While I love to recreate drinks from recipes as accurately as possible in terms of brands and styles, I often find the rum category the most challenging, because of the wide variance in the different styles, and my rathe limited budget(darn student loans). Though I have a specific question I thought I would name the topic more broadly so other seeking advice on which rums may work as substitutes(or myself in the future) Could benefit as well.
My specific question at this point is what would be my best bet as a sub for Old Monk Rum. I have never tasted it. Is it funky? Mellow? I currently have Smith & Cross, Appleton V/X, Goslings Black Seal, Burgal Gold, Wray & Nephew Overproof, Cruzan White, and Lemonhart 151 to play with for rum(and Batavia Arrack, to stretch the category). Which of these would be closest to Old Monk? Or which blend of rums?