Hello liquor thread, it's been a while. I've been drinking lots of liquor and have many things to say. But first, to prior business:
Azrael wrote:I imagine that people are tired of hearing me say this, but the only premium top shelf rum you ever need to buy is Ron Zacapa 23.
Typically runs $35-40. It's pretty much game over. Also try Appleton 12 if you can't find the Zacapa, but only if you can find it for <$30, or else it's not worth the tag.
If dubsola is around, he's got a favorite that I'm blanking on at the moment -- oh yeah, El Dorado 12 or 21. But those are significantly more expensive.
El Dorado 21 is one of my favourites, but it is so, so expensive. It's about £80 here in London. The 15 I like, but haven't had it in a while and can't really remember what it tastes like. I don't recall it being AMAZING like Zacapa, but listen Azrael, at some point people need to try other rums. If they've tasted Zacapa and want to try something else in the same league and price range, here are my tips:Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
- this is a very, very sweet rum, but well worth trying, and cheaper than Zacapa or anything else in this list.Flor de Cana 18
- Most people who don't know rum are very intrigued when they taste this, it's a bit drier and smokier. Definitely not as sweet as the Diplomatico and definitely worth a try.XM 12 Year Old Millennium Rum
- I tried this at a rum festival recently and it really surprised me - these guys aren't well known and they had a very simple stall with just one guy offering tastings. Totally interesting and it'll be the next bottle I buy, for sure.
Whilst at this rum festival I got to see Diplomatico's master blender Tito Cordero give a talk, what a lovely chap. We got to taste their new rum, the Ambasssador - at £200 a bottle I sadly won't be buying one soon, but it's incredible. One of the most interesting rums I've ever tasted, and it comes in amazing velvet lined wooden box. So, so cool. These guys
describe the rum better than I could.
I was recently in Scotland and had to pick up a bottle of whisky, I told the guy I normally drank rum and he suggested a bottle of Glendronach Allardice
. It's 18yo, and matured in sherry casks which gives it a sweetness that I really like. There's a lot going on there, flavour wise, that you don't always get with rums, but like all whiskys, I just find the bite a bit too much for it to become my favourite spirit.