I’ve recently gotten into drinking rum and a while back I tried putting some rum (a light Bacardi-it was the only rum in the cupboard...)into hot chocolate (as a non tea or coffee drinking Brit, hot chocolate is my go-to warm beverage). What is the general opinion on this and what rums would go well?
In addition, I am starting at uni in September and was wondering what are the best value rums from a taste point of view? (rather than the alcohol content and get-drunk-quick factors)
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Issac: A dark rum would go well with hot chocolate.
As for recommendations for someone who is new to rums, Don Q Anejo wins hands down as the best buy considering flavor and price. It falls into the lower of the three price ranges shown below. It is also a dry rum.
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You guessed it that there is a lot of crap being sold. So why the low percentages from using the help of these reviews? It is simple. One must first identify themselves as lovers of sweet or dry rums. If you notice in the list of most popular rums on this site, the top ones are all sugar bombs. These have 30-49 grams per liter (gpl) of added sugar. Any rum with 50 gpl or more is considered flavored. The two best sugar bombs that I recently bought again are Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and El Dorado 12. Keep these in mind! Anyone who rates these two very low absolutely hates added sugar. However, when it comes to health issues, hangovers, and sugar bombs only lasting less than four months, I now tend to stay away from all except these two. They taste great, don't get me wrong! But you will need to read these reviews, find out which reviewers favor dry versus sweet by checking their ratings on these two and find some of your favorite reviewers whose tastes could match your own. A warning on dry rums - too many use charred oak barrels to impart a burnt whiskey taste. I hate these! If I wanted whiskey, I would buy that instead of rum. Also, when starting out, stick with reviewers who have at least three dozen reviews. You will eventually find a pattern to meet your needs. My own reviews are my way of saying thanks to fellow reviewers for guiding me to some great rums that I would have never gambled on buying in the first place.
Hi Paul B
This is really valuable information, thank you so much-I will be checking out Don Q Anego when I go to uni-it'll be the top of my shopping list!
Hey Isaac, funny enough I just posted on FB a sign I saw offering rum and hot chocolate. I tried some - it was great! I think maybe a darker rum with some spices would bring out the winter holidays feel - maybe Goslings or similar? I could envision the Plantation 5 yr being really nice as well
Isaac, my Mrs has started to "nick" my rum and put it in Hot Chocolate. She loves it, she only gets her hands on my Lambs Navy, is she touches the Kirk & Sweeter she's out!
If you are going to add something to hot chocolate, to me, I find green Chartreuse to be the best option.