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What is Your favorite Rum?
thejab
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Posted: 2002-09-26 11:38 am   Permalink

Martin offered a great list. I also have a bottle of the Rhum St. James when I want to make an original Mai Tai with Martinique rum.

As far as the Barbancourt, once I bought a bottle each of 3-star, 5-star, and the Estate Reserve and did a comparison. I found the 3-star was fine for mixing, and the 5-star was a great buy as I found it to be almost as good as the Estate, at almost half the price! So, I would go for the 5-star next time.

Another taste test I recently tried was Bacardi light, followed by Myers's Platinum (their light rum), and then Havana Club light. And the winner is ....... Havana Club! The Myers's was very close but the Bacardi tasted quite harsh by itself.
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Trader Woody
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Posted: 2002-09-27 05:34 am   Permalink

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woofmutt wrote:
Cockspur is an excellent golden rum with a mellow flavor that's good enough to drink straight.




Ah Cockspur, my introduction to the wonders of rum. Years ago a group of us
went to Barbados from our Geography dept at university, and it wasn't long before
we ventured out from the research institute where we were staying. A rum shack
was set up across the road, and we wandered over, rather unsure if this was wise
or not, and started talking to the locals. Their Bajan accent was incedibly thick, and
took some getting used to. One of my friends misheard the man his was talking to,
and thought he'd just been warned that it 'was a trap'. Paranoia took over as word got
round that we might be in some danger, and my immediate reaction was to get a drink.
I bought a small bottle of Cockspur, and had difficulty in opening it. I looked up to see
one of the guys from behind the counter coming out with a machete in his hand.
My immediate thought was that those were my final moments, until he grabbed the bottle
from my hand and proceeded to expertly open it with the machete!

The Cockspur went down incredibly well after all that, and it wasn't long before
were getting along with the locals like old pals. Great stuff, that Cockspur.

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TikiGuy
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Posted: 2002-09-27 09:35 am   Permalink

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I actually thought the Appleton 21 year was a little harsh and a pinch overrated when I tried it in the islands. The Havana Club 7 is pretty good as well.
-martin



At a bar, never trust that what's on the label is what's in the bottle. I remember a mixology teacher telling us the best way to up profits was to refill a bottle of Bailey's with O'Darby's and the same with any other liquor. He said this is common practice in Ontario and everywhere else he's been behind the bar.
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SoBeTiki
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Posted: 2002-09-27 2:04 pm   Permalink

Pyrat XO is definitely my favorite sipping Rum. Anguilla (where the Rum is made) is also my favorite Caribbean island. Get your hands on the Jamaican beverage called Ting (grapefuit soda) and mix with Pyrat "Pistol" over ice. Yum!!!

 
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Atomic Cocktail
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Posted: 2002-10-01 10:49 am   Permalink

I like the kind with alcohol in it.

 
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Tiki_Bong
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Posted: 2002-10-01 11:55 am   Permalink

And if it's free!!!
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martiki
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Posted: 2002-10-01 2:45 pm   Permalink

TikiGuy-

Good advice, but I was sipping it in an upscale shop that wanted me to buy it, so I'm sure I tried the real thing. Also- try this newish rum that's out these days called Sea Wynde. Very nice.

And: Just got a bottle of the new product from RedRum, VooDoo Rum, it's spiced and has a tiki on the label. It looks great in your bar, and is solid in Coke, but isn't quite as tasty as the Sailor Jerry spiced rum.


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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2002-10-01 7:37 pm   Permalink

I haven't gotten into rum as a sipping alcohol yet, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time. I've heard good things about Pyrat Pistol, but I haven't tried it myself. I got a bottle of Cruzan Clipper 120 as a birthday gift last week. Hooowhee! I just tried some; I suppose it's smooth for being 60% alcohol.
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Trader Woody
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Posted: 2002-10-08 06:38 am   Permalink

Here's a bar devoted to rum in the heart of South London. 300 different rums to try....I guess you could get through them all in a year if you visited once a week.

I'd be flabbergasted if there weren't similar bars in the US. Anyone know of any?

http://www.brixtonian.co.uk/pages/about.htm

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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2002-10-08 09:40 am   Permalink

Isn't there a place called Rum Jungle at Mandalay Bay in Vegas? A friend of mine said they had a huge rum selection. Other than that, I know nothing about it.

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martiki
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Posted: 2002-10-08 10:14 am   Permalink

Yes, the Rum Jungle at Mandalay Bay has a huge rum selection. They are a bit expensive, but I've never seen a better selection in the US. The mixed drinks are cruddy- too sticky sweet and weak. The food looks very very good, but I didn't have time. The interior is ultra-sleek and contemporary- it's cool, but it sure ain't tiki. At night it becomes a lousy nightclub with bouncers and velvet ropes and all that crap that vegas seems to love. ("Ladies night! If you have big tits, and your skirt wouldn't even normally qualify as a belt, then you get in free!!!") etc....


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BONBONVIC
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Posted: 2002-10-08 10:47 am   Permalink

Rum Jungle in Vegas did give me my first taste of Stroh 80. 160 proof Austrian Rum. It will certainly clean your teeth. The go go dancers at night are cool. Suspended by wires dancing on top of a 20 ft high glass bar shelf. The bar is tiered. At each tiered section there are 50 ft high glass panels with water running through them. At night the dudes pay $20.00 cover the lady's are free.

 
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thejab
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Posted: 2002-10-08 3:01 pm   Permalink

In San Francisco there's a bar in the Haight called Hobson's Choice. They might not have 300 but they have plenty of fine rums and they make a house punch every day.

http://www.hobsonschoice.com/
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TikiJones
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Posted: 2002-10-10 02:48 am   Permalink

First free rum is the best!

Then cheap rum!

Finally drinkable rum!

Really I just got the Cruzan Banana and it is great, either as a shot or mixed into whatever you like.
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spartacus65000
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Posted: 2002-10-12 8:18 pm   Permalink

The Rhum Barbancourt is probably one of the best one ones I've had. It really is a fantastic all around Rum.

 
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