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Cocktails & Spirits


Captain | Jan 16, 2007 07:38 PM

During the winter months, I am one to have a few drams of some form of whiskey from time to time, usually Irish, Single Malt or Cask Strength Scotch. Sometimes, my hand will find its way to a glass with a little rye or bourbon.

But, I find that whiskey does not often agree with the warmer months. It can seem very much to me like drinking eggnog around the barbecue in July. It's very seasonal. So, in the summer months, I switch to Rum, which can probably be blamed on a few years of sailing and some desire to act like the pirate I have wished I could have been. And rum lover that I am, I have watched for threads and rarely seen rum discussed on these boards.

So, what rums are your favorite rums and how do you like to drink them?

I find few rums worthy of being sipped slowly like a fine whiskey, and that is probably for lack of availablity. The best rums should be placed into a glass with little if anything else. the ones I have that get treated this way, usually get a very small amount of ice, and include: Barbancourt, Ron Zacapa Centario, Ron Barrelito, some bottles of Mount Gay, and maybe a few others. I might drink some, such as Appletons, Cockspur, Mount Gay Eclipse, and others, with either a bunch of ice or mixed with either ginger ale or tonic and a squeeze or lime or lemon. I am not a rum and coke drinker, and if you ask for one in my place, there is an unopened jug of some no-name there for your consumption. To me the idea of drowning the flavors of Barbancourt or others in coke is like smothering a good steak in ketchup.

So, please, what rums do you like, how do you like to drink them, and what rums do you want to try?

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