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Dimplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum

It's a good rum, and worth the money (I paid $27). But a description of it doesn't need all the pretentious whiskey references. It's a rum. It tastes like rum. If you don't like rums that taste like whiskey then stop drinking rums, because you'll find very few that aren't aged in used bourbon barrels.

Jul 26, 2008
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Orgeat vs Almond Syrup

Finest Call is supposed to make a decent Orgeat.

You can also make your own, which is far superior to any commercial brand, from everything I've tried and heard. $20 to start and a couple hours in the kitchen...

Jun 23, 2008
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Best rum for a Periodista?

I compared 8 gold mixing rums and landed the Mount Gay far from the top. http://scottesrum.com/category/comparisons/8-gold-mixing-rums/
But if you like it, I'd try the Gosling's Gold and the Cockspur 5-year-old, which are similar but have more taste in my opinion. The Cockspur 12 is highly recommended for the next step up in quality.

As for top of the line rums, my Rum Ranking page has a list.

Feb 22, 2008
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Best rum for a Periodista?

Close to "Authentic" ? Ron Matusalem Platino, which I've found to come closest to Havana Club Anejo Blanco. This is easily my first choice.

I like a Mojito rum to be a bit "raw" and have a bit of an edge to offset the sweetness. Something mellow and fruity like Cruzan Light gets lost in a Mojito. So Flor De Cana Extra Dry or maybe Brugal White Label make for good Mojitos, since they have a bit of strength.

10 Cane throws an interesting taste into a Mojito, but I find it far from authentic (and too expensive).

Feb 19, 2008
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Best rum for a Periodista?

Have you happened upon http://www.homedistiller.org/forum/ yet?

I chat with a couple folks who make their own rums, and I've tried a few of the Temptryst line - a couple of which are amazing.

Keep me in mind when you have some rum ready to drink. :-)

Feb 16, 2008
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Best rum for a Periodista?

I have over 140 rums, and Brugal isn't anywhere near the top of my recommendation list. A bit south of mediocre in my opinion.

Feb 15, 2008
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Infusion question

Even if it sinks you might have to worry about "spoilage." An infusion with peeled apples showed that the apples turned brown after 2 days, even though they were not exposed to the air in the jar. For your fruits this isn't so much of an issue, probably.

Jan 29, 2008
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Ron Zacapa 23-year-old
El Dorado 15-year-old (and 21 and 12)
Appleton Estate 21-year-old
Flor De Cana 21 (which is not 21 years old)

And a few more that I'm missing...


Jan 01, 2008
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liquor tasting notes

Dec 05, 2007
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Bottling homemade liqueur? How & With what?

Also see this thread from last week: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/463322

Dec 01, 2007
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Homemade Berry Liquor Bottling?

The link I posted was for the plastic kind.

Nov 26, 2007
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Homemade Berry Liquor Bottling?

The T-Top corks don't require a corker. They'll insert tightly, but you can twist them in an out with relative ease.

Nov 24, 2007
Scottes in Spirits

Homemade Berry Liquor Bottling?

Beer- & Wine-making establishments will have some nice ones. You probably have some someplace local, but here is one online with some nice bottles:


This is a very nice-looking half-size, clear, that lets the liqueur shows through:

Don't forget corks! The "T-Tops" are great for gifts, no cork-puller needed and they're "re-sealable"
Granted, you can go with screw-caps, but the bottles aren't as nice and the final product isn't as nice. IMHO

To finish the bottles, these PVC Bottle Seals shrink-wrap over the cork, and are a must for gifts:

And if you use them, get a "Fast-Seal" tool. If you want a great finish on those PVC wrappers, or if you're going to do more than a half-dozen, you really want this little tool. Saves burnt fingers, too.

Nov 24, 2007
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Cognac tasting in Boston?

A day late and a dollar short... Thanks though, I'll sign up for their events mailing list.

Nov 13, 2007
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Cognac tasting in Boston?

I have all but the Armagnac book. :-)
At least you confirm that I have some good books on the subject.

Nov 13, 2007
Scottes in Spirits

Cognac tasting in Boston?

While my first love is rum, I also enjoy cognac and brandy. I run a rum review blog (http://scottesrum.com) and would like to enhance my skills in tasting. That is, learning more skills of tasting, and learn how to detect and describe some points that I do not yet fully understand - things like mouthfeel, maturity in a young spirit, identifying underlying flavors, etc.

I'm sure that I won't find a rum tasting around here, and I don't like wine or whiskey, so my thought is that a "proper" cognac tasting would do me some good. Ideally, a class on cognac tasting would be even better.

Does anyone have any knowledge about cognac tastings, or cognac tasting classes, in the Boston area? A recommendation for a book on how to taste cognac would also be appreciated.

Nov 12, 2007
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Orangecello Liquor

Would it makes sense to check any of the many Lemoncello recipes? Seems they'd be very, very similar.

Nov 04, 2007
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Bon Vivant Companion?

Google Books
You can view the entire thing online, or in the upper right corner you can download the PDF.

Nov 04, 2007
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Wax seaals

Put the bottle in the fridge - or freezer if the proof is high enough.

Oct 27, 2007
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Just Bought A Bottle Of Cachaca

You can do *so* much better than the Leblon! I think that stuff is the Bacardi of Cachacas.


Sep 06, 2007
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Are Couintreau and Triple SEc Interchangeable?

What kind of Cuaracao and what kind of Triple Sec? Saying that Triple Sec is the "surprise winner..." is kinda ridiculous since there are many different brands and they can taste extremely different.

Aug 26, 2007
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Don Q rum

Fortune Brands appears to be the distributors of Don Q for CT.

Aug 13, 2007
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Update jello shooters (moved from Home Cooking)

I can *highly* recommend "Hawaii's Tropical Drinks And Gelatin Party Shots."

Some excellent recipes, many original and others are recreations of classic cocktails. The ones I've made - like the Lifesaver and the Almond Joy - have been delicious, and major hits at a couple parties.

Aug 10, 2007
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La Belle Orange

I'm very interested in what you think of this, and how you would compare it to Grand Marnier. I love orange liqueurs and cognac, thus both together.

Aug 06, 2007
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Rumba at the new InterContinental -- ick

I love my rum, and I finally got a chance to visit Rumba at the Intercontinental.

In quick summary, the rum list is excellent even though it had only a few that I would consider rare. Notable rums included Pyrat 1623 ($40), Mount Gay Tricentennial ($75), Clément Cuvee Homere ($20), Clément XO ($28) and British Royal Navy Imperial ($120). More "typical" rums included Pyrat XO, Ron Zacapa (15 & 23), Zaya, Mount Gay Extra Old, Ron Pampero, Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva, Appleton 21, many Plantations, and several others of the very good and excellent rums. All in all a very good selection, and I thought the prices were pretty decent really, between 200% and maybe 300% markup considering the healthy 2 ounce pours that I received.

The place wasn't perfect - I watched one young bartender muddling the bejeezus out of a Mojito, and I wish they knew more about the rums. But it's a nice place, which is expected for a hotel bar in an upscale hotel, the rum list is excellent.

I posted a full review on my blog.

Jul 13, 2007
Scottes in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy Flor de Cana rum in Boston, NYC or Chapel Hill?

Weasely because you fell for their marketing BS? :-)

Really, it's not too difficult to find out that it's not 21-year-old. They blatantly say it's 15-years-old on their web site and the bottle.

Jun 28, 2007
Scottes in Spirits

Where to buy Flor de Cana rum in Boston, NYC or Chapel Hill?

US Distributor of Flor De Caña

Shaw Ross International Importers
2400 SW 145 Ave. Suite 201,
Miramar, Fl. 33027
Phone: 954-430-5020
Fax: 954-430-5041
Email: info@shaw-ross.com

Jun 26, 2007
Scottes in Spirits

Where to buy Flor de Cana rum in Boston, NYC or Chapel Hill?

My bottle of 21 cost me $75. I would think that you *might* get lucky and find it a little cheaper, since this was at an out-of-the-way little liquor store out in the burbs. Sorry, I have no idea on the 12 - though I'd love to find it myself.

Another thing... I hunt for rums a lot, and I've had decent luck when emailing or calling local distributors. They have always been responsive and provided me with a list of specific stores to try, although they can't tell me whether they're in stock or not. I betcha that an email and 3 or 4 phone calls would find you a bottle.

And if this works for you, please let me know! I've had only the 4-year-old and the 21, and I truly love both so I want to try the 7- and 12-year-olds.

Jun 26, 2007
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Where to buy Flor de Cana rum in Boston, NYC or Chapel Hill?

I found the 4-year-old Extra Dry white at Cambridge Mall liquors. And once I saw a single bottle of the 21 at a place in Tewksbury - and they don't have that any more. :-)

In NYC, I hear that Astor Wine & Spirits has an excellent rum selection.
They don't list Flor De Caña though... But they might be worth a phone call.

Jun 25, 2007
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Agricole in Massachusetts?

Thanks Warren. I did chat with Ed Hamilton (he does distribute them) and he gave me some leads in Connecticut, but they're all 3 or 4 hours away.

I just don't understand why Agricole is (almost) non-existent in Mass. St. James and Clement are the *only* ones I've ever seen. What a pain.

Jun 10, 2007
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