I dont think I've seen a thread on this, so i figured I'd get one started.
As much as I love bourbon and Scotch, barrel aged rum has been my spirit of choice recently. They definitely haven't had the price blow up to the extent of whiskey (yet), so you can get incredible examples in the $20-$50 range. The selection available isn't as extensive as whiskey, even in higher end stores, but it's been getting better.
My go to is Brugal Añejo. It's an easy sipper, with lots of vanilla and caramel. The price is extremely reasonable where you can find it.
I just cracked the seal on a bottle of Brugal 1888. I can't read Spanish, but it looks like it is aged in Bourbon barrels, followed by Sherry. It definitely has a firm tannic note, but it fades into all kinds of vanilla, honey, caramel, and figgy/sherry notes. The tannin is a bit too strong, but its getting softer as my ice melts. But the sherry cask notes are really nice. I will definitely make it a point to search out more sherry barrel aged rums after trying this one.
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