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Old 01-05-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
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Having a hard time getting to try many of the brands most of you Americans can get easily, I read your posts and wonder what Ill find next. I only found Pyrat 2 years ago on a trip to san Diego. I found Eldorado 15 yr in Montreal, and most recently Zaya in Las Vegas.
As far As sippers I can only handle pyrat and Zaya. I like the dark rums, cant usually stomach the whites.
I keep Goslings black seal, Angostura 1919, Flora de Cana in stock as great coke mixers with lime. i am not a smoker and find the Angostura with a mild smoky aftertaste like scotches which i dont care for, again due to the smoke flavour.
The el Dorado has a great finish but just a little harsh on the start. Just a splash of coke makes a great sipper.
I also brought back a bottle of Anniversario as I remembered it was well thought of on the forums. Its a bit too much bite as a sipper for me.
I will never tire of a rum n Coke on ice with lime and I love all the different flavours I can now experience with an enlarged selection. Tried your Mai Tai recipe on the site and didnt find it exciting. Now, I had to substitue the Orange curacao with grand marnier and the special almond syrup( orgeat) with sugar , water and almond extract.MAybe thats too much to substitute, but if you cant get it where you live, ya have to do with what ya can.
But given my taste in sippers are there any others I should look for. I tried the Ron ZAcapa(is that the right spelling) 23 yr old and it was very similar to the Zaya I thought, and the Zaya was 26 vs 43$ for the Zacapa.
SO any other thoughts on dark flavourful sippers that arent harsh to start with?
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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In my limited experience it's difficult to find rums which are as smooth as Zacapa 23 and Zaya. You may want to try Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva for a sweet approachable rum. Good luck, and enjoy the search
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:39 PM   #3
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Mount Gay XO, Pampero Anniversario, Diplomatico Exclusiva might fit what you are looking for, and come in at a reasonable price.
There are some others I could list here, i tried to pick what might go well with your desrciption of what you like.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:52 PM   #4
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Not sure about "top" but some I lean to for easy sippin':

Zacapa 23
Zaya (Guatemalan preferred)
Ron Botran Solera 1893
Ron Centenario Fundacion XX
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
El Dorado 12-21
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:31 AM   #5
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I agree that Zacapa is a good sipping rum (although I have been scolded for saying that on this forum before). I am also SO with you on the white/light rums not being palatable in anything other than a mix.

I also have a few that are possibly better, but still not "break the bank" rums.

Gosling's Family Reserve
Santa Teresa 1796
Barbancourt - Reserve Du Domaine (others I don't like)

There are a few that are higher end that I seem to always go to for special occasions.

Appleton 21 yr
Appleton Master Blender's Legacy
Flor de Cana Centenario 21 yr (it's not talked about a lot, but I like it)


When it comes down to it, it is all a mater of what tastes good to you. By the way, Anyone who can get a bottle of Appleton MBL, I am running low and need a back up!
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Flor de Cana Centenario 21 yr (it's not talked about a lot, but I like it)
This was actually 15 years old rum (celebrating the 21st Century / Millennium).
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Oronoco is a very good white sipper - if you like the Zacapa and Zaya it is definitely worth a try…

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Old 01-06-2009, 09:09 AM   #8
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While not an overly aged rum, I find the English Harbour 5 yr to be a wonderful sipper. Smooth and lots of flavor.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:27 AM   #9
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For me the cheaper, but a least very good, sipper is the Bacardi 8 years.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:41 PM   #10
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Oronoco is a very good white sipper - if you like the Zacapa and Zaya it is definitely worth a try…

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Absolutely. I LOVE Oronoco. It's one of the very few white rums that I find I can sip neat.

I almost feel guilty when I mix with it...almost.
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