Rum was an accidental byproduct of the sugar cane industry in the new world during Colonial times. Sugar production created huge amounts of molasses as a by-product which was discovered that it could be fermented and distilled into the fantastic product known as rum.  The world best Rum has been the traditional drink in the Caribbean and because of its popularity among sailors and other seafaring people the popularity of rum quickly has spread across the world and is enjoyed in nearly every country.

Pina Colada
Pina Colada

The first distillation of rum in the Caribbean took place on the sugarcane plantations there in the 17th century. Plantation slaves discovered that molasses, a byproduct of the sugar refining process, could be fermented into alcohol. Later, a distillation of these alcoholic byproducts concentrated the alcohol and removed impurities, producing the first and steps to fine modern rums. Tradition suggests this type of rum first originated on the island of Nevis. However, in the decade of the 1620s, rum production was also recorded in Brazil.

Great Rum Cocktails
Great Rum Cocktails

Rum is produced or distilled in numerous different ways alleviating the many restrictions required by many other liquors. This provides an opportunity for a multitude of different varieties to expand the client palates. Rum has become a favorite of many people throughout the world. It is also important to know that not all rums require the same amount of time in the barrel. Climate plays a large role in aging times. The Caribbean’s warm, humid climate can make a rum in just a few years that tastes similar to an American rum that has been aged for a decade or more.

World Best Rum is a very diverse category of liquor with many great brands, labels, and styles available. When you’re looking for something new to mix into your favorite rum cocktails, you will find endless options. You can explore some of the possibilities within the light, gold, aged, dark, and flavored styles of rum and guide you through what defines each style.

The Rise of Pineapple Rum
The Rise of Pineapple Rum

White Rum

White rum is clear, usually has a milder flavor and lighter body than gold or dark rums. These light types of rum are most often used to create cocktails that do not have a need for bold rum flavor.

In the U.S., most white rums are sold at 80 proof, or 40% alcohol by volume. They are often aged one or more years, then filtered to remove color.  White rum will be your first choice for mixing the majority of rum cocktails, including favorites like the mojito. It has a sweet, neutral flavor that pairs well with almost any flavor and its clear color doesn’t affect the appearance of the drink.

There are many quality light rums available, and many are very reasonably priced. While it’s easy to grab a bottle you’re familiar with, try to look beyond the big brand names like Bacardi when you want something different. You may find that some of the lesser-known brands are superior in taste and mixability.

Gold Rums

As rum is aged in barrels over time, it takes on amber or golden hues. These golden types of rum usually present a more flavorful profile than the white or clear rums. Gold rums are used to make cocktails in which a stronger flavor is desired. Gold rums are often aged several years or more and some coloring may be added to provide consistency. Subtle flavors of vanilla, almond, citrus, caramel or coconut may be present from the type of barrels used in the aging process.

Dark Rums

Aged rums are referred to as dark, only to distinguish them from light. The label of dark rum is often assigned to a range of rums that are not clear, from light golden amber to black, as well as rums that are well-aged. Dark types of rum are often aged in oak barrels for extended periods. When used in cocktail recipes, the robust rums offer a contrast of more flavorful profiles compared to white rums, overproof rums, flavored and spiced rums.

Rum is a great mixer and lends itself to many cocktails as Daiquiri, Mojito, Pina Collado, Cuba Libre or Rum Punch. Rum is also infused with many flavors such as mango, orange, lime, coconut or essentially any fruit flavor. rum also lends itself to many foods such as rum cakes or rum pies.

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Bacardi Bacardi Gold Rum 1.75L

Kirk & Sweeney Dominican Rum 23 year Kirk & Sweeney Dominican Aged Rum 750ml

BacardiBacardi Superior White rum 1.75L

Denizen Rum Reserve 8 Year Denizen Rum reserve 8 Year Aged rum 750ml

Myers's RumMeyer’s Jamaican Rum 750ml

Malahat Ginger RumMalahat Ginger Rum 750ml

Pitu Cachaca RumPitu Cachaca Rum 1L

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is stroh-rum.jpg Stroh Dark Rum 750ml

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is capt-morgan.jpgCaptain Morgan Black Spiced Rum 750ml

BacardiBacardi Raspberry Rum 750ml

Ron Botran Rum Reserva BlancaRon Botran Rum Reserva Blanca Aged Rum

Ron Centenario 7 Yr Anejo 750Ron Centenario 7 year Anejo 750ml

BacardiBacardi Limon Rum 1.75 L

Captain Morgan Captain Morgan White Rum 750ml

BacardiBacardi Coconut Rum 750ml

Mount Gay Mount Gay Eclipse Barbados Rum  750ml

Pampero Rum Aniversario Pampero Rum Aniversario Aged Rum 750ml

Appleton EstateAppleto Estate 21 Year Rum 750ml

Malahat Spiced Rum Malahat Spiced Rum  750ml

Blue Chair BayBlue Chair Bay White Rum 750ml

Flor de CañaFlor de Cana 5 Year Old Anejo Clasico Rum  750ml

Blue Chair BayBlue Chair Bay Banana Rum 750ml

Deadhead Deadhead Cask Aged Rum 750ml

Ron Abuelo 7 YearRon Abuilo 7 Year Aged Rum 750ml

Don Q Gold RumDon Q Gold Rum 750ml

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is capt-morgan-PS.jpgCaptain Morgan Private Stock 750ml

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