Rum 101: The 4 Types of Rum

Rum 101: The 4 Types of Rum

Rum 101: The 4 Types of Rum


This week we’re celebrating World Rum Day! With so many rum brands out there, it can be hard to decide which one to try. To make things easier, we’re breaking them down into four main types to help you choose what you really want in your rum. Rum is a versatile spirit, and once you know what you like, you’ll have a better idea of what you want for your collection. So, what’s holding you back from trying all four types?


  1. White rum


White rum, light rum, silver rum — they all fall under this category. Made from sugarcane byproducts, this type of rum has a light flavor profile with a wide range of subtle aromas, from sweet floral scents to earthy notes. Its versatility makes it the go-to rum for all your favorite cocktails, such as mojitos, daiquiris, and piña coladas. The distinct sugarcane essence in the rum is why it has become a favorite choice among mixologists.


  1. Aged rum


Aged rum is often compared to whisky or brandy due to the characteristics it gains from being aged in wooden casks. It’s a rich base spirit, offering oak, vanilla, and caramel flavors. This type of rum is often enjoyed on its own, whether sipped neat or on the rocks. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it in cocktails! In fact, its complex qualities can add a depth of flavor to your favorite drinks. It’s a sophisticated addition to your collection!


  1. Rhum Agricole


Most rums are made from fermented juice or cane byproducts, but this type of rum is distilled directly from fresh sugarcane juice. This is often described as grassy, floral, fruity, and funky. Interestingly, there are strict regulations on the production process of rhum agricole to ensure quality and authenticity.  While it usually comes from the French Caribbean islands, it is also produced in other parts of the world, such as Hawaii, Thailand, Puerto Rico, and Australia.


  1. Spiced rum 


Last, but definitely not least, is a favorite among drink enthusiasts. Spiced rum is made from either light or dark rum, with the distinction coming from the spices each brand chooses to use. Common spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and vanilla, giving the rum a unique and sweet taste that can be enjoyed neat or mixed into your favorite cocktails.