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: 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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Review: Kasama Rum 7 Years Old

By Christopher Null | August 2, 2021 |

Kasama Rum is a new brand being produced by Alexandra Dorda – the daughter of Tad Dorda, who co-founded Belvedere and Chopin Vodka in the early ’90s. Now the Filipino-Polish entrepreneur is here to bring a rum featuring both of her cultures to the masses. It’s distilled in the Philippines and bottled in Poland, after…

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Review: SelvaRey Rum – White, Chocolate, and Owner’s Reserve (2021)

By Christopher Null | August 1, 2021 |

Remember Selvarey, the rum company Bruno Mars has been running since 2014? It’s back, with a new (and quite heavy) bottle design, new expressions, and even a new intercapped R, turning the brand formally into SelvaRey. The gorilla is gone from the bottle. Now there’s a toucan — which seems to be a lot more…

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Review: Doorly’s Rum 12 Years Old

By Drew Beard | July 23, 2021 |

We recently reviewed a couple of rums from Foursquare Distillery on Barbados, beloved makers of “pure” Bajan rums that are helping to reinvigorate the category. The distillery releases rum under several house labels, one of which is Doorly’s, a brand produced on the island since 1908. Doorly’s also carries the distinction of being the first…

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Review: Thrasher’s Coconut Rum

By Christopher Null | July 20, 2021 |

Washington, DC-based Thrasher’s makes four different expressions at present, all from an equal blend of blackstrap molasses and raw turbinado sugar and distilled in a pot still. Today we look at the coconut rum, which is not directly flavored with syrups or other ingredients but rather infused with toasted coconut in a botanical basket, similar…

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Review: Chairman’s Reserve Legacy Rum

By Christopher Null | July 13, 2021 |

The latest edition in the St. Lucia-based Chairman’s Reserve Rum series is this, simply called Legacy, a blend of rums from Chairman’s two pot stills from John Dore and Vendome as well as its Coffey column still. It includes both traditional molasses-based rums and sugarcane juice rum made entirely from its Roseau estate and fermented…

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Review: Amrut Old Port Deluxe Rum and Two Indies Rum

By Drew Beard | June 27, 2021 |

Amrut is best known in the U.S. for its whisky, which is famously hyper-aged in the hot and humid Indian climate. In addition to whisky, however, Amrut is also quite the rum producer. In fact, they are the 7th largest rum brand in the world. During our conversation with Assistant Distiller Ashok Chokalingam back in…

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Review: Foursquare Probitas and Mark XIII 2008 Single Blended Rum

By Drew Beard | June 18, 2021 |

Rum has undergone something of a resurgence in the last decade, and while it still pales in comparison to the whiskey boom, there are lots of unique and interesting brands finding more and more markets and winning more and more fans. One of the distilleries responsible for the growing excitement around rum is Foursquare in…

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Review: Ron Abuelo XII Anos Two Oaks and XV Anos Finish Collection

By Christopher Null | June 10, 2021 |

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 12 years since we’ve seen any of the rums of Ron Abuelo, at the time earning a well-deserved Best Value award for its incredible quality to price ratio. Now Ron Abuelo has been back at work pushing its products into more exotic (and pricier) categories, with the recent…

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