Rum is one of those spirits that in recent years has had a resurgence in popularity , the once ‘Sailor’s drink’ tag of a drop of rum has long gone and there are some very interesting brands with great tasting products and some funky and trendy designs. So, what are the top rated rums? Before we get into that lets look at the history when rum came from.
Where does Rum come from
All rum started from sugar cane, which was introduced to Mauritius by the Dutch back in 1638. The soil on the island’s soil and climate were ideal for growing sugar cane and soon the island was producing some great yields. Rum was born later, after the Dutch first developed a drink called arrack but then after trial and error and using palm sap and coconut and later molasses, they produced a clear alcoholic liquid.
The French then arrived on the island in the early 1700’s followed by the British where they realized the benefits of sugarcane which kick started a new industry which resulted in the first commercial rum distillery being born around the 1850’s.
Top rated rums
Please see the top-rated rums in sales terms in popularity order.
|Mc Dowell’s No1 Celebration||Diageo / United Spirits|
|Havana Club||Pernod Ricard|
|Bozkov||Stock Spirits Group|
|Old Port||Amrut Distilleries|
|Appleton Estate||Gruppo Campari|
Some other rums you may not have heard of
Apart from the top selling brands mentioned above the following are some brands that you may never heard of;
Beach Bum Rum– a great brand that was created as your escape from the daily grind infused with the spirit and flavours of Mauritius the brand and the designs are certainly enough to get you ion to that chilled out ‘feelin’.
Mount Gay – this real treat is distilled in Barbados and has a rich history of over 300 years where they have certainly mastered their craft, not one to miss.
The real Mc Coy– also distilled by a Barbados distillery and have four varieties available 3 Yo, five YO, 12 and 14 year old.
Appleton Estate– this wonderful example of rum there are 12 Yo, 24 Yo and even a 25 Yo expression available.
Homes Cay – with expressions available of different strengths from 55% to 64% this great rum is at the higher end of the price tag – these rums should be savored.
Diplomtáico – this beauty is produced in Venezuela with honey as well as molasses and sugar cane. There are a few expressions available such as the 12 YO and the Ambassador that is agreed in white oak before the last two years in PX sherry casks.
Rhum Jm – This rum is made on the island of Agricole and made differently than that of other rums as they ferment the sugarcane juice and then distilled which although some tastes are familiar there are distinct differences. There are Vo, VSOP and Xo expressions available as well as vintage 10 – 15 Yo’s.
Kirk and Sweeney rum – This high quality rum is distilled in the dominion republic from sugarcane and in an oak barrel, a fantastic rum with a wonderful reputation and worth getting hold of at least one bottle or two and why not choose from the different options they have. Such as the XO, 12 Yo, the 18Yo and the 23Yo.
Did you know that Jamaican rum is not allowed to have sugar added!
Ingredients of 10 Rum Cocktails
Mojito – white rum, white sugar cane syrup, squeezed lime and mint
Daiquiri – white rum, limes, and simple syrup,
Pina Colada – white rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk and pineapple juice
Long island iced tea – vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola
Mai tai – white rum and dark rum, orange curacao, fresh lime juice and orgeat syrup
Hurricane – one-part white rum, one-part dark rum, lemon juice and passion fruit syrup
Rum punch – light rum, dark rum, pineapple juice, fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice and grenadine
Pain killer – rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream of coconut
Dark ‘n’ stormy – rum and a splash of ginger beer
Rum punch – good quality golden rum, freshly squeezed orange juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, sugar syrup, grenadine, and angostura
I hope there has been something in this article that has tickled your taste bubs and inspired you to at least try one of the wonderful rums mentioned.