Rum- Not Just For Cocktails

Rum- Not Just For Cocktails

By: Bob Lipinski

Rum is an alcoholic beverage distilled from the fermented juice of sugarcane, sugarcane syrup, sugarcane molasses, or other sugarcane by-products. It is bottled at not less than 80-proof (except for flavored rum). Some rums are bottled at a staggering 151-proof.

More than 70 countries produce rum although it is produced mainly in Caribbean, Central and South American countries.

Although rum is generally used as a mixer in cocktails such as piña colada, daiquiri, rum & cola, mojito, Long Island ice tea, and others, there are many well aged rums suitable for sipping without the fruit juices. If you enjoy sipping rum, my recommendations will most certainly satisfy your cravings.

Owney’s Rum (New York City), which was started in 2012: Clear color with hints of grass, citrus, mint, black pepper, and clove. Dry and strong tasting with an aftertaste of molasses.

Puerto Angel Rum (Mexico): Just a hint of color; bouquet of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, butterscotch, nutmeg, and vanilla. Some bitterness, but smooth with “no bite.”

Brugal Añejo Extra Rum (Dominican Republic): Amber-colored with a bouquet and flavor of citrus, molasses, cinnamon, grass, and lime. Very complex smoky taste, almost of a fine brandy.

Don Q Gran Añejo Rum (Puerto Rico): Amber color with overtones of lemons, grass, toasted oak, citrus, burnt sugar, banana, and butterscotch. It was aged in used sherry barrels.

Bacardi Reserva Limitata (Puerto Rico): Amber-colored with hints of citrus, honey, tobacco, vanilla, and maple syrup. Full-flavored with a long, pleasing, almost sugary aftertaste.

Pyrat XO Reserve Rum (Antigua): Amber colored. The rum smells like an orange liqueur with hints of nutmeg. Full flavor of candied orange peel, lemon, lime, and butterscotch. Quite refined; fantastic served over ice.

Appleton Reserve Blend Rum (Jamaica): Amber colored with a bouquet of molasses, burnt butter, nuts, clove, allspice, mace, and oil of bergamot. Dry with a pleasing smoky, burnt wood aftertaste. One of the finest Appleton’s rums I’ve tasted.

Ron Abuelo 12-Year-Old Rum (Panama): Amber-colored with a complex nose of caramel, nuts, toasted oak, and molasses. Fruity with flavors of orange, heather honey, dark cherries, molasses, and toasted nuts. Superb, smooth rum.

El Dorado 12-Year-Old Demerara Rum (Guyana): Amber-colored with a bouquet of allspice, black pepper, caramel and toasted marshmallows. Flavors explode in the mouth with sugar cane, oranges, dates, prunes, orange peel, and toasted nuts. Very well-made and so delicious.

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum (Venezuela): Dark amber-colored with a refined bouquet of citrus, toasted vanilla, nuts, prunes, toffee, and orange zest. Flavors of orange, toffee, maple syrup, and honey. The rum was aged in used PX sherry barrels, which accounts for the fruitiness in the mouth. Superb!

The Andrews Sisters, a famous female singing group recorded the song, “Rum & Coca-Cola” on October 18, 1944 for Decca Records.

My book, “101: Everything You Need To Know About Vodka, Gin, Rum & Tequila” is available at and other on-line bookstores.

Bob Lipinski, author of 10 books; writes, consults, and conducts training seminars on Wine, Spirits, and Food and is available for speaking engagements. He can be reached at OR


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