There are many different types of rum that generally fall into the following criteria, Unaged Rum (white), Aged Rum (Matured in Casks) and Spiced Rum (typically unaged mixed and infused with spices)

When was the first rum made?

Rum, a spirit with a history spanning thousands of years, received its earliest documented mention in 1651 in a Barbadian document where it was characterized as hot, hellish, and terrible. Despite this, evidence points to the potential existence of Rum even earlier, with a discovery of a tin bottle containing Rum on a sunken Swedish warship dating back to 1628 in Europe. The clear fermentation of sugar, a key component in Rum production, had been observed for thousands of years across different regions of the world, with connections to the Mayans, Europeans, and Persians.

What is Rum?

Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage that is typically made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses, or directly from sugarcane juice. The production process involves fermentation, distillation, and aging. The distilled liquid is then often aged in wooden barrels, which can contribute to the final flavour profile.

Rum comes in various styles and can range from light and sweet to dark and robust, depending on factors like the type of sugarcane used, the distillation process, and the length of aging. The spirit is produced in many countries, with the Caribbean being particularly renowned for its rum production.

Common types of rum include white or silver rum, gold or amber rum, dark rum, and spiced rum. Rum is a versatile spirit used in a variety of cocktails and can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

Here is a Rum types list;

  1. White Rum is a type of rum that is light in both colour and flavour, it can be made from sugarcane or molasses, and it can also be used as a base to blend with other rums.
  2. Golden Rum is made by using gold coloured sugar cane syrup, it is typically aged for years in an oak cask.
  3. Dark Rum is a rum that has a molasses rich flavour the colour ranges from deep hue to almost black. Dark rum can be flavoured with spices.
  4. Spiced Rum is a rum flavoured with various spices, it is typically darker than white rum and sweeter.
  5. Flavoured Rums are made using flavouring and are very popular. These are often produced using artificial ingredients. Some traditionalists see that adding artificial flavours that do not occur in nature make flavoured rum not “real rum” and more of a liquor.
  6. Overproof Rum is a rum which is distilled with a larger ABV than average which is 37.5% – 44% overproof rum can reach up into the 70’s%.
  7. Navy Rum is made using blending techniques mixing different rums to produce a rum which is then aged in oak casks.
  8. Rhum Agricole is a type of rum that is specifically produced in the French Caribbean islands, such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Haiti, as well as a few other regions with ties to France. What sets Rhum Agricole apart from other types of rum is the raw material used for its production. Unlike many rums that are made from molasses, which is a byproduct of sugar production, Rhum Agricole is made directly from freshly pressed sugarcane juice. This gives it a distinctive flavour profile that is often described as grassy, floral, and more vegetal compared to rums made from molasses.

What is British Rum?

British Rum is a type of Rum which has been distilled and fermented in the UK.

Why is Exmoor Rum different?

Exmoor Rum is one of the first rums made in the UK to be bottled after 3 years ageing in a cask. Industry trends show cask strength rums are attracting huge investment and will be a regular on shelves in the coming years. We are proud to be one of the first producers. This means we will hit anniversary milestones ahead of our competition and be truly rare due to Exmoor Rum being handmade.

The Perfect Pairing

We have selected the perfect Cigar brand pairing for our Exmoor Rum. Plasencia cigar selection

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Best Rum Gift Set?

Our Blackmoor spiced rum hamper is the best rum gift set for rum lovers. Craft rum made here on Exmoor packaged beautifully into a hamper.

Cask Rum Investment?

Are you looking to purchase a cask of rum, please get in touch to discuss or visit the distillery. We cannot guarantee availability as our rum is handmade by our founder/owner/master distiller.

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