"Rum might just be the next hot thing in the spirits market," Mr. Hi-Time told me this week, and what he says is TRUTH. I was happy to see that his shop, the eponymous Hi-Time Wine Cellar, has started stocking Buffalo Trace bourbon cream, which I w rote about years ago. But rum's going to be the Next Big Thing? I've been seeing rarities pop up in bars recently, from Guyana, Indonesia and even Spain, so I asked Mr. Hi-Time what should I try. He said to go with 1 Barrel Rum from Belize, so I did.
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Behold your new prince of the paupers. At only $13 a bottle, One Barrel is a magnificent cheap rum: fierier than its 80-proof leads you to believe, with a fruity bouquet and a molasses finish. It's great as a mixer, but you can also enjoy it neat. I hereby declare 1 Barrel the Evan Williams of the bourbon world--gracias, Mr. Hi-Time! Time for me to try new rums besides your awesome Pink Pigeon. Now, can you make cachaça a thing?