Rum Porn: Volume 1, A Rum Tasting

So if you know me or if you’ve spent a little time visiting with me on this blog, you’ll surely know that I really enjoy rum. The scents, the sites, the sounds (yes the sounds) and the tastes all conspire to create what is one of my life’s simplest and sweetest pleasures: quality rum, neat. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a few people who share my enthusiasm for rum. The end result being the occasional rum tasting where we get together share rum, get our snack on and shoot the sh**.

 
From left to right: Kweyol Spice Rum (St. Lucia), Ron Zacapa 23-yr-old Rum (Guatemala), El Dorado 12-yr-old rum (Guyana), Appleton Estate Extra Old 12-yr-old rum (Jamaica), Mount Gay Extra Old (Barbados), Chairman's Reserve (St. Lucia)

I was digging around through my photos and came across a handful that were taken at a tasting I attended last May (2010). I thought I would share these pics and provide a little commentary–with as much accuracy as possible considering I don’t have notes and it was almost a year ago–on the rums.

Generally speaking I don’t do spiced rum. In fact I believe spiced rum is an abomination. However, we decided to give St. Lucia’s Kweyol Spiced Rum a try. If memory serves me correctly, Robert, our host for the evening, brought this particular bottle back from his recent trip to the island. My conclusions? Let’s just say my feelings about spiced rums haven’t changed.

The three rums immediately to the right of the Kweyol in the first photo, and which feature in the next photo, were all well received by everyone gathered (FYI our group consisted of three males and three females), though Guatemala’s Ron Zacapa and Guyana’s 12-year-old El Dorado were thought to be a little on the sweet side.

From left to right: Ron Zacapa, El Dorado, Appleton Estate

As for the 12-year-old Ron Botran (Guatemala) featured at the far right in the last photo…uhh, there wasn’t much good to say.

12-year-old Ron Botran (Guatemala) at the far right

In the end, while the gathered rums were pleasing enough, Mount Gay’s Extra Old and Appleton Estate’s Extra Old 12-year-old were the big winners on the night with every taster choosing one of these two fine rums as their favourite.

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