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Old 03-15-2016, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default Looking to hunt down the best white rums I can for cocktails..

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I am currently on a bit of a mission. I've tapped into countless resources on the web including some posts on here and this has left me more confused than resolved as there are so many conflicting opinions on what to use.

I am hoping if I explain what I like and what I am after, it might help me get to where I need to be!

I have only ventured into rum recently and have had limited success. Initially it looked like I would need to kit out a much more varied and broad suite of bottles to accommodate the complexities of rum mixing, as there seems to be more variations of rum than any other spirit and many cocktails call for a combination of varieties. I have started simple with white rum and aged dark rum. First off, on the dark rum side, I tried Rob Abuelo 7 year aged rum and didn't particularly enjoy it, so I've decided to focus on white rum cocktails which i've been enjoying immensely.

So far my top white rum tipples are mojitos, daiquiris; original and variants pink grapefruit, mint and honey, hemingway, coconut, and monkeyshine which is 2 parts white rum, 1 part coconut rum and 1 part pineapple juice.

I've tried Havana Club 3 year and Plantation 3 stars so far and enjoyed them both. Havana Club made a much better mojito, however plantation really stepped up on the daiquiri-style cocktails.

To that end I seem to have reached the conclusion that I think I need two staple white rums for mixing. One for essentially just mojitos (I love the drink enough to stock something especially for it) and one for any other white rum mixing needs that require a bit more boldness/competitiveness from the rum.

I've therefore made a couple of shortlists and would really like some input on if my thinking is right, if my shortlists is right and basically what I should be getting.

For mojitos I am considering:
Havana Club 3 years (if it ain't broke)
Flor de Cana 4 year extra dry
Brugal extra dry

For all other mixing I am considering:
St Nicholas Abbey white
Diplomatico Blanco
El Dorado 3 year old
Elements 8 platinum
Banks 5 island

These have all made various lists and awards, so it's a tough call! I could work my way through them, but it'd be nice to find something I like and get that staple established so I can focus on other rum areas!
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:21 AM   #2
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You might want to try white agricoles, clairins or cachacas, which are often pure, unaged, unfiltered rums that can blow up your cocktails very nicely.

Another idea is to visit the sites of (and contact) Tiare (Mountain of Crushed Ice), Chip (RumHowler) and Josh Miller (Inu-a-Kena) for ideas and what to use for the cocktails you mention, if you have not already done so.
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:50 PM   #3
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El Dorado 3 Year Old White is comfortably the best white rum that I have ever tried. It's excellent in cocktails and can also be sipped.
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Thumbs up on El Dorado 3. You might also consider the Barbancourt white and the Wray & Nephew Overproof.
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Old 03-30-2017, 06:33 PM   #6
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El Dorado 3 Year Old White is comfortably the best white rum that I have ever tried. It's excellent in cocktails and can also be sipped.
What do you think of Chairmans Reserve White, Angostura White Oak, and Angostura Reserva?

Asking because all of these and the El Dorado 3 all tie for my favorite non-agricole white rum.
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I'm afraid that I haven't - as yet - tried any of those three.
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For what it's worth, I enjoyed the Angostura Reserva much more than I did the Havana Club 3.
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There are some good suggestions above, El Dorado 3 year old is one of my go to suggestions, but if you're looking for more cane flavor you owe it to yourself to try Neisson Rhum Blanc. Bottled at 100 proof, you should use less of this rum in your cocktail than you usually do. 25% more alcohol is a lot more alcohol.
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I really like ED3 and Angostura White Oak- also Santa Teresa Claro is very good as well.
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