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Favorite sipping rum (accompanied by a cigar)
Quince_at_Dannys
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From: Command Records International HQ
Posted: 2004-09-12 12:23 am   Permalink

I can't say I care much for cigars--I find them to be akin to having a dry, burning piece of shit in my mouth, and the more expensive the cigar the more turd-like the flavor; Cuban cigars being the worst of the lot.

That said, I will give my recommendation for Lemon Hart Demerara Rum as a sipping rum. It has a rich, woody, almost tobacco-like smell and taste. It's my favorite rum overall, and would probably go quite well with a good cigar.


 
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JonPez
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From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2004-09-16 11:49 pm   Permalink

Been drinking a bit of the Nicaraguan 7 year-old Flor de Caña recently. Got it free from a neighbor who owns a nightclub and had a hurricane party in his front yard when we had no power. Mighty smooth. And you can't beat free...
I also enjoy Appleton Estate when I can get it.
I am staring at an 8 year aged bottle of Rhum Barbancourt that my new roomie brought over and placed in my Tiki bar. Unfortunately, it was a birthday present to him from a close friend and he hasn't cracked it open yet. Would be bad form for me to open it first. So I must wait.
Yes, my precious, I will wait...
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Urban Tiki
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Posted: 2004-09-17 07:49 am   Permalink

Last night I had some 15 year Rhum Barbancourt, and it was excellent- almost cognac-like. I have some 8 year Barbancourt that I use to mix with, but I tried some straight to compare to the 15 year. I was somewhat surprised to find that there was not that much of a difference. If money is an issue, the 8 year makes a very fine sipping rum.

[ This Message was edited by: Urban Tiki on 2004-09-17 07:50 ]


 
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Gigantalope
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From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2004-09-17 08:22 am   Permalink

At the Bev-More near my house they had some high test Haitian Rum on sale for 4.99 a flagon. I bought some to clean paint brushes(It was so cheap)...it turned out to be excellant.

Soft slightly wood to vanilla, no burn, no aftertaste...I took it camping, it was quaffed, and when I went back to buy a case, it was gone.

It went perfect with a Fuente "Short Story"

I don't even remember the name...the point of this is..there are some real treasures that are not topshelf names.

[ This Message was edited by: Gigantalope on 2004-09-17 08:24 ]


 
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Urban Tiki
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Posted: 2004-09-17 09:34 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-09-17 08:22, Gigantalope wrote:
I don't even remember the name...the point of this is..there are some real treasures that are not topshelf names.

[ This Message was edited by: Gigantalope on 2004-09-17 08:24 ]



I agree. I think rum is a relative bargain, compared to other liquors. For example, my favorite cognac is Delamaine Vesper at $120 a bottle. The 15 year Barbancourt is $25 and quite tasty. For martinis, I get $30 bottles of Bombay Sapphire- for martikis, I use $11 bottles of white Rhum Barbancourt and like it better.


 
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kaiserstyle
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Posted: 2004-12-04 06:08 am   Permalink

When it comes to rum&cigars I recommend the 12 year Coruba cigar blend.
My favorite sipping Rum right now is the Botran 1893 Solera.
I'm not a big "agricole rum" fan. There are some fine Rums from Martinique but I don't like Barbancourt too much.


 
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Trader Woody
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Posted: 2004-12-04 11:16 am   Permalink

El Dorado 15 year old special rum gets my vote, but I've not had the opportunity to do a real taste test comparing sipping rums.



Just looking at the website and it seems to have been voted best rum in the world a few times.

"Then in 1999, 2000 and 2001, the 15 years old Special Reserve rum was judged Best Rum in the World, won the Wray and Nephew Trophy and is today known as the world's only rum to achieve such a feat."

Trader Woody


 
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FreakBear
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Posted: 2004-12-04 11:31 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-09-17 07:49, Urban Tiki wrote:
Last night I had some 15 year Rhum Barbancourt, and it was excellent- almost cognac-like. I have some 8 year Barbancourt that I use to mix with, but I tried some straight to compare to the 15 year. I was somewhat surprised to find that there was not that much of a difference. If money is an issue, the 8 year makes a very fine sipping rum.

[ This Message was edited by: Urban Tiki on 2004-09-17 07:50 ]



I'm still new to the sipping rums. I almost bought some of the 15 year, but got the 8 year instead. Not disapointing at all, and pretty cheap! Try it with a little fresh lime.

Barcardi Ocho Anos is nice.

Appleton Estate makes a great one too!


 
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I, Zombie
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Posted: 2004-12-21 10:28 pm   Permalink

Tonight, Quince_at_Danny's and I were hanging out at my basement bar, enjoying a nice fire in the fireplace, a sparkling Christmas tree in the corner, sexy Mrs Quince knitting beside the fire, Eddie Arnold records on the console, and a game of cribbage at the bar. We tried sipping a bottle of Extra Old St. James Rhum.

It was excellent, though very "woody," almost Bourbon like. It crossed my mind to try and make a Manhattan with it some day -- that's how much like Bourbon it was.

Just would like to say THANKS to the posters at Tiki Central that gave us the idea to try a sipping session.

I, Zombie


 
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kaiserstyle
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Posted: 2004-12-22 3:54 pm   Permalink

HI, Zombie,
I wouldn't recommend "agricole rums" (rums made from sugar-cane juice instead of molasses) for sipping unless you're on the beach of Martinique. There are some exciting agricole rums like "Trois Rivieres" but they're rather expensive. Try a "Mount Gay Extra Old (Barbados)" or "Inner Circle (Australia)" Rum if you like the woody flavor.


 
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KuKuAhu
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Posted: 2004-12-22 4:22 pm   Permalink

My favorite sipping rum huh? Well...

I like Angostura 1919 with a little ice cold water and an ice cube or two. Clean and soft with delicate hints of vanilla.

Pyrat Reserve XO or whatever the hell they call it is good. I enjoy it as they recommend: on ice with a lemon twist. Smells and tastes of sugar cookies and butterscotch.

MG Extra Old (mentioned above) is nice, but I actually prefer the Sugar Cane Brandy. Makes a great ti punch IMHO.

Matusalem Gran Reserva is nice and holds up well to a cigar. Has a bit of heat to it which I like this time of year. In fact, that'd be my pick for smoking and drinking.

Cruzan Single Barrel is awfully nice for the price.


Sorry to ramble...I've got a lot of favorites.


Ahu


 
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I, Zombie
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Posted: 2004-12-23 07:30 am   Permalink

kaiserstyle

Haven't tried the "Inner Circle (Australia)" Rum you mention. I'll have to keep a look out for it. Thanks for the tip!

I have some Mt. Gay Extra Old, so I'll try that next time as well.

I have to say, though, that Extra Old St James is pretty special.


 
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JonPez
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From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2005-09-27 7:13 pm   Permalink

Hello all...
Found a store here in Orlando that has over 100 types of Rum, many of them extremely hard-to-find including:

Flor de Caña (4, 7, and 18 year)
Ron Barcelo
El Dorado Demerara (5, 12, 15 year)
Santa Teresa 1796 Solera (mixed age)
Prichard's
Wray & Nephew White Overproof (126 proof for those that can't handle 151)
Appleton Estates
Goslings
Chacacha
10 Cane Rum
Ron Matusalem
Toucano (by Ypioca)
Pyrat (and Pyrat XO)
Angosture Rum
Sea Wynde
Ron Zacapa Centenario
Rhum Barbancourt (multiple ages)
Mount Gay Tricentennial (only 300 bottles made)

His pricing is pretty good, but for the older stuff it can get pretty high (as to be expected). The Mount Gay Tricentennial was $500, but it was the last bottle still for sale anywhere...

Joseph's Liquor & Fine Wine (407) 351-4470

Me? I picked up a 23 year old Ron Zacapa Centenario from Guatemala.


Will be saving it for the Hukilau...
Pablus? Kona? Wanna try some?
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martiki
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Posted: 2005-09-28 08:07 am   Permalink

Mmmm...Zacapa.

I just tried a quite nice rum from Barbados called Doorly's. Keep an eye out for it.

You can try the Mt. Gay Tricentennial at SF Vic's. $62 for a 2 oz pour.

Come when I'm working and I'll offer the TC discount price of $50.


 
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hala bullhiki
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Posted: 2005-12-26 12:35 pm   Permalink

we were just given a bottle of the el dorado 25 year millinium special edition (only 2000 of these exist) as a gift for stadin up in a wedding (the benzart ringed tom and melissa wedding in jamaica no less!)and im affraid to open it, but its killin me!....also my wife got me a bottle of the appleton 21 year for christmas....what a christmas!

 
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