What is rum made from?
The origin of rum dates back to antiquity. Let’s just take a walk back to the origins of rum. The first thing that comes to your mind is pirates and the sailors. You picture breezy cocktails, white sand beaches, and salty ocean breezes.
Rum is delicious, that is something we all know. Produced in more than 80 countries, rum is a popular alcoholic beverage. And remember, the “real good stuff” comes from the Caribbean and Latin America.
Typically called the drink of sailors and pirates, rum is the most versatile spirit in the world. Rum goes through a great variety of fermenting, distilling, and maturing processes, at the end of which we have rum in all its glorious variety. A fermented and distilled spirit, rum is made primarily from sugarcane juices and its byproducts like molasses. Aged in oak barrels, the rich colors, and flavors of the clear spirit are hard to miss.
Does drinking Rum make you feel like a pirate? Well, you aren’t alone! Rum evokes this emotion for many. While the Royal Navy certainly consumed rum, the pirates made it famous!
Going back to the history of Rum, many historians believe that rum was first discovered on the island of Barbados. However, there is data that shows it being produced in Brazil in the 1620s. Records also show that during the 1660s, rum also made its presence felt in Colonial America.
Eventually, Rum went on to become an economic power and was used as a means of trade. Additionally, its popularity among the colonists grew multifold, increasing its value as a means of exchange.
Making of Rum
Most rum today is still made from molasses or natural juices of sugarcane. The making of Rum has a few standards. It must be made from fresh sugar cane juice and within the defined temperatures for the best flavor.
Different kinds of Rum
Did you know that different kinds of rum are produced in different places? Each place has a distinct flavor. For example, rum produced in the Islands of Bermuda, Jamaica, and Barbados is dark with a strong taste of molasses. The Islands of Haiti, for example, are based on sugar cane juice. And places like Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Venezuela, produce aged rum with a smoother taste and richer aroma.
White rum is light in flavor often used in cocktails that do not need an overpowering rum flavor. The aging process is usually about a year or more and hence does not have the flavor of more matured rums.
What can you make with white rum?
Popular cocktails such as Cuba Libre, Mojito, and the Piña Colada.
Gold Or Pale Rum
Aged in barrels over extended periods of time, gold rum derives its color from this process. Making a strong cocktail? Gold rum works best.
Typically aged for a long amount of time, oak barrels add a distinct flavor and color.
The dark, rich color and caramel flavor come from the remnants of rich molasses and caramel flavoring that is usually leftover while making crystallized sugar. They give out sweet, spicy, strong flavors with a charred essence. This is because black rums are aged in barrels that are heavily charred.
This refers to the traditional rums associated with the British Royal Navy. The daily ration of rum handed over to sailors is a popular custom that, although discontinued, holds a lot of importance for sailors and rum lovers all over the world.
Flavored and Spiced Rum
As the name suggests, this rum is infused with spices adding a unique taste to the palate. Think of rum cakes, think of spiced rum!
Some rum trivia
RUM stands for Regular Use Medicine. Good news for rum lovers!!!
Despite the many stories and theories about the origin of Rum, one thing is for sure, Rum is a favorite for many. The barrels used to age the rum also play a major role in producing distinct flavors and colors.
The older the rum, the darker, richer and stronger the flavors!
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