A-rum The World

A-rum The World

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 Globe-trotting with the ‘cane
They say curiosity and necessity make restless men go out and explore the seven oceans. Well, we don’t know about that, but it’s definitely Rum that fueled those countless seafarers once they were on their way.
Like a boozy Siren of the sea, Rum has an irresistible allure. And you best believe it’s caused plenty of shipwrecks in its time. 
At ports of call all around the world, you’ll find this sweet nectar vying for your attention. For a taste, all you need is your trusty tumbler... and a sense of adventure. 
But first…
The origin story
To really understand how we got from stalks of sugarcane to the ABV-wonder filling your glass, you gotta turn back the dial on your trusty time-traveling machine to the 17th century and hightail it to the Caribbean. You there? Nice. Now, see all those sprawling sugar plantations? They’ve got a serious problem. As a result of high-yield sugar production, they’ve created an oversupply of industrial waste in the form of molasses. But hell if the plantation owners knew what to do with it. Fortunately for everyone, the slaves did. Through a bit of ingenious tinkering and fermentation, they happened upon the spirit that makes a Mojito tick—Rum.
Today, you can find Rum just about anywhere sugarcane grows. While the Caribbean remains ground zero for the stuff, you can find it in far-flung locales like India and Brazil, with each country imparting a sense of terroir on their juice. You know what they say—variety is the spice of Rum.
In this box, we’re taking you around the world of Rum in way less than 80 days. We’ll start with the spicy Turquoise Bay Amber Rum from Mauritius, then hang a left to spend some time with the triple wood-aged Santos Dumont XO Rum in Brazil before ending up in the loving arms of the rich and decadent MOKO Panama Rum 20 YO in—you guessed it—Panama.
Keep that passport handy—it’s going to be a helluva trip. Salut!
Smartass Corner
1) If you’re bored, you’re definitely doing Rum wrong. There are a ton of styles and varieties out there that depend on source material (sugarcane or its by-products), aging and terroir. For example, ever heard of a little thing called Rhum Agricole? It’s distilled from pure sugar cane juice instead of molasses, and you’ll find a touch of it mixed into Turquoise Bay Amber Rum.
2) The difference between a dark and a light Rum all lies in how it’s aged. Dark Rums get their brown hue from the barrels and casks they’re fermented in. Steel drums are usually used to produce light Rums, hence the absence of color. 
3) The pot still (pure single Rum) is the oldest, and arguably most authentic method of distillation, but the column still has been around since the early 1800s, which gives it just enough clout to be called a traditional distilling method.
4) August 16 is National Rum Day. You’ve already put in your PTO day at work, right? Just checking.
5) Rum is a spirit for all seasons. Throw it in with some simple syrup and lime and you’ve got a classic Daiquiri that’s perfect for summer sipping. But heat up some butter and sugar with your Rum of choice for a hot buttered Rum that can stand up to any polar vortex.
6) You’ll typically find Rum in the tropics, where sugarcane grows most readily. But all across the U.S. and Europe, an increasing amount of small, craft distillers are having molasses shipped to them for the purpose of producing some pretty damn good Rum.
7) Proof, overproof… where does it all mean? In order to make sure their gunpowder would still ignite in the case of Rum spillage, the British Royal Navy would mix a small amount of Rum and gunpowder and see if it would ignite and burn with a flame. If it did, then this was deemed ‘proof’ of alcohol. Going off with a bang meant it was ‘overproof.’ Hey, the more you know.

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Rum is why we measure alcohol proof. To make sure Rum wasn’t watered down, it had to be ‘proven’ by soaking gunpowder with it. If it was ‘overproof’ (higher than 57.15 % vol.), then the gunpowder would ignite, if it wouldn’t, it was ‘underproof’.

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Member Reviews and Ratings of A-rum The World
The first one we tasted was turquoise bay, we felt that this was the best of three. It did have an odd sent to it but it’s still had some spice and caramel flavor. Second was Santos, Another one with an ad sent that seemed very floral to me. The taste was much better and I tasted some honey and a little bit of caramel in the app was a pretty good sipper. Last was Moko, it had a real floral scent to it that I didn’t care for. It was just a bland rum that I definitely would not buy Overall, nice to sample three different ones but turquoise bay would be the only one I would buy
Found a great rum I’ll buy soon in Santos. The other rums in this box were average at best. Moko is very smoky with no sweetness I usually associate with rum. Santos makes the box worthwhile to me.
All three made for great sippers, though I would rank them as 1) Santos Dumont 2) Turquoise Bay 3) Moko. Delicious mix from very different countries.
All three were very good sipping rums. I liked the moko best, but none of the three were offensive. Reading the other reviews surprised me as to some palates that found these rum awful. I would serve these to guests and family. All three extremely smooth, with no harshness.
1. Moko. The only drinkable sample in the box was decent but not very deep in character. Mild and smooth but mostly boring. 2. and 3. Arcane and Santos were horrible. The initial nose of the Santos was like fermented butt crack sweat with a overly vanilla taste. The Arcan; one sip and in the drain it went. Tasted like a vanilla scented auto freshener.
A very good selection of rich rums from across the globe!
Sweet but not complex. Technically could be sipped, but I’d think of this as a better end mixer for some fruity cocktail.
The turquoise bay was my favorite however none of them were bad!
Three very different runs, none bad, one great - the Santos dumont xo from Brazil. The turquoise bay is just ok. Overall another solid box!
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