Types of Rum
Rum is one of the most popular alcohols in the world, but do you know the difference between the types of rum? Here's a list to guide you through determining which type of rum is what, and what it means.
Spiced rum is generally darker in color and is often spiced with various spices and/or caramel. Some may be darker, depending on the brand you purchase.
Used mostly for cocktails, light rum is with little flavor except for the normal sweetness that rum products possess.
Dark rum gets its name just as one would think. It is dark in appearance, due to being aged in charred barrels. It has heavier flavor than light and gold rum having spices, caramel, and molasses present. Though it is used in drinks, dark rum is commonly used in cooking.
Gold rums are aged in wooden barrels and with more flavor than light rums.
Premium rums are rums that are aged for long, extended periods of time and often sold to those who appreciate the deep, flavorful, taste of spirits. Premium rums are mostly consumed without other ingredients.
Flavored rums are below 40% alcohol and always have the presence of fruit flavoring such as coconut, mango, banana, etc. Mainly they are used for tropical drinks.
Overproof rum is rum that goes beyond the 40% alcohol level.