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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Drinkhacker’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

By Christopher Null | November 24, 2022 |

When they said Covid was over, we didn’t think we’d be summarily dropped into a new financial crisis to replace the one we just got out of. The good news is that the holidays have arrived just in time to provide a welcome (if brief) break from yet another year of chaos. At Drinkhacker, we…

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Review: Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Smoky Formula Rum

By Drew Beard | November 23, 2022 |

When Chris reviewed Plantation’s Pineapple Rum way back in 2015 (now known as Stiggins’ Fancy Plantation Pineapple Rum), he argued that the Queen Victoria pineapple infusion of Plantation’s standard Barbados-sourced rum was a bit heavy-handed and one dimensional. Well, there’s a limited edition of this rum on shelves now. How limited? No idea. Dubbed Smoky…

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Review: Ten To One Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

By Christopher Null | October 20, 2022 |

Ten To One is back with its latest blend of Caribbean rums, this one its first cask-finished buttling. The first in an ongoing “Cask Select” series, and exclusive to Flaviar, this Oloroso Sherry Cask finish begins with a collection of rums sourced from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Trinidad, before finishing in ex-oloroso sherry…

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Review: Grander Panama Rum Trophy Release 20B08 (2022)

By Christopher Null | October 13, 2022 |

Apologies on the long wait for this review of Grander’s latest Trophy Release, which began in 2020 and has been intended as a twice-yearly edition. Release 20B08 — they’re now indicated with release information on the front label — hit in early 2022, and it’s a batch of 6 barrels from Panama — three 8…

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Review: Case 1 Rum Port Cask Finish

By Drew Beard | October 11, 2022 |

We first introduced you to the rums of Old Line Spirits last summer with their unique Single Malt Cask Finish. Since then, its Navy veteran founders, Mark MacLaughlin and Arch Watkins, have decided to rebrand their entire rum line with the Case 1 moniker. I’ll let Old Line explain that one: In Naval Aviation the…

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Review: Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum – Belize 2006, Jamaica 2007 ITP, Australia 2012, and Jamaica 2014 EMB

By Christopher Null | October 3, 2022 |

Fall 2022 finds Holmes Cay dropping four of its single cask rum offerings, including a pair of dueling selections from Jamaica and a bottle from Australia. Let’s dive in to the collection. Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Belize 2006 – A 16 year old molasses-based column still rum produced at Travellers Liquors Distillery in Belize.…

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Review: Mount Gay Master Blender Selection – Madeira Cask

By Christopher Null | October 2, 2022 |

For its fifth annual release, Mount Gay’s Master Blender Selection takes a cue from a newly popular whiskey finishing option: the Madeira wine cask, which seems to be popping up just about everywhere. The twist? This isn’t finished in Madeira, it’s fully aged in these casks. Here’s some extra info to dig into: For this…

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Review: Botran Rum – No. 12, 15, and 18 (2022 Relaunch)

By Christopher Null | September 28, 2022 |

Guatemalan rum brand Botran has been unavailable in the U.S. market since 2019. Now the brand is back, with new expressions, new branding, and a new sustainability accreditation Basically: new everything. The bulk of the new Botran Rum line now carries a number on the label, unlike previous editions, but not that these are not…

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Review: Matusalem Gran Reserva Rum 15 (2022)

By Drew Beard | September 25, 2022 |

It has been over a decade since we last checked in on Matusalem rum. While the Gran Reserva 15 Years Old remains the brand’s flagship, their portfolio is rather extensive, including a white rum, Gran Reserva 18, and Gran Reserva 23 among others. We’ll hopefully get to some of those in due time, but before that,…

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Review: Foursquare Mark XVIII “Indelible” Single Blended Rum

By Drew Beard | September 7, 2022 |

It’s getting a bit hard to keep up with these Foursquare Exceptional Cask Selections. I don’t know if they adhere to a particular schedule, but I seem to always be noticing a new one on the shelf at least a couple of times each year (and at steeper and steeper price points). In addition to…

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