Ok, if you're mixing with Coke, Appleton Extra (~$12), because let's be honest; you're drinking it because it tastes like coke. If you're mixing with ginger ale (Schweppes is better) and a lime, either the Extra (lighter) or Lemon Hart Demerara ($16, heavier), but it's significantly harder to find. For either coke or ginger ale, Flor de Cana 7 (~$15) works too. Now if you want one step up the flavor ladder to a dark & stormy, find a good ginger beer and Goslings (~$20), although I've heard good things about Cruzan's Blackstrap too -- Myer's really isn't the right flavor profile for much beyond baking or careful addition to punch.distractedSofty wrote:Personally, I find it hard to pick rum as opposed to, say, whiskey since there is less that's obviously different between brands (AFAICT). What Rums would you recommend in the middle price range? (which to me means $15-40 US) ... And I'd be looking for a go-to standard for mixers (primarily coke for rum), and more complex rum based cocktails.
Speaking of punches (or other fruity concoctions) most are done with a base of white and a float of oaked (but not dark like Goslings) -- and typically aren't too particular with what the white is, because the fruit juice mix is covering it up pretty thoroughly. Most of these can be done (for most drinkers who won't/can't tell the difference) with a distillery like Mount Gay (skip Bacardi, they're a marketing monster macro) to say a few bucks. A few bucks that you should then spend on a decent oaked to float, since that's where most of the rum flavor is going to come from -- and all of the nose.
Want to make a mojito that isn't boring? Use the Lemon Hart and actual demerara sugar. Or just an oaked like Flor with brown sugar.
distractedSofty wrote:I'd also love some recommendations for rums to drink straight, but that wasn't my original question. I could easily justify more expensive bottles for that.
From merely the previous page:
Typically runs $35-40. It's pretty much game over. Also try Appleton 12 if you can't find the Zacapa, but only if you can find it for <$30, or else it's not worth the tag.Azrael wrote:I imagine that people are tired of hearing me say this, but the only premium top shelf rum you ever need to buy is Ron Zacapa 23.
If dubsola is around, he's got a favorite that I'm blanking on at the moment -- oh yeah, El Dorado 12 or 21. But those are significantly more expensive.
Роберт wrote:Azrael wrote:ALSO: Morgan's makes shitty rum and don't deserve all this time and attention, nomenclature confusion aside.
It's not terrible, but it's certainly not great. The tattoo stuff they made was okay, too, probably better, depending on my mood.
Yes, it is terrible. It's watery, acidic, tastes like fake caramel and christmas spices, has a terrible nose and more burn than the ABV should. It's shit rum that they dope full of junk to try to get college students and the "mixed drink equals coke + booze" set to buy it. When the marketing thrust isn't that the rum tastes good, but that they've got a cool mascot you know something's wrong (see shit beer and "cold").