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By Roxana Garciga

Rum is tonic that clarifies the vision, and sets things in true perspective. -Brian D’Ambrosio

Rum is a type of spirit made from sugarcane byproducts such as molasses or sugarcane juice. These byproducts are then fermented and distilled. This distillation process creates a clear liquid, which is then aged in oak barrels. The aging process coupled with the type of sugarcane used is what gives each type of rum its own flavor profile.

Besides “rum,” this beverage goes by several names, including rhum, ron and cachaça. What distinguishes what you call it is mostly a matter of geography and how it is produced. “Rums” are usually distilled in countries that were colonized by the British, places like Barbados, Jamaica and Antigua. They are usually made from molasses and distilled in copper pot stills. “Rhums” are predominantly distilled in countries colonized by the French, including Haiti, Guadeloupe and Martinique. They are made by fermenting fresh pure sugarcane juice. “Rons” are usually produced using molasses and tends to have Spanish ancestry. This variety is distilled in column stills in Latin American countries like Cuba, Puerto Rico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic to name a few. “Cachaça” is from Brazil and like rhum it is made from fermented sugarcane juice.

No matter what you call it or how you spell it, rum is one of the most versatile spirits in the world. Besides the places named above, variations of the spirit are distilled all over the world. Whether it is in the British, French or Spanish style, rum is universal. Below is an example of each type of rum. Pick up a bottle and enjoy a nice mojito, piña colada or even sip it neat.

Rum:Mount Gay Eclipse- Fruity with notes of vanilla, oak and spice. This is the perfect rum for mixing in almost any cocktail.

Rhum: Rhum Clément Première Canne- Subtle notes of cola and vanilla with a zesty mouthfeel.

Ron:Don Q Gran Añejo- Sweet with pepper notes, vanilla, molasses and dried fruit. This aged rum has all the complexity of scotch and can be enjoyed in the same way: neat or on the rocks.

Cachaça:Ypioca Gold- Nutty, cedar and dried fruit aromas. Vanilla, raisins and spice flavors. 

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