Rum of the world
Rum has always been closely linked to the Caribbean, where the sugar cane grows splendidly, from which either the juice of the plant or the molasses is extracted, which form the basis for rum agricole and conventional rum. Fermented, distilled, matured in oak barrels, the rum is ready. Buy, serve, enjoy - rum can be so simple and is not exclusive to the distilleries of Cuba, Haiti or Martiniques. Because where the climatic conditions meet the needs of sugar cane, round rum is produced. India and the Philippines give rum a new polish. And with years of maturing in wooden barrels, the Maestros tickle out every drop of character. Rum is rum and different everywhere. Varied, adventurous, unstoppable - rum just gets around and enriches itself wherever it can with the local ingredients and the temperament of the locals.
Production of rum
The origin of every rum lies in sugar cane. The sugar beets are pressed several times to extract the juice from the plant. Rum is also extracted from molasses, a by-product of sugar production. The latter is the original procedure, that was available to sugar producers in the 16th century to make a profit from the remaining sugar. Whether sugar beet juice or molasses - fermentation begins with the addition of yeast. After about 48 hours on the yeast, a sugar cane wine with an alcohol content of between 4 and 5% vol. is produced. Carefully distilled, the alcohol content of the now white rum increases up to 75% by volume. So the rum can stand as original rum in the shop. For the international market and for an elegant pleasure, however, the white rum is diluted with water to achieve a minimum of 37.5% by volume.
For a rounder and aromatic character of the rum, the still unfinished spirit is matured for several years in oak barrels or for white rum also in stainless steel tanks. Over decades the distillate is enriched in colour and aroma, so that finally an amber-coloured rum shines in the glass. At the end of its maturation, each rum thus achieves an individual taste profile that nourishes the diversity of the world's richest rum.
Blending and the Solera process
Particularly large producers of rum try year after year to bring a consistently high quality with a constant taste on the market. Since it is very difficult by nature to always produce the same quality, the producers have two methods at their disposal to fill the bottles with consistent rum. In blending, rums from different batches and years are blended together. Refined with spices, the result is a rum that is ripe for the store shelves and meets the demands of distillers and customers alike for the brand.
With the Solera process, the masters of rumblending have another way of combining rum. Barrels of different vintages are stacked on top of each other. The base consists of older vintages, the top barrel of the youngest. Approximately one third of the content is removed from the barrels beforehand. Gradually, the youngest barrel is filled into the barrels underneath and blended with the older rum. As the rum continues to mature in this new barrel, it is transferred to the lower barrel level so that a blend of different vintages is created at the end. For this reason, it is not possible to draw any conclusions about the ripening period or vintage of rum from the Solera process. Only the youngest part is mentioned on the label of some distilleries.
Not only the processing of the raw material, the storage and the possible additives play a role for the rum, but also its origin. Each island in the Caribbean has its own small nuances, sometimes two or three per island. It all began in Barbados, the country in the Lesser Antilles was one of the largest sugar producers around 1640. As the years went by, more and more distilleries were built, of which only a few still exist today. Nevertheless, Barbados has established itself as a traditional rum country and has always produced high-quality rum, such as the Plantation Barbados Extra Old or the Mount Gay Eclipse, which continue the centuries-old tradition of the Caribbean island. The success of rum quickly spread to the neighbouring islands as far as Cuba, which is world-famous for its colourful cars, thick cigars and rhythm in its blood, as well as for its Cuban rum. Havana Club is probably one of the most famous rum under the Cuban flag, while Santiago de Cuba Extra Anejo is considered one of the best rum in the world. Somewhat mystically and deeply black the Kraken Rum from Trinidad and Tobago presents itself, close to the coast of Venezuela, where the Botucal Rum is also at the forefront.
Around the Caribbean Sea there are real treasures, from Anguilla to the Dominican Republic to Jamaica. Halfway around the world, the Philippines and India have also discovered the taste of rum and testify to skill and finesse with Don Papa Rum and Old Monk Rum. Wherever sugar cane blooms and thrives, rum is at home. As overproof rum, spiced rum or traditional, crystal clear or golden, pure, for baking or as part of a cocktail, mild, spicy or fruity - rum is as diverse as the world itself.
Our VINELLO recommendation
Pusser's British Navy Rum 40% - Pusser's
Until 1970 the Pusser's British Navy rum was still a fixed part of the daily ration for the sailors of the Royal Majesty. Due to modern developments, the so-called Tots was said goodbye to the seven seas and is now available for you. The harmony of 6 rums, from all corners of the kingdom, are combined at Pusser's Rum to a rich and round rum.
Angostura 1919 Premium Rum 40 Vol% 0,7l
Directly from the Trinidad and Tobago copper boilers, Angostura 1919 Premium Rum pampers the taste buds with velvety body and intense aromas. The complex structure reveals vanilla, coconut, honey and caramel - a tasty experience that celebrates the origins of rum pure and unadulterated.
Rum is a high-percentage spirit drink made from the juice of sugar cane or molasses. It has at least 37.5% vol. and is often stored for years in oak barrels, which give the rum its golden colour. The name derives from the word rumbullion, which means tumult.
How to drink rum properly?
Rum aficionados swear by pure enjoyment, in a tulip-shaped Nosing glass and at a drinking temperature of about 16 to 19°C.
How long does rum last?
Rum has a virtually unlimited shelf life if stored in a cool, dark, temperature-resistant and standing position. If you open a bottle, oxygen gets into the bottle. Thus the taste picture can change clearly. However, an open bottle of rum can be enjoyed for up to 6 months without any problems.
What goes with rum?
Rum is truly versatile and is suitable for many occasions. Whether as a digestif after a rich meal or as a companion to an aromatic cigar - the pure taste of the soft to spicy rum harmonises at any time. For many, however, rum is mainly known as a mixed drink for cocktails. Drinks such as Mojito, Cuba Libre or Pina Colada are just a few examples of the significance of rum in a bar. Last but not least, rum is suitable as an ingredient for cakes and desserts.
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