Hi! Im new to the rum scene and have just started buying some of the top rated rums on here.
whenever i have had a rum and Coke before i would always use Captain Morgan Spiced Gold because of the vanilla and non-liqourish flavor. But i hate to drink it w/o coke.
so my question is What rum do you enjoy when drinking rum & coke and Why? Also, do you guys use your "top shelf" for this? I've considered mixing with Plantation but i dont want to waste it xD
thanks in advance!
I personally use Myer's Dark rum for most of my mixed drinks, I think it tastes great in a rum and coke and anything else i've ever used it for and is not too expensive. Captain Morgan really wasn't intended for stand alone drinking, I wouldn't recommend it. I don't use high quality aged rums for mixing, there would be no point in paying 3x or more what a bottle of Captain Morgan costs or any other rum in that category for something that you won't notice much of a difference in a mixed drink, imo at least. If you want to drink rum and cola's or any other sort of mixed drinks I wouldn't recommend purchasing a bottle of rum that costs much more than the run of the mill mixer. You would be better off purchasing multiple bottles of an inexpensive rum to get more bang out of your buck. My 2 cents.
Using a top shelf rum for mixing is even more irritating than the time I watched a former girlfriend try to open up a bottle of champagne with a corkscrew. DON"T DO IT!!!!
As for mixer rums, Don Q Anejo had been my favorite until they stopped producing it. Now I use Doorly's XO, Stade's Bond No. 8, Chairman's Reserve, or any dark rum that one would rate as a 6 or higher while costing no more than $25 US. No Captain! No Bacardi! However, Bacardi rums aged 8 years or more are a pleasant surprise, but not as mixers.
When walking into a bar, most of them carry few rums around where I live, so my old bar favorite for decades has been Meyer's And Coke. I no longer keep that rum in my collection. The Captain was never welcomed in my home.
My go to is Havana Club 7 with Coke Zero. I've always loved the flavour, not too sweet. I leave the top shelf for sipping, agree with the two posts above. No sense spending the money to dilute with a mix.
Using top shelf rum really makes no sense unless you really don't like it. I used to use the Cuba Libre always with Havana Club Reserva or 7 year. Today I take Plantation OFTD, which has a richer flavor.
Don't use any bottle over $30 for rum & coke. Doorlys 3, 5, 8 or XO are all excellent choices. Havana club 7 is also good if youre not in the US. Plantation OFTD isn't bad but it has some strong ester undertones you might not like.
I enjoy flor de cana 4 or 7 for rum and coke.
My go-to with Coke is Plantation 5-year. I've actually switched to Pepsi Max recently, seems to mix better with rum.
Boy do I have a treat for you rum and coke drinkers. Pusser's blue label is superb, the Demera flavor comes through in a great way, you can mix half and half add a lime, Nirvana. I also concur Havana Club reserve & 7, also Mt Gay Eclipse is excellent with coke along with Appleton signature or 8. But Pusser's is the absolute best.
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