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Can you guys please recommend some beginner premium rums (to drink straight)? I'm in Canada, so Cuban is available, but there are not a lot from any Hispanic countries. In fact, I think my options are limited to the following brands:
Appleton, Arecha, Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Cockspur, Cruzan, Eclipse, El Dorado, English Harbour, Flor de Cana, Gosling's, Havana Club, Lambs, Lemon Hart, Mount Gay, Myers, Pussers, Ron Carioca, Tanduay, Young's​
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Originally Posted by Jared
Can you guys please recommend some beginner premium rums (to drink straight)? I'm in Canada, so Cuban is available, but there are not a lot from any Hispanic countries. In fact, I think my options are limited to the following brands:
Appleton, Arecha, Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Cockspur, Cruzan, Eclipse, El Dorado, English Harbour, Flor de Cana, Gosling's, Havana Club, Lambs, Lemon Hart, Mount Gay, Myers, Pussers, Ron Carioca, Tanduay, Young's​
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I can recommend El Dorado, Pyrat and Cruzan, in that order. The others on that list I have either not tasted or are just more of the mixing type rums.
 

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I've found Gosling's black seal to be quite nice, but I'm no rum expert by any means.
 

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I'm a fan of Flor de Caña but would only recommend the 12+ for drinking straight. The 7,5, and 4 year versions are all for mixing IMO. Being so close to Nicaragua I see every variety for cheap. The 12, for example, is going for $15 USD.

I also like Havana Club 7 yrs. as long as it's the Cuban variety and has the sticker saying so. Their 3 yr is the best mixing rum I've ever had.
 

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Especially with the recent forum fascination with "Gay", I'd like to point out that I'd have a difficult time drinking "Mount Gay, Extra Old" with a straight face.
 

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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
Especially with the recent forum fascination with "Gay", I'd like to point out that I'd have a difficult time drinking "Mount Gay, Extra Old" with a straight face.

is rhum gay?
 

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Well, it is the drink of sailors.
 

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Originally Posted by Huntsman
Well, it is the drink of sailors.

It's fun to sail on a ship with men and sail across the sea...
 

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Originally Posted by Jared
Can you guys please recommend some beginner premium rums (to drink straight)? I'm in Canada, so Cuban is available, but there are not a lot from any Hispanic countries.
My favorite topic, as I have lived in the islands for many years. For a white rum for mixing, try to find Don Q from Puerto Rico. It is much drier than Bacardi, which for my taste is too sweet. For good amber premium rums, the best in the world, IMO, is Barbancourt 5-star from Haiti. Drink it neat in an old fashioned glass. This is some of the best shit in the world. Regular Mount Gay from Barbados is a good amber rum as well. Don't listen to Tokyo, he knows not what he mocks. I recently saw that special older version of Mount Gay but have not tried it. I'm sure it is spectacular. Pompano Aniversario from Venezuela is nice. Barrilitos from Puerto Rico, the 3-barrel, is good, although a bit sweet for my taste. I've heard good reviews of the stuff from the French Caribbean islands as well, (Martinique especially) although have not tried it myself.
 

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Originally Posted by Stu
For good amber premium rums, the best in the world, IMO, is Barbancourt 5-star from Haiti. Drink it neat in an old fashioned glass. This is some of the best shit in the world.

I was going what was on that list, but good catch. My first introduction to alcohol was by the Haitian side of my family. They decided to bring over a 15 yr Barbancourt with them when they came to visit. Things have gone downhill since.

Oddly enough, I've got a 5 star sitting on my desk right now. Cheers.
 

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Originally Posted by Stu
Don't listen to Tokyo, he knows not what he mocks. I recently saw that special older version of Mount Gay but have not tried it. I'm sure it is spectacular.Regular
Ah, Stu... Begging to differ, but I know very well what it is that I am mocking. I'm sure that Mount Gay is an outstanding (or maybe even passable) Rum. I could care less. I was not mocking the rum itself, I am mocking the name: Mount Gay, Extra Old! Conjures images in my head of:
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making out. I don't know that I could fight that off long enough to drink WATER let alone Rum
 

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Originally Posted by whodini
I was going what was on that list, but good catch. My first introduction to alcohol was by the Haitian side of my family. They decided to bring over a 15 yr Barbancourt with them when they came to visit. Things have gone downhill since.

Oddly enough, I've got a 5 star sitting on my desk right now. Cheers.



I'm kicking myself in the ass because when I was in the Virgin Islands last month I had to pass up a bottle of 5-star because I'd already spent my 5-bottle quota on bourbon and Irish whiskey.
 

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