I love rum in all forms, and over the last few years I have been attempting to taste as many good ones as I can. Recently I decided to take that up a notch and start learning as much about rum as possible. This blog is my way of keeping track of my tasting notes, comparisons, and reviews, as well as keeping all my rum information – links, books, etc – in one place. Given that I’ve found so much information on the web I figured that this blog would also be a handy way to share the information. I hope you find it useful.
On with the journey….
A few years ago I decided to find and try some good rums, so I did some research on the Internet, bought a couple books, and then started buying the recommended or highly-rated rums. I concentrated on aged rums for sipping, and found a number of great rums. I decided to expand my research, so I’ve been “collecting” rums recently – picking up a bottle here and there, and occasionally hunting down a rum that caught my interest.
The wide variety of rum means that I have a lot of choices, and a lot to learn. Currently I have about a bunch of rums – check my lists in the sidebar – mostly aged sipping rums but I’ve been adding better rums in all classes in order to learn as much as possible. (I have to admit that I have only a single flavored rum, though. It will take a bit of convincing for me to purchase another.) So these rums will be the basis of my studies, tasting, and (hopefully) enjoyment. I’m sure that I’ll be finding new rums as time goes on, of course. I’ll share my research, information and tasting notes as I go.
I’m not a professional taster by any means, so don’t expect a lot of fancy wine-tasting terms or remarks. Hopefully I’ll be able to teach something about rum, but my goal is really to share my thoughts about the rums I try. I’ll consider this all a great success if I can convince someone to try a great rum, or save another from buying a rum that isn’t worth the money.
On a slightly different note, I’ve found that my love for rum had lead my into the area of Tiki Drinks. No, not the sicky-sweet, poorly-made drinks you get at your local Chinese restaurant, but proper Tiki cocktails. A Mai Tai made with care and concern is a wonderful drink, a great blend of tastes, a delicate balance of sour and sweet, and a splendid way to show off a great rum or two.
The Tiki Drink Wizards like Donn Beach, Trader Vic, and Beachbum Berry have amassed a good deal of info about rum-based cocktails, and I like them. Because of this you may find me sliding off rums and into areas of tiki, whether by testing or comparing drinks recipes, or comparing ingredients for tiki drinks, or by taste-testing rums to see how they suit various tiki recipes. So even though a post or two might not seem to be related to rum, they somehow will be.
I may even discuss non-tiki rum drinks. I hope to get several different agricoles in order to do a ti’ punch comparison. And enough cachacas to do a caipirinha shootout. I love rum punches, and daiquiris, and – yes – pina coladas. In the end, it all comes down to rum.
To get some insight into my rums and my process of reviewing, you want want to check the following articles:
I hope you enjoy this site.
If you wish to submit a rum for review please email me at the above address. All samples sent will be reviewed within 2 weeks of receipt, and will get a full write-up review and a dedicated page on this site.