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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 38 33.33%
I regularly mix my Rum into cocktails 73 64.04%
I would not drink Rum if I couldn't mix it with something 3 2.63%
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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Default Do you mix?

So, I'm pretty new to Rum but one of the things I notice as a contrast to Bourbon and Scotch is people seem to talk about mixing a lot. I've read the word Coke here more times in 4 days than I have in the rest of my life.

Now to me, the point of a spirit is the spirit and I need to enjoy it on it's own or it has little appeal. Not to say that when out and about I might not order a Margarita or something but, at home, if I am going to drink it, it's almost always neat (or at most, on ice).

So I'm curious as to the Rum community... What say you?

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Old 09-12-2009, 11:56 AM   #2
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I both mix and sip neat.

I think rum mixes wonderfully in cocktails and i also think that if you don`t mix cocktails with rum you will miss out, there are so many nice rum cocktails!

But i also drink rum neat, and especially the better rums.

So as i see it i enjoy the good of 2 worlds and i wouldn`t want to be without any of them.

Its also a question of what mood i`m in. I can find myself one evening only sipping a few rums and another only drink cocktails.But i also must say, i don`t only enjoy rum, i enjoy all spirits except one - vodka.

What is also important and which is very interesting is to walk the way of experimentation and learn which rums goes best with which cocktails and which rums blends together.

Like for instance, many tiki drinks, they are made up of more than one rum which has been carefully selected because they together creates a flavour profile you wouldn`t find with just one rum.

The masters of this rum pairings for tikidrinks was Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic.
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:56 PM   #3
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Primarily a mixer here, but I loves me some spirits neat too.

Not limited to rum either - I have been on a serious sazerac kick lately and will sip on bourbon, rum, scotch or what have you.

All things being equal I will just about always mix a cocktail. I will usually have rum or any spirit neat when I first buy it, and then generally only later at night when just relaxing or with a cigar, etc.

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Old 09-12-2009, 08:53 PM   #4
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I like all sorts of spirits, but drink primarily rum, (if I'm not in the mood for beer or wine). I do order cocktails when I'm out, but at home its either neat, on the rocks, or with tonic.
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:29 PM   #5
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The last time I had a rum and coke I was in Central America and my host poured sugar cane sweetened coke, not the hfcs stuff found at most places in the US. That was more than a year ago, and it was good. Not that that I drank more than one or two of those, but it was profoundly different from the cola found outside the tropics. There are other discussions about this on other threads.

This forum is frequently by many people who are new to rum and believe it or not, many are graduating from rum and cola to other better drinks.

I drink most rum neat or with a cube or two of ice. If I can't or wouldn't want to drink it neat, I probably don't want to be drinking much of it, but there are exceptions, noted elsewhere in other posts.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:40 AM   #6
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For me, it depends on many factors.

Home or at a bar?
Good rum vs mixing rum?
Relaxing or out with friends having a good time?
My mood

I prefer to sip good rums neat, but I equally enjoy a spiced rum and coke.
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:59 PM   #7
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I'll make grog with Cruzan Blackstrap if I'm reading an O'Brian book, but other than that I'm just not interested in mixed drinks. Good rums seem to have plenty to offer on their own.
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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 03-06-2010, 02:24 PM   #9
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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 03-12-2010, 05:41 PM   #10
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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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