Dan’s Rum Guide

In America, rum takes a back seat to whiskey. This has been the case since the founding of the country. France backed the 13 colonies in the Revolutionary War, in part, so that it could sell rum produced in French colonies on the American market without the taxes imposed by the British. However, the newly-minted United States eschewed rum, due in large part to its association with the British colonial powers, in favor of domestically-produced whiskey. Appreciating a fine Bourbon or an aged Scotch has a certain panache. In the public eye, rum doesn’t fair as well. There are lots of reasons for this:

My interest in rum started when I got swept up in the Tiki revival of the aughts. Rum is a delicious, underappreciated beverage. It is also a good value—an equivalent whiskey can cost almost twice a much. This is changing as rum gains popularity. The most visable difference in the last 5 years is the emergence of many mid-tier blended rums packaged in fancy bottles and sold at top-shelf prices.

What’s in a Name?

Rum is part of a larger family of spirits that are derived from sugar cane:

Although it is now produced in countries all over the world, modern rum originated in the Caribbean. But the locale is only one of the aspects of what determines the flavor of a rum. Dimensions of Rum explores the 6 ways rums are differentiated.


Dimensions of Rum

An explanation of the differences in rum

Classifying Rum

Building a taxonomy

Staple Varieties

Building your rum cabinet

Cocktail Standards

Rum-based cocktails for easy entertaining

Beginner Tiki Drinks

Easy tiki drinks to get you started