VSOP
Rum San Pablo
Tuduay 15 yr
Ron Varadero Anejo 7 anos
Zacapa everything including XO
Zaya Guatamala
Gosling's Family Reserve
Trois Riviores 1977
Ron Atlantico Private Cask
Diplimatico Reserva

My standard pour at my house or my pool bar which is known as "The Big Dog House" is Bacardi 8. My preferred rum is Zacapa XO or Matusalem Gran Reserva and now because of Miami and Robert the Ron Atlantico Private Cask.

Besides for Rum consumption and collecting I have a pretty good stock of Gin, Vodka, Scotch, Wines and a really impressive collection of Port (my wife's favourite) and good cigars.

I enjoy fishing, golf, soccer, public speaking and dogs "Rotties or Bull Mastiffs"

I found this site back in 2007 when I was looking to find a bottle of Ron Matusalem for Santiago de Cuba.

This site really and I am now a confirmed MOR junkie.

Thanks for all the great info and chats.
Wow! A very impessive portfolio, indeed! Diverse in spirit AND in interests!
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Old 06-04-2009, 05:51 PM   #5
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There are many of us with similar stories of addiction, welcome. As another collector I can appreciate the complete line especially clemente. Thats both tough and expensive.

We go through Nassau twice a year on our way to Eleuthra. Lets get together on a layover for a Dram or maybe some trading as I am in the 200 and have been working on some doubles.

congradulations and welcome,

Tom
Sounds good. I'll send you my contact via MP
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:03 PM   #6
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I always did like your style gecko, looking at that list, now I know why. Great collection and good taste!
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:10 AM   #7
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I wish I had known you were in Nassau earlier as the wife & I were in Nassau in February getting new US visa's. Not too many rums of note on Bay Street!! It was good to see all the historic sights and match them up to the photos my OldBahamas site. Next time we have to meet to talk and drink rum. Or if you have somebody heading south let me send them some rum to you.
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:11 PM   #8
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I wish I had known you were in Nassau earlier as the wife & I were in Nassau in February getting new US visa's. Not too many rums of note on Bay Street!! It was good to see all the historic sights and match them up to the photos my OldBahamas site. Next time we have to meet to talk and drink rum. Or if you have somebody heading south let me send them some rum to you.
Rumelier what a darn shame. I may be in your neck of the woods around October but even before then, T & C is hosting the Caribbean Golf Championships in early August. I won't be able to make that trip.

Again I must restate that your Old Bahamas site is really great . It is unfortunate that some of the older buildings are still not around. As for Bay St. and rum You only get the tourist stuff and the odd bottle of Bacardi. As we say here on the island, you need to go over "da hill" to find the bottles that you're looking for. Bristol Wines & Spirits leads the way for rum. Burns House/Butler & Sands have a few rums.

On closing out Rumelier, I noted in one of your Royal Victoria photos a reference to a drink known as "Appleton Beat". What is this???? Last night I enjoyed the taste of Cuba and Hatia. I post under what are you drinking tonight.

Let's keep in touch
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:26 PM   #9
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I wish I had known you were in Nassau earlier as the wife & I were in Nassau in February getting new US visa's. Not too many rums of note on Bay Street!! It was good to see all the historic sights and match them up to the photos my OldBahamas site. Next time we have to meet to talk and drink rum. Or if you have somebody heading south let me send them some rum to you.
Rumelier what a darn shame. I may be in your neck of the woods around October but even before then, T & C is hosting the Caribbean Golf Championships in early August. I won't be able to make that trip.

Again I must restate that your Old Bahamas site is really great . It is unfortunate that some of the older buildings are still not around. As for Bay St. and rum You only get the tourist stuff and the odd bottle of Bacardi. As we say here on the island, you need to go over "da hill" to find the bottles that you're looking for. Bristol Wines & Spirits leads the way for rum. Burns House/Butler & Sands have a few rums.

On closing out Rumelier, I noted in one of your Royal Victoria photos a reference to a drink known as "Appleton Beat". What is this???? Last night I enjoyed the taste of Cuba and Hatia. I post under what are you drinking tonight.

Let's keep in touch
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Let me know when you are heading down this way, I will have to show you the local rum sites, shops, bars, etc. and get you on the Bambarra.
The oldbahamas website needs to be re-built so the photos load quicker. I have a bunch of new photos to add when I get a chance and yesterday's hangover disappears!!! Plus I still have to finish the Puerto Rico and Barbados pages on the rumelier site.
Maybe I played soccer against you when I lived in Freeport. I also went to Nassau a lot to play rugby at Winton.
I will check some of my old Bahamas guide books to see if I can find a recipe for the Appleton Beat.
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