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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 10-17-2010, 10:50 AM   #41
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I'm in the rarely or less often category but would not say "never" and think rum is meant to be enjoyed however the beholder enjoys it most/best.
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Old 10-17-2010, 04:15 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Matusalem View Post
I think rum is meant to be enjoyed however the beholder enjoys it most/best.

When I offer a glass to a friend or guest, I expect it to be consumed in the manner which gives the recipient the most enjoyment. And I refuse to impose my predispositions.

Matusalem, you and I often seem to agree on the nuances!
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:02 AM   #43
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I have to say I almost feel sorry for those who don't look at rum as a potential mixer because I think that that is one of rum's greatest attributes, but each to their own of course. I mix it all the time, and sip it too, but do that more often in the later stages of the evening. A great rum cocktail is one of the great joys in life, and there are soooooo many great rum cocktails!
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:21 PM   #44
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I mix most of all, yet have two rums I at times drink neat, which one I would not mix often since it is so good by itself. Again, I would mix it to make an even better drink, but only if what I paired it with would stand as good as it. If I am to try a rum for the first time, I taste it straight (with a bit of water), and then as a simple cocktail:
2 oz rum
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz simple syrup (2:1)
dash of Angostura bitters
Shaken, strained into chilled glass - no garnish with 1st tasting.
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:19 PM   #45
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Thanks for the recipe! I brought back a bottle of bitters but have yet to open it. I've taken to trying rum straight up since I recently got back.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:19 PM   #46
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I buy a new bottle of rum and i try it as it is if its not to my liking i try it again and try to think about the taste what it is. If then i dont like it then i take another glass and sip it once more and then i take out the drinkbook and mix with it, but that doesnt stop me from trying it as it is a couple of more times. You never know one of these days your mood tells you that what youre drinking is actually realy good and you enjoy it for what it is.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:20 AM   #47
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Don't you consider that mixing is probably also a question of culture i.e. in the US, England or Scandinavia you'll find more people mixing (rum, but also gin, vodka) beverages, than in France or Italy.
Else, the kind of mix seems different, cocktails are more sophisticated - sometimes even daring - when compared to a somewhat basic ti punch or planteur (no pun intended). Just an example: I love to have a hint of blackcurrant crème in my red Johnny W. I wish you could see people staring at me making a whisky-kir!
And for those mixing two rums, why not, some cocktails ask for it and some rum brands are just that anyway.
My conclusion is that the most important is to have a glass, preferably full and with something you appreciate in it.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:21 PM   #48
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I must say right now I mix all my rums. I try them straight when they are new to me. There is, I dont know the proper term, a strong alcohol flavor to all the rums I try straight. I recently tried the El Dorado 12 YO and it tasted the least alocholy then all the others. I don't know if they are supposed to breath before you try them straight. I try them neat first, then add ice, nothing seems to help, so then I add my pepsi, not coke but pepsi. So like other have said, as long as I like what I'm drinking then drink it.
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:05 PM   #49
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For those of you who mix rum, I might suggest you vote in the Rum Recipe Contest. Take a look at Red Sail in the Sunset ... made with Coecoei (a rum based liquor), white rum, key lime, and a light mixer (Sprite or Mist). When I mix, I like to keep the integrity of the rum flavor as I delight my taste buds. I also like rums with a history; that is, a rum that can be tracked back over the centuries.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:19 PM   #50
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Of course I do mix, I am a 'mixologist'
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