An alcoholic drink loved by many.
And that makes sense, because she is enormously versatile.
Rum’s origin starts in Brazil with the Spanish and Partuguese colonists.
In the 16th century, Spanish and Portuguese settlers planted sugar cane in Brazil.
Started in Brazil, the art of rum distilling spread over sea, to other countries in the Caribbean.
The Brazilians call their rum cachaça.
Many rums are still made in the Caribbean.
One of the most famous Caribbean rum countries is probably Cuba (the cradle of Bacardi and Havana Club).
It is also produced in many other parts of the world, including Central and South America, Europe and even Asia.
There are a total of more than 40 countries around the world that produce all kinds of different types of rum.
What is rum made of?
As a base you need sugar cane molasses.
Yeast and water are added to this and then fermented.
After the distillation has taken place, rum ages for at least a year.
How the drink matures determines the colour of rum.
- Steel tanks: the drink remains colorless
- Oak barrels: then the drink gets a brown color
The type of sugar cane used determines the final quality of the end product.
Which types of rum are there?
Rum types and their differences at a glance:
- White rum: clear white rum.
Contains very few flavours besides the general sweet taste of rum.
- Brown rum: maturation in wooden barrels gives the drink a brown color.
The flavours you find are full of aromas such as spices.
- Flavoured rum: in other words, rum with an added taste.
These flavours mainly come from fruit that is co-distilled during the production process.
Think of banana, mango, orange or coconut, for example.
- Overproof rum: rum with an alcohol content of at least 75%.
An example of this is Strohrum.