11 Remarkable Facts about Rum
A delicious alcoholic drink produced across the tropics and enjoyed all over the world, here are eleven interesting facts about Rum:
- Rum is an alcoholic drink made from sugarcane molasses.
- Sugarcane was first cultivated in New Guinea, 10,000 years ago….
- …and Christopher Columbus introduced sugarcane to the Caribbean in 1493.
- Rum is the worlds oldest spirit, with the first distillation taking place during the 1620s in the Caribbean.
- Dating back to 1705, The oldest surviving brand is Mount Gay and is still distilled in Barbados today.
- Did you know, there’s a national rum day? Neither did we. Set a reminder in your calendar for the 16th August!
- There are many different types of rum – light, dark, golden, black, spiced, flavoured and overproof.
- The colour of rum is usually determined by the ageing process — oak cask aged rums become darker (and delicious) the longer they are aged whereas stainless steel aged rums remain virtually colourless. The darker the rum, the richer the flavour.
- Rum is produced all over the world with the majority made in the Caribbean and Central America, however it’s also produced in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the USA.
- The Royal Navy only stopped giving out a daily ration of rum to its sailors in the 1970s. This ration was know as a tot, and was a full pint of navy strength rum!
- Some of the world’s most popular cocktails are based around rum, including the Piña colada, the Mojito, the Daquiri, and of course – the simple rum and coke.
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