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Old 09-18-2009, 07:38 PM   #1
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Hello all rumologists.
I found my way here through The travel site "Debbie's Caribbean Travel Forums"
http://www.debbiescaribbeanresortreviews.com/

We are currently discussing the relative merits of Cuban Vs. Dominican Republic rums and though my field work is extensive, I'm having trouble discussing the more aged offerings as I haven't won the lottery yet.

Looking forward to some great educational ( yah sure!) opportunities and commend you all on a great looking site.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:44 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. The Dominican Republic and Cuba are geographically close and both being Spanish islands there has always been a lot of synergy between the rums of these islands.

And while it more fashionable to claim your ancestry as Cuban, many Dominican Republic distillers have been making very good rums.
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:56 PM   #3
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Welcome to the for-rums Spunky!!
We'll all be here learning right along side of you!
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:28 PM   #4
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Welcome Spunky,

To me Cuban and Dominican rums are very different, still very recognizable. It would be like to compare cabernet sauvignon vs shiraz. I like both styles but have a small preference for Dominican rums.

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Old 09-19-2009, 09:10 AM   #5
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I'd like to start out with the fact that I am a yank, and such my cuban experience has been limited to the HC7 and HC15. Heck my DR experience still needs some work as well. But from what I've found I find the cubans lighter, more complex, and dryer. I find the DR rums heavier (but still a light spanish rum), stronger individual nuances, and more syrupy. Many would look at the work complex and think, wow that sounds like the better rum. Not the case. HC is the classy girl that plays hard to get while the DR rums are like the warm girl that comes up to you, puts her arm over your shoulder, and asks you how you're doing while looking in your eyes. Got to love um both.
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:42 AM   #6
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DR rums are like the warm girl that comes up to you, puts her arm over your shoulder, and asks you how you're doing while looking in your eyes. Got to love um both.
Ron, I know plenty Dominican girls like that . In fact I think I will go and have a quick tour of some of the Dominican bars this afternoon!!
I think overall Dominican Rums do not get enough respect. When you think of Atlantico, Vizcaya, Matusalem, Barcelo, Brugal, Bermudez, Cubanney, Sibonne, Macorix, Don Rhon, to name a few, they make some very good rums, and I would normally reach for one of them before I consider a Cuban.
I have to go and pick up a bottle of Bermudez 151 from a Dominican friend this afternoon to add to the collection.
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:49 PM   #7
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The only way I'd be able to compare would be by comparing the Havana Club 7 with Brugal Extra Viejo. Both are the best I've been able to try of both countries (I'm not saying they're the best, I still haven't tried HC 15 nor HC Maximo and Ron Barcelo Imperial 21 Years nor Brugal Siglo de Oro... among many others).

For me, it would be hands down the Extra Viejo. I do like HC7, especially to mix in premium cocktails, but I prefer the the combination of sweetness and oak flavor of the former.

To each his own of course!
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Good news, I got a new Dominican bottle for the collection, it was actually Macorix 151 not Bermudez. Also picked up another bottle of Bermuda 8PM from India!!
The bad news is only went to one Dominican bar, but it was fun!!
I think I will have some Cubans today for a change of pace.
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ahhh, to have that option of cuban rums. Heck to have that option of a dominican bar!
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:16 PM   #10
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Island bars, more frequently called rumshops, are the best places to experience island culture and the local taste for rum. There is no way to know who you will meet. When I started my research in '93 I started in the rumshops and copied the names and as much information as I could from the labels. From there, I'd head to the public buses and follow the wind to the distilleries. Looking back on it, I learned almost as much on the buses as I did at some of the distilleries.

I asked everyone I met which was their favorite rum, and from there the conversation grew as everyone has their favorite rum. Taxis are fine, but to really get to know the people there's nothing like riding around an island with the people who live there.
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