Re: Date sugar compared?
Between D and D2, I prefer the D. But I think a blend of mainly D with a touch of D2 would be good. Some other sugars I've tried:
Date molasses, this was actually really nice. Not much in color but some nice subtle flavors.
Grape molasses, had much more pronounce molasses flavor. I would use more than 1/2 lb for 5 gallons.
Jaggery, has a distinct nutty character in the finish that sometimes I like, other times I'd rather avoid. I haven't made up my mind. Some love it.
Piloncillo, close to date molasses. I like it.
D Sryup - great complexity, fruity. Wish it had more color.
D2 Syrup - more roaty than D and darker. Seems less complex.
Soft Drak Candi - Can't pinpoint anything unique about it, but I do like it.
Beet/Cane sugar - works just fine!
Buckwheat honey - Just a hint of the buckwheaty molasses character. Worked nice in BGS.
Maple Syrup - I had doubts baout this one, but the one I tried (even though it was infected) had nice qualities. Actaully have one going myself now.