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Was wondering if there are any rum peeps in here? I got me some Angostura 1919 and 1824 while in St. Thomas. Dang I love that 1824!! Whats your thoughts? It may be a little lower brow than scotch or bourbon but let me say there are some very fine rums to be had!
 
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Was wondering if there are any rum peeps in here? I got me some Angostura 1919 and 1824 while in St. Thomas. Dang I love that 1824!! Whats your thoughts? It may be a little lower brow than scotch or bourbon but let me say there are some very fine rums to be had!
I want to get into rum, as Captain Morgan was my first love in the world of spirits. Yet I'm not sure I'm ready to shell out $50+/750mL for my first foray into "good" rum.

I'm thinking more like $30/750mL. I see a lot of stuff at my local joint in that range that lists ages, "single barrel"-ness, etc. but I have no idea on brands. Any good buys that people know of in that range? Any markers of good quality?
 
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I want to get into rum, as Captain Morgan was my first love in the world of spirits. Yet I'm not sure I'm ready to shell out $50+/750mL for my first foray into "good" rum.

I'm thinking more like $30/750mL. I see a lot of stuff at my local joint in that range that lists ages, "single barrel"-ness, etc. but I have no idea on brands. Any good buys that people know of in that range? Any markers of good quality?
Appleton Estate 12 Year is about $30 per 750ml.
 
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I love trying different rums in cocktails, including tiki drinks. Sipping rum is fine, but I find usually lacks the depth of bourbon or scotch. That being said, hard to beat Zacapa 23 or Zacape XO for sipping. Very rich, viscous and slightly sweet. Something like Mount Gay Extra Old is solid, a drier rum overall. The older Appleton rums have a lot of great flavor. Any Demerara rum or Rhum Agricole will have interesting smokey and grassy flavors, respectively.
 
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I want to get into rum, as Captain Morgan was my first love in the world of spirits. Yet I'm not sure I'm ready to shell out $50+/750mL for my first foray into "good" rum.

I'm thinking more like $30/750mL. I see a lot of stuff at my local joint in that range that lists ages, "single barrel"-ness, etc. but I have no idea on brands. Any good buys that people know of in that range? Any markers of good quality?
Appleton 12 - jamaican rum
El Dorado 12 - demerara rum
Barbancourt 5 star (8 y/o) - aged rhum agricole
Mount Gay XO / RL Seale 10 - barbados rum

Heres a few recommendations for a few of the rum types. These are some of the best rums you can buy for the price IMO. Rum is a very deceptive market right now and a lot of the high end rums are essentially rum liqueurs. Misleading age statements and unlabeled additives are commonplace. Good and even great rum should not be an expensive purchase, if you stick with the classic and original rum producers you will be rewarded.

Also another recommendation if you will be making cocktails frequently is Smith & Cross. Extremely funky and potent, a very unique jamaican pot still lightly aged rum. Mixing it into a kingston negroni is a great cocktail. I've been going half and half appleton 12 and S&C for possibly the best mai tai combo I make.
 
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I remember this one being good. Also, Ron Abuelo 12 is pretty good, and El Dorado 15 was probably my favorite of the bunch. I have been meaning to try Appleton Estate.
 

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best I've ever had was Brugal Siglo de Oro... I'm not a big rum fan but I could sip on this
 
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Had Zacapa 23(?) the other night neat. It was very good. Struck my interest, could get into rum.
This was my entry in "good rum" and its a slippery slope from there. That said Zacapa I have found is still the most reasonably priced and consistent bottle out there. I really enjoy it. Once you start reading about the added sugar discussion though, you might want to move up to something like Plantation 20th (mentioned above), more boozy, but less sugar added, and same great flavor.

Also for anybody who drinks other spirits, be weary of "age" statements on bottles. You will notice for example that Zacapa 23 makes you think its aged 23 years but nowhere does it say that on the bottle. Same with something like Kirk & Sweeney 23, it says '23 Year' but that is a vague statement that does not imply the entire contents is aged 23 years (like a scotch or other whisky would be). Make sure it actually says 'aged XX years' on the bottle if that kind of thing matters to you.

Happy to spend more time discussing rum! New to the forum but good sipping Rum is definitely in the rotation nowadays.
 

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