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: Bacardi Classic Cocktails Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada

By Christopher Null | May 27, 2010 |

So-called “instant” cocktails don’t have to be bad. I mean, they usually are, but they don’t have to be. Bacardi, which makes a pretty good instant mojito, has now released two new pre-mixed cocktail flavors, a strawberry daiquiri and a pina colada. As with the mojito flavor, these use real ingredients, not malt liquor and…

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Review: The Lash Spiced Rum

By Christopher Null | May 26, 2010 |

For some reason, Drinkhacker readers adore spiced rum. They drink it, they comment, they debate it. They love this stuff. And yet there aren’t that many spiced rums on the market, so when a new one arrives, they pounce on the stuff like phony handbag salesmen on tourists. The Lash is a rum with a…

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Review: Coruba Mango and Coconut Flavored Rum

By Christopher Null | May 22, 2010 |

Coruba is Jamaican rum (imported to New Zealand and sold from there). These two new bottlings are flavored rums that have been considerably doctored not just with flavoring agents but lightened down to just 42 proof. Coruba Mango Rum is an intensely sweet experience, and mango is really only hinted at in the finish. It’s…

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Review: Ron Barcelo Rum – Anejo, Gran Anejo, and Imperial

By Christopher Null | May 12, 2010 |

From the land of the Dominican Republic comes Ron Barcelo, an 80-year-old blender which takes various rums from the island and mixes up these concoctions. The company uses old bourbon barrels to age its spirit, and bottles them all at 80 proof. Here’s how they stack up. Ron Barcelo Anejo – A blend of rums…

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Review: Rum Jumbie Rums and Liqueur

By Christopher Null | April 20, 2010 |

Rum Jumbie (the name refers to spirits allegedly trapped inside the caves of the Caribbean who would possess the souls of rum drinkers) makes several light, flavored rums plus a rum liqueur. The flavored rums are all uncolored, are sourced from Panama, and are bottled at a scant 48 proof. Flavors are natural but otherwise…

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Review: Blackheart Spiced Rum

By Christopher Null | February 19, 2010 |

Spiced rum continues to grow as a category as every distiller on earth realizes that Captain Morgan has been sucking down cash for years with no competition. This latest brand, Blackheart, comes from Heaven Hill, home of Evan Williams bourbon and Christian Brothers brandy. (Also, it is not to be confused with Black Heart Rum,…

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Review: Matusalem Gran Reserva Rum 15 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 28, 2010 |

First produced in Cuba, Matusalem now hails from the Dominican Republic (after a stint in the U.S. — presumably Puerto Rico), but claims to hold fast to its original Cuban recipe dating back to 1872. This is the company’s top-end bottling, held for 15 years using the solera style of barrel aging. As for the…

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Review: Don Q Coco Rum and Mojito Rum

By Christopher Null | January 25, 2010 |

Don Q is a huge rum brand from Puerto Rico. It’s now producing three flavored versions, two of which we were fortunate enough to review. Flavorings are natural and the proof level is rock bottom, so drink all you want. Don Q Coco Rum is (obviously) a coconut-flavored rum (aged at least one year). Quite…

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Review: El Dorado Rums – 12, 15, and 21 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 20, 2010 |

Hailing from Guyana, El Dorado makes what is known as demerara rum, which is simply a rum from the Guyana area that is made using demerara sugar, aka turbinado sugar — you probably know the coarse brown crystals best under the trade name Sugar in the Raw. El Dorado isn’t Rum in the Raw, though:…

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Review: Plantation Rum, Three 2000 Editions and Grande Reserve 5 Years Old Barbados

By Christopher Null | December 22, 2009 |

Plantation Rum. The name sounds innocuous, but the way these rums are made are unlike any others you’re likely to encounter. The rums are produced by the team behind Pierre Ferrand cognac and Citadelle Gin, single-country in origin with a bit of a twist. The rums are distilled in the country in which the sugar…

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