- The distillation is very fine and I class it as a
brandy-type rum which can be used in light punches, cocktails, and daiquiris. The flavor is clear and it can be mixed in any
type drink without too much of a rum bouquet.
Outstanding brands: Cockspur, Mount Gay, Gosling, Doorley’s.
- Only two islands in the Antilles
distill in the same way—Cuba and Puerto Rico.
They distill chiefly sugar or juice, hence the very
light, sweet flavor. By means of a fine yeast culture and careful distillation these people have made a very light and delightful
liquor, unequaled for mild-flavored cocktails or highballs with soda or water.
Outstanding brands: Havana
Club, Matusalem (USA), Varadero.
(Demerara)- Demerara rum from
Trinidad has its own class. It is similar in some respects to dark Jamaica, but it has a dry burned flavor along with the
aromatic and pungent flavor of the Jamaican rum. It is to be noted that most of the Demerara rums are of higher proof than
others, running as high as 160 proof. The makers of Demerara rums take great pride in obtaining distinctive flavor in their
products and it is interesting to try to detect their flavoring agents. Some use fruit, but mostly juices of barks are used.
brands: Angostura, Booker’s Demerara Liqueur Rum, El Dorado, Lamb’s, Lemon Hart, O.V.D, Wood’s 100.
- The rums of Jamaica are produced
in light and dark varieties are both strong and pungent in flavor. They owe their characteristics and qualities to four factors,
the combination of which cannot be duplicate elsewhere:
(1) soil, climate, and water; (2) the use of the old pot still;
(3) the ingredients of the wash and its slow fermentation; (4) aging solely by time and in white oak (puncheons, casks, wooden
vats, or butts).The purity of Jamaica rum is safeguard by law and nothing can be used in the production of rum except the
products of sugar cane, i.e., molasses, cane juice, and by-products of sugar manufacture. Even the coloring must be burned
sugar or burned molasses- any other form of coloring is forbidden.
Jamaica rums have always been outstanding to rum connoisseurs; even candy
and pastry makers have always looked to Jamaica for their spirits.
Outstanding brands: Appleton, Coruba, J. Wray
& Nephew, Kelly’s, Lamb’s Jamaica, Lemon Hart Jamaica, Myer’s.
- Commonly known as French rums,
they are usually heavy in body, coffee-colored, very similar to Jamaica rums, but in many cases has the dry burned flavor
of the Demerara. This flavor, however, is very faint. The rum produced in Martinique is, in many cases, shipped to France,
where is aged and reshipped as French rum.
Outstanding brands: Rhum St. James, Goslings Martinique, Rhum
Negrita, J. Bally, Trois Rivieres, La Mauny, Clement.
Puerto Rico ▲
The Puerto Ricans have distilled in the manner of the Cubans, making a very light and sweet-flavored rum, excellent for delicate
Outstanding brands: Bacardi, Don Q., Ron El Barrilito, Captain Morgan, Castillo.
- The rum produced on these islands
is strictly individual, neither heavy nor light in body, and with its own peculiar molasses flavor.
brands: Cruzan, Pusser’s.
- The little republic of Haiti
produces a delightful brandy-type rum.
Outstanding brands: Rhum Barbancourt, Westerhall.
- This country produces a rum
similar to Haitian or Virgin Island rums.
Outstanding brands: Cacique, Pampero Aniversario.
brands: Zaya, Flor de Cana
brands: Inner Circle
- Outstanding brands: Pyrat
brands: Ron Zaya, Ron Zacapa, Seawynde.
brands: Ron Barcelo, Brugal, Cubany.
brands: Old Monk
brands: Green Island.
brands: Noa Noa.
There are also some brands that produce rums in different countries, i.e,:
Plantation- Jamaica, Trinidad, Venezuela, Barbados,
Demerara, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados.