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: Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum – Guyana 2003 and Jamaica 2011

By Christopher Null | June 6, 2021 |

Two new single barrel rums from the sourcing maestros at Holmes Cay, the first releases for 2021. (Four more are hot on their heels.) Let’s dive in. Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Guyana Uitvlugt 2003 – Guyana Uitvlugt (pronounced eye-flot) 2003 was distilled at Guyana’s Diamond Distillery on a French Savalle four-column still. The Uitvlugt name…

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Review: Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition 2020

By Christopher Null | June 1, 2021 |

At the end of 2020, Jamaica’s Hampden Estate Distillery launched the first in a new annual series of rums that are designed to enhance its profile on the market. The distillery, which has been running for hundreds of years, only began producing products under its own label in 2018. (Before that, it sold off virtually…

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Review: Tanduay Double Rum

By Christopher Null | May 18, 2021 |

The Philippines-based Tanduay Rum is out with a new expression called Double Rum. It’s a blend of two rums, a “premium” rum that’s 16 years old and a “traditional” rum that’s 5 years old. These two rums are then blended (no proportion is offered) and aged for a further 2 years in once-used bourbon barrels.…

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Review: Ten To One Single Cask Reserve Rum 17 Years Old

By Christopher Null | May 9, 2021 |

Ten To One, a blender of unique multinational rums, is out with its first reserve bottling, paying tribute to the company’s birthplace of Trinidad and Tobago. Ten To One Single Cask Reserve is a limited bottling of just four hand-selected casks of 17 year old Trinidadian rum. Clearly well-aged with a rich nose that evokes leather,…

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Review: Rhum J.M. VO

By Christopher Null | April 24, 2021 |

We’re filling out our coverage of Martinique’s Rhum J.M. line, finally looking at an oddity called Rhum J.M. VO. The hitch: It’s aged for 3 years in toasted new American oak barrels rather than used bourbon barrels, which are the norm. The result is a rather sharp and heavy rum, at least on the nose,…

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Review: Cotton & Reed White Rum, Dry Spiced Rum, and Allspice Dram

By Drew Beard | April 10, 2021 |

Cotton & Reed opened its doors in 2016 in Washington, D.C.’s trendy Union Market neighborhood, becoming the first rum distillery ever in the District. The distillery prides itself on making interesting rums with flavors specifically geared toward cocktails, although neat sipping is encouraged, as well. They also promote a “restrained approach to sugar,” meaning these…

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Review: Plantation Rums – Isle of Fiji, Fiji 2005, and Jamaica 1996 x NY Distilling Rye Cask

By Christopher Null | April 4, 2021 |

Plantation’s rum lineup continues to explode in size, with at least 10 expressions available on the market. Today we look at the latest rum to join its permanent lineup — Isle of Fiji — plus two limited editions offerings. Plantation Rum Isle of Fiji – This new addition to Plantation’s full-time lineup is a blend of…

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Review: Black Tot 50th Anniversary Rum

By Christopher Null | March 22, 2021 |

The relaunch of the Black Tot brand — a masterpiece in its own right — has begat a follow-up, Black Tot 50th Anniversary, a higher-proof rum designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Black Tot Day. As with the recent Black Tot release, it’s designed to pay homage to the original Black Tot recipe, though…

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Review: Coconut Cartel Rum

By Mike Gerrard | March 12, 2021 |

The name of this rum brand comes from the fact that founders — brother and sister Dani and Mike Zighelboim — used to smuggle suitcases full of coconuts to hotels in Miami from their home in El Salvador. Eventually they were supplying coconuts to customers as far north as The Hamptons. Finally they went legit…

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Review: Gatsby Spirits Vodka, Rum, and Cinnamon Whiskey

By Christopher Null | February 17, 2021 |

Based in Waldport, Oregon, Gatsby Spirits is a new operation that is crafting a variety of products (under two separate brand names), including some curious and unusual ingredients. We tasted all three of Gatsby’s offerings. Let’s dig in. Gatsby Spirits The Tides Vodka – Made from a blend of a 4x distilled corn mash and…

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