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Old 07-31-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default What to get in Jamaica?

A friend is going to Jamaica, and generously offered to bring some bottles back. I figured US customs will allow two bottles. What rums of note can I have her pick up for me while there, that is either impossible to get in the US or a great deal in Jamaica.

I believe I'll ask her to look for the Appleton Master Blender's Legacy and if I can't think of anything better, the Appleton 12 year old because you can get it for really cheap there. Is there anything else I should ask her to look for? Do you know of where she should be looking in Jamaica, especially for the Master Blender's Legacy?

I'm only starting to sip rums, but I really enjoy using fine aged rums for mai tais, especially Beachbum Berry's $100 mai tai (using Appleton 12yo and St James Hor d'Age).

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Our recent Gifted Rums of Jamaica explored many of the best, including Master Blender's Legacy and Appleton Estate 21. Quite a few folks enjoyed the Blackwell's Fine Rum with it's tropical flavors. The World's End Blue Mountain Rum Cream remains a favorite here.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:47 AM   #3
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Apart from the appleton range you could ask your friend to pick up one or more of the edwin charley range. Stunning bottles, pretty good liquor. Or jamaica duty free is a good and pretty cheap place to pick up some other island rums? El dorado or some such? You have a treat ahead of you my friend!
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:38 AM   #4
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edwin charley or appleton master blender legacy are the right choice
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:13 PM   #5
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Kevin! Good to see you here. I'm pretty new to posting on this site but I have been enjoying reading all the information so far.

First of all, I know that you will share whatever treasures you get with your fellow New Yorkers....

Second, please know that the 2 bottle customs limit is not an absolute limit, but only a duty-free limit. You can bring in more than 2 bottles, but you (or your friend) could be subject to pay duty on these bottles, which is really not that much per bottle (like less than $5)- if they even decided to assess you. Generally they don't bother with the paperwork - but the key is to be totally honest about how many bottles you have. I can share the customs duty list with you that I found a while back that has the amount of duty for various items - just have to locate it again. I completely understood why they don't bother with the paperwork when I saw how little the duties are on most items.

Third - while I think the rum recommedations so far are excellent, think about having your friend pick up a bottle of Berry Hill Pimento Liquor instead of an Appleton 12. It's a key ingredient for many tiki/rum drinks and its getting more difficult to get here in the US. The St Elizabeth's Allspice is nice, but the Berry Hill has more flavor and spice to it.

Fourth - as rum drinkers we carry on a long-standing tradition of being upstanding, humble and law abiding folk who never make waves , so therefore I would never suggest anything that was not above-board, but I'm pretty sure they have Havana Club in Jamaica.....
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:10 PM   #6
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The high end Appletons are sometimes hard to find, not even at the distillery. The Edwin Charleys are good, especially the four high end ones, also bottled by Appleton. Appleton also bottle a version of Captain Morgan and of course Myers's. There are numerous versions of overproof rum, especially J.Wray & Nephews. Port Royal has a new range of rums made by Leas, and thier Lea's rums. There are numerous imported rums available, but what is the point of going to Jamaica to buy imported rums??
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Hi Joe (and everyone else), nice to see a familiar "face" on this forum! I promise to share the wealth, when I get my hands on the stuff. Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:57 PM   #8
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If you want to get your hands on some Appleton 12 they sell it in every liquor store in Quebec for about 30 $. For the Masters Blender Legacy they sell it in Ontario for about 85$. They even sells a 3 liter V/X (pretty nice bottle, I call it my baby).

Considering this, I would recommend that you ask your friend to bring you some harder to find rum.

Do you know a good liquor store in NYC that I can get some rare rums. I'm planning going there in two weeks ?

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