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: Rhum Barbancourt 8 Years Old

By Christopher Null | November 13, 2021 |

Following up on our review of Haiti-based Rhum Barbancourt’s 15 Years Old expression, we push downmarket a bit into a more readily available bottling, Barbancourt 8 Years Old, also known as Rhum Barbancourt Reserve Speciale 5 Stars. As with all Barbancourt expressions, this is an agricole-style rum made from fresh sugar cane juice (not molasses),…

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Review: Nashville Barrel Co. Single Barrel Rye, Bourbon, and Rum

By Drew Beard | November 10, 2021 |

Earlier this year, David introduced you to Nashville Barrel Co., a new, non-distilling producer based out of Nashville’s Railyard District that offers an impressive portfolio of single barrel whiskeys and rum, as well as a small batch rye, the second batch of which thoroughly impressed us over at Drinkhacker HQ. In addition to their own…

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Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco 2021

By Christopher Null | October 25, 2021 |

One of the staff asked me what the biggest surprise was at this year’s Whiskies of the World San Francisco. “That it was actually happening” was my response. WotW marked the first time in nearly two years that I’d attended a spirits event of any substance, and while it was wonderful to stroll the booths…

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Review: Foursquare Mark XV “Redoutable” Single Blended Rum

By Christopher Null | October 20, 2021 |

“Redoutable” is a new release from Barbados’ famed Foursquare Distillery, and it’s a blend of two distinct rums, both 14 years of age and produced on site (hence “single blended”). One is aged entirely in ex-bourbon Barrels, one entirely in ex-Madeira barrels. The finished blend is bottled at cask strength, 61% abv. That is a…

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Review: Mount Gay Master Blender Selection – Andean Oak Casks

By Christopher Null | October 17, 2021 |

Now an annual release in its fourth iteration, the 2021 installment of Mount Gay’s Master Blender Selection is a truly unique offering. It starts with twice-pot-distilled rum that spends 14 years in standard bourbon casks before going into a virgin casks made from oak sourced from the Andes mountains. Branker’s innovation began once she had…

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Review: Appleton Estate Rum 15 Years Old Black River Casks

By Christopher Null | October 9, 2021 |

Appleton’s latest Jamaican rum expression is a 15 year old bottling, courtesy of Master Blender Joy Spence. The “Black River Casks” in question “pay homage to the Black River in Jamaica’s Nassau Valley, the source of the limestone-filtered water used to create all Appleton Estate rum.” As far as I can tell, there’s nothing unique…

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Review: R.L. Seale’s Barbados Rum 12 Years Old

By Christopher Null | October 4, 2021 |

R.L. Seale & Co. is a Barbados rum business that dates back to 1926 and which is still in operation by Richard Seale, the fourth generation of the Seale family. Today Seale is best known as the master distiller and master blender of Foursquare Rum Distillery, which the company reopened in 1996. This 12 year…

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Review: Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican Rum

By Drew Beard | September 17, 2021 |

Smith & Cross, named for two 18th century London rum traders, is very proud of its funk. The label touts it as a badge of honor, proclaiming that it contains only Wedderburn and Plummer pot still distillate, both high ester styles of Jamaican rum that went out of vogue generations ago (although some are starting to…

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Review: The ImpEx Rum Collection – Long Pond 2007, Long Pond 2005, and Clarendon 2007

By Christopher Null | September 12, 2021 |

Recently we looked at the single malts of the new ImpEx Collection, at which point I noted we’d soon get to the collection’s trio of independently bottled, single barrel rum releases from two famed distilleries: Long Pond and Clarendon, both located in Jamaica. Well, here we are. Let’s visit a different, more tropical island this…

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Review: Novo Fogo Silver Cachaca Bar Strength

By Stephen Allison | August 30, 2021 |

It’s been seven years since we reviewed the core lineup from Cachaca from Novo Fogo. Back then we praised the Silver’s nose of tropical and citrus fruit, with cedar, mushroom, and fuel-like aromas. Today, we have an update on the spirit dubbed the “Bar Strength.” As the name suggests this variant is targeted for on-premise…

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