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What types of Rum are there?

The name variations used to describe rum depends on the location where the rum is produced.
Despite all these variations, the following terms are often used to describe different types of rum:

Light Rum,
also referred to as Blanco, blanc, white, silver, clear and white rum.
Light Rum is generally a light rum with little taste apart from a general sweetness, this Rum usually serves as the basis for cocktails and in the mix.
Light Rums are sometimes filtered after aging to remove any color so that it becomes a "white" Rum. This is done especially for the cocktail industry.


The Brazilian Cachaça is generally this kind of type, but some species are more related to the "Gold Rum" and even to the Aged Rums.

Gold Rum,
Also called Oro, Pale, Amber or Ambre Rum, are medium-bodied Rums that are generally outdated.
This Rum gets its dark color of ripening in wooden barrels (usually oak barrels).
They have more flavor, and are stronger than the Light Rum, and can be considered as one between Rum of the Light / Blanco Rum and the Dark varieties.
Also the Gold Rum is sometimes discolored for the cocktail industry.


Dark Rum,
Also known under the names brown Rum, black Rum, or red Rum.
The difference with the Gold Rum is the longer ripening of the Dark in barrels.
Dark Rum has a much larger taste palette than the Light of Gold Rum, with hints of herbs with a strong molasses or caramel overtone.
Caramel is used to provide Rum with color (This does not count for all types / brands of Dark Rum).
Besides being used in cocktails, mixes and pure, Dark Rum is the most used Rum in the kitchen.
Dak Rum is sometimes also discolored for the cocktail industry.


Spiced Rum,
Also called Spicy or seasoned Rum.
The Spiced Rum obtains its flavor by adding spices.
Most Spiced Rums are dark in color and based on Gold Rums.
Much cheaper brands Spiced Rum are made of cheap Light Rum with dark caramel as artificial color.
At the moment a large number of producers are adding sugar in their Rum product, which is essentially also a kind of Spiced Rum.


Flavored Rum,
In Brazil called Batida.
Some distilleries have started with rum supplemented with aromas of fruit, such as banana, mango, orange, citrus or coconut.
The Flavored Rums are generally less than the usual 37.5% - 40% alcohol.
Flavored Rum is often used in so-called "tropical drinks" but is often also consumed purely or "On The Rocks.


Overproof Rum,
Also known under the name 151 Rum. (which contains 75.5%)
Overproof Rum, has a much higher alcohol volume than the other Rums.
Most of these Rums have more than 60% alcohol. Generally, the Overproof Rum have an alcohol percentage of 75 to 80%.
Overproof Rum is actually only used in cocktails or in the mix and is the perfect Rum to create a zombie cocktail.


Premium Rum,
As with other spirits that sip like a good Cognac or Whiskey, there is also a market for premium and super premium Rum.
These are generally carefully produced and of an older age.
They have more character and taste than their "Cocktail" counterparts, and are generally drunk pure or "On The Rocks".


Rum Liqueur,
Also known as Rum Liquor, Breezer and Rum "Shots"
Rum liqueur is a Rum of a low alcohol percentage that starts at 17% ABV.
Rum liqueur is, like the Flavored Rum, supplemented with various aromas or natural products such as coffee, vanilla, etc.


Climate Neutral, Bio and ECO Rum,
The names speak for themselves.


Vintage Rum,
Also called year Rum.
This Rum comes from a specific year, this year is then mentioned on the label of the bottle.


Alcohol-free Rum,
Of course, "real" Rum without alcohol is not possible, but there is an alcohol-free version on the market.

In terms of ingredients, this non-alcoholic Rum is similar to the alcoholic Rum (but without alcohol), but in taste it is good to drink in for example the cola.