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: Appleton Estate Rum 17 Years Old Legend

By Christopher Null | July 5, 2023 |

Wray and Nephew has been behind some of the most famous rums in history, and rightfully so. Its 17 year old rum created at Appleton’s Jamaican estate in the 1940s is said to have inspired the original Mai Tai cocktail. Now, it’s back. Sort of. Appleton’s Joy Spence has put together a recreation, which is…

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Review: Mount Gay Master Blender Selection – PX Sherry Cask

By Christopher Null | June 26, 2023 |

We’re up to edition #6 for Mount Gay’s Master Blender Selection rum release, which returns to a familiar finishing cask type: Pedro Ximenez sherry. This particular release is a blend of column and pot distillate aged in ex-bourbon barrels for 20 years before spending an extra year in PX sherry casks. Old rum, made even more…

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Review: The Kraken Gold Spiced Rum

By Christopher Null | June 15, 2023 |

After a sleepy decade with no new products, The Kraken has suddenly awoken from its slumber. A coffee-and-spice flavored rum hit in 2020. Now a new gold spiced rum has arrived. The concept seems pretty obvious: Spiced rums from the likes of Sailor Jerry and Captain Morgan are lighter in color and perhaps less daunting…

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Review: Foursquare Mark XX “Isonomy” Single Blended Rum

By Drew Beard | June 7, 2023 |

To all those rum fans out there, I promise we’re trying to stay up to date on our Foursquare coverage, but running down samples of these rare rums is sometimes difficult. Today, we’re taking a look at a recent-ish release from January 2022.  Isonomy is the 20th release in the Exceptional Cask Selection Series, and…

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Review: Renegade Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin Rums – Lake Antoine and Hope

By Drew Beard | April 24, 2023 |

Mark Reynier is obsessed with terroir. He was an early proponent of the concept, as it applies to whisky, when he owned Bruichladdich. He then built an entire whisky brand around the idea with Waterford Distillery in Ireland, offering almost tedious levels of production detail for each release. Last fall, Mark applied his obsession with…

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Review: Bayou Rum Reserve and XO Mardi Gras

By Christopher Null | April 21, 2023 |

Bayou makes Louisiana-style pot still rums, and unlike most domestic producers, it is attacking the top of the market with its wares. We recently received two of its products, including its prized XO Mardi Gras expression. Let’s dive in. Both are 80 proof. Bayou Rum Reserve Select Barrel – Solera-aged, including maturation in “wet ex-bourbon…

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Review: Papa’s Pilar Rum Legacy Edition 2022

By Christopher Null | April 13, 2023 |

Boutique rum brand Papa’s Pilar is back with another limited edition expression, this one dropping at the tail end of 2022. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of The Old Man and the Sea, the 2022 Legacy Edition rum features a dark rum blend sourced from Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela, and Florida. It’s then finished in French…

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Review: Macorix Rum Gran Reserva

By Christopher Null | April 12, 2023 |

Ron Macorix is little seen in the U.S., but it’s been making rum in the Dominican Republic since 1899. Gran Reserva is the company’s top end spirit, though details on its production are decidedly scarce. This bottle was procured (not by me) directly from the distillery. It’s a perfectly serviceable rum, though hardly top shelf…

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Review: Canerock Jamaican Spiced Rum

By Christopher Null | March 16, 2023 |

Do you like your spiced rum sweet? Well, have I got a rum for you. Canerock, coming to us from the folks at Maison Ferrand (which owns Plantation), has an incredible pedigree, sourced using 100% aged Jamaican rum (5 to 10 years old) from Long Pond and Clarendon, two of the most renowned distilleries on…

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Review: Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum – Barbados 2002 and Fiji 2001

By Christopher Null | February 16, 2023 |

We’ve been huge fans of Holmes Cay from the beginning, and with these two new releases — “the rarest selections” — that isn’t about to change. These two new bottlings are some of the most special and prized that Holmes Cay has released to date. We were fortunate to be able to sample them both.…

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