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Old 11-13-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anybody else was like me when it comes to drinking rum.
If I plan on drinking a couple of rums in an evening I usually start with a light rum first, such as a Cuban or Domincan and work up to heavy style rums like a Demerara, Jamaican or Navy. I find it hard to go back to a light rum if I have a heavy one first. This reminds me of going to wine tastings where they usually start with light whites and work up to heavy cabs. I also usually start with a mixed drink and save the sippers for later when the cooking, homework, feeding, bathing, etc. has finished and I can relax for a whilen and enjoy the rum.
Just wondering if this was normal behaviour or something else!!
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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We take a similar approach at our monthly rum tastings in Miami. Generally, starting with a white, perhaps a cocktail, advancing through the ages and variations to the oldest and richest expressions fro each region.
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:10 AM   #3
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Sorry...I go right for the dark, heavy stuff. I am sure the lighter rum has the floral notes etc., but I jump right into what I like. If only each day had more "rum time".
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I agree. Unless I choose one rum for the evening, I would go light and subtle and work my way to more robust rums. It would be hard to go in the other direction without a break or something to cleanse the palate, like food.
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I do the same. Also I stick to particular style for an entire evening - sampling different ages and brands in that style.
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:43 PM   #6
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I was wondering if anybody else was like me when it comes to drinking rum.
If I plan on drinking a couple of rums in an evening I usually start with a light rum first, such as a Cuban or Domincan and work up to heavy style rums like a Demerara, Jamaican or Navy. I find it hard to go back to a light rum if I have a heavy one first. This reminds me of going to wine tastings where they usually start with light whites and work up to heavy cabs. I also usually start with a mixed drink and save the sippers for later when the cooking, homework, feeding, bathing, etc. has finished and I can relax for a whilen and enjoy the rum.
Just wondering if this was normal behaviour or something else!!

I always start with Cachacas and agricoles because the vegetal, floral notes can be quite hard to appreciate after you've been swilling heavier rums. Then I go whites, more aged, navals then overproofs.

After which I generally get a stupid grin on my face, chat up random women, solve the problems of the universe, find myself in a lock-in and wander home at stupid o'clock.

It never gets old.....


I on the other hand........
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I generally get a stupid grin on my face, chat up random women, solve the problems of the universe, find myself in a lock-in and wander home at stupid o'clock.
I can verify this is a true and accurate description of Paul's patented technique.
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I don't think Paul's the only member of that club!! That behaviour sounds very familiar, the only difference I drive home, safely and very slowly (most of the time) But there was one time.......
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:52 PM   #9
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I always start with Cachacas and agricoles because the vegetal, floral notes can be quite hard to appreciate after you've been swilling heavier rums. Then I go whites, more aged, navals then overproofs.

After which I generally get a stupid grin on my face, chat up random women, solve the problems of the universe, find myself in a lock-in and wander home at stupid o'clock.

It never gets old.....


I on the other hand........
Hey Paul,
I had a Rum-Tasting this night with absolut beginners: I startet it with two white rums - a El Dorado and a Neisson Blanc. Then we mixed a T-Punch witch the Neisson 50%. Than comes a Cadenhead´s Cuban 5y with 46%, follows with a 12y Peruan Cartavio 12y Solera in normal strength (40%). Had a break and a soup... But then it starts again with two Rhum Agricole: Mangoustan´s and St. Etienne Vieux. Amaizing! Following with Jamaica 14y from Cadenhead´s in 46%, then a Cadenhead 18y Enmore Demerara Rum with 63,3% and than my own bottling (with 57% ) both batches. The young people was very surprised how rum can taste.
and it was devinitly not a "common" beginners-tasting!
Looking forward to see you in my "holy rooms" ;-)

Once again, a big, big thank you for the wonderful time in london! (please say it also to Ian)

kind regards
Kristina from Berlin
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I would have loved to be a "beginner' at that tasting!!!
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