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Old 10-29-2008, 03:56 PM   #1
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I was thinking about my little rum collection the other day and about all of the fine rums that I have... I was thinking how things like my RZ 23 is a very nice rum, but when I run out, I can just go to the store and get another bottle, then I was thinking back to the actual procurement of some of the other bottles. I was thinking that the stories that go along with some of the rums make them even more special for me, even though they are perhaps not the 'best' rum that I have.

So, what are some of your most unique rums in your collection, either because of their rarity, or because of the story that goes with them...?

Here's one of mine... I was on a business trip recently to the south of France with a colleague of mine. I was on a mission to bring back some fine agricoles from Martinique and Guadeloupe. He is a casual rum drinker, usually with me. I was having some success finding a few nice rhums not available here in the US, but nothing eye popping. A couple days into the trip, he brings me a bottle of 'Tres Vieux Dillion 15yo aged agricole' and says "here's one for you - is it any good?" Well, according to everything I had/have seen this was quite a rare rhum, normally only found at the distillery and made in pretty limited quantity, so I was pretty excited about his 'find'!

Often the stories that accompany our procurements make the rums taste that much better! Any other good stories out there?
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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I know what you mean. There are some good ones which I have not replenished because they have not worked their way into my life. My guilty pleasure is One Barrel from Belize. I am never without it. A friend, and business colleague, and I took time to visit Tikal in Guatemala and, finally Altun Ha in Belize after many weeks visiting clients all over Central America. That first night after the 4 days spent visiting ruins, we were now just slacker tourists at a hotel on the little rock known as the Island of Caye Caulker. The waiter brought us One Barrel with a squeeze of lime and some ice. I was in heaven. At the time, I new nothing about rum. I thought that I had just discovered the Holy Grail of spirits. Now, I have many other rums that I would "rate" higher. But, I always go back to that rum whenever I want to travel, in my head, to Belize.
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:39 AM   #3
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Mine is my Chairman's Reserve from St Lucia, for one because it is only available in St Lucia and also because it was the first cruise (or major trip even) that I took with my soon to be wife. And because it was only $9 USD! I bought it at this cool little rum bar that had a bar on one side and a rum shop on the other. Im only sad because I didnt pick up a bottle of Admiral Rodneys at the time, as I had no idea what aged rum was then. I'll never forget that day, or a few days later trying to fit all my rum into my suitcases without breaking the bottles or going over the 50 lb weight limit!

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Easy one for me. Rum San Pablo. A true Cuban formula rum that is one of the best examples of this style. Just $10 (you read that right). I finally got ahold of this very hard to find rum and it is fantastic.

If you find it, buy all you can.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:48 AM   #5
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OK - my best "found a good one" story.

I was in Haiti with some doctors manning a relief clinic after a bloody uprising changed the government. This was just after "the Colonels" ran the place and the US had a military presence and the Blue Hats (UN) were on the ground too. It was tense and chaotic with a threatening war zone feel. I was really glad to be leaving and thought to buy some duty free Rum at a little shop tucked into the corner of the airport.
Not having any experience with Rum and feeling flush I asked for four bottles (the max allowed) of 15 year Barbancourt thinking it was the oldest so must be the best. -- Sorry, they didn't have any - OK then the next step down --- Sorry fresh out --- well, what do you have? - I carried four bottles of three star onto the plane with me. The labels were crooked and looked like they had been applied in a hurry - I wasn't thrilled with my purchase but it was the only thing the store had to sell.
A couple of hours later I was on a Friday evening flight into Florida's Capital Tallahassee aboard a tinney commuter plane filled with South Florida fat cat Legislators and their aids. There was no food service and since everyone crammed into the back of the plane with me was in a good mood and thirsty I produced one of the Barbancourt bottles I had bought in Haiti. A few of the South Florida guys knew about Barbancourt and were anxious to try it.. Someone produced some cups and I was pouring drinks. To everyones surprise the Rum was completely spectacular and word spread thru the plane that there was good rum in the back. People from the front began filling up the empty seats near us. Before long despite repeated admonishments from the stewardess we had a roaring party going in the back of that plane. Naughty jokes, legislators talking votes and deals everyone getting pretty toasted. Huge fun - BIG smiles all around. Everyone was drinking the Rum neet and it was really so smooth and delicious it just set the tone.
By the time the plane landed I only had one bottle left and I rationed it for years. To this day I have never had any expression of Barbancourt that was as good. I can only assume that in the confusion that was Haiti just then something very special was bottled and miss labeled.
I have never had an experience like that on any other flight either. It would of course be impossible now.
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