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Old 01-21-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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My Dad is heading down to Venezuela in the next few weeks. I was thinking of asking him to bring me back some goods (rum). Is there a consensus as to what is a good product? I know you all can help me out. What is the best rum from this area? On the other hand, is there anything good from this area that you cannot general find outside of this area?

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Old 01-21-2008, 03:04 PM   #2
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My fave Venezuelan rum is the Diplomatico Exclusiva or in 2nd place the Pampero Anniversario. Both of which are magnificent sippers
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I can vouch for Pampero. Santa Teresa is also pretty good and Cacique 500 is not bad either though the initial tequila aroma might be offputting.

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The Santa Teresa 1796 is great stuff, the Gran Reserva is a good drinking rum, as is the orange rum liqueur and the Araku coffee rum liqueur. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is a favorite among most who've tried it. Pampero Anniversario in the little soft leather pouch is a classic aged rum. Ron Macuro bills itself as an ultra-premium rum, but I've not seen it since the Ybor City tasting competition in 2006. Ocumare has some serious fans. Cacique should be available in most liquor stores.

Other brands I've seen but never tasted include Carupano, El Muco Dorado and Bodega, Libertador and Siglo.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:09 PM   #5
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I'm a big fan of Pampero Anniversario, and feel pained when my supply falls below three bottles. I'd say it's just about my favorite everyday rum. In fact, I have rapidly developed a taste for rum from Venezuela in general; their styles seem to match my interests at this stage of my development as a rummy. I don't see how you can go wrong taking the above advice, and it it were me, I'd load up on the Santa Teresa, Diplomatico and especially Pampero. These are luscious, deep and flavorful classic rums with everything I like in their notes plus a measured bit of warmth as they slide on down. Count yourself lucky. You can't lose.
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I haven't tried any of the other rums mentioned in this thread but I can heartily recommend Pampero Anniversario. Its a great dark rum with a silky mouth feel and chocolate in the bouquet and taste.
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Here is my new review of Santa Teresa 1796. I hope you will find it useful Mammel, or anyone else.
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All of the above!
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:03 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for your assistance and opinions!
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:22 PM   #10
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The old man is now back and has informed me that he returned with a bottle of the pompero (in leather bag) and the santa teresa 1796. Apparently in the end he got each for about $20.

I guess there is quite the racket going on in Venezuela with the currency exchange and a black market exchange. He said if you go through the proper exchange system, each bottle would have been about $50. If you can buy currency through the black market (like he did) he got the same rum for $20 a bottle. Also he said the duty free was a huge rip off....he saw the same rums for $62 each in duty free.

Be very cautious if you decide to go to Venezuela. Unless you are familiar with the area and customs, you could paying way too much money for things.

anyone here had any direct experience with this stupid system of theirs down there?
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