Will it be brandy, rum or whiskey in your eggnog this year? All are relatively common spirit bases but which is the best? I put this question to the test, making a glass of eggnog using each liquor and tasting them side by side. My conclusion is that while each has their own profile and are nice in their own right, brandy is the best. That's my personal taste, but brandy is probably the most traditional eggnog base - rum is also right up there - and that many years of this drink's popularity are there to back me up.
- The Brandy Eggnog (I used Korbel VS) was perfectly balanced with sweetness throughout. It has a catchy, lively flavor with more depth than the others and a nice, warm brandy note that isn't hidden by the nog nor overly pronounced. This eggnog is almost floral and a real delight - for any anti-eggnog person, this one will turn you around.
- Rum Eggnog (tested with Mount Gay Eclipse) was my second choice, although compared to the brandy, the rum fell a little too much into the background, almost to the point of being unnoticeable. While the rum was very subtle it was a bit more pronounced on the backed and overall the eggnog was tasty and just sweet enough so I could tell there was something beyond creamy egg inside.
- My Whiskey Eggnog was not what I was hoping for and I'm thinking that a rye or sweeter bourbon like Maker's Mark would be a better fit than the sour mash bourbon I had in stock and used. It was certainly an interesting eggnog and the sweet and sour flavor was captivating at first, then the novelty wore off. Whiskey, no matter which style, does make the most flavorful eggnog as the profile just pops out of the drink.