The Rum Blog

Growing up, I seem to remember that half my family members drank gin (& tonic) while the other half drank rum (& coke). This is in addition to wine, beer, and anything else that the occasion might have demanded. My background is a combo of English, Irish, and Scottish so family gatherings were never lacking in libations...

I am not sure exactly when, but I ended up on the rum side of the family. That is not to say that I never drink gin (or other liquors), but my go-to beverage is rum & coke. Like my maternal grandmother, I initially favoured Bacardi white (I know, BO-RING). I eventually got out of that rut, and decided to go on a mission; a very yummy rummy, rum-tasting mission. 
Join me as I travel through all the rums at the LCBO and outre mer ("across the sea") as well.
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Ron Caney Añejo Centuria

Posted by chez Jacquie on Sunday, August 16, 2015, In : Cuba 
As you may have already noticed, I am lucky enough to be spoiled by people. They bring me back rums from far off places, such as the Dominican Republic, and, in this case, Cuba.
Currently, the only Cuban rum available through the LCBO is Havana Club. And while I like all of them, from what I've been told there are upwards of 10 other rums available only on the rum-filled island. Other rums that I have been lucky enough to try from Cuba can be found here. I have (perhaps controversially) classi...

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Havana Club Añejo 3 Años

Posted by chez Jacquie on Monday, March 24, 2014, In : Cuba 
I do realize that I have done three posts in two days but I did not finish all bottles within this time frame.  This bottle I finished on my own.  I had been delaying the inevitable with this bottle as well.  I picked this up a while ago.  It was a new product by Havana Club and it caught my eye one day at the LCBO.  It's quite hard to miss.  The bottle looks ready to party with its bright yellow and red label.  

Before I get to the rum, I'd like to say that I love Havana Club rums because mo...

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Havana Club Selección de Maestros (Hello, Goodbye / The Cost of Doing Business - Part 3)

Posted by chez Jacquie on Sunday, March 23, 2014, In : Cuba 
And now for the second goodbye.  But first, the story of this rum goes back. Way back.  It was probably over a year ago that a friend of mine too me to Ceili Cottage, a delicious little Irish pub on Queen Street East.  It is a very cool little place, all wood inside, lots of small little cosy rooms, a large main room with a long wood bar.  And it is more of a true pub with more gourmet food than nachos and chicken fingers.  I had the bangers & mash , which is significant because this is the f...
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Cubay - Ron Añejo (Makin' Space - Part 2)

Posted by chez Jacquie on Sunday, January 19, 2014, In : Cuba 
This is the second bottle of Cuban rum that I finished off to make space for a new bottle.  Just like the bottle of Santiago (in the previous post), I wasn't ready to say goodbye.  It had been sitting around for months, with probably only a few ounces left.  But over Christmas, I finally got stopped procrastinating.  I convinced myself that it was time to stop wasting valuable space in my cupboard with numerous near-empty bottles.

I really liked this rum too.  Like Santiago, it is ...

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Santiago de Cuba - Ron Añejo (Makin' Space - Part 1)

Posted by chez Jacquie on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Cuba 
I had about one inch left in this bottle for the longest time.  I was serioulsy procrastinating.  It sounds silly but sometimes I don't want to finish a bottle, especially if it's one that I may never be able to replace.  And this would be one of those bottles.  I also thought that I was going to be hosting a rum tasting and wanted to have as many different rums on hand as possible.

A friend brought it back from Cuba for me about year ago.  I finally gave in and finished the bottle ...

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Bacardi Black

Posted by chez Jacquie on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : Cuba 
I just finished this bottle on the weekend.  Considering its size (1.14L) I think I made rather short work of it.

According to the Bacardi website, BACARDI® Black is aged upwards of four years to create a medium full-bodied blend with aromatic impressions of tropical fruits, apricots, plums and banana. It has a continuous woody finish with hints of vanilla.
 
I agree with that.  It is definitely on the sweeter side, and I would say that it does have a nice fruity quality to it, not so m...

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Bacardi Oakheart

Posted by chez Jacquie on Tuesday, December 25, 2012, In : Cuba 
This is a relatively new product from Bacardi.  I saw a commercial for it on TV and decided I would have to try it as part of the this blog (of course).

This rum is very reasonably priced, at about $26.  It is an aged and oaked rum.  It is rich and spiced, with a strong vanilla flavour.

It recommends that it should be consumed straight.  The first few times I tried it, I did drink it straight.  It is smooth enough to drink as a liqueur after dinner.

I then reverted to drinking it with c...

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Bacardi 8 (if it ain't broke don't fix it)

Posted by chez Jacquie on Monday, November 26, 2012, In : Cuba 
This is the rum that I bought instead of Captain Morgan when I discovered that at least one Captain Morgan rum has corn syrup in it.  I think this rum is delicious and great value for money.  And it's currently on sale ($5 off!) which makes it even better value.  I was tempted to pick up another bottle the other day when I was at the LCBO but chose two new rums that were also on sale.
I am going to continue to classify Bacardi as Cuban rum because that's where it was originally made...

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Bacardi Gold

Posted by chez Jacquie on Friday, July 6, 2012, In : Cuba 
Again I should probably apologize to Castro fo classifying this as Cuban.  I plan to do some more research soon but this is the basic run down.  Bacardi rum was originally made in Cuba by the Spanish (i.e. from Spain) Bacardi family.  But the family apparently fled as a result of the political turmoil.  Havana Club is the national rum of Cuba (read owned/made by the current communist government).  I read that Havana Club has been suing Bacardi for years to get them to remove "Casa ...

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Havana Club Añejo Blanco

Posted by chez Jacquie on Friday, July 6, 2012, In : Cuba 
I wasn't going to post this rum because it's pretty straight forward and vanilla compared to the other rums I have in this blog.  But then I figured my blog would be incomplete.  I like Havana Club.  It's a nice smooth white rum.  Goes nicely with fruit juices.  I can never remember the name of the cocktail but it's white rum, grapefruit juice with a spash of cranberry.  I think it's called a Bay Breeze.  When made with vodka it's called a Sea Breeze.  Anyways, Havana Club works well...

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Bacardi Añejo

Posted by chez Jacquie on Sunday, June 24, 2012, In : Cuba 
I like Bacardi. I've always liked Bacardi. This is a nice price and very respectable. Añejo seems to  the new buzz word in the rum world (it means aged in Spanish, I think I covered that in a previous entry). And the learning ever stops! :)

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Bacardi Solera 1873

Posted by chez Jacquie on Saturday, June 23, 2012, In : Cuba 
So this one came in a box.  How Fancy! ;)  My friends actually brought this back from Mexico.  I am not sure if it is the same as the Bacardi 1873 which you can purchase at the LCBO.  In any case, it was very good and didn't last long.  And even though the bottle was purchased in Mexico, Bacardi is in my understanding a Cuban rum.  Although Castro may disagree.  But that is for another post.

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Havana Club - 7 Years

Posted by chez Jacquie on Sunday, June 17, 2012, In : Cuba 
This one is good, but I prefer the Havana Club Añejo Reserva (the bottle immediately preceding).  This one is darker and not as smooth.  It burns a little on the way down.


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Havana Club - Añejo Reserva

Posted by chez Jacquie on Sunday, June 17, 2012, In : Cuba 
This is by far my favourite rum offered by Havana Club.  It is a fantastic golden caramel colour and has a taste to match.  It's also very smooth.  Añejo Reserva means Aged Reserve.

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