A Complete Guide to the Types of Rum by MER Patrimony

White, Dark,
or Perhaps Gold?

A Complete Guide
to the Types of Rum

When you decide to indulge yourself with a glass of something spirituous and delicious at the same time, rum is often the last thing that comes to your mind. Why? Perhaps you have not had the opportunity to explore the deep taste of this wonderful drink, or we simply do not have the tradition of consuming rum as a self-sufficient spirit.

In fact, this amber-colored drink has been unjustly underestimated over the years. In the Caribbean, which is widely known as the birthplace of rum, this spirit was the most favored drink in the region. While scotch was known as a noble drink of the wealthy and aristocrats, rum was the privilege of workers and poor men. However, with improvement in quality and growing export volumes, this perception has changed, providing consumers with a new perspective on this spirit.

In order not to beat about the bush, we have developed a complete guide to rum, which will provide you with a brief overview of the history of rum and the best types of rum on the market.

When you decide to indulge yourself with a glass of something spirituous and delicious at the same time, rum is often the last thing
that comes to your mind. Why?
Perhaps you have not had the opportunity to explore the deep taste of this wonderful drink, or we simply do not have the tradition
of consuming rum as a self-sufficient spirit.This spirit was the most favored drink in the region. While scotch was known as
a noble drink of the wealthy and aristocrats, rum was the privilege of workers and poor men.

What Is Rum?

To put it in simple terms, rum is a spirituous beverage produced from sugarcane byproducts (syrup or molasses in most cases). The history of rum production dates back to the 17th  century. When Christopher Columbus made his second expedition to the New World, he introduced sugarcane to the Caribbean by bringing it to the island of Haiti.

Initially, the crop was widely grown to produce sugar in large volumes, which was further sold and exported from the Caribbean. However, as the production waste accumulated, citizens searched for ways to recycle it. The idea of using molasses to produce alcohol originated in Barbados and spread to other islands as well. Thus, the tradition of producing this delicious drink was born.

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The history of rum production dates back to the 17th century.

A Complete Guide to the Types of Rum

If everything you know about rum comes down to Captain Morgan and cocktails, we take it upon ourselves to guide you into this diverse world of sugarcane beverages. Nowadays, rum is manufactured in more than 80 countries where each distillery has its own production methods.

Unlike scotch, rum is hard to classify. There are no commonly accepted guidelines that could set this drink apart from other spirits. So, basically, every alcoholic beverage produced from sugarcane juice or molasses can be named rum. Such a flexible approach to production makes this drink so unique and rich in flavors.

Without further ado, let’s look into four main types of rum so that you can select the one to meet your needs:

White Rum

If you are a cocktail lover and enjoy fruity flavors, white rum will make a great pairing for any dish you cook and any party you throw. Crisp and subtle in flavor, this type of rum is perfect for mixing. The good news is that white rum is the cheapest to produce, which means you won’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy this wonderful drink. But don’t be deluded by its affordable price. White rum brands will surprise you with a rich palate and unforgettable taste that is best experienced in Daiquiri or Hemingway cocktails.

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Unforgettable taste that is best experienced
in Daiquiri or Hemingway cocktails

Gold (Pale) Rum

In contrast to white rum, which is light and best consumed in cocktails, gold rum is a bit stronger and more mature. It is usually aged in oak barrels for several years to infuse the drink with this wonderful color. Gold rum brands represent a richer profile compared to their “younger” counterparts. Citrus, vanilla, caramel or vanilla are just a few flavors you might experience by opting for this drink.

Gold rum is highly flexible as it can be consumed in a variety of ways. Whether you prefer rum in cocktails or on the rocks, you won’t be disappointed. Furthermore, if you are fond of cooking and would like to add something new to your desserts, gold rum will make a perfect match for you!

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It is usually aged in oak barrels for several
years to infuse the drink with this wonderful color.

Dark Rum

If you’ve pictured a dark-colored spirit when it comes to rum, you are probably wrong. Most dark rum brands do not differ much from gold ones at first sight. They also have this amber-colored color that differentiates most types of rum from other spirits, such as whisky or cognac.

Dark rum is aged in wooden barrels for many years to gain that deep taste and rich flavorful profile, which makes it perfect for sipping in the evenings. However, this type of rum is hard to categorize. Except for the fact that it is aged for extended periods, dark rum brands do not have any distinctive features that set them apart from other drinks.

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Most dark rum brands do not differ much from
gold ones at first sight.

Rhum Agricole

Whenever you’re looking for something exclusive, go for a bottle of Rhum Agricole, and you’ll never go wrong. This drink is principally produced in the French regions of the Caribbean. This type of rum is made purely from cane juice, which often sets it apart from other varieties of this flavorful drink.

The name “Agricole” comes from the French word for “agriculture,” which means pure and eco-friendly. Thanks to its unique production methodology, drinkers can feel the full palette of rum terroir. Rhum Agricole is also a perfect choice if you are going to a celebration and are looking for a gift. It tastes great both on the rocks and in cocktails, so you can always choose how to savor it.

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This type of rum is made purely from cane juice

We hope you enjoyed this detailed overview of the main types of rum available on the market. Now when you go to the store, you’ll know exactly which brands will best fit your needs. Check out our collection to choose the perfect rum for your special occasion.