Best all-purpose dark rum?
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?
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.
- 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
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).