1. Most rums come from South America, Central America, or the Caribbean. The different colors and flavors are dependant on the type and quality of molasses used to produce it. Molasses is a byproduct of sugar cane. 00:41
2. Jamaican rum tends to have a bold flavor with pronounced fruit notes, such as pineapple or caramelized banana. 02:37
3. Demerara rum is from Guyana. It is not a particularly sugary rum, only slightly sweeter than whiskey. Brian recommends drinking this rum on its own with ice. 03:02
4. Light rum from Nicaragua has a mild flavor profile. This rum will offer more flavor and a stronger fruit note than vodka, but shares a similar quality of drinkability. Brian suggests using this rum in daiquiris or mixing it with soda. 03:29
5. Rum Agricol from Martinque is made from minimally processed cane juice. Once the cane is pressed, the juice is fermented to produce a very dry liquor. It has a sweet, sophisticated flavor. 03:55
What You'll Need
- Various rums
Ethanol is what makes a beverage alcoholic. Vodka or whiskey is made from the ethanol derived from wheat or corn. The ethanol in brandy comes from fruit. The ethanol in rum comes from sugar cane and its byproducts.
Some rums can be as light as vodka, but containing a naturally fruity flavor that other alcohols won’t have. Darker rums are made from different grades of molasses. They will have darker, richer, and earthier flavor notes.
To discover which rum best suits your palate, Brian recommends buying a good quality rum, researching its place of origin, and trying it out in different drinks.