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Old 01-06-2008, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default Cruzan: 2 year olds, Estate Diamond, Single Barrel

I still have yet to try the 2 year old Cruzans, but I have heard many people use them in mixed drinks. Some have even referred to it as the standard lower shelf rum for mixing. What do you think?

Estate Diamond: I have had it on a few occasions, last night being most recently. This is a good rum. The Estate Diamond seems like a baseline rum for comparing other rums. In terms of value, it is way better than the Single Barrel. At the same time, I almost enjoy it more than the SB. I think part of what I like is its consistency in comparison to the varying flavor in the SB. Thoughts?

Single Barrel: I like this rum and have gone through a few of the 1.75 bottles. The reason I elected for this over the Estate Diamond was purely practical: $35 for a 1.75 of the SB or $20 for .75 of the ED. It is a little smoother than the ED, but I still think I might actually prefer the ED. How do you think they compare?
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Single Barrel: I like this rum and have gone through a few of the 1.75 bottles. The reason I elected for this over the Estate Diamond was purely practical: $35 for a 1.75 of the SB or $20 for .75 of the ED. It is a little smoother than the ED, but I still think I might actually prefer the ED. How do you think they compare?

Wow!! $35 for a 1.75 for SB...I pay $30 for a .75 here in Delaware.

I also prefer the Diamond to the SB slightly, but then it depends on the mood I am in. The 2yr Estate is a good price point for decent mixed drinks and is not too bad sipping on the rocks. Whenever I am hosting a large party and offering mixed drinks, I alsways stock up on the a few bottles of Estate Dark and Estate Light. The Light makes a remarkable Mojito and is far far superior to Bacardi

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Old 01-06-2008, 06:34 PM   #3
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Funnily enough I'm just in the middle of writing a review of Single Barrel. I bought Single Barrel for 30 euros from Estonia last summer which I think is a good deal. I quite like its flavour but I can't tell yet how they compare because I'm hesitating to buy the Diamond. The Diamond is about 27 euros here so the price between those two is insignificant. Expect the review this week and I will probably buy the Diamond pretty soon as well, or Appleton Extra... Hmm decisions.
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Old 01-06-2008, 06:35 PM   #4
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I always keep some Light Cruzan 2 yr. on hand. It is one of my standard pours for a mixer.

I vastly prefer the Diamond to the Single Barrel. My bottle of Single Barrel is far too harsh. But I do understand that other barrels may have had better rums.
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Love the Estate Diamond. My choice of the three. Very good for Daiquiri style drinks. I actually made a vanilla infused rum using the 5 year old. Left good split vanilla beans in the bottle for two weeks and love the result. Use it for vanilla daiquiri's
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I enjoyed the 5 Diamond select more than SB too. SB seemed too buttery but I did like both. Picked them up in St Thomas for $15 and $7.50. In San Diego, I have not seen 5 Diamond but we do see SB going from $22 to $27.
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I enjoy both quite a bit, and the 2 yr is a very good mixer.
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I enjoyed the 5 Diamond select more than SB too. SB seemed too buttery but I did like both. Picked them up in St Thomas for $15 and $7.50. In San Diego, I have not seen 5 Diamond but we do see SB going from $22 to $27.
I think you're referring to Estate Diamond.
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Here is my Cruzan Single Barrel review as promised: http://www.refinedvices.com/content/view/63/1/
Hopefully I will get to buy Diamond soon and review it.
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