Since geezejonsey had to taint the whisky thread why not start a rum one up instead.
I lived in the West Indies for about a year, mostly in Trinidad so have had the pleasure of sampling a fair few rums from the Caribbean. What we call a dark rum here is definitely shit (Capt Morgan, Black Heart etc). Black like molasses is because it probably is. Sugar syrup and ethanol. Real rums are Red and White and a decent rum can be drunk neat like a good scotch. Often soda water is a good accompaniment as is coconut water. Coke is reserved for heathens like Baldbob and should be left in that Yankee swill he drinks.
The best rum I remember was a Venezuelan number called Cassique and we would especially do a run to Venezuela for diesel (10c/litre) cigarettes (9USD carton) and rum. The trini rums were good too with Angostura and Fernandez being a good drop. None were expensive but as it was local so it shouldn't have been either. The most potent was a local moonshine rum called Puncheon (sp) and was usually 150 proof (or so the bottle had on the side). You did not last long on that stuff.