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Rum 101: Everything You Want to Know About the Sugarcane-Based Spirit


What do you know about rum? This spirit, distilled from the sugarcane (either freshly pressed juice or molasses, its by-product) was first made in the Caribbean. It can be bottled aged or unaged, and other styles also exist, such as cachaca, rhum agricole and spiced rum. Learn more about the spirit that’s ubiquitous in summertime and tropical tipples–yet can be enjoyed the whole year through.


Everything You Wanted to Know About Rum But Were Afraid to Ask

By Contributor

Rum, in our humble estimation, is the finest application of sugar cane known to man. It’s made from a distillate of either the fermented juice of sugar cane, sugar cane syrup or sugar cane molasses.

“For me, rum is the most diverse and fascinating of any category of spirits,” says Brandon Wise, mixologist and beverage director for the Sage Restaurant Group. “Its history is rich, and rum trade was one of the primary influences that helped shape the Western world as we know it today.”

The origins of rum lie in the Caribbean islands, where modern rum production got its start and where island nations continue to produce the majority of the world’s sugar cane spirits.

“Fortunately, the rum category is gaining popularity in the United States, and new expressions continue to make their way to our bars and shelves,” says Wise. Whether aged patiently in oak barrels, blended or bottled straight from the still, rum offers a myriad of flavor profiles that are perfect for the summer months. Read the entire article on highsnobiety.

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