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Old 10-31-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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Hey guys, Im wondering, after looking around, reading the articles here, looking through old threads, Im just curious as where you guys would recommend a young palate to start?

I love my rum, infact is basically the only thing I drink. But ive had pretty limited experiences with different types, and honestly have mostly only enjoyed rum in my cola. My limited experiences include the obvious Capt Morgan and Bacardi, but my current favorite (by far) is Sailor Jerry. Ive also has some Mount Gay which I didnt find fit with the cola to well.

I want to get away from mixing with cola and enjoy sipping more. But I dont know where to really start. I live in Minnesota too, so i dont find to many people that know much about rum around here either

Any recommandations would be great!
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:27 AM   #2
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Hello LX Sport!

I don't know what kind of rums you have available in Minnesota, but I would recommend simply heading down to your local liquour store and buying something which you haven't yet tried. What's the worst that can go wrong?

Which rums have you seen in the stores near where you live?
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:33 PM   #3
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i am going to agree with gatomalo (bad kitty), and say just go and see what you see-- remember some lime and sugar will hide a multitude of flaws-- and you may find some gems.
Let us in on your finds.
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:57 PM   #4
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I did just that last Friday actually, bought a bottle of Cruzan Estate Dark. So far ive just hid it in my coke, the reviews ive looking into after i purchased it kinda scared me from sipping But it does seem to be a great mixer in that case.

Ive been told of a "high-end" liqour store near me that I plan on checking out soon. A friend of mine who enjoys Scotch told me to check it out, said they carry alot of spirts that you wouldnt find at your avergae liquore store around here.

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Old 11-07-2008, 03:30 PM   #5
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Definitely check out that store, LX.

Yes, Cruzan Estate Dark is not something you want to sip. I only pick it up when I can get a handle of it real cheap.

You might want to try the Mount Gay on some ice, which I've done with good results.

Gosling's Black Seal is another that you can both mix and sip, and still be happy.
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:59 PM   #6
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Well I checked out that store, didnt have as large of a selection as i hoped. I spoted some Pyrat XO, and Zaya. Also Mount Gay extra old. A few others of note, but those are what stood out at me at first.

Also was suprised to see a bottle of Gosling's Black Seal! Friend and I went into just look at what they had, but after seeing the Golsling's, and it being all alone, I decided to pick it up (only $14.99 too!). Havent opened it yet, and probably wont for alittle while (have other bottles already open i need to finish) but Im looking forward to tasting it!
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:54 PM   #7
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Well I checked out that store, didnt have as large of a selection as i hoped. I spoted some Pyrat XO, and Zaya. Also Mount Gay extra old. A few others of note, but those are what stood out at me at first.
Enjoy the Gosling's! If I were you I'd definitely be tempted to get hold of a bottle of Zaya and Pyrat XO too!
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:47 PM   #8
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Ya, I plan to go back some time and pick up one of each, but that would be for awhile. College student on a low income budget and all
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Ya, I plan to go back some time and pick up one of each, but that would be for awhile. College student on a low income budget and all
When I began enjoying good rum, I felt lucky to have one or two or three bottles of rum at one time. Actually, I have always kept a bottle of Barbancourt from Haiti in my freezer as long as I can remember, perhaps since 1976. I believed it was the world's finest rum, since every other rum I tried did not exceed it in my estimation. Eventually, traveling to many islands, I was told by true believers that their island made the best rum in the world. Within the context of the food, the music and the culture of that island, I often tended to agree. As my collection grew, I stopped trying to declare my favorite rum and started enjoying the incredible variety.

As your ability to try different rums increases, keep some of your favorites close by and balance that proclivity by sampling new rums and trying to understand them within the context of the culture and location of their origin.
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In my experience it's often better value and infinitely more satisfying to spend a little more on a top-quality rum. A bog-standard cheap mixing rum will disappear quite quickly, but a good quality sipping rum will last you quite a while (if you sip it, that is) and provide so much more pleasure in the long run.

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I have always kept a bottle of Barbancourt from Haiti in my freezer as long as I can remember, perhaps since 1976.
That's one of my favourites too! I love the 5 star, but I haven't tried the 15 ans RdD yet. Might get a bottle of that to drink over Christmas, but it's not cheap here in the UK!
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