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10 Things To Know About Rum

Posted: 09/14/2012 9:43 am

by Emily Saladino

The Rodney Dangerfield of spirits, rum, is rarely given its fair due. In the post-Hemingway world of serious drinkers, it's either maligned as super saccharine, or pigeonholed as a beachside one-trick-pony.

But a rum renaissance is upon us. An increasingly curious cocktail culture is embracing the diversity of the spirit, which ranges from light and dry to dark and rich. Like mezcal and sotol before it, rum's rediscovery is in turn leading to better availability in the U.S.

Related: A Straight Shot On Rum

From Brooklyn's Clover Club to the Caribbean, the best bartenders and mixologists are crafting rum into cocktails and lists that are conspicuously Captain-free. It's time to rewrite your rum diary. That's why we've compiled 10 things you might not know about rum, plus recommendations for some of the world's best under-the-radar bottles and killer cocktails.

Related: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Gin

No Rules, Just Rum
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As lawless as a Viggo Mortensen film, the world of rum is not regulated by the sort of strict classification system that classifies beverages definitively like cognac or bourbon. Individual countries of origin have their own standards - meaning that any spirit that starts with some form of sugarcane can be called rum. The diversity of the designations means rums can range from clear and gin-like to dark, molasses-heavy brews.

Also see: Rum Gift Guide

Photo from jennifrog, Flickr.

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