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Best all-purpose dark rum?

equinoise Aug 25, 2009 11:52 AM

What is not too expensive for mixing cocktails, but still good enough for occaisional sipping, maybe in the $20-25 range? Lemon Hart? Flor de Cana? Barbancourt? Meyer's?

Others? TIA.

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    phatchris Sep 10, 2009 03:17 PM

    I like Old Monk and Sailor Jerry's.

    1. davis_sq_pro Sep 10, 2009 11:59 AM

      Aside from the rums others have mentioned, I'd like to add Pampero Aniversario to the list. It's quite inexpensive ($25, I think?), mixes relatively well, and is not bad for the occasional sip (not fantastic, either). And it comes in a leather pouch, which is kind of a cute touch (that said, I recommend throwing out the pouch, as I find the leather smell to be distracting from the rum experience, but YMMV).

      1. jerryc123 Aug 30, 2009 05:23 AM

        For an all-purpose Dark rum - I like Goslings. Decent for sipping, too.

        My new favorite rum for cocktails and sipping is El Dorado 5-year old Demera.
        This is not too expensive (under $20 in my area) and has a lot of character.

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        1. re: jerryc123
          scubadoo97 Sep 9, 2009 04:23 PM

          The El Dorado 12 and 15 are both fantastic for sipping

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            Coconuts Sep 10, 2009 01:36 PM

            But the El Dorado 15 is too hard to find to mix (at least in our area)! And too good.

            Personally, I would buy two bottles- Coruba for mixing and the El Dorado or Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva for sipping.

            1. re: Coconuts
              StriperGuy Sep 10, 2009 01:43 PM

              Can't find Coruba at all in Boston.

              1. re: Coconuts
                scubadoo97 Sep 11, 2009 05:24 AM

                The only El Dorado I use for mixing is the 5 YO and to be honest I seldom mix rum for myself.

          2. thew Aug 29, 2009 05:44 PM

            old monk from india

            1. barleywino Aug 25, 2009 05:39 PM

              Zaya rum if you can find it...

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              1. re: barleywino
                equinoise Aug 26, 2009 09:07 AM

                The only Zaya available to me is the 12 year gran reserva, which, as a result of ludicrous WA state liquor policy, costs over $45 (compare with ~$30 online). That's a bit rich for mixing, IMO. Any other suggestions?

                P.S. you must be happy to be free of the WSLCB regime.

                1. re: equinoise
                  barleywino Aug 26, 2009 11:00 AM

                  on the contrary, here in Massachusetts we can't even get liquor shipped in from other states, unlike Washington...count your blessings!

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                    StriperGuy Aug 29, 2009 07:31 PM

                    That's no longer true. I order from shoppersvineyard.com with some frequency.

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                      barleywino Aug 29, 2009 08:18 PM


              2. StriperGuy Aug 25, 2009 01:31 PM

                If you really twisted my arm, I would say Lemon Hart, but it is a bit much for sipping.

                Many real dark rums are intended for punches and the like, and not really sipping rums. Something like Barbancourt, while wonderful for sipping, would not stand up in a Dark and Stormy for example.

                My preferences:

                - Brugal Anejo not really dark, but great for sipping
                - Any of the aged Barbancourt rums for sipping.
                - Barrilito Three Star, very dark, lots of flavor, great for sipping, but overkill in a cocktail
                - A dark rum like Goslings, Pussers, Lemon Hart Demerara, or Meyers for punches and the like

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