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Heads-Up Rum Tasting for Cuba Libre base: Blind Tasting Results # how many?


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Heads-Up Rum Tasting for Cuba Libre base: Blind Tasting Results # how many?

TombstoneShadow | Aug 19, 2013 09:38 PM

Aug. 19, 2013: Heads-Up blind tasting 4 rums straight and in cuba libres

Contestants: Appleton Special (gold/dark), Bacardi Gold, Pampero Aniversario “reserve exclusive”, and Pyrat XO reserve.

All tasted blind, then with splash of coke and squeeze of fresh sweet lime (for ad-hoc cuba libre). For you blind tasting purists, this is “single blind”… I know the 4 rums, but don’t know which is in which glass.

Background info: Appleton and Pyrat have been my “go to” rums for several years now, having each won multiple prior blind tastings on my palate. In a recent OT thread involving discussion of Patron tequila, I mentioned the sister product Pyrat which elicited a firestorm of haters about how bad a rum it is, how there are rums that are “infinitely better”, etc…

I love a challenge like this. The worst that can happen is I find a significantly better drink. So, I’m motivated to have another tasting. I added to the tasting a real rotgut which I hate (Barcardi Gold), and a rum rated “8 or 9” by (Pampero Anniversario). Also, when in the liquor store, a very experienced owner/clerk came by and assured me that Pampero was a great rum, in fact he had just tasted it in a multiple-rum tasting a few days back. Pampero also has the advantage of being “priced right” for my purposes (under $30). I’m not looking for a gourmet “sipping” rum but rather one that works great in a cuba libre.

So, here are the actual tasting notes... those of you who have followed my posts in all manner of beverages know that I value my integrity at posting these results, good, bad or ugly
Drink 1: Rich. Some honey, caramel. Mild burn. Not unpleasant. Nothing really lingering here either.

Drink 2: Up front not dissimilar from 1. Bit stronger mid burn followed by some yummier mid-notes… 1 is definitely nicer up front, 2 perhaps evolves in more interesting way. Re-tasting 1 I think I prefer it for more well-defined initial flavors…

Drink 3: Lighter… initial impressions are overall thinner construction… thinner texture, flavor. Re-tasting 1 there’s no doubt I prefer it straight because the initial flavor impression of 3 is primarily “alcohol”.

Drink 4: Initial impression is “neutral”. Something along the lines of 3. I think compared to both 3 and 4 I prefer 2, given that the initial flavors include some mild degree of sweetness in 2 which I appreciate. Somehow I think I prefer 3 over 4 slightly.

INITIAL STRAIGHT TASTING Epilogue: 1 and 2 are my faves drank straight. Slight preference for 1. 3 and 4 are less faves, slight preference for 3.

Okay, this may or may not be embarrassing, but in the interest of integrity I swear to publish the following results, whatever they reveal:

Drink 1: Pyrat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! &^%$#@ you haters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Drink 2: Pampero Anniversario

Drink 3: Appleton !!!!!!!!!!!! Hey I’m exclaiming here because I’ve always said this is my pedestrian go-to. My $16 go-to, I’ve always said that Pyrat is a $30 splurge that I allow myself quite frequently actually… but Appleton still makes a nice cuba libre….

Drink 4: Bacardi.

Does the Shadow have a consistent palate or WHAT ????????

NOW, to do the cuba libre tasting… will follow in this thread….

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