So please put down the cake for a few moments and read on...
The one global certainty of Rum is that its production involves sugarcane, but this can mean coming from fresh sugarcane juice, cane syrup, or molasses, and in some cases also other sugarcane processing by-products.
If you tried Rum once but didn’t like it, follow the advice we at Flaviar always like to serve up: try another one, then another one, and then… ok, you get our point. But really, never forego the opportunity to try out a different Rum and we guarantee that you'll find one that you absolutely adore.
★ Gold (pale, amber) Rum, aged for at least three years, and
★ Dark Rum, which will have gone through at least five years of the ageing process.
Whilst the absence of clearly defined standards means these general rules are not always adhered to, they nevertheless remain useful guidelines.
Flavoured and spiced rums are also becoming a very prominent category of spirit and many of them are quite simply superb, just make sure to stick to the good quality ones. If ever in doubt as to what these are, Uncle Flaviar is always on hand to offer sound advice!
All roads lead to Rum...
You can also add a few drops of water to it, which in releasing the bouquet will make it smoother and easier for you to distinguish all of its aromas. Or Rum can be used with almost any mixer and is the base for a countless number of cocktails, making it a 'must-have' of any spirit cabinet.
Traditionally the heavier and darker Rums have been enjoyed on their own while the lighter Rums and spiced Rums have tended to be used with mixers, however today's Rum consumption and consumers are moving away from this traditional viewpoint.
Spending the equivalent amount of money will give you much more smoothness with a Rum than with a Whisky - if you want it by proportional value, we’re seriously talking about a half, or even a third, of the Whisky price that for Rum triggers the same score on the smoothness-ometer!
With the huge selection of Rum available today, it is unrivalled by any other drink as the ultimate challenge for the new-age adventurous, today's 'spirits explorers'.
There are literally hundreds of Rums out there waiting for you to discover them, so arm yourself with your glass, your nose and palate and take to the high seas of Rum judgment.
Or if you need to feed the parrot and haven't the time to attach the wooden leg, let us provide you with the map to the hidden treasure.