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Gold, Brown, Red or Black how do you enjoy them?


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Old 02-20-2008, 12:34 PM   #1
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Default Best gold rum for mixing

Since I have not seen this topic elsewhere I would like to know your opinion as to what the best all-around versatile gold mixing rum is? Or, top two.....
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:47 PM   #2
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Appleton VX would get my vote. Well priced, flavoursome and a great shaped bottle to pour with.

I admit my opinion may be somewhat biased by the cases they send our way
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:50 PM   #3
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As always, the question is: mixing what? Or, what defines a gold mixing rum?

For me, I guess I'd say that price (must be reasonable or slightly high), taste (should have a full, rich rum taste) and versatility (it shouldn't have any one distinctive "weird" taste - it should taste like rum).

I did a review a while back on 8 Gold Mixing Rums:
http://scottesrum.com/category/compa...d-mixing-rums/
Though I have to admit that my definition then was "not cheap, not sippable."

For my "well" gold rum - cheap but good and mixable - I'd lean heavily towards the Appleton Special. For anything else, I'd have to think about what I'm making or what I'm mixing it with. But I'd like to keep the following available in order to be prepared for almost anything:

Appleton Special - For rum taste
DonQ Gold - good but lighter when you don't want to rum to be so prominent
Appleton V/X - More flavorful and complex, for more complex cocktails

I could probably survive with those 3 for the generic gold mixing rums.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:36 PM   #4
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Appleton Special - For rum taste
DonQ Gold - good but lighter when you don't want to rum to be so prominent
Appleton V/X - More flavorful and complex, for more complex cocktails

I could probably survive with those 3 for the generic gold mixing rums.
Thanks for this clarification. Levels of rum taste desired in drink.
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Appleton Special - For rum taste
DonQ Gold - good but lighter when you don't want to rum to be so prominent
Appleton V/X - More flavorful and complex, for more complex cocktails

I could probably survive with those 3 for the generic gold mixing rums.
Great summary Scottes
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:31 PM   #6
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I would say... when mixing with cola, Mount Gay Eclipse is good.

When mixing with juice, I could go with Matusalem Clasico, Appleton VX,or Cruzan Diamond.

When making mojitos or other rum cocktails that rely heavily on the flavor of rum, go with the Ron del Barrilito 2 Star.

Those would be my thoughts.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:33 PM   #7
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Gold Rums of note in my book include:

1 Barrel, Appleton Special, Barbancourt 3 star, Botran 8, Brugal Anejo, Cockspur 5, Don Q Gold, El Dorado 5, Flor de Cana 7, Gosling's Gold, Matusalem Clasico and Santa Teresa Gran Reserva.

Gosling's and 1 Barrel are among the most uniquely flavored golds. Barbancourt is a gold standard for me. Appleton blends some fine pot still rum with their column still rums in their gold for great flavor. Flor De Cana is a rich flavored, mature gold. Matusalem is a blend of 5 to 10 year old rums with a lot of character. Cockspur offers that classic Barbadian rum profile. El Dorado may be the best 5 year old rum on the market. The Botran 8 (and 12) are great rums for the money and have distinct flavor from the sugar cane honey base.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:40 PM   #8
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I haven`t tried that many gold rums but i like Appleton VX and also for my tiki drinks i like the 80 proof Jamaican Lemon Hart which some say is a dark rum but i think its golden.
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Gold Rums of note in my book include:

1 Barrel, Appleton Special, Barbancourt 3 star, Botran 8, Brugal Anejo, Cockspur 5, Don Q Gold, El Dorado 5, Flor de Cana 7, Gosling's Gold, Matusalem Clasico and Santa Teresa Gran Reserva.

Gosling's and 1 Barrel are among the most uniquely flavored golds. Barbancourt is a gold standard for me. Appleton blends some fine pot still rum with their column still rums in their gold for great flavor. Flor De Cana is a rich flavored, mature gold. Matusalem is a blend of 5 to 10 year old rums with a lot of character. Cockspur offers that classic Barbadian rum profile. El Dorado may be the best 5 year old rum on the market. The Botran 8 (and 12) are great rums for the money and have distinct flavor from the sugar cane honey base.
Do you by chance prefer the El Dorado 5 over the Appleton V/X?
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:52 PM   #10
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I think I would personally rank the ED 5 over the Appelton VX for mixing.
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