Appleton 12 and a Rhum Clement that is 4-6 years of age as a good place to start. *
* As recommended by Rum Dood after a lot of experimentation (see here for his elucubrations). Note that I am pretty sure he uses Appleton V/X when he works at 320 Main...
Or just use Denizen Merchant's Reserve which is already a mix of Jamaican (like the Appleton) and aged agricole (like the Clement). Developed in collaboration with Martin Cate, with Mai Tais in mind.
Can you tell me a bit more about Rhum Clement - is from a certain geography? A white rum? The LCBO is very limited (sadly) with its selection, even if it is the biggest liquor buying power in the world....
The Clement VSOP that is often recommended for Mai Tais is an aged rum, so it's amber in color. It's from Martinique and it's a rhum agricole, therefore made from fresh cane juice, which makes it different from most other rums which are produced from molasses.
But you should try your own rum mixes and see what you like. There are many, many permutations that have been tried on this forum if you feel like reading the 14 pages of discussions!
Edited by FrogPrincesse, Yesterday, 05:00 PM.