By the time you’ve jumped off the computer, 285,000 rum and cokes will have been served around the world. What’s more, Puerto Rico is responsible for 83% of that rum, so it’s safe to say we really love our rum.
Puerto Rico has a long-standing rum-making tradition that has been upheld for generations by each and every one of the rum distilleries on the island.
Clear, gold, dark and beyond
The rums of Puerto Rico are aged by law, for a minimum of one year in charred American white oak barrels. Depending on the aging process, quality ingredients, and distilling process, the color ranges from clear to dark rum. Rum is a very versatile spirit that can be mixed with almost everything so before you do, here are a few tips on which rum to use for a particular occasion:
Light or Silver Rum
Has a subtle flavor and delicate aroma and is ideal to mix with fruit juices. This is the kind of rum that goes into the famous Cuba Libre a.k.a rum and coke and the refreshing Mojito. Aged one year.
Gold or Amber Rum
These rums are aromatic and full-bodied in taste and have a deep, mellow flavor. They are a perfect compliment for seafood dishes and is a bit sweeter than clear rum. Enjoy with sodas and juices. Aged 2 to 3 years.
Dark or Black Rum
This full-bodied rum has a deep smooth taste and a complex flavor. Enjoy on the rocks and with juices. Typically aged 4 to 5 years.
Premium Aged Rums
These rums are specially aged and blended to provide a slight twist in flavor. They include cognac-type rums perfect for an after-dinner sip. Typically aged 6 to12 years.
Now that you know what kind of rum goes better with what, why not try them out for yourself on your next trip to Puerto Rico? Whether you sip a piña colada by the beach or enjoy a rum and coke at a swanky nightclub, there’s a different kind of rum for every taste.