What dark rum for sipping?

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  • What dark rum for sipping?
  • Premier Icon rickon
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    Hiya chaps,

    I’ve been through a few dark rums of late, and not found anything I prefer for sipping than the chavvy Kraken. It’s really smooth, and tastes like Dr. Pepper.

    What other dark rums should I be trying?

    Cheers!

    Ricks

    Premier Icon jeffl
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    Mount Gay.

    mikewsmith
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    Last I tried was a diplamatico smooth and nice but I’m under exposed to rum

    The other good one was up the back there

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    My top 3 are:

    Diplomatico reserva exclusiva

    Mount Gay XO

    Appleton estate 12yr

    These are all more expensive than Kraken but are good for sipping and are every bit as sophisticated as a good whiskey.

    PMK2060
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    El Dorado 12 Year. Neat with no ice.

    wukfit
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    Goslings black seal

    mattyfez
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    Of you don’t want to spend too much, kraken is pretty smooth.

    Premier Icon gallowayboy
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    I got a bottle of Appletons 12 yo for my b’day recently, and its a fantastic spirit, to mix it would be a waste.

    I’ve also had a Jeffersons from Whitehaven in recent years which was good but not in the same league.

    Oh, I found an unopened bottle of dark seal in my uncles house after he died – impressively alcoholic, but again not as good as Appletons.

    Have a lick of some Chairman’s reserve. Delicate, refined and sippable

    Premier Icon rickon
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    The Gosling’s Black Seal is the only dark rum you guys have listed isn’t it? The rest are golden.

    Im not a fan of the lighter rums.

    Not tried the Gosling’s yet, but did have that on the list!

    Premier Icon bigblackshed
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    It’s not dark rum but spiced. Red Leg.

    Anyway, rum isn’t supposed to be sipped. It’s supposed to be quaffed like a pirate.

    tmb467
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    You like it cos it’s a spiced rum. Not cos it’s a dark rum

    some spiced golden rums could be ok for you.

    Its like a beginners rum really. Tho I’m quite partial to a rum old-fashioned (or even a rum n tonic when on holiday!)

    tmb467
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    Anyway – to my mind, Southern Caribbean rums are my preference. Northern Caribbean ones don’t suit my palate

    Premier Icon iainc
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    Morgan’s spiced surely… 😜

    Premier Icon rickon
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    It’s supposed to be quaffed like a pirate.

    Gaaaaaarrrrrr!

    headfirst
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    Discovered Pamperos whilst skiing in Italy, brought a bottle of it back and it’s very drinkable.  It’s Venezuelan, not Italian btw.

    russianbob
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    Barti Ddu. Without doubt the best rum I have tasted. Awesome. No way I would dream of mixing it.

    There is only one..

    Tastes like yacht varnish but you get used to that.

    Ooohh Arrrr!

    craigxxl
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    I don’t like the spiced rums but do like OVD, Wood”s, Pusser’s and Black Seal

    Premier Icon seosamh77
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    It’s not dark rum but spiced. Red Leg.

    ended up on that at the weekend, was lovely straight.

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    Zacapa XO is very special

    tinybits
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    Plantation was very good. Not had it in a while so will now have to get some more!

    jkomo
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    Pussers gunpowder proof. Excellent for its face numbing qualities, tastes nice as well.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    1. Mount Gay XO

    2. Mount Gay Black Barrel

    Premier Icon wallop
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    Diplomatico Reserva for me – espesh cos you can get it on Amazon Prime! 😂

    Premier Icon simondbarnes
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    Lamb’s Navy

    sbob
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    Gosling’s Black Seal 151.

    It’s a winter warmer, you have been warned.

    B.A.Nana
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    The one that I think tastes like it’s already got a bit of cola in it is Rumbullion.

    Apparently, Don Papa is very sipable full of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and sugar. Altho the authenticity is questionable.

    ^El Dorado 12yo is probably the smoothest I’ve tasted.

    (I get to taste lots in the trade, I’m not a rum lover tho)

    Coyote
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    Why is Kraken “chavvy”?

    Pretty much all of the above to be honest.

    #edit – for an unlikely mixer, rum and fresh orange juice is very refreshing as a summer drink.

    mariner
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    Ah this brings back memories. Used to deliver charter yachts out to the Caribbean for the summer/winter change over.

    Playing ibble dibble with Pussers Pain Killers No1 happy days.

    Mountgay or Appletons here.

    DrP
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    I’ve been playing this game far too much!!!

    My Rum shelf is now brimming with bottles!

    My top 3 are:

    Rumbullion – caramel flavour, slight vanilla, slightly sweet

    Pink Pigeon – lighter in colour, more vanilla, less sweet

    Plantation XO 30th anniversary – more ‘mature’ taste, less sweet still, but still a hint of sugar cane.

    Others to consider are:

    Red Leg – dirt cheap, can be had for about £13 a bottle. Sweet, vanillary and a bit fruity.
    Kracken – it’s ok, a good ‘basic’ one

    Pirates grog – can’t quite remember; I drank it, so must have been OK

    I didn’t really like diplomatico, TBH.. nor mount gay XO

    DrP

    kjcc25
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    During a recent visit to Nicaragua tried some Flor de Cana 18 year old rum, it was very, very good. Expensive though at £55 a bottle.

    You can’t beat Zacapa !

    Zacapa

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    Dark Matter, or Kraken.

    Plus I think Bundaberg make one which is very nice.

    B.A.Nana
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    DrP   Plantation XO 30th anniversary – more ‘mature’ taste, less sweet still, but still a hint of sugar cane.

    I’ve just ordered some of that.

    Regular customer who is a sipper says his top 3 are:

    Rumbullion

    Don Papa

    Plantation

    I’ve also been asked for Pink Pigeon recently, so will have to look at ordering some, if it’s available from my supplier.

    mikewsmith
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    Plus I think Bundaberg make one which is very nice.

    It’s not a lottery i would play..

    Premier Icon 40mpg
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    I’m blessed with having a pub a nice fatbike ride along the beach which has the most amazing selection of rums. And they keep bringing in new ones.

    I think all the above are on the shelf, I’m gradually working through them. I’ll have another go tomorrow night.

    I discovered pink pigeon last week, very good stuff. Riding home is often entertaining!

    Premier Icon pinkwafer
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    Ron Barcelo is nice

    Premier Icon mrsi
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    Diplomatico, Zacapa and Barcelo are all fine choices but at the more spendy end of things.

    Chairmans reserve spiced is great for the money – like drinking Christmas cake! Angostura 1919 is also decent for sensible money.

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