Rum is often said to be the first alcoholic drink of the new world. The Arabs carried the Sugar cane to Spain and it was brought to the Americas by the colonists. Later on, the French and British who settled in West Indies, in the late nineteenth century started to grow and to transform sugar cane and the first rums were produced. Though, it is not clear where the first rum came from; some say it comes from Martinique, known as the ” Archipelago Ron ” or Barbados, and others stand up for their Chinese, Greek or Indian roots. What we can say with certainty is that it was considered a “diabolical” liquor due to its high content of alcohol (it was called “kill- devil” or “rumbullion” meaning uproar) and it even became a legal tender, between pirates and privateers. Nowadays, is a very popular drink and it is considered to be Caribbean and universal at the same time, thanks to its versatility.
In the elaboration of this popular drink, it can be used either the juice of sugar cane or molasses, or even a mixture of both. Quality rums are made from any of these materials, but doubtlessly Sugarcane is the most appreciated one and also the scarcest on. Production of rum varies depending on the traditions and places where it occurs, but the process always star with the fermentation, during which the yeast will provide flavour and aroma to the finished product, and it is followed by distillation. This process results in an alcoholic liquid which is then aged in oak or steels barrels, and the final product obtained, which can be light-coloured, golden or dark, depending on aging time, is the rum. Before bottling, it can be mixed with other rums to ensure a consistent flavour.
There are numerous varieties of rum depending on the country where it is made, the ingredients used and the different distillations employed. Raw materials, fermentation and ageing has great importance in the final result. Some of the most significant differences are as follow:
- Agricultural rums (produced from sugar cane juice) and industrial rum (from molasses)
- Rums distilled on stills, which can also be of first or second distillation, and rums distilled on columns or continuously
- White Rum, Golden Rum, Dark Rum, Aromatic Rum, high alcohol Rum and premium content Rum; depending on the finish
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