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tikitender
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Posted: 2007-12-22 11:02 am   Permalink

In my bar, we have been using Barbancourt White in our mojitos for two years. The guests seem to love it. It is very flavorful and aromatic, so it takes Bacardi drinkers a little while to adjust.


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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2014-07-22 8:31 pm   Permalink

so what IS the best white rum? (esp., spanish style?)

i generally prefer the english-style white rums: Appleton, ED3, even Myers's.

but, some drinks really need a spanish-style white rum. i've enjoyed Caliche. am trying out Matusalem platino for first time- seems very nice.

not a fan of bacardi, flor de cana, or of cruzan white rums...


 
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2014-07-22 8:36 pm   Permalink

For "Spanish" white rum, my current fave is Bacardi Heritage, ostensibly made to the original Cuban standards. Definitely more flavorful the Puerto Rican expression. Here in Miami it weighs in at $16/750ml.

White Rhum Barbancourt is a lower-case-a agricole (as opposed to capital-A Agricole) which goes beautifully in a Ti Punch, or similar.

I also think highly of El Dorado 3 and Doorly's White, but I can't say they taste particularly "Spanish."

YMMV.
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AdOrAdam
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Posted: 2014-07-23 12:58 am   Permalink

A while ago I compared Flor De Cana, Cruzan, Bacardi, Havana Club Blanco, Havana Club 3 & Brugal Blanco in Mojitos.

Bacardi you all probably have an opinion on, I apply that same opinion to it & Cruzan (ie no thanks). Flor De Cana was good. Havana Club 3 had a woody edge that none of the others did so, as I have subsequently found, it can work better in certain drinks.

My favourite white rums were Havana Club & Brugal Blanco (first equals), they had the cleanest crispest taste by far with a little fruity edge - it was difficult to pick between them so I go with either based on price / availability (in the UK Havana Club Blanco usually wins).

At the moment I have 2 bottles of Brugal Blanco in stock (cheaper imports) so I'm using them


 
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Posted: 2014-07-23 03:53 am   Permalink

I picked up a bottle of El Dorado Silver for $13 at Total Wine yesterday. I was curious and will be tasting/testing soon.

 
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Posted: 2014-07-23 04:55 am   Permalink

I think you will be unimpressed with the ED silver. The Ed 3 white rum on the other hand. . . Yum.

I have yet to find that Bacardi product supposedly made to historic standards that people keep telling me about. I will keep looking.
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Posted: 2014-07-23 05:14 am   Permalink

Yeah, I kinda figured that might be the case. But I've been burning through "Demerara rum" at a high rate lately making Beachcomber Punch which is a new fave among my non-rum-knowledgeable friends. Initially I burned through 80% of my $40/bottle El Do 15. Oh, it was darn good, but I quickly went out and bought a bottle of El Do 5. Then I saw the $13/bottle price on the El Do silver and thought I'd give it a try and see if it might work for my less-particular friends. There's quite a price difference, and I'm sure it's well-justified.

Has anyone tried the "new" Havana Club being made by Bacardi after Cuba was stripped of the US copyright/patent/trademark for Havana Club? I'm waiting to see some of that show up in my market.
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Posted: 2014-07-23 07:27 am   Permalink

For Spanish-style whites, I usually go with Cruzan, Flor de Cana, or Cana Brava, depending on mood. I also use Banks, Denizen, or Ron Matusalem on occasion.

Cana Brava and Banks are probably my favorite. Definitely more expensive, though.
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kkocka
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Posted: 2014-07-23 07:48 am   Permalink

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On 2014-07-23 05:14, AceExplorer wrote:
Has anyone tried the "new" Havana Club being made by Bacardi after Cuba was stripped of the US copyright/patent/trademark for Havana Club? I'm waiting to see some of that show up in my market.



I'm scared of that variety, though I'll admit I've only ever had the legit 15 year old stuff and it was fantastic.
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2014-07-23 12:12 pm   Permalink

Quote:
On 2014-07-23 04:55, Sunny&Rummy wrote:
I have yet to find that Bacardi product supposedly made to historic standards that people keep telling me about. I will keep looking.



At our local Total Wine here in Miami it's in stock.
http://www.totalwine.com/eng/product/bacardi-heritage/129442750 But other places (little liquor shops in the Little Havana area, usually) have it for $2-$3 cheaper. (The oldtimers swear this is like the old Cuban rum, as opposed to the "regular" stuff which is "rum flavored vodka.")

I recommended pretty much for those cocktails of the Spanish Caribbean -- classic daiquiris, mojitos, etc. -- and where the recipe specifically calls for a white PR/Cuban rum. ("English" and "French" Caribbean rums, to me, aren't shown to best advantage in the lighter, simpler Cuban classics, except for Doorly's 3 year old, which isn't quite everywhere.

My guess is the TW in Melbourne can order the Bacardi Heritage for you if they don't stock it.

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PS If you're making daiquiris, mojitos, etc. for a CROWD (operative word there) Cruzan Light is your best bet, at $16 for a 1.75L bottle!

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Jay4
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Posted: 2014-07-23 12:28 pm   Permalink

ive always perfered captain morgan over bacardi



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Posted: 2014-07-23 12:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-07-23 12:28, Jay4 wrote:
ive always perfered captain morgan over bacardi



That's a little like saying you prefer getting kicked in the balls over a slap upside the head.


 
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Posted: 2014-07-23 1:37 pm   Permalink

Heheheheh, go easy on Jay4. He's new here, just joined in Feb 2014.

Jay4, stick around here and you'll learn more about why "Bacardi" and "Captain Morgan" are generally considered bottom-shelf rums. Trust us when we say that there is much better stuff out there for the same or just a little bit more (or less) cost.

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kkocka
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Posted: 2014-07-23 1:56 pm   Permalink

I've been curious how good DonQ is, given its another white Puerto Rican rum. Its typically on equal price point with Bacardi. I typically go Cruzan for a mixable white.
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Jay4
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Posted: 2014-07-23 2:43 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-07-23 13:37, AceExplorer wrote:
Heheheheh, go easy on Jay4. He's new here, just joined in Feb 2014.

Jay4, stick around here and you'll learn more about why "Bacardi" and "Captain Morgan" are generally considered bottom-shelf rums. Trust us when we say that there is much better stuff out there for the same or just a little bit more (or less) cost.

Cheers!
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i guess im just not that much of a rum snob because captain morgan has always been fine to me


 
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