I've long bemoaned the lack of good rum on the mass market. Besides Bacardi and Captain Morgan's, most markets don't have any light rum to choose among!
Recently, I started finding more choices for dark rum. Great for sipping, and for baking, but still not the same as the light rum necessary for a mojito or daiquiri.
Then, I found I could get Appleton Rum at better liquor stores, and that kept me happy for awhile.
Last week. I stumbled upon 10 Cane rum at the market. It was on sale for under $30, regular retail $35 at Beverages & More or $40 at a Ralphs/Vons/Safeway type market.
To make a long story short, I brought home this Hennessey Group creation and LOVED it!
10 Cane has the complexity of a good sipping spirit, like a great tequila. It has a sweet, bright nose and is smooth and delicate. It was almost a shame to mix it with anything, but we had some very tasty mojitos last Friday.
In a side by side sniffing comparison, Appleton suffered by comparison.