Rum is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane by-products such as molasses or directly from sugar cane juice. Usually they are aged in oak barrels to develop aromas and flavours. Rum is mostly produced in the Caribbean and South America although nowadays is being made in many parts of the world. Rum gained popularity in the 17th century when sugarcane plantations were being introduced in the Caribbean Islands.
There are different categories of rum depending on the ageing and distillation process:
Light Rums, also known as ‘Silver’ or ‘White’ rums are the most common rums available. They are generally not aged and offer very little flavour. These are commonly used in cocktails or for long drinks.
Gold Rums, are medium-bodied rums which are usually aged in wooden barrels. The barrels will impart colour and flavour and are usually consumed neat, on ice or in a cocktail.
Dark Rums, are full-bodied rums which are usually aged for a longer period of time in a heavy charred barrel. This gives them a more complex flavour, with hints of spices and a darker colour. They are mainly served neat or on ice.
Spiced Rums, are medium-bodied rums which obtain most of their flavour through the addition of spices. Sometimes caramel is added to give a darker colour and also a sweeter flavour. These are very popular served on ice or as a long drink.
At The Vineyard, one can find a variety of rums from all over the world. We have a big selection from the different types of rums and also some premium ones for that special occasion.