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March 08, 2018

Rum: All You Need To Know

Rum: All You Need To Know

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Read all about rum, from how to enjoy it depending on the season to which are the best rum cocktails.

What is rum made from?

For rum to be called rum, it must come from the sugarcane plant. Most rum comes from molasses, which is a bi-product of sugar production.

Are there different types of rum?

There is a rum for everyone’s palate, and there is a rum appropriate for every occasion.

How is rum traditionally served?

Rum should always start with people, a moment, a good feeling. This could either be a long refreshing drink like a Black Storm (In an iced filled high ball, add 50ml of Mount Gay Black Barrel, top up with ginger ale. Garnish with an orange wedge), a classic cocktail like an XO old fashioned (In a mixing glass, lightly muddle the orange peel with 50ml of Mount Gay XO and a teaspoon of sugar. Remove peel. Add two dashes of Angostura bitters and ice; stir until chilled. Pour over fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange zest) or neat.

What more unusual mixers have you seen being used?

As a category, rum is the most versatile spirit. If you are looking for an interesting way to drink it, you can find a classic punch bowl to share with friends at Revolucion de Cuba. https://www.revoluciondecuba.com/ Also, people expect to have tonic with gin, but you would be surprise how rum goes well with tonic and a slice of lemon.

What is the standard alcohol content of rum?

To be called rum it must be bottled at minimum 40% ABV.

What are the best rum cocktails?

XO old fashioned, Manhattan, Mai tai, daiquiri, Negroni, rum punch.

What is the best temperature to serve rum?

It depends, on a hot day you serve it with lots of ice and on a cold wintery evening, neat.

What do you think makes a good rum?

We consider the true origin of rum to be a combination of traditional methods and the mastery of blending.

How is rum flavoured?

The flavour of our rum is a combination of a naturally coral filtered water source; a traditional pot still and column still distillation process and slow maturation in American white oak casks. We produce rum using traditional methods and traditional Barbados rum is all-natural.

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