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by Scottes
Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Plantation Rum
Replies: 28
Views: 9532

Re: Plantation Rum

I didn't get my Doorly's in a tube. Then again, I got it for US $16 at a close-out sale. For that price they can keep the tube.
by Scottes
Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Plantation Rum
Replies: 28
Views: 9532

Re: Plantation Rum

I find the Doorly's to be the more interesting rum due to its complexity, but the Barbancourt is a finer, more drinkable rum. If pressed, I'd get the Barbancourt, but I'd rather have both.
by Scottes
Sat Jan 26, 2008 3:36 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Review: Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antiguo de Solera
Replies: 10
Views: 6561

Re: Review: Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antiguo de Solera

paulipbartender wrote:I agree with you on the 1796 - there is something lacking that prevents me putting it in the very top tier of rums, nice though it is.
I concur. But I have to re-visit it, since I was very excited and it let me know. Now that I'm not so excited over it maybe it will show it's true colors.
by Scottes
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:36 am
Forum: News Repository
Topic: Today in Rum history
Replies: 4
Views: 2461

Re: Today in Rum history

Count Silvio wrote:Dark Tide?
How is the book so far?
It's OK. A little too much unrelated history - WWI and all that. The writing is OK, but the whole damn story could fit into 10 or 15 pages, so a whole book is a waste. IMHO.
by Scottes
Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: News Repository
Topic: Today in Rum history
Replies: 4
Views: 2461

Re: Today in Rum history

Funny, I'm reading the book about this catastrophe and have *just* gotten to the part where the tank fails. I didn't link the date listed in the book to the current date.... As to the urban legend of being able to smell molasses 88 years later, I can say that I have spent a lot of time in that neigh...
by Scottes
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:21 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: I'm off!
Replies: 4
Views: 9709

Re: I'm off!

I'll drink to that!

In a few hours... It's early yet...
by Scottes
Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:27 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Age statements
Replies: 20
Views: 7618

Re: Age statements

Apparently some rums are aged in huge vats instead of barrels. Is "aging" a good term for this? I've always heard this process as either "resting" or when blending, "marrying." I have a hard time believing that a huge vat would have much effect as an aging process, since the wood-to-rum ration woul...
by Scottes
Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Age statements
Replies: 20
Views: 7618

Re: Age statements

I defer to you in matters of Scotch. But I've always understood is to be a combination of both - since 2 different distilleries would certainly be a blend...
by Scottes
Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:22 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Review: Mount Gay Eclipse
Replies: 8
Views: 4223

Re: Review: Mount Gay Eclipse

Ahh I see what you mean now! ;) I suppose you could say its spice, I just call it tingling or burning sensation. That works. My general understanding is that this is generally called "spice" - but does anyone else call this something different?? Smokiness in Extra you say? Smoke, char, burnt, barre...
by Scottes
Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Review: Mount Gay Eclipse
Replies: 8
Views: 4223

Re: Review: Mount Gay Eclipse

Spice, to me, is what gives your mouth a tingling effect, generally after swallowing. Not so much the taste of pepper, but rather the *effect* of pepper on the mouth. Well, at least that's what I call it. Try a sip of Ron Zacapa 23 and concentrate on how your mouth feels after swallowing. Then do th...
by Scottes
Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Review: Mount Gay Eclipse
Replies: 8
Views: 4223

Re: Review: Mount Gay Eclipse

I'm surprised that you don't mention the spice bite with this rum. I found that I had to get past the alcohol and spice finish before I could discern much in this rum. But once I did, there really is a lot going on in this rum. There are tons of flavors in it. But they are like adding a banana and a...
by Scottes
Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Age statements
Replies: 20
Views: 7618

Re: Age statements

I have tendencies to doubt that rum makers will start marking the ages on their bottles. And it really doesn't mean much for rum. In a place like Scotland or Kentucky the age differences can be compared and be comparable due to the tight geographic location. For rum, the geographic location is too w...
by Scottes
Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:48 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Plantation Rum
Replies: 28
Views: 9532

Re: Plantation Rum

The Plantation rums change from time to time. My favorite was unavailable by the time I finished the bottle.

I have never heard of their St. Lucia, but that's one I'd grab.
by Scottes
Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:25 am
Forum: Other liquors and beverages
Topic: Absinthe
Replies: 11
Views: 12042

Re: Absinthe

To the best of my knowledge Absinthe is no longer illegal in the US. I recently read a post about a US company producing it for the first time in some number of years. Alas, I can't think of that site now. I do know that Lucid is available in the US, and that the Wormwood Society (http://www.wormwoo...
by Scottes
Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: Brandy Cellar
Topic: St Aubin
Replies: 9
Views: 11303

And how was it?
by Scottes
Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:06 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Your favourite rum
Replies: 19
Views: 7492

When you drink the Cask, drink it slowly. It changes between sips, if the sips are spaced.

And when it's done, place an index card over the glass you used. Let it sit for some time, like 30-60 minutes. Lift the card, stick your nose in, enjoy.

:-)
by Scottes
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Rating system
Replies: 45
Views: 34461

Very, very nice.
by Scottes
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:39 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Your favourite rum
Replies: 19
Views: 7492

The ED15 is up there, but I'll always reach for Ron Zacapa 23-year-old, and it's always the rum that gets offered to others. If I ever get a bottle of Pyrat Cask 1623 I'm going to have to do some serious comparisons to the Zacapa. I think the Cask will beat it - but at the price of the Cask I'd stil...
by Scottes
Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: UK Rum Fest Tasting Competition
Replies: 7
Views: 3210

paulipbartender wrote:Barbancourt 8
I was in a liquor store in New Hampshire yesterday. They had the Barbancourt 8-year-old in a gidt pack with a hand-painted collins glass for $15. Wow! What an unbelievable rum for $15!!
by Scottes
Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:13 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: UK Rum Fest Tasting Competition
Replies: 7
Views: 3210

It should fair well, IMHO. It's very good, and at $20 it is a bargain in the land of premium sipping rums. Nothing else under $35 comes close. IMHO.
by Scottes
Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:29 pm
Forum: Cocktails
Topic: Appleton Cocktails
Replies: 10
Views: 11400

I did start reading that, but feel it could get lost and forgotten given the time period involved.

I'd be interested in seeing something that lets me get up to date and hopefully another place to post the proceedings.
by Scottes
Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Show off your rum collection
Replies: 68
Views: 66937

Did you make that avatar yourself by the way? This is actually a design from Dr. Bamboo, another cocktail blogger. http://drbamboo.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html I got permission to use it for my site and business cards and such. How much, you might ask? For some bottles of rum that he could ...
by Scottes
Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Rating system
Replies: 45
Views: 34461

I actually haven't written much in the past so I am still struggling with the reviews a bit. This isn't easy to do, because I know you *want* to blog, but try to review a rum a night, but don't put any up on the site. Review a rum, take notes. The next night, re-read and edit that review, and revie...
by Scottes
Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Rating system
Replies: 45
Views: 34461

You need to be careful though not to smell too much of the cardamom for example. It might get "stuck" in your nose and then you think you smell it in the rum. I am not sure if this is what you meant or if it was more psychological... That is *exactly* what I meant. Also, it's human nature for peopl...
by Scottes
Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Rating system
Replies: 45
Views: 34461

Rum Runner, You mention blind tasting among spirits. I was subjected to a blind tasting trying to identify 10 rums, naming the brand and type. I was most certainly blindfolded the entire time. Of the 10, I clearly identified 3, came very very close to 1, close to another, and messed up the rest. htt...
by Scottes
Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:25 am
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Rating system
Replies: 45
Views: 34461

Rum Runner, Having gone through your post again and again, I feel that I understand it enough to comment. Thinking about these, I don't understand "clarity" when it comes to rum. I have never seen, and can't really comprehend, a rum with less than perfect clarity. That is, regardless of color (up to...
by Scottes
Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:13 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Show off your rum collection
Replies: 68
Views: 66937

Don't forget the diamond buttoned wing chairs from your basement. I'm looking forward to seeing your completed bar. I'm more of the rattan wide-backed chair kinda of guy, actually. Like in my avatar. And the bar will be more Tiki/Polynesian-themed, but with many bottles on shelves on the wall. Rumb...
by Scottes
Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:37 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Rating system
Replies: 45
Views: 34461

The "taste blind" rule from Rum Runner is something I need to do more often. And after reading his post, in a different way than I had planned. I had planned to place 5 bottles in front of my wife and ask her to pour a little of each into numbered glasses, recording which was which but not letting m...
by Scottes
Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Rating system
Replies: 45
Views: 34461

And I also have to admit that considering all these things makes a rating system too complex. Rating 8 or 10 different things on a scale of 1 to 10 is too complex to be helpful, in my opinion. So that's why I really don't use a rating system. Well, I kinda do in the end, but it's a 4-point system: E...
by Scottes
Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:00 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: Rating system
Replies: 45
Views: 34461

I've pretty much included the sweetness, complexity and balance in 'flavor' . Complexity: I can have a rum with one good flavor, and another rum with a lot of different flavors, good or bad. They're very different things in my opinion, and I am more likely to seek a complex rum rather than a simple...