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RUMS: For connoisseurs and also in cocktails
Types of rum: classified by color and origin
The first thing that distinguishes them is the color. Dark rums excel in intense color, flavor and the scent of molasses. They’re best drunk neat so you can enjoy the taste. These rums are ideal as a gift for connoisseurs. Gold rums are a bit lighter. They can be enjoyed straight while also suitable in cocktails. White rums have a less pronounced, lighter taste and are best suited for cocktails.
Rums go magnificently well with other flavors. “Spiced” and “flavored” rums are enriched with the flavor of spices, fruits or herbs. The most common flavors are vanilla, cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg. Other popular rum flavors include coffee, honey or coconut.
Rums can also be categorized from their history. Spanish rums are made with molasses. They are light and sweet with not so strong a flavor. British rums are heavier and have a richer taste that is sometimes sweetened or enhanced with spices. They are more suitable for longer aging. French rums are made directly from sugar cane juice. This is reflected in their lighter taste, with fruit tones also evident.
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How to drink rum: Temperature and the right glass are critical
Like any other quality alcoholic drink, rum is best when it has not been chilled. So serve it at room temperature. You can hold the glass in your hands for a few moments before you take that first sip. Lower temperatures dampen the taste and don’t let you enjoy such a wonderful rum to the maximum. Therefore, never put ice with rum. The ideal rum glass has a conical shape that tapers upward. It lets the taste develop in just the right way so the rum retains its aroma longer.
Most popular rum cocktails
Something interesting about rum to entertain family and friends
Can you guess how many liters of rum the world’s largest distillery produces? First, you should know that it’s a distillery run by Bacardi in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico also known as the Cathedral of Rum. And no wonder. 100,000 liters of rum are produced at this spot every day. What else about rum you certainly don't know?