Rum is a spirit distilled from a fermented mash of sugarcane juice or molasses. It is often aged in wood barrels, but this is not a requirement. Rums can be made into a variety of colors and styles, including white, amber, spiced and dark rum. Styles are often categorized by the geographic region where they are from. For example, dark rums can have different taste profiles depending on where they are produced. Origin: The history of rum is linked to the development and expansion of sugar cane to the New World. Spanish settlers arriving in the West Indies (Caribbean) easily fermented the molasses residue from sugar production, then distilled the mash to what we know as rum.
Spanish Style Rum
Spanish style rum, also called “Ron,” is produced in countries such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Dominican Republic, to name a few. Spanish rums are typically made from molasses and characterized by a lighter, buttery, sweet flavor profile.
English Style Rum
English Style Rum is produced in countries such as Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago, to name a few. English rums are typically made from molasses and characterized by a heavier, sharp, spicy and robust flavor profile.
French Style Rum
When people mention “French style rums”, they are typically talking about rums that come from the original French Caribbean colonies/islands. Some refer to it as Rhum Agricole, which means cane juice rum. A lot of rums are made from molasses, but these are made from juice derived from sugar cane.