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Gold, Brown, Red or Black how do you enjoy them?


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Old 12-14-2008, 05:19 PM   #1
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I did a quick search to see if there had been a specific One Barrel (Belize) thread but couldn't find it, so here goes. I have had a bottle on the shelf for about a year but forgot about it. I broke into it last night, having brought it as an offering to a party we attended.

First impressions: Smoothness was average, or slightly below. It had a distinct bite on the way down in the back of the throat. However, there is a very notable butterscotch flavor that is not unpleasant. This is experienced as the rum is in the mouth and is hard to miss, I think. Some might taste it as caramel, I'd imagine.

I can't say I'd rate this rum at the top level, but I will try it again to fortify my first impressions. Any other views on this product?
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:33 PM   #2
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I agree. 1 Barrel has a nose of butterscotch and maple syrup, taste of candy and a relatively rough finish. It's not a fine rum in the sense of the great aged spirits, but it's a delightful expression. I also have the 5 Barrel (hard to come by in my experience) and it tastes quite mature for its age with plenty of bourbon barrel flavor and less sweetness, smoother finish.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:40 AM   #3
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I'm a fan of 1 Barrel. You can pick up a bottle for about $5 in Belize (almost less than a gallon of water) and it's great for mixing. The 5 year is only available at duty free shops but it's worth a taste.
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Mike, it was fun to spend a few minutes drinking rum together in Key West recently at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn at 1117 Duval. Drop me a line when you can join me in Miami. We'll compare the 1 Barrel to the 5 Barrel.
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Rob, Good to see you too. That bar is forever improved by your careful daiquiri making lesson....think I'll go try one now. See you soon in Miami.
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Rob's description of One Barrel is right on. Not bad though, for under $15. I must admit though, I will probably not replace my bottle.
The 5 Barrel does sound interesting. Robert, you get your hands on so many interesting rums!
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I have been using it for guests and their eggnog. Its not bad and everybody seems to like it.

I tried it on the rocks and that butterscotch flavour is unique. However, coupled with the sharp backbite, the rum taste 'off' in the sense that both flavours are too opposite to each other to compliment.
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....and now there is a 10 year. Article link on the Rum Connection site today.
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Old 12-18-2008, 04:23 PM   #9
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I have never had the pleasure of tasting 1 Barrel yet but someone e-mailed me today to say they will be sending me a bottle to sample. I love butterscotch, looking forward to trying it soon, so will probably revive this thread after it arrives.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:47 PM   #10
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It takes a lot for me to really dislike a rum, but 1 Barrel was a big, big disappointment. I consider this a highly flavored rum that simply reeked of offputting artificial maple. Even at its low price, I expected much more.

However, it did make a dandy marinade for some chicken I grilled.
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