The Montanya Distillery in Colorado is a pioneer in the American rum category, having created some of the most scintillating drinks to be found anywhere in the world. One of the brand’s most beautiful offerings is the Oro, a subtle, smoky drink that builds in character with every sip and reflects the passion of the people who’ve created it.
In the rum world, Jamaican grog has earned a reputation for being the cream of the crop. Characterised by the pot-still distillation method and funky flavours, Jamaican rum has been delighting people all over the world. So, it only seems fitting that my first Jamaican rum comes from the legendary Appleton Estate, a name synonymous with high-quality booze.
The Appleton Estate Reserve Blend is a grand introduction. Smooth, spicy and sessionable, it’s opened the gateway into the world of Jamaican rum.
American rum is a category that continues to go from strength to strength, with brands like Privateer and Holmes Cay continuing to innovate with their production and marketing approach. Montanya is another American rum distiller that has produced some exciting products and their passion for the business is reflected in the Platino, a gorgeous white rum that’s as contradictory as it is complex.
The beauty of rum is that it’s one of the most versatile spirits on the planet and every country that makes it has a unique style. Haiti produces a specific type of rum called clairin, which is experiencing a growth in popularity as more bottles leave the island.
I recently tried my first clairin in the form of the awesome Boukman rhum, which taps into the rich history of Haiti and reflects the island’s strong heritage.
Damoiseau has a reputation for producing some of the best rum in the world and with a focus on agricole, there’s been some great blends released through the years. One of the most memorable is the 2009 Vieux Millesime.
Bottled at a diabolical 66.9%, this tropical bomb of a rhum will punch you in the mouth with fire and dare you to come back for more. It’s one of the most complex drinks I’ve ever tasted.
The American rum industry has experienced a boom in recent years and a company that is at the forefront of this exciting frontier is Colorado-based Montanya. Founded by Karen Hoskin, this distillery is producing some brilliant rum and one of the brand’s finest offerings is Valentia.
This smoky, smoldering drink is a reflection of the passion of the Montanya team and the determination to highlight women who’re doing some awesome things with rum.
The versatility of rum means that it can be produced wherever there’s sugarcane to be harvested, even in some of the most remote areas of the world. Fiji might not be on your rum radar, but that’s about to change with the release of Plantation’s Isle of Fiji rum. A bright, sweet rum, this drink showcases the beauty of the South Pacific in a bottle.
The stories behind the creation of a rum brand can be inspirational. They can tell of a deep connection that reflects family values and fond memories. It was this foundation that William George rum was built on. An exceptional white rum that defies the characteristics of what a traditional white rum is supposed to be, William George is worth trying.
Want to travel around the world from the comfort of your own home? Pick up a bottle of rum. There’s so many countries producing the stuff that it can feel like you’re imbibing a different culture.
To capture the essence of India in a glass, I’d recommend trying Old Monk 7-year. A smouldering dark rum with a rice heritage, Old Monk 7-year is the kind of drink to be enjoyed with friends and family.
Depending on its country of origin, rum can have all kinds of different flavour profiles. From the vegetal notes of Martinique-made rhum agricole, to the savoury profile of Barbados blends, there’s so much to discover and enjoy.
Asian rums have their own unique identity as well. This became abundantly clear when I tried Thai SangSom special rum, a drink that’s rarely seen outside of Thailand.