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2 oz Rum, Scarlet Ibis
34 oz Sweet vermouth, Carpano Antica Formula
14 oz Yellow Chartreuse
14 oz Bénédictine
2 ds Peychaud's Bitters (House, see note)
Stir, strain, cocktail glass
House Peychauds at Death and Co. is 2:1 Peychauds and Bitter Truth Creole bitters.
This is literally a "bartender's choice", where the rum could be Rittenhouse 100, Laird's Bonded, Santa Teresa 1796, Hine Cognac, Famous Grouse.....
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Yes, just by looking that 's

Yes, just by looking that 's going to be pretty darn sweet. Personally, I can tolerate a sweet drink if there is enough spirit flavor and/or bitter. I have trouble with sweet and herbal drinks, but others seem to like them. Not everyone likes every drink, even if it's created by Phil Ward. ;)

3/4oz of Carpano is

3/4oz of Carpano is definitely too much sweetness for me. I prefer this at 1/2oz, though when we make it at my bar we actually use Punt e Mes, which has some bitterness to balance. We also often swap the Peychaud's for a few drops of Fee Bro's Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters, which can really dry out drinks (though also easily overpower them). Also, a lot of rums have a lot of natural sweetness so pick one you think will work. Not that this isn't already a great idea/cocktail, but there is no "right" recipe, just the one you like. Here's how I like it:
2oz dark rum (ex. Flor de Cana 5-Year Old)
1/2oz Punt e Mes
1/4oz yellow Chartreuse
1/4oz Benedictine
few drops of aromatic bitters for dryness if needed