5 Bottle Rum Challenge

The Five Bottle Challenge started on Reddit as a Whiskey/Bourbon challenge, but since Rum is a much more diverse spirit it makes it much more difficult to select just five bottles. 

The concept is that you can only have five bottles in your collection at any time, with each bottle designated for a certain purpose.

  1. Daily drinker (your “go to” for enjoying rum)
  2. Impress your guests (fancy but not too fancy)
  3. Cheap mixer 
  4. Something great (a once or twice a week dram)
  5. Special occasion (or milestone bottle)

Panelists:

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Summary of Picks

Daily Drinker

  • Kevin: Appleton 12
  • Jason: Appleton 12
  • Alex: Doorly’s 12
  • Cory: Cadenhead’s Classic
  • Jay: Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve

Impress Your Guests

  • Kevin: Probitas
  • Jason: Siesta Key Coconut Rum
  • Alex: English Harbour Single Barrell
  • Cory: Don Q Gran Anejo
  • Jay: Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros

Cheap Mixer

  • Kevin: Wray & Nephew Overproof
  • Jason: Appleton Signature
  • Alex: Plantation 3 Star
  • Cory: Golden Devil Navy Style
  • Jay: Hamilton Florida Rum Society

Something Great

  • Kevin: Saint Benevolence Rum Clairin 
  • Jason: Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum
  • Alex: Smith & Cross
  • Cory: Privateer Distiller’s Drawer #38 Bottled-In-Bond
  • Jay: Privateer Letter of Marque Rumdemic

Special Occasion

  • Kevin: Foursquare 2004
  • Jason: Havana Club Anejo Reserva
  • Alex: Black Tot 50th Anniversary
  • Cory: Golden Devil Guadeloupe Bellevue 19 Year Old
  • Jay: Appleton Joy

Country of Origin

  • Jamaica: 8
  • Multi-country Blend: 6
  • USA: 3
  • Barbados: 2
  • Cuba: 2
  • Antigua: 1
  • Guadeloupe: 1
  • Haiti: 1
  • Puerto Rico: 1

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