There are some rum brands that have become icons, either from their heritage or because they’ve come to embody a certain style. Havana Club is the type of brand that’s become synonymous with what good Cuban rum tastes like.
The standard bearer of the line is Havana Club Anejo 3, a creamy light rum that does a hell of a job of selling the positive images of Cuba i.e. jazz music, fine cocktails and thick cigars.
When it comes to starting a quest into the realm of a certain type of drink, there’s usually two or three brands responsible for kickstarting the interest. In the case of my rum journey, the bottle that started it all was Kraken Rum. A well-established spiced rum, Kraken is a staple of damn near every bar around and with its easy drinking quality, it’s not hard to see why.
Barbados rum is often ranked as some of the finest tasting rum in the world, with a legacy that stretches back to the early days of sugarcane cultivation in the Caribbean. Mount Gay is synonymous with high-quality Barbados rum and the distillery has produced a wide range of tipple that’s captured the hearts, minds and taste buds of rum drinkers all over the world.
One of the brand’s finest offerings is the Mount Gay Black Barrel, a smoky, whisky-like rum with heaps of flavour and plenty of character.
Since starting my rum voyage, I’ve been on a mission to discover different types of rum and a variety that immediately came onto my radar was rhum agricole. A distinctive French style, rhum agricole comes from Martinique and differs from other rum in that it’s made primarily with sugarcane juice rather than molasses.
For my first Martinique rhum I’ve chosen Rhum J.M Blanc, a vegetal white rhum with a peppery kick.
There’s no doubt that rum is one of the most versatile spirits in the world. From the smoky finishes of the British style, to the herbal, fiery qualities of the French style, rum can’t be pinned down by just one characteristic or location.
Japan might not be a destination that first comes to mind when you think of rum. But the Land of the Rising Sun is pushing the boundaries for what’s possible and experimenting with different flavours. Santa Maria gold rum is an example of this beautiful experimentation.
There’s a lot to love about rum. Taste, style and craftmanship all play an important part in defining this versatile spirit and to kick off The Rum Ration’s first review, I’m going to put the spotlight on a rum made in my home city of Manchester.
Introducing Diablesse Caribbean rum, a smoky firecracker of a drink that’s blended with some of the finest rums of the Caribbean.