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Mark C 09:27 AM 12-10-2008
Originally Posted by replicant_argent:
Note to the rum rookies, however, you want a white or silver rum for Mojitos, not a dark or anejo. One of the Rummies can correct me if I am wrong, though.
A dark rum will work fine if that's what you want/have available. I use lighter/white rums for mixing because they tend to be cheaper, and the complexities of a premium rum tend to get lost in a mixed drink. Kinda like smoking a Siglo VI instead of a yardgar while mowin' the lawn.
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GUSTO 12:02 PM 12-13-2008
So I've read elsewhere from those who have tried both that the Zaya from Guatemala is definitely better than the current one from Trinidad.
Are you saying the Trinidad variety is an excellent rum as well ?

Tried the NC Matusalem for the first time last night and thought it rocked!
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JbGilmore 05:42 PM 12-13-2008
This is going to be hard to find for most of you I believe but there is a rum that is new to the scene called Kilo Kai that is pretty awesome! Definitely grab a bottle if you ever come across it!
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JohnnyFlake 09:40 PM 12-13-2008
Originally Posted by JbGilmore:
This is going to be hard to find for most of you I believe but there is a rum that is new to the scene called Kilo Kai that is pretty awesome! Definitely grab a bottle if you ever come across it!
My son mentioned that rum to me a few weeks ago, while we were discussing a few different spirits. My son lives in the Chicago suburbs. I believe he said that it was only available in Illinois and a few other mid-west states. I have to laugh, as his description was just the opposite of yours, saying that is was pure rot gut! I guess I'll have to get my hands on some to see for myself!
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Mark C 01:43 PM 12-14-2008
Originally Posted by GUSTO:
So I've read elsewhere from those who have tried both that the Zaya from Guatemala is definitely better than the current one from Trinidad.
Are you saying the Trinidad variety is an excellent rum as well ?

Tried the NC Matusalem for the first time last night and thought it rocked!
From what I've read it's about 50/50. Seems like the people who were diehard Zaya whores prefer the old version, but most accept the new one is good, just not AS good. The rest of the crowd who didn't buy Zaya by the case seem to think it's comparable, some say it's hard to differentiate, and some say it's better. Everyone has their favorite, but it seems to me the new Zaya is still considered a good to excellent rum, depending on your tastes.
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Bubba - NJ 08:07 PM 12-14-2008
I got my bottle of Zaya and tried it on the rocks . I'm not real wild about the flavor but it did immediately coat my tongue . Any recommendations as to what I could do to get myself to tolerate the flavor . I didn't get any sweetness from it at all . :-)
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Mark C 09:42 AM 12-15-2008
Originally Posted by Bubba - NJ:
I didn't get any sweetness from it at all . :-)
Sweet flavors are much more noticeable at warmer temperatures, so use less ice. I like sweet rums like Zaya and Zacapa neat. If that's not your taste, try a single ice cube. If THAT doesn't work, pour it in a glass of coke :-)
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Wolfgang 12:01 AM 12-19-2008
picked up a bottle of Trini Zaya for 26.99 the other day. Had a glass and chucked the bicardi that was sitting in the bar. Lol
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BengalMan 01:49 AM 12-21-2008
Speaking of rum's, I'm in Hawaii right now and in Waikiki in the Sherraton hotel there is a bar called Rum & Fire. THis place is flat out unreal. 101 different bottles of rum with some of the most amazing Mai Tai's and Mojito's I've ever had. Not to mention they are pouring Guatemalan Zaya. Were going back tomorrow night, I'll try and get some pictures and update this thread with them.

http://www.rumfirewaikiki.com/
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BengalMan 12:58 PM 01-02-2009
Picked up a few bottles recently. I just bought a bottle of Pyrat XO, another bottle of Zacapa 23, and am waiting on 3 bottles of Guatemalan Zaya from a brother on here.
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Mark C 03:19 PM 01-02-2009
Been meaning to post about rum, had the chance to try a few new ones over the holidays:

Bacardi 8 - I was pleasantly surprised. A lot more flavor in this one than every other Bacardi I've tried, and for the price, it's really darn good. I'd definitely buy this for mixing or even straight sipping. It's not terribly complex, but that's part of the Puerto Rican style that I like.

Don Q Grand Anejo - I was a little let down by this one. It's good, but tastes young for something labeled 'grand anejo'. Needed ice to cut the burn a bit, and the flavors were somewhat muted. Not bad, but a bit overpriced.

Zaya - I finally got my hands on a bottle. I started looking for one last January, but by then all the local shops had sold out and didn't get any more in until the shift to Trinidad rum. Definitely a strong vanilla flavor in this rum, very smooth, and quite sweet. It reminds me very much of the other Angostura rums, probably closer to the 1919 with a bit more sweetness. I've long been a fan of Angostura though, and I like the vanilla, so I'm very pleased with this one. I have no idea how it compares to the old bottle (can't find it locally, can't order it online...stupid state laws), but I'm happy with this one.
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rizzle 09:02 AM 01-05-2009
Originally Posted by Mark C:
Been meaning to post about rum, had the chance to try a few new ones over the holidays:

Bacardi 8 - I was pleasantly surprised. A lot more flavor in this one than every other Bacardi I've tried, and for the price, it's really darn good. I'd definitely buy this for mixing or even straight sipping. It's not terribly complex, but that's part of the Puerto Rican style that I like.

Don Q Grand Anejo - I was a little let down by this one. It's good, but tastes young for something labeled 'grand anejo'. Needed ice to cut the burn a bit, and the flavors were somewhat muted. Not bad, but a bit overpriced.

Zaya - I finally got my hands on a bottle. I started looking for one last January, but by then all the local shops had sold out and didn't get any more in until the shift to Trinidad rum. Definitely a strong vanilla flavor in this rum, very smooth, and quite sweet. It reminds me very much of the other Angostura rums, probably closer to the 1919 with a bit more sweetness. I've long been a fan of Angostura though, and I like the vanilla, so I'm very pleased with this one. I have no idea how it compares to the old bottle (can't find it locally, can't order it online...stupid state laws), but I'm happy with this one.
I've got a buddy that this is the only rum he drinks. I don't get it, doesn't do anything for me.

PS: Going to crack that 1 Barrel to try soon.
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SmokeyNL 09:14 AM 01-05-2009
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was for sale at an Amsterdam shop, made croatan drool a bit :-)
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SilverFox 09:40 AM 01-05-2009
Originally Posted by SmokeyNL:
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was for sale at an Amsterdam shop, made croatan drool a bit :-)

That is devine
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SmokeyNL 09:45 AM 01-05-2009
I only know it from looking at it, but even the bottle is amazing as is the glass that is included. it also comes with an invitation for the HC factory in Cuba
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Skywalker 11:11 AM 03-03-2009
Thoughts on Montecristo???
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I enjoyed the Silver a lot!!!
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rizzle 11:22 AM 03-03-2009
Never tried it. Sorry.
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coach 11:55 AM 03-03-2009
Originally Posted by Skywalker:
Thoughts on Montecristo???
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I enjoyed the Silver a lot!!!

thought the 12yr had a "scotch" overtone" IMO
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Skywalker 12:52 PM 03-03-2009
Originally Posted by coach:
thought the 12yr had a "scotch" overtone" IMO
Thank you!!!:-)
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Parshooter 01:20 PM 03-03-2009
Originally Posted by coach:
thought the 12yr had a "scotch" overtone" IMO
It does when you chase it with scotch :-)
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