An old wooden still in Guyana.
This still imparts a very distinctive taste to the distillate.
The Rumelier's Favourite Sipping Rums

There is no particular order to the rums shown in the lists below. It is very difficult to pick a long list of favourite rums. The rums shown below are the most popular mainly because they are consistently available in the Turks and Caicos Islands, so they can be drank on a regular basis.
The Rumelier has a large collection of rums to choose from that would be on these lists if they were more readily available. Only a couple of rums made these lists that are not regularly available in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Another difficult decision is, which rum to drink tonight, this can be the toughest decision of all. This is often planned out at work while waiting for the day to end or while surfing the net learning about rums. Sometimes this difficult decision is made after perusing the Ministry of Rum Forum and reading member's threads.
This decision is also often made on what rum is readily available, and which rum is near the end of the bottle, and if it can be replaced.
The Rumelier's rum collection has areas that are strong and areas that are weak. He does not have a great collection of French Rhums, a problem he hopes to rectify one day with a long trip to Martinique. Also, he has a lack of South American rums and as a result you will not see many in these lists below. None are commercially available in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with the exception of El Dorado.

Mount Gay 1703
Bambarra Trouvadore Finest Select 15YO
Angostura Single Barrel Reserve 
Appleton Estate 21 Year Old    
Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve                                    
Mount Gay Extra Old                                    
Admiral Rodney                                            
Atlantico Private Cask 
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Bacardi Reserva Limitada
Barcelo Imperial
Botran Solera                                              
Zacapa 15 Year Old         
Diplomtico Reserva                        
Bacardi 8 Year Old
Appleton Master Blender's Legacy
Flor de Cana 18 Year Old
Barcelo Gran Anejo
El Dorado 15 Year Old
Zacapa XO
Atlantico Private Cask
Matusalem Gran Reserve
1824 from Angostura
1919 from Angostura
Appleton Reserve
Appleton Extra 12 Year Old
Zacapa 23 Year Old
Barbancourt Reserve 15 Year Old
El Dorado 21 Year Old
Cruzan Single Barrel
Flor de Cana 12 year Old
Vizcaya Cask 21 


Doorly's XO Rum from Barbados.
A second maturation in Spanish Oloroso Sherry Kegs makes this rum special.

The Rumelier's Favourite Mixing Rums

The Rumelier usually mixes these rums with his favourite mixer ginger ale, when available and a slice of lime. If this is not available it will be substituted with a lemon and lime soda.

Barcelo Anejo
Chairman's Reserve
Appleton Special Gold
Bambarra Gold 
Mount Gay Eclipse
Bacardi Reserva
Botran Anejo
Elements 8 Gold 
Flor de Cana Grand Reserve 7 Year Old
Macorix 8 Vieja Reserva
Appleton V/X
Elements 8 Gold
Brugal Extra Viejo 
Barbancourt 3 Star
Bacardi Gold
Cruzan Diamond Estate 5 Year Old
Flor De  Cana Gold 4 Year Old

Brugal Anejo
El Dorado 5 Year Old
Angostura's Royal Oak

Barcelo Anejo Ron Superior.
A great mixing rum from the Dominican Republic.

The Rumelier's Favourite White Rums

Diplomatico Blanco
Bacardi Superior from Peurto Rico
Bambarra Silver from the Turks and Caicos Islands
Elements 8 Platinum from St.Lucia
Mount Gay Premium White Rum from Barbados
Flor De Cana Extra Dry 4 Year Old from Nicaragua
Barbancourt White from Haiti
Appleton White from Jamaica
Myer's Platinum from Jamaica
Barcelo Blanco from the Dominican Republic
Ron Mulata Silver Dry from Cuba
Matusalem Carta Plata from the Domincan Republic

This list is shorter than the two shown above, mainly due to the fact
that The Rumelier does not drink white rum too often, usually only
in his favourite cocktails. When collecting rum, if given a choice
between white rum and gold or aged rum, The Rumelier will nearly
always collect the gold or aged rum as a preference and will ask
for the same if someone asks what rum they wish him to bring back
from their vacations.

A small Barbados type table-top copper pot still.
The Rumelier is having a larger version of this still custom made.

Rum Type Alembic Still 

The Rumelier has ordered a sixteen litre custom built version of the cooper pot still pictured above. The main reason for ordering this still is for The Rumelier to learn how rum is distilled in a simple pot still. This is a fully functional working still that will have an electric power source. It is intended to actually distill some rum during the rum tastings that The Rumelier regularly holds. In other words moonshine will be on the next rum menu, distilled right in front of your eyes.
This will be a learning process, from start to finish. This will be a great way to learn more about the fermentation and distillation of rum. So please stay tuned for updates on how to distill rum at home. If you have any knowledge of this process please contact The Rumelier.
The Rumelier's father-in-law apparently distilled his own moonshine in the "bush" right here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, along with some friends. Unfortunately he is no longer alive. There is very limited information as to how they distilled their rum. The Rumelier is trying to track down some of the friends to see how they distilled their rum.

The company constructing the still is Destilarias Eau de Vie, Iberian Coppers, SA, from Portugal. They have a great website that you can buy your own still from or just learn how various things are distilled. 

Click on the photo of the old still shown below to go to there great informative website.