Rum is a fascinating spirit with a rich history and a wide array of varieties. From its tropical origins traditionally made from sugarcane juice or molasses to its intricate production process and aging in oak barrels, rum continues to captivate the taste buds of people around the world with its versatile applications in cocktails and the kitchen. Whether you enjoy it pure or on the rocks, or use it in your culinary creations, rum is a true delight for spirit enthusiasts. At Chilled Wine Shop, you can explore different rum varieties and discover your personal favorite.
Rum @ Chilled Wine Shop
History & Production Methods of Rum
Rum has its roots in the Caribbean and is closely tied to the history of sugarcane. Originally, rum was produced in the 17th century on sugarcane plantations when people began fermenting and distilling the excess sugarcane juice or molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. The Caribbean islands, particularly Jamaica, Cuba, and Barbados, played a significant role in the development and popularization of rum, and, ultimately, of plantation rum cocktails.
The production process of rum is divided into several phases: At the beginning the sugarcane juice or sugarcane molasses is mixed with water, and yeast cultures are added to initiate fermentation. During this process, the sugars are converted into alcohol. After fermentation, the resulting sugarcane or molasses wine is distilled, while distillation can occur once or multiple times, depending on the desired quality and characteristics of the rum. The distilled rum is then aged in oak barrels, which imparts colour, aroma, and flavour. During the aging process, the rum also absorbs flavours from the wood, contributing to its complexity..
Dark Rum: One of the Tasty Varieties
At Chilled Wine, you'll be delighted about our fine selection and wide range of rum varieties, differing in terms of origin, aging, production methods, and flavour profiles. Here are some of our well-known variations:
White Rum: This rum is bottled directly after distillation and is not aged or only briefly aged. It is characterized by its clear color and light, fresh flavors.
Gold/Amber Rum: A rum that has been aged for a certain period in oak barrels. It has a golden color and offers a broader range of flavors, ranging from caramel-like to spicy.
Dark or Black Rum: This rum is aged for a longer period in oak barrels, resulting in a darker colour and complex flavours of chocolate, coffee, and spices.
When consumed moderately and on occasion, yes. Drinking rum in moderation can contribute to improving mineral density in your bones, which plays a vital role in maintaining their strength. Additionally, rum has the potential to alleviate certain symptoms associated with arthritis.
Is rum a liquor or alcohol?
Rum is both liqueur and alcohol: It's a distilled beverage crafted from fermented sugarcane juice or sugarcane molasses and typically boasts an alcohol concentration of 40% ABV. Certain varieties of rum, known as "overproof," exhibit an alcohol concentration of at least 57.5% ABV.
Is rum a whiskey or bourbon?
Rum is neither a whiskey, nor a bourbon. Bourbon is a form of American whiskey and undergoes aging in American oak barrels. It's predominantly produced from fermented grains such as corn, rye, wheat, and barley. The term "bourbon" draws its origins from the French Bourbon Dynasty. Conversely, rum is a distilled spirit crafted from either sugar cane molasses or sugar cane juice.
Is rum a type of whiskey?
No, rum is not a type of whiskey. The primary distinction between rum and whiskey lies in their respective fermentation processes: Rum is derived from sugarcane, whereas whiskey is produced using cereal grains such as corn, wheat, rye, barley, and others. Rum exhibits a range of colors, including both clear and dark rum variations, while whiskey is typically characterized by its amber or brown hue.