bbrownri wrote:...I was wondering if anyone else out there has found any good sipping rums.
The Clement rums have a good reputation, though I haven't tried them. However, the following have all provided sipping pleasure...
Angostura 1919 and 1824, Trindidad & Tobago - The first is as easy drinking a rum as one is likely to encounter. Great for summer patio parties. The second has quite a bit more depth, with a spicy, somewhat burnt character (I'm often reminded of Knob Creek when I drink this one) that you may or may not appreciate.
Appelton Estate Extra, Jamaica (nominally a 12-year old with some older rums in the makeup) - Good balance and complexity. Smooth and not over the top.
Barbancourt 8 Year Old, Haiti - A rather intense and spirited flavour surge followed by sweetness. Finishes hot. Good stuff for those not afraid of the edginess.
El Dorado 12 and 15 Year Old Demerara, Guyana - Both lovely pours. The first incredibly sweet and raisined, the second with greater complexity.
Havana Club 7 Year Old and Barrel Proof, Cuba - The first is often overlooked due to its ubiquitous presence in the marketplace. But it's an excellently balanced rum nonetheless. Leans slightly to the delicate flavour spectrum. The Barrel Proof is just a wonderful sweet pour.
Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antigua de Solera, Venezuela - One of my favourites. Complex and with a lovely finish. It's a very fine sipping spirit.
Also keep your eyes open for any of the Plantation Reserve rums bottled by the French C. Ferrand firm. They can be spectacular. Personal favourites include the Venezuela and Guayana releases.