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Old 10-22-2008, 05:38 AM   #1
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Default Any suggestions from the veterans?

Hey everyone, first post! This forum seems like a good place to get real people's opinion on rums, not the company lines you read on the bottles.

I'm pretty new to the world of fine rums, and at 21 I feel like I've just stepped into something I didn't know existed. Until about six months ago all I knew about rum was, "Dude have a rum and coke!" or "Take a hit of this Bicardi bro!"

I was pretty familiar with fine wine, dessert wines, scotch, stuff like that, but aged rum was a mystery until my father returned from a trip to the Caribbean with a bottle of Don Q Grand Anejo (starting pretty high on the hog I know). One night, we didn't feel like opening a whole bottle of vintage port, so he offered me a snifter of this rum. Well that did it, and a few months later rum is by far my favorite spirit of the ones I have tried. I usually have a glass a few times a week, as an after-dinner drink.

Now I've purchased about ten bottles since I got into rum, and my three favorites are, so far:

El Dorado 15
Mount Gay XO
Ron Centenario Fundacion 20

As you can see I prefer aged, balanced molasses-based rums because I find maple, coffee, tobacco, and roasted nut flavors, that sort of thing, to be my favorites, on a full, satisfied stomach. However, for other times I have bottles of Cruzan Single Barrel, Santa Teresa 1796, and Clement VSOP when I'm in the mood for something different.

Based on my favorites, do any of you wise rum sages have suggestions for me? I've heard good things about Appleton 12 year, and I think I'll pick that up soon. What else should I order with it?
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:10 PM   #2
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Hey everyone, first post! This forum seems like a good place to get real people's opinion on rums, not the company lines you read on the bottles.

Based on my favorites, do any of you wise rum sages have suggestions for me? I've heard good things about Appleton 12 year, and I think I'll pick that up soon. What else should I order with it?
It's like traveling around the world. I could recommend several wonderful places for you to go, or better yet, I could simply recommend that you keep traveling and never stop. The adventure is in discovering more, sampling a greater variety, searching the four corners of the earth for alternative interpretations of the cane spirit.

My little web site contains a list of my personal favorites, about 170 plus rums I admire. If my tasting notes offer you some clues that set you off in the right directions, I'll consider my effort a success.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:08 PM   #3
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I think you're doing quite well already. Perhaps you should be advising us.
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