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What do you think, confidentially of course?


View Poll Results: Do you mix?
I never or rarely mix Rum. It was meant to be sipped 37 32.74%
I regularly mix my Rum into cocktails 73 64.60%
I would not drink Rum if I couldn't mix it with something 3 2.65%
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:59 AM   #21
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I don't like to complicate my rum too much...if I am not drinking it neat (which I do the majority of the time), I tend to follow the rule of adding something sweet and something sour. I think that is why I'll occasionally go with a Cuba Libre, Daiquiri, Mohito, etc.

Some of these other cocktails are just too sweet for my buds...

The one exception is that I do enjoy a good planter's punch in the summer...
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:10 AM   #22
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I go both ways, 50/50!
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:01 PM   #23
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I would like to qualify my vote (I voted "neat") by saying that for all practical purposes, I much prefer to drink my rum (or single malt, brandies, eaux-de-vie, tequila, etc) neat. I believe a well-made spirit can stand on it's own and should be appreciated as such, and will have a lot of complexity and multi-dimentionality, etc.

However, with the possible exception of my industry friends and colleagues, most of my other friends prefer to drink rum mixed. That being the case, I really enjoy making delicious rum cocktails for them, and I join them so as not to be a "rum snob." On those occasions, it just seems more a propo to drink rum mixed.

Either way, as long as rum is being enjoyed, either way is the "right" way in my book!

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Old 03-05-2010, 06:54 PM   #24
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I go both ways, 50/50!
That's what we like about you. You're so flexible, especially when it comes to drinking.
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:19 AM   #25
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:24 PM   #26
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I would like to qualify my vote (I voted "neat") by saying that for all practical purposes, I much prefer to drink my rum (or single malt, brandies, eaux-de-vie, tequila, etc) neat. I believe a well-made spirit can stand on it's own . . .
Rarely would I add something to a drink that I wouldn't drink straight. But there are notable exceptions. Bitters adds a lot of flavor but I don't lick bitters off the top of the bottle and have only tasted them straight on a few rare occasions, which makes me appreciate even more those people who make bitters. They have to taste them and I take my hat off to them for it.

And then there are overproof spirits that benefit greatly by the addition of a bit of clear water. Our senses haven't evolved to really appreciate spirits of more than 100 proof, as much as some of us would like to try to convince me otherwise.

There are overproof rums, and I've enjoyed more than a few that are most commonly drunk straight, in one. Down the hatch, chased by, well, almost anything. And there are noticeable differences in these overproof rums.


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Either way, as long as rum is being enjoyed, either way is the "right" way in my book!
I've always enjoyed the ritual of drinking these overproof spirits even if I didn't exactly enjoy the spirit itself. In many islands, over proof rums are the order of the day but when you really get down to it even the people that distill these strong spirits, whether they are rum, whiskey, etc. suggest that they are best enjoyed at a lower proof, i.e. add a bit of water or other mixer.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:59 AM   #27
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So last night I tell my wife 'I found the perfect mixer for rum....'

She was floored. 'You MIXED your rum?' 'What did you mix it with?'

This was a set up, of course. I answered - 'More Rum!'

Truth. I'd been trying the Pampero Anniv and enjoyed it but wanted it to be a touch sweeter. So I added a splash of Pyrat XO. Wow! Yummy!

Anyone else mix two or more rums to get something different??

Thanks for all the comments,

Ken

I just recently asked this question. Then came upon your initial inquiry. I should have done some sooner investigating. You answered my q. Pampero could use a bit of sweetening up.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:41 PM   #28
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I'm a neat sipper.

Only at few occasion I drink some Zombie, Ti Punch or Cuba Libra.

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Old 03-13-2010, 03:32 AM   #29
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I find myself doing both neat and mixed, but I'm also very new to rum so who knows how my tastes will change over the years

Right now I LOVE mixing some rums with coke zero in the evenings after work. Someone earlier in the thread metion a non-hfcs coke which is awesome! Back in January my local grocery store carried it for superbowl and I grabbed a few bottles. it was night and day....what an amazing rum and coke.

I also have a handful of rums now that I absolutely love neat like Mount Gay XO, Appleton 12yr, etc.... When I find a rum that hits me like those I have no desire to mix them because a double in my sipping glass is heaven on earth. Normally sipping rum is reserved for the weekends when i have time to relax and enjoy it.

One constant....I can't stand any rum I have tried alone with ice. So much as one cube for me ruins rum to the point I can't stand to finish what I've poured.
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One constant....I can't stand any rum I have tried alone with ice. So much as one cube for me ruins rum to the point I can't stand to finish what I've poured.
It's funny how that works. For me I enjoy almost every "sipping" rum with a single ice cube. I like both the temperature change and the little bit of water added that opens up the spirit and really releases the flavour within. Most "neat" rums are too much for me, but with just one ice cube I'm in heaven.
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