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: Don Q Cristal and Anejo Rum

By Christopher Null | October 11, 2010 |

Don Q is an unsung hero in the rum world, producing both some extremely inexpensive spirits as well as some highly-regarded, well-aged rums. Based in Puerto Rico, you’ll find these 80 proof rums just about everywhere. Today we took a look at two of the less expensive, more widely-available offerings from the company. Don Q…

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Review: Botran Solera 1893 and Reserva Rum (2010)

By Christopher Null | October 3, 2010 |

Botran Rum, aka Ron Botran or Casa Botran, hails from Guatemala and is distilled by the same outfit that makes the fantastic Ron Zacapa, Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala. Located about a mile and a half above sea level, Botran’s rums are matured in a very cool warehouse compared to most of the industry, where the…

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Tasting Report: The Tasting Panel Double Gold Winners 2010

By Christopher Null | September 15, 2010 |

Of all the events I attend, The Tasting Panel Magazine’s get-together of its Double Gold Medal winners is the only one that mixes wine with spirits. Nowhere else do I expect to sample a Turkish rose next to peaty Scotch. Somehow it works, and while the selections here were all over the map, some standouts…

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Review: Dos Maderas Aged Rum 5+3 and P.X. Aged Rum 5+5

By Christopher Null | September 3, 2010 |

These unique rums hail from Guyana and Barbados, and after aging there for five years they’re shipped to Spain for finishing in Sherry barrels. The amount and type of said finishing is what distinguishes the two rums from one another, and the end result couldn’t be more different. Dos Maderas Aged Rum 5+3 – As…

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Review: Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum

By Christopher Null | August 28, 2010 |

More spiced rum (check out the chatter on the BlackBeard coverage here, and keep the fun going below) from the folks at Brinley, which makes some very good flavored rums. Shipwreck hails from St. Kitts and is aged for four years before being juiced up with exotic (and unnamed) spices. Brinley’s rendition of spiced rum…

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Review: BlackBeard Spiced Rum

By Christopher Null | August 23, 2010 |

Rum — especially spiced rum — is on the rise again, and BlackBeard is the latest, a Puerto Rican rum being imported by Don Q’s parent company. BlackBeard offers aromas not of the spice box but rather of a traditional aged rum, with strong caramel, some wood, and toffee notes. This continues into the body.…

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Tasting Report: Ministry of Rum Festival 2010

By Christopher Null | August 10, 2010 |

With the popularity (and quality) of rum rising, the Ministry of Rum continues its mission of exposing the world to great rums and rum cocktails. Recently I had the opportunity to sample numerous hard-to-find, new, and very old rums at the Ministry’s event in Alameda. Ratings and some brief thoughts on everything tasted follow. Bear…

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Review: Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum

By Christopher Null | August 9, 2010 |

The problem with cherry flavored spirits, of course, is the cough syrup connection. Cherry flavoring is so endemic in over-the-counter throat and lung remedies that most drinkers immediately want to climb back in bed once a cherry liquor hits their lips. Bacardi bypasses that problem with its new cherry rum by “torching” it — now,…

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Review: Berkshire Mountain Distillers Spirits – Ice Glen Vodka, Greylock Gin, Ethereal Gin, and Ragged Mountain Rum

By Christopher Null | July 21, 2010 |

Hailing from Sheffield, Massachusetts, Berkshire Mountain Distillers is a new (est. 2007) boutique distillery that makes a ragtag assembly of vodka, gin, and rum. Primarily available in the Northeast, we tasted through the company’s current lineup, with one exception (we’ll get to that later). Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ice Glen Vodka is distilled from unknown materials,…

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Review: Havana Club Anejo Rum 7 Years Old

By Christopher Null | June 16, 2010 |

Smoother and more balanced than the Anejo Reserva bottling of Havana Club, this version of the Club carries a seven-year age statement, and the difference shows. This is a perfect example of Cuban style rum (fitting since it’s actually from Cuba): There’s a huge amount of rich caramel character on the nose, with a light…

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