All You Should Know About Rums

How Is Rum Prepared?

Rum is a spirit that is obtained by distillation of the fermented sugarcane, sugarcane molasses, sugarcane syrup or other by-products of sugarcane. It is distilled to contain less than ninety-five percent alcohol and bottled at around forty percent alcohol. Most distillers buy molasses instead of making it themselves and add water and yeast to it. Wash is created and then fermented. While some distillers use specially cultivated strains, others use wild yeasts.
Distillation can be done by using either a column still or a pot still. Comparatively, pot stills are more expensive and less efficient than column stills. Typically, lighter rums are prepared in column stills and heavier rums in a pot still, but a few rums are a combination of both column and pot. The process of converting sugar into alcohol using yeast is called fermentation. It is done in large metal tanks that are regularly monitored. Depending on the type of rum that you are producing, fermentation can last from one day to several weeks.

 

Demerara Rum

Demerara rum is a kind of rum that is prepared in Guyana, located on the northern coast of South America. The country has been producing sugar since the seventeenth century and is recognized as the original rum supplier to the British Navy. However, today, the only active distillery in Guyana is managed by Demerara Distillers. Demerara rums have the same style as Jamaican rums, but they have a burnt smoky flavor. The company is famous for producing various types of rums.
Best Rums to Buy
As ranked by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), the following are a few of the best rums in the world.

 

Best Rums to Buy

As ranked by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), the following are a few of the best rums in the world.

Rhum Agricole Vieux Neisson

Rhum Agricole Vieux Neisson is produced by the Neisson Distillery in Martinique. The company is known for distilling spirits since the year 1931. In French, Rhum Agricole means cane juice rum that makes it different from other bottles of rum. It has a medium bright gold color and the aroma of ripe fruit and brown sugar. With a combination of caramel, ginger, and citrus and a beautiful balance of vanilla, caramel, treacle and molasses, the distribution of flavors is incredible. The rum has an elegant presentation, and it is very rewarding and satisfying.

Angostura Gran Anejo

The company is ranked second by IWSC for its bottles, second only to the Demerara Distillers, although it has more brands of rums. The Angostura Gran Anejo has an amber mahogany color with the aroma of dried fruits, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger. It is rich, round, smooth and quite flavorsome.

Angostura Single Barrel Dark

With a sweet smell of spice, roasted nuts, honey, vanilla, treacle and fudge, this beverage is beyond incredible. It has some well-balanced flavors from dark chocolate and burnt orange peel. These flavors grow in the mouth and are improved by the mature mellowness.

El Dorado Demerara Rum

The maker of El Dorado Rum is obviously Demerara Distillers that has won awards from IWSC for various bottles. In the year 2014, its twelve and fifteen-year-old bottles were given gold ratings. It is bottled in Guyana. With a nice aroma of spice, satsuma, vanilla and dried fruit, the drink is flavorsome and sweet on the palate. It has an impeccable balance of ingredients, and the texture is viscous and oily.

Royal Oak Trinidad Rum

This is another Trinidadian rum that is the least expensive on the list. It is a medium-bodied rounder with a mellow taste. It has bright and lovely bronze and golden colors with scents of butter toffee, roasted nuts, dried flower, and cream. The incredibly enthralling and wonderfully complex flavor gives you a delicious molasses moment.

Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros

It is prepared by Havana Club in Cuba from the most exceptional and finest aged rums. It is then blended and kept for more aging, followed by more blending and filling bottles from the barrel. Seleccion de Maestros has a dark red glow and a warm amber hue. It is flavorful and complex and features coffee, sweet tobacco, cocoa and brown spices. Moreover, it has a beautiful scent of espresso, cocoa, dark sugar, a touch of treacle and some prune. It is well-prepared with a softness and elegance that makes it easy to sip.

Inner Circle Rum Green Dot

This spirit comes from the Australian company Vok Beverages that is a part of a small brand and features silver dot and red dot varieties as well. As the company mentions, the Inner Circle Rum Green Dot was first prepared only for the board of directors of Australia’s Colonial Sugar Refining Company, but now it is available for everyone. The rum has a mild aroma with hints of treacle, molasses, and vanilla. It is very rich, smooth, refined and full with flavors of dark chocolate and espresso.

Appleton Estate Reserve Rum

According to the company, this rum is produced from a small reserve stock of rum that is consciously monitored as it matures. After reaching its prime, the Appleton Estate Reserve Rum is hand-blended with twenty other aged rums to prepare the right balance. Bright gold in color, it smells of ripe bananas, chocolate, caramelized fruit and brown sugar. It is silky smooth to drink with flavors of light treacle and sweet honey. It is a drink with a well-balanced structure and full-flavored finish.

Appleton Estate

Before being filled in a bottle, Appleton Estate is aged for at least twenty-one years in oak barrels. Since the aging time is a lot, only a few bottles can be produced in one year, which is why this rum is relatively expensive. It has a deep bronze color with a sweet smell of treacle, espresso, prunes, dark sugar, raisins and dark chocolate. The beautifully balanced drink is super rich in the mouth and has an everlasting finish.

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