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Old 09-24-2008, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Suggestions for a first time sipper

As a recent college graduate, my rum experiences were pretty much centered around Captain and Cokes. But recently, I have been trying to introduce myself to the world of sipping rums. When I found this forum I began reading everything I could and especially liked the thread about the "Best $18 - $25 bottle of rum you've had?". So now I turn to the community in a similar fashion primate77 did. What are some suggestions for someone who is going to try sipping rum for the first time?

I am hoping to find a couple of rums to try under 40 dollars (so I can try as many as possible and still make rent) and more on the sweeter side (so my move from ultra sweet rum and cokes isn't that jarring) to start out. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:37 PM   #2
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Sailor Jerry is a good place to start since you like spiced rum and coke.
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Old 09-24-2008, 11:16 PM   #3
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Goslings Black Seal is a bargain at around $20 here - and if you don't like sipping it get some Ginger Beer and make a Dark n' Stormy…

There's some Sailor Jerry down at my local liquor store so on Edward's recommendation I think I will give that a shot. Then we can compare experiences.

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Old 09-25-2008, 12:02 AM   #4
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I'm not sure how much they cost in the US, but El Dorado 15 year old is the best rum that I've ever tasted, while El Dorado 12 year old would be ideal if you want something sweeter.

(That's the new version of the 12 year old - the older one isn't as sweet.)
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:42 AM   #5
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For a sipper, my favorite bargain-brand is Matusalem Gold, for about $22 a bottle. Wonderful with an ice cube or straight up. Mild, sweet, mellow, without a "whisky flavor". Sugar cane wonderful.
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:49 AM   #6
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My first sipping rum (aside from the occasional Gosling's on the rocks) was Pampero Aniversario. The ED15 is quite good, but on the pricier side. Frankly, you ought to be able to get away with lots of good rum for under the $30 mark. I'm a big fan of Pusser's which is super cheap ($18), and definitely yummy. The Sailor can't do you wrong, or perhaps the Captain's private stock. Maybe Bacardi 8, but I've tried neither of the latter two.

If I were you, (and I'm not, mind) I would go out and pick up a bottle of Gosling's Black Seal, a bottle of Pusser's, and then maybe a bottle of Sailor Jerry and a bottle Pampero Aniversario. The Pampero has the advantage that it's more of an in your face rum, and it's tasty without getting into nuances of the rum.

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Old 09-25-2008, 01:06 AM   #7
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LOL! 5 replies, 5 different suggestions! Make that 6....

I first discovered quality sipping rum with the Appleton products, and I am still partial to them. Try Appleton Reserve or Extra. I also enjoy Mount Gay Extra Old and Matusalem Gran Reserva. (those two are a bit more $$ but still good value, at least in my part of the world)
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:28 AM   #8
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6 suggestions that are GREATLY appreciated. I can't tell you all enough how much of a help you are. My only regret is that I waited until now to check the thread because BevMo is closed!!! Arrrgggg...Thanks again everyone, it looks like I have a long, and delicious, road ahead of me.
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:45 AM   #9
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i still stand by what i said to you here kveld, but to join everyone conversation...

Originally Posted by stockdoct View Post
For a sipper, my favorite bargain-brand is Matusalem Gold,
i like Ron Matusalem Clasico Rum, and around where we live (So Cal) it is $18ish (or less if you look), heck the 15 Solera Blender Gran Reserva is $21ish at Hi-Time...

And Ron Pampero Aniversario is $32 ish around here.

The Appleton's are a great deal...

All of the El Dorado' are excellent (i finished my bottle of Golden Rum Cream last night...)

And all the others are great recommendations also-- your best bet is try a few and see what you like. . . and don't like.
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:28 AM   #10
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I would suggest Ron Pampero Aniversario as an excellent and affordable introduction to sipping rums. It was my first sipping rum and I still find myself going back to it time and time again. Highly recommended!
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