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What's your latest rum purchase?
HopeChest
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Posted: 2016-05-05 11:42 am   Permalink

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On 2016-05-02 13:45, AdOrAdam wrote:

The Stiggins Fancy was just to satisfy my curiosity!

Besides joining the pineapple party with a diaquiri or drinking it neat - anyone got any other suggestions for trying it out?



I ran out of gin one night whilst making Royal Hawaiian gin cocktails and subbed Stiggins Fancy on a whim. Delicious.


 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2016-05-05 11:45 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-05-02 13:45, AdOrAdam wrote:

The Stiggins Fancy was just to satisfy my curiosity!

Besides joining the pineapple party with a diaquiri or drinking it neat - anyone got any other suggestions for trying it out?



Negronis with this instead of gin are great. Pineapple Plantation goes well with Orange Bitters. I have been working on a recipe for an Urban Bird, but I haven't perfected it yet...


 
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rbeyer68
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Posted: 2016-05-09 11:03 am   Permalink

I was able to bring a few items back with me from Ireland and the UK. I think it was a successful trip.


I am really looking forward to the Coole Swan as I have heard great things about it.


The Jameson distillery reserve is only available at the distillery (well, I guess not just the actual working distillery but at the old site in Dublin with the tours). The Tullamore Dew was an airport duty free purchase. The cider cask part of it was intriguing as my significant other and I love ciders.


The r(h)ums! If you go to London, make a stop at Gerry's Wine and Spirits in Soho. Wow! I regret not getting a bottle of Havana Club 3 Anos but did score two demerara's so I am happy.

Rick in Texas

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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2016-05-09 11:30 am   Permalink

Rick -- way to go and load up your suitcases with good stuff!

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-05-09 11:14 pm   Permalink

Not actually rum but i know i can make some rum cocktails with it. I don't actually drink coffee but i do like coffee flavoured things, so i lashed out and bought a bottle of this.



This was specifically made for those bars that don't have a coffee machine on the premises so they could still serve Espresso Martinis (which i don't drink either).
It's actually very nice drunk just neat, tastes exactly like having a black coffee, albeit alcoholic, but at $60 a bottle i don't think i'll buy it again.

P.S. It says on the label that it is made from a cold pressed blend of speciality Arabica coffee and pure Australian grain spirit.


 
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AdOrAdam
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Posted: 2016-05-10 1:52 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-05-09 11:03, rbeyer68 wrote:
I was able to bring a few items back with me from Ireland and the UK. I think it was a successful trip.



If you go to London, make a stop at Gerry's Wine and Spirits in Soho. Wow!


Hi Rick

Glad you made it over here & I hope you enjoyed it!

Re the Angostura Amaro - where did you get it & how much please?

Gerrys in Soho is the best of the best so I'm guessing there


 
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AdOrAdam
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Posted: 2016-05-10 11:37 pm   Permalink

I think it's about time I share my opinion on a few rums I've tried recently. I rarely feel the need to post a 'full' review but these are two really good products so here we go:

A week or so ago I posted a pic that I had brought some Mount Gay XO - now I've broken the seal on it, I've got to say I really enjoy it.

It's really nicely balanced - a little dry on the aftertaste in a good way, fiery & woody but not too much.

I'm not finding cause to use words like vanilla or sweet unless it's to say they are absent. It's akin to Appleton 12 but without the Jamaican edge.

I was so impressed when I spotted a bottle of Black Barrel cheap so picked that up too:



I read a couple of reviews online & was expecting a bourbon / rum cross over (ie rum with a big kick) or a little brother to the XO.

In comparison of the two side by side, on first sip the Black Barrel is softer & appears much more approachable - it makes the XO seem a little over oaked (which I hadn't thought tasting it solo).

After a little time in the glass the Black Barrel opens up with vanilla in the forefront & really well balanced after that - my partner (not keen sipper but knowing what she likes) preferred the Black Barrel immediately.

The reviews comparing Black Barrel to bourbon are a bit far from the mark IMO - I guess they are getting that idea from the 'double aging' used in Jim Beam Devils Cut etc.

I love bourbon & was curious what a bourbon / rum cross over might taste like but this ain't it.

Returning to the XO another time, it's still great solo - if anything you really notice the absence of vanilla in the XO & appreciate it.

The XO has definitely got that oakiness when you think about it but I'd describe it as a 'mature sipper' & let that be you guide for if I wanted to sip it (it makes me take my time with it too).

I pulled out the end of a bottle of Cockspur 12 I've got to compare both to (it's not available in the UK so I had been keeping the last little bit to compare to Mount Gay XO).

I enjoyed it when I have drank it previously now in comparison to the XO, the Cockspur 12 has got all the 'mature' characteristics of XO but turned up a notch, far more 'mature' than the Black Barrel. Maybe even a bit too fiery & dry in comparison to the XO, I think the XO is preferable.

All this is based on my sipping preferences, I rarely have cause to mix higher shelf Bajan rums but will try them out more.

Given that the price is about the same for the two Mount Gays, for the next little while I probably have one them the other to appreciate the differences. I'd probably opt for the XO for sipping because I like a little more 'mature' sipper (& know my partner won't want any).

But If i saw the Black Barrel cheap I would pick it up, I do rate it - it just definitely has vanilla as a flavour that you've got to want.

The Black Barrel will replace the Angostura 1919 as my sipper for 'uninitiated guests' who don't sip a lot of rum - I think it's superior. I'm pretty sure they'll like it & I could enjoy it too.

Although this isn't exactly my taste for regular sipping, qudos to Mount Gay for achieving it.


 
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rbeyer68
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Posted: 2016-05-11 05:42 am   Permalink

Yes, it was at Gerry's. It was a new product for them so they were doing samples. My wife tried it first and said we had to get a bottle. I believe it was less than 25 pounds but don't recall exactly. I was still in awe with the store - very small but packed to the brim with spirits. I could have spent at least an hour just looking around.


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Hi Rick

Glad you made it over here & I hope you enjoyed it!

Re the Angostura Amaro - where did you get it & how much please?

Gerrys in Soho is the best of the best so I'm guessing there

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uncle trav
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Posted: 9 days ago; 08:20 am   Permalink

I had to out of state to try and find Coruba dark rum but struck out. I was lucky enough to find the Saint James on sale. I should have bought another couple of bottles though as it is rare in these parts.



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