In what I hope is a continued series into next year, I offered up comments on sixteen bottles of rum (and sipped here and there on countless others) through five separate post. I learned a lot and honed my taste to a fine edge. I have a penchant for the old world stuff: big, robust, aged in wood and meant to be enjoyed all by itself. While I can appreciate the marketing and money making of the flavored sugary things I don't enjoy them enough to work them into my personal collection.
I'm a bit surprised myself to say this but Anniversario has grown on me. It's more versatile that I originally gave it credit for and exceptionally well-priced for what it is. At the time I had it, I would have predicted Ron Barcelo Imperial to occupy this spot, but I doesn't strike me as profound a discovery now as it did then.
Depaz Blue Cane Rhum Argicole is plan and simply put, awful. Furthermore, it's awful at a high price; no redeeming qualities to mention. There isn't a close second place that comes to mind, and even if there were it would be misleading as to Depaz's awful-ness to mention someone else in the same breath.
I could mention a great deal here but more than any other rum I really wanted more out of Pyrat and 10 Canes Rums. Both are good, but I felt as they were on the cusp of something really special but didn't fulfill.
The Best Rum You Can Drink:
Of the rums I sampled this year, I have to go with Zafra Master Reserve. As I said in my review, "This is what scotch drinkers would drink if they weren't so high and mighty as to try something other than scotch." The Mount Gay Extra Old gets an honorable mention, but comes up short in a taste test where all things are considered. Two rums I didn't get to drink enough of to offer comments on were Zaya, and Ron Zacap XO Centenario Solera Gran Reserva. I can say with confidence, both the Zaya and Zacap will be serious contenders to the space currently given to Zafra. You can expect me to track down bottles of these two in the new year. The general rule for this coming year is, if you looking for a great rum buy something that starts with a "Z" and you should be alright.
Should funds allow, I'd love to continue this series in 2011 as the market is incessantly being introduced to new products and rare items are seem to pop up with greater and greater frequency. There's plenty out there I've yet to have, and I'm telling myself I've gone through all the bad stuff.
To the good stuff ahead...