Myers Dark

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Myers's Makes Dark Jamaican Rum, Mon

Sep 1, 2004 (Updated Jun 1, 2005)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:The smooth taste; Little Harshness in finish

Cons:Higher price than other rum

The Bottom Line: This is very good dark rum that makes most rum mixed drinks taste better than they would with lighter rum.

Myers’s dark rum is a product of the nation of Jamaica and has been produced since 1879. Often added to tropical drinks, this rum is a popular choice at tourist destinations and in restaurants and bars that feature a tropical theme.

Basic Characteristics of This Rum:

This rum is medium brown in color with good clarity and an aroma that reminds me of caramelized sugar, alcohol, and hints of woodiness. The product pours smoothly and leaves just a think layer of lace on the sides of your glass as you drink.

Distilled using the age- old pot still method, this rum is made from sugar cane, fermented naturally, and then aged in oak barrels. This time- consuming process produces rum that is dark and rich, with the tastes of molasses, caramel, sugar, and a slight amount of burntness.

Myers’s Original Dark Rum is produced by Fred L. Myers & Son and imported to the United States through the Myers operation in Baltimore, Maryland. The alcohol content by volume is forty percent (80 proof).

Drinks Made with This Liquor:

Myers’s Rum can be substituted in any recipe that calls for regular light rum, but it is especially good in drinks where a rich, heavy duty level of flavor is desired for the best taste possible. Here is a list of some drinks you can make with this rum:

Myers’s & Cola

1.5 oz. Myers’s Rum
6 oz. Cola

A popular favorite, you make this drink by pouring the rum over ice in a tall glass and then pouring the cola on top

Myers’s & Tonic

1.5 oz. Myers’s Rum
6 oz. Tonic Water

Pour rum over ice in a tall glass. Add tonic water


1.5 oz. Myers’s Rum
6 oz. Orange Juice
Grenadine Syrup

Pour rum over ice in a tumbler glass. Add orange juice to fill and then add a splash of grenadine syrup.


1.5 oz. Myers’s Rum
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
3 oz. Orange Juice
Grenadine Syrup

Pour rum over ice in a tall glass. Add equal volumes of pineapple and orange juices, then add a splash of grenadine.

Jamaican Pina Colada

1.5 oz. Myers’s Rum
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Cream of Coconut

Combine all of the above ingredients in a blender with one- half cup of crushed ice and blend at low speed until desired consistency is reached.

Chocolate Mint Rum

1 oz. Myers’s Rum
.5 oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
.25 oz. White Crème de Cacao
.5 oz. Light Cream

Shake all ingredients with ice and then strain into cocktail glass.

Final Thoughts:

Myers’s Original Dark Rum is the best- selling imported dark rum in the United States. This rum can often be found in fine restaurants and in well- stocked bars across the land. It is especially popular in tropical drinks, which isn’t surprising given that it is produced on the island of Jamaica. Throughout the Caribbean and in other warm- weather destinations, bottles of Myers’s dark rum are commonplace. This rum is often specifically requested by devotees to the brand who wouldn’t even consider anything else in their favorite rum beverage.

Myers’s dark rum is richer than lighter rums and similar to most other dark rums except for one area: the finish. Even though this product is equal in alcoholic strength to other brands of dark rum, it doesn’t have quite the harshness in the finish that is so commonplace in other dark rum. If you ever try a sip of this product straight from the bottle, you will understand what I’m talking about. The sweetness is there, and there is, of course, a dry woody character in the finish. But this product doesn’t have the rush of alcohol in the finish that often produces coughing and can trigger one’s gag reflex. It manages to remain smooth.

In spite of the smoothness, this rum still packs a good amount of clout in the taste department. I prefer Myers’s dark rum to most light rums in the majority of drinks, tropical and otherwise (with a few exceptions). I really enjoy the woodiness and the molasses- like and caramelized sugar taste that this rum imparts on whatever it is mixed with. Mixed with a glass of cola, this flavor makes almost the perfect companion to the taste of this common soft drink. Add a little bit of lime and you have a Cuba Libre- a drink that is even more good- tasting than the standard rum and cola that so many barflies and restaurant diner’s order when they want a beverage with rum. This liquor also makes for a very tasty dessert when added to cakes and certain candies. I have been to some fancier restaurants where Myers’s Rum Cake was one of the items on the dessert menu, much to the excitement of the rum fanatics with whom I was dining.

Myers’s Original Dark Rum is a little more expensive than other dark rum and this fact alone might discourage some shoppers from giving it a try. A 750 ml bottle retails for about $18 while a full liter sells for about $23. There are many other dark rums on the market that cost less, but Myers’s Rum is considered by many to be worth the extra cost. I know many people who swear by this rum. Some are so hooked on Myers’s that they will switch to a different drink and different type of liquor if the bar or restaurant they are visiting doesn’t offer Myers’s.

Overall, Myers’s Original Dark Rum is a very good product that livens up most any mixed drink calling for rum as an ingredient. I’m not quite as crazy about this product as some of the Myers’s rum groupies out there, but I can still agree that this product is better than the average dark rum and worth the extra cost for an occasional alcoholic beverage treat. The slow distilled process, the natural fermentation, and the aging in oak barrels make this rum one worth seeking out.

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