Angostura 1919 Premium Rum 70cl - £21 at OCADO or £21.50 in Waitrose
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Angostura 1919 Premium Rum 70cl - £21 at OCADO or £21.50 in Waitrose

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Found 26th Apr 2014
The smoothest rum I know of at this sort of price-point and about the only one I enjoy drinking without a mixer.

Also £21 on Amazon but it currently states "Usually dispatched within 3 - 5 weeks."

Available at Waitrose for £21.50 if you've got a store locally and don't want to wait for delivery.

Opportunity is often embedded in risk. In 1932 a great fire destroyed the Trinidad & Tobago Government Rum Bond. Joseph Bento Fernandes master blender and owner of Fernandes Distillery seized this opportunity and bought the charred casks of rum only then to discover that this rum had aged and matured magnificently. This prized rum was skilfully blended and called 1919 "Super" Premium Rum (1919 being the year the rum was casked). As expected, this rum was soon in great demand. This demand eventually spread overseas through a most interseting set of circumstances.

With the declaration of World War II in 1939, Trinidad and Tobago troops volunteered to serve on the battlefronts in Europe. The company decided to send a bottle of the 1919 "Super" Premium Rum on a regular basis to each of our airman serving overseas. Through their generousity they soon came to share our rum with their foreign colleagues - and thus our product became known in the wider world and our 1919 "Super" Premium Rum came to symbolize the spirit of Trinidad & Tobago.

Rum of the year - Mundus Vini 2006, Mundus Vini 2005.
Double gold medal winner - San Francisco world spirits competition 2011.
Gold medal winner - The rum masters 2011.
Gold medal winner - San Francisco world spirits competition 2009.
Gold medal winner - beverage testing institute of Chicago 2005.
Gold medal winner - American beverage institute 2002.

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Added heat. Just thought I'd pass something on regarding the smoothness.

This rum tastes smooth because of the amount of caramel they've added to it. Recently there's been a lot of chatter about how cheaper, rougher rums or those that have flaws are passing themselves off as well-aged, smooth rums by adding sugar after the distillation process. If you want a premium, unadulterated rum, try those with no (or very little) added sugar.

Case in point, check the Eldorado 15 year old rum (recently on offer at Aldi) - 31g/l sugar.

Finnish list showing grammes of added sugar per litre of rum:

[img]refinedvices.com/for…php?id=33&mode=view[/img]

Swedish list with other rums:

Angostura 1919 14gr/l
Appleton Estate Extra 12 Years less than 3gr/l
Berrys' Caribbean Rum 12 Years less than 3gr/l
Botran Solera 1893 Gran Reserva Añejo 9 g/l
Dillon Très Vieux Rhum less than 3gr/l
Diplomático Reserva 8 Años 7gr/l
Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva 12 Años 41gr/l
El Dorado 15 Years 31gr/l
Matusalem Solera 7 Blender less than 3gr/l
Negrita Dark less than 3gr/l
Ron Barceló Gran Añejo 5gr/l
Ron Quorhum Solera 23 Years 46gr/l
Ron Zacapa Gran Reserva 41gr/l (!!!)
Rum Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old 29gr/l
Rum Plantation Grande Reserve Barbados 22gr/l
Zacapa XO 26gr/l

Swedish list update 20/02/2014

Bacardi Black 8 gr/l
Bacardi Superior less than 3gr/l
Barracuda Rum Silver less than 3gr/l
Brugal 1888 Gran Reserva Familiar 3gr/l
Brugal 1888 Gran Reserva Sherry Oak 4gr/l
Cachaça 51 16gr/l
Captain Morgan Jamaica Rum 3gr/l
Havana Club Añejo 3 años 3gr/l
Havana Club Añejo 7 años 4gr/l
Havana Club Añejo Blanco 3gr/l
Havana Club Añejo Reserva 3gr/l
Matusalem Platino 5gr/l
Matusalem Solera 7 Blender 3gr/l
The Akaya Organic White Rum less than 3gr/l

Obviously, people can drink whatever they like, but it's good to know what you're actually buying and whether that 'premium' prefix actually means anything. Personally, I'm looking for price drops on Seale's 10 Year Old Gold Rum as it's supposed to be completely unadulterated.




Edited by: "Caramelcentre" 26th Apr 2014

jeez check out the grammes per litre in the Eldorado 12 yr old on the first list ...your'e not actually pi$$ed , just getting a sugar rush !

Grams

moob

Grams



Nothing wrong with saying grammes.

Hmm, I'd like to try new rums, may be worth a go.

Great list. Good to know. Thank you!

* I have been drinking Mount Gay of recent, but the £14 Morgans deal currently looks good, as it looks like it has zero sugar added according to this ^^
Edited by: "rehydrated" 26th Apr 2014

captain morgan zero sugar yet its ****

Thanks for this very interesting list.
It will definitely determine which rums I will NOT be buying in the future.

Caramelcentre

Added heat. Just thought I'd pass something on regarding the … Added heat. Just thought I'd pass something on regarding the smoothness.This rum tastes smooth because of the amount of caramel they've added to it. Recently there's been a lot of chatter about how cheaper, rougher rums or those that have flaws are passing themselves off as well-aged, smooth rums by adding sugar after the distillation process. If you want a premium, unadulterated rum, try those with no (or very little) added sugar.Case in point, check the Eldorado 15 year old rum (recently on offer at Aldi) - 31g/l sugar.Finnish list showing grammes of added sugar per litre of rum:[img]http://www.refinedvices.com/forums/download/file.php?id=33&mode=view[/img]Swedish list with other rums:Angostura 1919 14gr/lAppleton Estate Extra 12 Years less than 3gr/lBerrys' Caribbean Rum 12 Years less than 3gr/lBotran Solera 1893 Gran Reserva Añejo 9 g/lDillon Très Vieux Rhum less than 3gr/lDiplomático Reserva 8 Años 7gr/lDiplomático Reserva Exclusiva 12 Años 41gr/l El Dorado 15 Years 31gr/lMatusalem Solera 7 Blender less than 3gr/lNegrita Dark less than 3gr/lRon Barceló Gran Añejo 5gr/lRon Quorhum Solera 23 Years 46gr/l Ron Zacapa Gran Reserva 41gr/l (!!!)Rum Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old 29gr/lRum Plantation Grande Reserve Barbados 22gr/lZacapa XO 26gr/lSwedish list update 20/02/2014Bacardi Black 8 gr/lBacardi Superior less than 3gr/lBarracuda Rum Silver less than 3gr/lBrugal 1888 Gran Reserva Familiar 3gr/lBrugal 1888 Gran Reserva Sherry Oak 4gr/lCachaça 51 16gr/lCaptain Morgan Jamaica Rum 3gr/lHavana Club Añejo 3 años 3gr/lHavana Club Añejo 7 años 4gr/lHavana Club Añejo Blanco 3gr/lHavana Club Añejo Reserva 3gr/lMatusalem Platino 5gr/lMatusalem Solera 7 Blender 3gr/lThe Akaya Organic White Rum less than 3gr/lObviously, people can drink whatever they like, but it's good to know what you're actually buying and whether that 'premium' prefix actually means anything. Personally, I'm looking for price drops on Seale's 10 Year Old Gold Rum as it's supposed to be completely unadulterated.



I'm getting the vibe you might like Rum? Very informative, never considered this when drinking it. Thanks.

My favourite rum! glug glug glug.

Caramelcentre

Added heat. Just thought I'd pass something on regarding the … Added heat. Just thought I'd pass something on regarding the smoothness.This rum tastes smooth because of the amount of caramel they've added to it. Recently there's been a lot of chatter about how cheaper, rougher rums or those that have flaws are passing themselves off as well-aged, smooth rums by adding sugar after the distillation process. If you want a premium, unadulterated rum, try those with no (or very little) added sugar.Case in point, check the Eldorado 15 year old rum (recently on offer at Aldi) - 31g/l sugar.Finnish list showing grammes of added sugar per litre of rum:[img]http://www.refinedvices.com/forums/download/file.php?id=33&mode=view[/img]Swedish list with other rums:Angostura 1919 14gr/lAppleton Estate Extra 12 Years less than 3gr/lBerrys' Caribbean Rum 12 Years less than 3gr/lBotran Solera 1893 Gran Reserva Añejo 9 g/lDillon Très Vieux Rhum less than 3gr/lDiplomático Reserva 8 Años 7gr/lDiplomático Reserva Exclusiva 12 Años 41gr/l El Dorado 15 Years 31gr/lMatusalem Solera 7 Blender less than 3gr/lNegrita Dark less than 3gr/lRon Barceló Gran Añejo 5gr/lRon Quorhum Solera 23 Years 46gr/l Ron Zacapa Gran Reserva 41gr/l (!!!)Rum Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old 29gr/lRum Plantation Grande Reserve Barbados 22gr/lZacapa XO 26gr/lSwedish list update 20/02/2014Bacardi Black 8 gr/lBacardi Superior less than 3gr/lBarracuda Rum Silver less than 3gr/lBrugal 1888 Gran Reserva Familiar 3gr/lBrugal 1888 Gran Reserva Sherry Oak 4gr/lCachaça 51 16gr/lCaptain Morgan Jamaica Rum 3gr/lHavana Club Añejo 3 años 3gr/lHavana Club Añejo 7 años 4gr/lHavana Club Añejo Blanco 3gr/lHavana Club Añejo Reserva 3gr/lMatusalem Platino 5gr/lMatusalem Solera 7 Blender 3gr/lThe Akaya Organic White Rum less than 3gr/lObviously, people can drink whatever they like, but it's good to know what you're actually buying and whether that 'premium' prefix actually means anything. Personally, I'm looking for price drops on Seale's 10 Year Old Gold Rum as it's supposed to be completely unadulterated.



Interesting that you imply that Eldorado 15 yo is a cheap, flawed rum made smooth by adding sugar. Yet it is possibly the most decorated rum of its class and won the best in class and best rum in the world on 10 occasions since 1998. I currently have a bottle of Eldorado 15yo and a bottle of Diplomático Reserva 8 Años. The Diplomatico only has 7g/l sugar compared to the 31g/l of the Eldorado yet it lacks the depth of flavour and complexity of the Eldorado. The Eldorado is a blend of rums aged a minimum of 15 years (some as old as 21yo). It is definitely a premium rum. Adding a bit of sugar to enhance the flavour is not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if it releases all the subtle notes associated with ( arguably) the worlds best rum.

EL DORADO 15 YEAR OLD SPECIAL RESERVE RUM
2013 Gold Medal Outstanding
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2012 Silver Medal Outstanding
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2011 IWSC Trophy for Rum
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2011 Gold and Best in Class
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2010 IWSC Trophy for Rum
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2010 Gold and Best in Class
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2009 Gold Medal & Best in Class
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2009 Best Rum in UK
Imbibe Magazine ICE Awards, London
2008 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2007 Gold Medal & Best in Class
International Wine and Spirit Competition, London
2006 Gold Medal & Best in Class
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2005 Francios Chartier, Authorative Premium Wines Author in Quebec
Annual Buying Guide for Products available at the SAQ
2005 Silver Medal
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2005 Top 10 Remarkable Rums
Forbes Magazine - August, 2005 Wine & Food Feature
2003 Bronze Medal
International Spirits Challenge, London
2003 Gold Award (Super Premium Category)
International Rum Festival, Canada
2003 Gold Medal
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2003 Which Magazine
2003 Superb (90-95) Highly Recommended
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2002 Gold Medal
International Rum Festival, Canada
2002 Gold Medal
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2002 Bronze Medal
International Spirits Challenge, London
2001 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
2001 Best Spirit of 2001, Platinum Medal, Connoisseurs Choice 2001
The Beverage Tasting Institute of Chicago
2001 Gold Medal Winner
Caribbean Communications Inc. Rum Fest
2000 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
1999 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
1998 Gold Medal & Best Rum Worldwide Trophy
International Wine & Spirit Competition, London
1998 Gold Medal & Joint Trophy
International Spirits Challenge, London
1996 Gold Medal Winner (Premium Category)
Caribbean Communications Inc. Rum Fest
1995 Gold Medal Winner (Premium Category)
Caribbean Communications Inc. Rum Fest
1994 Gold Medal Winner (Premium Category)
Caribbean Communications Inc. Rum Fest
Edited by: "blowbrown" 26th Apr 2014

SoullessMinion

Nothing wrong with saying grammes.


Aye if you're from the 18th century.

I'm getting the vibe you might like Rum? Very informative, never … I'm getting the vibe you might like Rum? Very informative, never considered this when drinking it. Thanks.



Np. Very interested in rum as my favourite cocktail is a classic daiquiri. My father-in-law bought me a couple of bottles of Ron Zacapa 23 and after finding it had 45g/l sugar at the time, I wanted to find rums that were sweetened a little less. Also, when you look deeper, the Zacapa 23 is a solera, meaning that it's a blend of rums, with the majority being 6 years old, whilst only a small proportion is aged 23 years. I can drink any old stuff in a rum cocktail, but if I want a good quality sipping rum, I prefer ones with the least amount of post-distillation processing/additives. Again, that's just my personal preference.

blowbrown

Interesting that you imply that Eldorado 15 yo is a cheap, flawed rum … Interesting that you imply that Eldorado 15 yo is a cheap, flawed rum made smooth by adding sugar. Yet it is possibly the most decorated rum of its class and won the best in class and best rum in the world on 10 occasions since 1998. I currently have a bottle of Eldorado 15yo and a bottle of Diplomático Reserva 8 Años. The Diplomatico only has 7g/l sugar compared to the 31g/l of the Eldorado yet it lacks the depth of flavour and complexity of the Eldorado. The Eldorado is a blend of rums aged a minimum of 15 years (some as old as 21yo). It is definitely a premium rum. Adding a bit of sugar to enhance the flavour is not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if it releases all the subtle notes associated with ( arguably) the worlds best rum.



Blowbrown, I'm just trying to provide information to others, that, at the moment is not so widely known. It was a recent shock to many, many rum aficionados that there was so much sugar added to rums that were once thought of as exceptional, as the industry has been very tight-lipped about the whole matter.
From the rum forums I peruse, many are eschewing their once-favoured tipples of choice such as the ones you mentioned and are looking to source rums that do not need additives. They feel that they've effectively been hoodwinked by companies who've secretly added huge amounts of sugar to create super-smooth rums, and are looking to new, less processed rums over the once-lauded Eldorados, Diplomaticos and Zacapas. Not to say that those rums are 'bad' in any way, but the process of adding sugar does both ' age' as well as 'polish' any inadequacies that such rums might have shown after the distillation process. When you can buy rums that don't need post-distillation 'processing' and still taste fantastic, why bother with the (highly) processed ones?

If you're happy with your current tipple, or have the resilience to stay with highly-sugared rums, then I'm glad for you that you're happy with them. My original post is just to flag up the information so that others can make an informed choice. It either comes down to taste, questions of purity, location, rum type or some other affiliation or choice - I have purity as one of my personal constraints, but I know that's not an issue for others and that's fine by me.

As to 'a bit of sugar', looking at forums like Capt. Bob's, there seems to be an idea that 3g/l is an acceptable amount of caramel/sugar. 31g/l by comparison is quite a lot.




moob

Aye if you're from the 18th century.



More like from when english was english. Americanisms are taking over.
Edited by: "SoullessMinion" 26th Apr 2014

I can't get along with this rum at all for some reason, it tastes a bit like Sailor Jerry to me, and i can only mix it with ginger ale rather than coke. It is ok with no mixer but I like my rum with coke.

I've bought about 20 rums this past year and Chairmans Reserve seems to be my favourite and the one I buy most of, and I quite like Cockspur even though it is ridiculously cheap at £14!

I'm getting the vibe you might like Rum? Very informative, never … I'm getting the vibe you might like Rum? Very informative, never considered this when drinking it. Thanks.

Interesting that you imply that Eldorado 15 yo is a cheap, flawed rum … Interesting that you imply that Eldorado 15 yo is a cheap, flawed rum made smooth by adding sugar. Yet it is possibly the most decorated rum of its class and won the best in class and best rum in the world on 10 occasions since 1998. I currently have a bottle of Eldorado 15yo and a bottle of Diplomático Reserva 8 Años. The Diplomatico only has 7g/l sugar compared to the 31g/l of the Eldorado yet it lacks the depth of flavour and complexity of the Eldorado. The Eldorado is a blend of rums aged a minimum of 15 years (some as old as 21yo). It is definitely a premium rum. Adding a bit of sugar to enhance the flavour is not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if it releases all the subtle notes associated with ( arguably) the worlds best rum.



I have no problem with personal choice, but I do have an issue with the snobbery of aficionados suddenly disliking a rum they have enjoyed for many years because it is not pure ( did the distillers claim it was pure or lie about the post distillation processing? If not then why the fuss?) Taste is taste, it shouldn't matter too much how the flavour was attained ( within reason obviously). To illustrate my point, I love a good bourbon, but have no desire to start drinking 'white dog' just because it is pure and has not gone through the post distillation process of ageing in oak barrels. From experience, most white dogs are awful in comparison to the aged bourbon.

I wish you well with your search for an exceptional pure rum, but I will continue to drink the rums I know and enjoy (although I will try any exceptional pure rum with a reasonable price tag if you find one worth recommending).

blowbrown

I have no problem with personal choice, but I do have an issue with the … I have no problem with personal choice, but I do have an issue with the snobbery of aficionados suddenly disliking a rum they have enjoyed for many years because it is not pure ( did the distillers claim it was pure or lie about the post distillation processing? If not then why the fuss?) Taste is taste, it shouldn't matter too much how the flavour was attained ( within reason obviously). To illustrate my point, I love a good bourbon, but have no desire to start drinking 'white dog' just because it is pure and has not gone through the post distillation process of ageing in oak barrels. From experience, most white dogs are awful in comparison to the aged bourbon.I wish you well with your search for an exceptional pure rum, but I will continue to drink the rums I know and enjoy (although I will try any exceptional pure rum with a reasonable price tag if you find one worth recommending).



Thank you. I agree with almost all of your above comments. I do think the ire of many aficionados is that what they thought/ were told they were drinking turned out to be quite different and therefore they felt duped by some of the producers. However, there should be no room for snobbishness or elitism. I'm currently assembling a collection of 'purer' rums for a Christmas tasting session with my father-in-law. If I find anything good and at a great price, I will pm you and also post up on the site. Do feel free to do the same. Good drinking!

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