Rum is a distilled spirit traditionally made from sugarcane juice or molasses and typically aged in oak barrels, although experimentation with other barrels also takes place. Rum is most widely associated with the islands of the Caribbean and Latin American countries, but it is made in many countries around the world, including Scotland, Sweden, and the U.S. In Spanish-speaking countries rum is called ron, though no one knows for sure where the word “rum” itself was born. White or silver rum is either unaged or is lightly aged, then filtered to strip out the color; it is generally intended for use in cocktails. Gold or amber rum is aged in oak barrels, though there are no agreed upon standards on how long this term, nor any real distinction between the terms. Dark rum is usually made from caramelized molasses, aged for a longer period of time, and usually in barrels that have been more deeply charred. Overproof rum can hit up to 160 proof and is intended for use in cocktails, including the Volcano, where the overproof rum is floated on top and ignited. Spiced and flavored rums are also quite popular.

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Review: Larga Vida XO Rum 2019 Edition

By Christopher Null | January 24, 2020 |

A sunset with a jumping dolphin on the label, and a speedboat cutting through the waves as a stopper? This can only mean one thing, right? We’re drinking rum built for partying. Surprise, surprise, though: Larga Vida isn’t your daddy’s blender fodder. This is high-end, complex stuff, designed by the co-founder of the Flaviar booze…

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Review: The Funk Heavy Pot Still Rum

By Christopher Null | January 17, 2020 |

You can smell The Funk’s funk before you even get the cap all the way off. This rum, distilled in St. Catherine, Jamaica and billed as “unaged heavy pot still rum,” wholly earns its name. It’s produced by Proof & Wood, the outfit behind the Deadwood line of whiskeys, and is the only rum in…

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Review: Papa’s Pilar Rum Marquesas Blend

By Christopher Null | January 7, 2020 |

By my count, this is the sixth release of Papa’s Pilar Rum — named in honor of Ernest Hemingway — with four of those releases limited edition (and semi-experimental) bottlings. Papa’s Pilar Rum Marquesas Blend is a blend of seven rums “aged up to 24 years and sourced from countries spanning the Caribbean, U.S. and…

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Review: Rhum J.M. 110 Proof White Rum

By Christopher Null | December 21, 2019 |

Martinique’s Rhum J.M. has a new expression of its iconic rhum agricole on the market, a white rum bottled at 55% abv. Some info: Since 1845, Rhum J.M has been regarded as one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious rum distilleries. The brand’s line of expressions is renowned by some of the finest cocktail bars in…

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Review: Appleton Estate Rum 21 Years Old

By Drew Beard | December 20, 2019 |

In 2015 we reviewed a handful of bottles from Jamaica’s rum powerhouse, Appleton Estate, with one notable exception, the ultra-premium 21-year-old. Like the Rare Blend 12 Years Old, this is minimum-aged rum, meaning there could be rums far older in this bottle but none less than the U.S. legal drinking age. It’s one of the…

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Drinkhacker’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2019 |

Ho ho ho! It’s the end of 2019 and that means your boozier friends and family are going to expect a little something liquid under the tree again. This is our 12th annual holiday gift guide, and as always we’re aiming to take some of the challenge out of finding the perfect wine or spirits gift.…

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Review: Ten To One White Rum and Dark Rum

By Christopher Null | November 23, 2019 |

What do you get when you take a Starbucks VP and drop him in the Caribbean? A new rum line called Ten To One. Details: Ten To One, a new range of ultra-premium Caribbean rums is launching in New York in Summer 2019. The brainchild of Marc Farrell, a proud Trinidadian and formerly Starbucks’ youngest…

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Review: Mount Gay Master Blender Selection – Pot Still Rum

By Christopher Null | November 11, 2019 |

It’s tough keeping up with Mount Gay’s special releases, which have been bottled under labels including XO, Origin Series, Master Select, and more. The most recent series is known as The Master Blender Collection, and the expression reviewed here is technically release #2 in that lineup, following Mount Gay XO Rum – The Peat Smoke…

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Review: Denizen Dark Vatted Rum

By Christopher Null | November 10, 2019 |

Denizen is a rum brand that’s been around for awhile — the premise surrounding a Dutch company that imports a variety of barrels from throughout the Caribbean and bottles them in various expression. The latest in the lineup is Denizen Dark Vatted Rum, a 50% abv rum that offers a nod to the British navy…

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Review: Bumbu Rum XO

By Christopher Null | November 4, 2019 |

Bumbu got its start as a spiced rum, with cane sugar sourced from throughout Latin America and distilled in Barbados before being spiced up to pair with your bottle of cola. Now Bumbu is back with a second expression: Bumbu XO, an 18 year old (unspiced) expression. Some production details: Bumbu Rum Company is pleased…

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