Joined: Jun 16, 2013
From: Wolverhampton, UK
|Posted: 2013-09-20 07:55 am  Permalink|
Regarding rums being marked as the style of a country but not being representative of that country I think we should just take the rum by its reputation (eg We all know Captain Morgan ain't jamaican underneath! But with Plantation you are safe).
I love that I can get Havana Club in the UK. I use the 3YO for Hemmingways & Mojitos (its got an unsubstitutional woody tinge & it's meant to be old fashioned style ie less filtered). It's also a much much better price than most other good whites in the UK. The half bottle of the 3YO (in the corner of the picture) & another I have are gifts from people who have been to Cuba ~ Im keeping them
As a sub the Flor De Cana white 4 & black label 5 are comparable to the Anejo Blanco & Anejo Reserva IMO, they may even be preferable... but I like to make a 'cuban drink' with a 'cuban rum' that is still made in Cuba!
The idea that 'what is available to you' & 'what's available in the world' are different isn't necessarily a bad thing, more a fact of life - no where stocks everything! Yes, some products will be 'pushed' but if a rum is popular it would inevitably be sold to a wider market
I think agricole availability might be like Scotch (i.e. the further you are away from Scotland the less variations available but a specialist retailer will be able to get you a bottle that people generally consider a 'good' version).
The aged agricoles are apparently made for export so we should be enjoying the best of what's available (with a little digging around for it).
As a basis for comparison in the UK from Lunavideogames list:
I can get: JM, Mauny, Saint James, Clement, J Bally & Trois Riveras.
I can't get: Depaz, Dillon, Le Galion SAEM, Niesson, Simon, Dormy, Handy,Rum Madkand or Saint Etienne.
I could only name Depaz & Neisson off the list I of that I cant get.
Im going out for a meal tonight - after reading this thread this week Im definitely in the mood for a white Ti Punch before I go. When I get back I'll definitely be having that Appleton 12 / Saint James Amber combo in a snifter!