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Rum Review: Dictador 12 Years — Colombia

The minute Terry realized Dictador rum was made in Cartagena, Colombia she knew we had to review. Cartagena is a magical city of narrow streets with flower-draped window boxes and colorful street performers that charm and entertain. Colombia is one …

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Rum Review: Papa’s Pilar 24

Papa's Pilar

Our favorite tour in Key West, by far, was the Hemingway Home on Whitehead Street.  Ernest Hemingway, known by many as “Papa,” had a penchant for adventure and fine rums. The Hemingway Rum Company pays homage to this icon of …

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Mount Gay Black Barrel

For over 30 years Mount Gay has sponsored sailing regattas around the world. Sailors proudly wear their Mount Gay Red Caps as symbols of participating in one of 150 hosted regattas each year. As the day of racing ends, the …

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Rum Review: Villa Rica – Olé Mexico

  Since we began our rum tasting adventure we have reviewed over 30 rums from around the United States and the Caribbean Islands. Not once have we ventured into Mexico. Maybe it’s because Mexico is better known for its tequilas. …

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Grenada Rum: Take the Tour

Grenada Rum

Rum is as diverse as the methods used in making it and the islands it comes from; white, gold, light, dark, over-proofed, aged, spiced, flavoured or blended, it is the most varied of distilled spirits. On the small island of …

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Plantation Trinidad Vs. Barbados

    In January 2016, we selected a rum from Plantation’s Old Reserve Collection, in which each rum hails from a different Caribbean Island. We “traveled” to the island of Barbados, where the sugar cane produced a rum layered with …

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Clément – Select Barrel Rhum Agricoles

Clément – Select Barrel Rhum Agricoles

“Employee Recommended,” read the starburst on the shelf in front of Clément Select Barrel Rhum Agricoles from Martinique. Years ago, we were given a bottle of Clément X.O. which Terry secretly hid for herself because she enjoyed it so much. …

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Review: 12-Year Old El Dorado Rum from Guyana

El Dorado Rum

                The beautiful red box with a square-rigger on the front drew our attention. El Dorado Rum is a 12-year old rum from Guyana on South America’s coast. Not having much information about the …

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Is Ron Zacapa Truly the Benchmark?

We were introduced to sipping rums by Clint’s best friend Jim Brazil many years ago. Back then, one rum tasted like the other.  Vanilla, molasses and some with spices we couldn’t quite identify. Then Jim pulled out the pinnacle of …

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Kaniché XO – Barbados

One day we got a strange text message. “We’re having a rum tasting this week. What would you recommend?” We couldn’t type fast enough. After giving him a list of our favorites he texts back, “Have you ever had Kaniché?” Honestly, …

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Pusser’s Rum Aged 15 Years

Pussers Rum

On a recent trip to Annapolis, we had to make a stop at Mill’s Fine Wine and Spirits to check out the rum selection stocked for incoming cruisers. Lo and behold there was the Pusser’s Rum Aged 15 Years; a …

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Doorly’s 12 Year Old – Barbados


Barbados is one of our favorite Caribbean Islands. There you will find the most genuine people and, in our opinion, some of the best rums in the world. When we were there we bought a Doorly’s XO and have nursed …

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Angostura 1919 8-year Old

Angostura 1919 8 year old rum review

We were standing in the middle of the rum aisle trying to decide on a rum to review. Sipping or mixing? Caribbean or South American? We are fortunate to live in Florida which offers us a wide variety of rums. …

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Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8 Year Old

Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8

We first sampled Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8 year old rum in March writing a very lackluster review. Taking a step back, we revisited the rum in May, opting to sample as the producers of the rum suggested: “neat, on …

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Ron Abuelo 12 Year Old

Rum: Ron Abuelo 12 year old

  Have you ever gone to a movie based on your favorite books and left the theater wishing you had never gone. Would your opinion of the movie have been different if you hadn’t read the book? When doing our …

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At Odds with Dos Maderas PX 5+5

Rum Review: Dos Maderas PX 5+5

Our son and daughter-in-law surprised us with a rum of the month subscription from Taster’s Club, a subscription based company featuring whiskey, tequila and rum. Taster’s Club carefully selects “must have” rums from around the world and surprises its members …

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Atlantico Private Cask

RUM: Atlantico Private Cask

What do you give rum reviewers for Christmas? Rum, of course. We are very fortunate our friends also have refined palates for sipping rums. When we opened Atlantico Private Cask we immediately wanted to share with those gathered, however, after …

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Captain Morgan White Rum

Captain Morgan White Rum Taste Test

After our review “Top Shelf vs. Bottom Shelf” hit the stands, reader John Sans wrote, “Please try the control test without using Bacardi. Though Bacardi may be the best selling rum in the world, that doesn’t qualify it to be …

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